Episode 028: Organizing Your Career, With Special Guest, Stacey Delo from Après Group

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Podcast, Women

  • Today we are continuing with our Summer Simplification series
  • Our topic of the day is Organizing Your Career
  • We are joined by special guest, Stacey Delo from Après
  • We’re talking about the daunting task of looking for a job after a long gap
  • Stacey shares some tips on how to re-invent yourself and get noticed
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Mother’s Day 2017

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Women

Mother’s Day isn’t all breakfast in bed and flowers. For many, there’s a sense of sadness and loss.

This will be my 5th Mother’s Day without my mom. It’s sad, not just for me, but for my daughters. My mom had a good heart and lived for my kids. Most days I try not to dwell on the loss, but rather feel grateful for the time that we had together, even though it wasn’t nearly as long as I wanted. Nonetheless, each Mother’s Day is another milestone. Another year she missed. Another year we continue to miss her.

I also think of the many women with fertility issues trying desperately to get pregnant, and Mother’s Day is just another reminder of what isn’t. So for all the women out there trying to become mother’s, I’m thinking of you.

Mostly I think about my friends who have a loss much greater than mine.  Sadly, I have more friends than I care to count who have lost a child. I sit quietly (or not so quietly) on the sidelines, watching their strength as they get up every morning and continue living, despite the indescribable void in their world. I can’t relate to their pain, but empathize with their grief and pray for them continually.

My one friend wrote on facebook that she dreads Mother’s Day because she “failed as a mother” and that broke my heart. She is one of the most amazing mothers I have the honor of knowing. Not only did she fight day in and day out while her son was alive, but has dedicated her career to finding cures for pediatric cancer so other kids can have a chance at life.

As mother’s we are not superheroes. Our kids may think of us that way when they are young, and we often wish we had super powers, but in the end, we are all just human.  We are flawed. We sacrifice. We love. We yell. We hug. We support. We do our best.

I’m sure many of my friends will avoid social media this weekend because seeing photos of people with their mom’s or kids is just too painful.

So whether you are a mom or not, I encourage you to take a moment to reach out to someone who may be mourning the loss of their mom, their child or simply what wasn’t, and let them know you are thinking about them.

Are you Functioning on Autopilot?

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Simplify, Uncategorized, Women

Busy schedule

Yesterday, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I stayed home to play catch up.  Since I spend most days on-site with clients and most evenings running from activity to activity, my own to-do list often takes a backseat.  

Whether you’re stressed with a demanding job, busy taking care of your kids all day or helping with aging parents, we often spend days, even weeks, running on autopilot. The trouble is that functioning in survival mode can only last for so long.

Sound familiar?

There are certain things (like writing this article for one) that requires thought and uninterrupted time; A novel concept for most of us.

So how do you get ahead when you spend every day catering to everyone else?

1. Just Say No. Have you ever noticed that it’s always the same group of people who volunteer at Church, school, or extracurricular activities? The more you do, the more people ask of you. There is only so much time you have to spare, so it’s ok to be selective. Don’t feel compelled to say “yes” to everyone who asks, especially if it comes at the expense of your sanity.

2. Schedule a day to catch up (and I don’t mean taking a vacation). Vacations are great, but they don’t address the root of the problem.  Getting away is a nice distraction, but eventually when you come home, you’re walking into the same chaos as when you left. The only way to truly breathe a sigh of relief is to schedule a day to play catch up in your home.

3. Lead by example.  If you want your kids to make their beds every morning, make sure that you make yours.  If you want them to put their backpacks away, don’t leave your purse on the table.  If you want your kids to pick up their toys, don’t leave piles of clutter around the house. You see where I am going with this?  Kids mimic the behavior they see. The best thing you can do for your family is to empower them to pitch in and help out.

Life is like a roller coaster, and it isn’t going to slow down for you. Sometimes it’s best to sit out the ride until you get your bearings.

Happy Organizing!


Are You An Impulse Shopper?

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Simplify, Women

The other day I had about an hour between dropping off and picking up my daughter from guitar lessons so I decided to kill some time by browsing one of my favorite stores, Home Goods™.

Home Goods is like Disney World for adults. Regardless of how many times you go, there’s an excitement that builds as you walk through the doors wondering what hidden treasure you are going to find.

As I perused the isles, I had to stop myself on more than one occasion from putting something inside my cart that I didn’t need.

As I debated in my mind whether I had a use for a wrought iron cookbook stand for $7.99, (btw, I didn’t), it got me thinking about the lasting impact of impulse shopping.

I can’t tell you how many times I have walked out of Target™ or Costco™ having spent a few hundred dollars on “who knows what” and then hated myself when the credit card bill came at the end of the month. Even after paying the bill, the volume of unnecessary items remained.

girl with clothes

We shop for various reasons: sometimes out of necessity, other times out of boredom, or perhaps shopping is your “reward” for having a bad day. How do you think the term “retail therapy” got its name?

If you are someone who shops to fill a void in your life and are ready to make a change, the first step is identifying your triggers.

  1. The Bargain Hunter. This person gets a rush out of finding the best price. Why do you think stores are constantly sending your coupons in the mail or flooding your inbox with the latest deals? We feel justified spending money on something we probably don’t need simply because it was a good price.
  1. The Competitor. Also referred to as “keeping up with the Joneses”. This person has to have the latest hot item because everyone else has it. Parents are the worst offenders when it comes to buying unnecessary toys or gadgets for their kids. How many kids got hover boards for Christmas last year? The danger with The Competitor is that they are caught up in a vicious cycle of constantly seeking others approval based on materialistic items.
  1. The Dreamer. This describes the person who buys a whole set of bakeware because they are going to become the next Martha Stewart. The dreamer isn’t realistic with their time “when am I going to do this?” or their space “where am I going to store all of this?” Trust me, I’ve seen more home brew beer kits collecting dust in basements and garages then I care to admit!

There is no question that a certain level of shopping is necessary, however the average American spends more than they need. Emma Johnson, wrote a great article for Forbes called the Real Cost of Your Shopping Habits where she talks about the snowball effect of owning more stuff.

I am not suggesting that you never set foot in a store again. What I am proposing is that you give pause before putting something in your cart and ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • Do I really need this?
  • When am I going to use/wear this?
  • Do I have room in my house for it?

Once you begin to incorporate this mantra into your routine you’ll notice that you not only have more money in your bank account, but that you have less clutter in your life allowing you to focus on what is really important.