While you’re enjoying the latest gadgets, don’t forget to recycle your old stuff. Raleigh residents have ample opportunities to recycle electronics responsibly. It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s the law. Computers and televisions have been banned from disposal in NC landfills since July 2011. Here are some options:
1. Curbside Collection
Residents who receive curbside garbage collection from the City of Raleigh may request computer or TV pickup twice per month. Days have been designated for each of the quadrants we service. Call 919-996-890 to schedule your collection. There is no charge for this service. You must have at least one TV or computer to recycle, but you may also recycle other corded items such as a toaster, hair dryer or alarm clock.
2. Drop-off Centers
Two of the City’s six drop-off recycling centers accept electronics.
Raleigh Public Works Administrative Office
400 W. Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
- Mon – Fri, 7 am to 4 pm
Raleigh Yard Waste Recycling Center
900 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
- Mon – Sat, 7 am to 4 pm
Remember to erase your data before recycling your computers!
Not in Raleigh? Check with your local government to learn about your laws & where you can recycle!
Reawaken Your Brilliance host Julie Seibert announced the final Reawaken You! body, mind & spirit online workshop will be on December 7th with internationally known lightworkers Magenta Pixie and Lisa “Transcendence” Brown.
Julie Seibert states, “There are many changes coming as we enter 2014. In many situations, people are discovering the old way of doing things is not working. This real-time online video broadcast is a special event! With personal access and a front row seat to two globally recognized Higher Realm Channels and Translators, you are able to ask questions directly (by phone, Skype or chat) and receive instant answers. The consciousness evolution has never been more visible and prevalent than NOW. Come join us to learn how to access more of the 5th dimension (& higher realms from within) in this most pivotal time of Ascension.”
Magenta Pixie has been in communication with a collective group of “Light Beings” or a “Higher Self aspects” since 1993. She affectionately refers to these beings as “The White Winged Collective Consciousness of Nine” or simply “The Nine.” Regular meditation and a journey of synchronicity within her own life led to this awakening and connection. Magenta releases her messages from “The Nine” in video form on YouTube. Since releasing her first message in 2008 she has received 7 and a half million video views.
She also works as a spiritual coach and intuitive energy reader with clients around the world. Her mission includes helping others raise awareness of self, reach higher states of divinity, alignment and personal transformation. She aids others in making this connection so they may also receive the guidance of spirit and walk this higher path.
Lisa “Transcendence” Brown acts as a Cosmic Portal to the higher realms, teaching tools of Remembering. Energetically existing in multiple dimensional spaces allows her access to that which others may not yet hear, feel or see or understand. She physically streams information of higher realm energies from within. She translates current energy activations in frequency and translates in real-time on Facebook throughout any given day, along with the Translation Log on her main website. She has also brought forth Light Body Energy of Remembering to assist others who seek integration of their overall frequencies to access all from within.
She offers both online & in-persn private sessions and workshops/retreats, along with an extensive library of resources online. She is an author, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Sciences, and is a Reiki Master/Teacher.
During this interactive class, discover easy, life changing, tools on how you can increase your awareness and find joy in your life. The event is only $10 to allow as many people as possible to participate. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: https://lightenergy.eventbrite.com/
You can also view almost 100 FREE interviews on Reawaken Your Brilliance—with people you’ll want to hear from: Bruce Lipton, the Fly Lady, Peter Walsh, Sunny Dawn Johnston & many more!
Seibert created the Reawaken You! series because she wanted to create personal development events to allow for people to have a more interactive experience. “I have been fortunate enough to interviewed amazing body, mind and spirit practioners; I wanted to create personal development workshops where people could learn more in depth about a topic and make real changes to their lives while increasing their awareness. ”
Julie Seibert’s Reawaken Your Brilliance Reawaken You! series is sponsored by Delta Force Technologies. http://www.deltaforce.net/
Julie Seibert can be reached at 919-559-3925 or Julie@reawakenyourbrilliance.com
About Reawaken Your Brilliance Reawaken You! Series
The Reawaken You! Series provides quality body, mind & spirit online and live streaming events and workshops as well as local events in Raleigh, North Carolina. All panel members are personally selected for quality, ethics, education value and speaking skills. Panelists range in a variety of Healing & Alternative therapies for spiritual development. You will come away with tools for self-help, personal growth and personal development to help you on your journey to a healthier and happier you.
About Reawaken Your Brilliance
Reawaken Your Brilliance is a free weekly internet TV and radio show based in Raleigh, NC, that airs Wednesdays 9-10 PM EST. The internet TV and spiritual radio show features body, mind and spirit experts who show you alternatives for personal growth and spiritual development. Host Julie Seibert talks with a variety of personal development experts. Guests include The Fly Lady, Peter Walsh, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Vincent Genna and Angela Beyer Coulter.
Whenever I give a presentation on eco-organizing I always talk about organizing your mind. This is about being clear about your priorities and goals; following your passion; surrounding yourself with good people; and enlarging your life.
For me, this also includes gratitude. I remind myself that many of my problems were “first world.” I have food, shelter, good health and family and friends that I could turn to if needed. I also know that gratitude and tithing 10% of what I make are part of what brings so many blessings into my life.
How often do you express your gratitude?
What are you thankful for in this Thanksgiving season?
In what other ways do you express your thanks?
I know, I know! Thanksgiving isn’t even here and I am talking about getting started on your cards. With planning and organizing, you can avoid doing everything at the last minute. As someone who has had to help her mother do all her cards at the last second, I know how stressful and hectic it can be. I want you to help you avoid that.
Do when watching TV or listening to music. I always suggest carrying everything in a reusable bag so if you end up having to wait (at the doctor’s office, etc.) you can do something instead of getting frustrated. Try and get started on these and have most completed by Thanksgiving.
Go through your card list. If you haven’t created a master card list, now is a great time to get that in a spreadsheet, word document, etc. Really take the time to review. Do you really need to send a card to someone you haven’t kept in touch with for years? Who really loves and appreciates cards? Most elderly people do, so be sure to include them, even if you send e-mail cards. I suggest recycled cards made from a high post consumer content.
Update your address book/spreadsheet/e-mail list.
Print/collect return address labels.
Creating homemade cards? Get going!
Including photos/photo card? Pick and order.
Do a newsletter? Start a draft. Get the family involved so the burden isn’t with one person and make it fun!
Take one of your cards (or one similar to what you are doing i.e. with a photo, folded up newsletter, etc.) to the post office to make sure you have the correct postage. The last thing you want is returned cards!
Buy stamps at post office/online.
Part 2 and green alternatives coming shortly.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the Fly Lady in October 2011 when I first started my online TV and radio show Reawaken Your Brilliance (http://www.reawakenyourbrilliance.com) She was kind, gracious, fun, and of course, shared lots of great professional organizing tips and more!
I know most of the world has switched to using apps & electronics, but I haven’t when it comes to keeping track of my schedule and life. I am not sure I can ever go completely paperless. I can trace this back to losing my thesis in college in 1991. Just recently, I had gift ideas for my husband on my iphone and the list somehow got deleted. So for the foreseeable future, I will be keeping my to do’s and more on paper!
I was invited to choose some products for review for Day Timer. My mother uses her Day Timer religiously (I might even say it is the most organized aspect about her!). I am new to Day Timer, but am always open to trying products. Please note that I was given the products for free but received no additional payment. What I have below is an honest assessment. Please let me know if you have any questions about the products if you are considering purchasing.
Here are the products I am going to review. For more information on these products and more: www.daytimer.com. This code allows you to get FREE SHIPPING through 12/31: GRFSXX3
Item #13980: Coastlines® 2-Page-Per-Day Portable Size Planner Refill
I wanted something that was made from recycled paper. DayTimer allows you to search for this on the site by typing “recycled products”. I chose the coastlines because I love the ocean and I want to be inspired when working. The recycled content of the paper was 90% along with 30% of it post consumer waste.
I liked that at the bottom of each day is an action list as well as a schedule & diary and work record. I take notes when talking or working with clients and I need to be able to reference. Each month has a “To Be Done.” It’s important for business, and life, to have a game plan for each month. This is something I can easily review every day or when I’m stuck at the doctor’s office. I also appreciate the notes at the end of each month. I believe a huge part of success is knowing where everything is and that you can locate it quickly and easily.
At the end of every year, I review my planner to see what I need to keep from the year. Yes, I have found great recipes in my planner! The refill came with plenty of extra note pages so I won’t miss any recipes or other important stuff!
The planning pages also included very valuable lists: mileage, expenses, future planning calendar, addresses, holidays, birthday & anniversary, and area codes. A big mistake people make is having information in more than one place or stuff that should belong together, separate. The planning pages allow me to have everything I need at my finger tips.
If I could change one thing: bigger pages. I still have room in my planner if the pages were a bit wider.
Item #10045: Self-Stick Hot List Single Pad
I am usually not a fan of sticky notes, but these things are great! There is enough “stick” to make them stick. They are perfect for keeping in my book and using when I create client homework lists or resources they need. During sessions, I need to jot down information like this and this makes it easy. I am also not afraid to leave the list with a client because it is very sticky. Bright color makes it easy to locate.
If I could change one thing: longer! I also wonder if they have different colors as I am a fan of color coordinating as much as possible. For example, all client appointments are written in green, so it would be great to have this in other color options.
Item #12636: Pocket Accessory Kit
In addition to professional organizing, I host a weekly internet TV show (http://www.reawakenyourbrilliance.com/) . My organizing skills allow it to be a success, but it takes a lot of planning. I love this kit. Three different notebooks that allow me to make notes on the show, on organizing and on writing. I LOVE that there is an index at the beginning for easy reference. A good size that can fit most purses yet still be easily found.
If I could change one thing: made from 100% recyclable materials! But, I am happy that Day Timer has products made from recycled materials.
Do you use a day timer? What has been your experience? What are you favorite products?
What can you do better in 2014 to have a more successful year? How can being more organized help?
Here are some suggestions to help you keep on top of laundry!
Routine! Decide days to do laundry and announce family rule: dirty laundry must be placed in hamper before next laundry day!
Note on calendar any special clothing days for kids like green for earth day!
Check calendar in advance to be sure special items are done in time!
Wash, dry, and put away by person or room.
Clothes that need ironing get washed first so iron while other loads being done.
Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love to dress up and see all the trick or treaters. When I was little my dad made an Indian princess costume for me out of a burlap sack. Many times I have been “static cling” where I take a blanket and pin socks, t-shirts, underwear, or whatever else is in my drawer.
Here are some suggestions on ways to bring some green along with the orange and black this Halloween!
Check out Consignment and Thrift shops and garage sales.
Raid your own closets: what can you make with what you have?
Remember, it is doubtful that that plastic costume can be recycled. What can you make out of cardboard which can be recycled?
Check out greenhalloween.com’s annual costume swap.
Buy organic apples
Check out your local health food store for organic chocolates; on line: http://www.worldwidechocolate.com/organic_chocolate.html
Roast pumpkin seeds
What in nature can you find to inspire you? Leaves, pumpkins, pine cones…
Eco Friendly Trick or Treat Bags
Reuse a paper sack
Use a reusable cloth sack
Have your child decorate a reusable tote bag
Here’s a great site to check out for even more ideas: http://www.greenhalloween.org/
What creative things are you doing to make your Halloween more green this year?
Today’s guest post is from Geralin Thomas of Metropolitan Organizing. Geralin is a great resource if you are looking to start your new professional organizing business. She is a friend as well as a colleague and provides lots of great information!
6 Steps for Starting a Professional Organizing Business
MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR STARTING A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZING BUSINESS
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Below I’ve created a comprehensive list for new professional organizers starting a professional organizing business. While reading the list please keep in mind that there are no right or wrong ways to tackle all the to-dos. This is your business. You are the boss and the decision maker. Take your time and enjoy this process.
I suggest selecting just one or two sections to focus on at a time. Read the entire list before deciding where you want to start and whatever you do, don’t let the number of to-dos on this list intimidate or overwhelm you.
1. Research the Professional Organizing Industry
- Read organizing books and organizing blogs
- Read blogs posts from home owners or business owners to learn what kind of organizing challenges people are experiencing
- Research business advice websites including. For some, membership is required.
- Join an organization for networking (like your local Chamber of Commerce), accreditations, coaching, etc. (NAPO (www.napo.net) , local NAPO chapter, ICD (www.challengingdisorganization.org)
- Find a mentor, coach, or business consultant (www.score.org)
- Market research – pinpoint the type of client you’d like to work with
- Develop a niche or area of expertise
2. Name your Business
- Create a name for your business and maybe a tagline too
- Check that the domain is available (GoDaddy.com, Google search, WhoIs.net, NetworkSolutions.com)
- Check your Secretary of State website to see if your business name is available and how to proceed regarding filing for a DBA (Doing Business As)
3. Financial, Legal, Logistical
- Write a business plan
- Decide your business structure also known as an entity (Incorporated, LLC, Sole Proprietorship, etc.). Educate yourself at your Secretary of State website and Registrar of Deeds website.
- Register your business name with your Secretary of State and any other agencies (city/county for licenses or zoning permits), or use a service like www.bizfilings.com
- Research tax requirements for your state and apply for tax exempt status (if needed) with your state’s Department of Revenue
- Purchase business insurance (General Liability, home & business equipment, Errors & Omissions)
- Once your registration paperwork has been approved and returned to you, complete the federal SS-4 form and obtain an EIN number before setting up a bank account in your business name
- With your new bank account, purchase business checks & deposit slips
- Get a business debit card and/or credit card
- Set up a merchant account to accept credit cards or a service like PayPal or Squareup.com
- Set up your desk and office space
- Set up a phone number and voicemail message
- Purchase a computer, supplies, and business equipment (scanner, printer, headset)
- Create a signature line for your email include your area code and phone number
- Purchase a backup system for your computer (Carbonite, Mozy, SugarSync, etc)
4. Develop Your Services & Pricing
- Create your list of services
- Estimate your business costs
- Define how you price your services and what your rates will be (hourly rate, tiered pricing, package pricing, project pricing, retainer fees, cancellation fees)
- Establish billing policies and a Services Agreement and/or Subcontractor Agreement (check www.LegalZoom.com)
- Purchase and set up accounting software or create an invoice and bookkeeping system
- Decide if you want to hire a bookkeeper or accountant
- Purchase a domain name or a few domain names including your own name
- Set up website hosting and email
- Create a logo
- Get at least one professional headshot
- Write a professional bio
- Create business cards
- Create stationary (letterhead, notecards, envelopes, address labels)
- Create a website yourself or hire a designer. Either way, you’ll need a website template (templatemonster.com or wix.com) and website content management system (like WordPress, Weebly, Joomla, and Drupal), and content (pages on your site might include: about you, contact info, services, pricing, testimonials from clients, etc.)
- Create social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.)
- Get the word out that you are open for business with a press release (www.articlesender.com), social media posts, forum posts, call friends/family/clients and ask for referrals, create a brochure or mass mailing, etc.
6. Define the Client Experience and Create
- New organizing client questionnaire known as “intake forms” or “assessment forms”
- Consultation process – set expectations of what’s expected and what’s NOT included in your services; explain your billing process
- Welcome letter or booking confirmation
- Feedback form, testimonial, online reviews (Google, Yelp)
Congratulations! You are on your way to starting your own professional organizing business. With my master to-do list you are bound to feel more confident in your ability to plan your time and your budget. My goal is to have you grow your new organizing business in a sensible, sustainable manner. Next, we’ll work on booking clients who want and need help getting and staying organized. Good luck!
I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite, if not favorite, organizers, Peter Walsh. He’s my most popular video on my You Tube Channel. You can watch the video here: