Planning

moving…again…

This weekend, Fourth Of July weekend 2016, I embark on ANOTHER move in my life.

I recently moved back to the Cincinnati, Ohio area from Florida, but to a temporary home. Well, we finally found a place to live, in Liberty Township, Ohio. Near West Chester, Ohio, where my husband works. It’s a 2 bedroom apartment in Liberty Center. A wonderful place to live with a luxury movie theater, lots of retail shopping, a park, 2 apartment buildings, offices, and lots of great restaurants. Yes, imagine living in the burbs but walking to Starbucks which is located in my apartment building. The idea of Liberty Center totally caught my eye years ago in it’s planning stages and now they built it. I always desired to move there. Now I am. Manifesting what you want in life really works!

As I prepare to move again, I am faced with creating a moving plan. One that actually will take some time as I have the majority of my “stuff|furniture” moved up from Florida storage. Everything will be taken in steps over the next month, month and half. I am grateful I don’t have to do much packing, since everything is still packed in my temporary home.

As we embark on another move, it reminds me that I would like to “downsize” my furniture more and simplify my life as much as possible. This won’t be our last move in the next few years I am sure. We actually have moved some 6-8 times in 15 years. I did some downsizing when I packed up house in Florida this spring but there is always room to improve on that.

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are you settling in life?

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Are there areas of your life you are settling?

In each of the categories below, how are you doing in life; currently? Rate each category on a scale of 1 not good to 10 best life.

  1. Relationships
  2. Career
  3. Self-Care
  4. Spirituality
  5. Community
  6. Household
  7. Mental Health
  8. Physical Health

Now, dive deep into where you might be settling and didn’t even realize it.

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my planning tools…

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What tools do I use to plan my daily life and keep myself organized?

  • Evernote – to store all important information
  • Google Calendar – to store my digital version of my calendar and track ALL important appointments
  • Weekly Kickstart from Inkwellpress.com, this is my desk top overview of my week and task list for the week
  • Bounded Notebook Planner – like an Erin Condren Lifeplanner or Inkwell Press or Kikki-K
  • Filofax – for storing my weekly plan but also important information that is portable
  • 5 Subject Notebook – for writing all my little notes in during the day, I transfer hours from it to Google Docs to track my business time
  • Post-It Notes– quick note taking during the day, can be placed in any of my paper notebooks or planners too
  • Sharpie Pen – My favorite pen
  • My laptop computer – to store all my data I need, to access my calendar and digital information
  • Scanner – to scan important docs to digital format for safe keeping
  • Shredder – to shred all important information I don’t need anymore, receipts, paper, etc.
  • Planner stickers – for decorating and pointing out important things in my bound planner
  • Google Docs – online storage of important information, including my client time-sheets
  • Expandable File Pouches – to hold paper copies of important docs/monthly
  • Binders – for keeping letter size planners, calendars, papers organized

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Being a #girlboss Part Two…

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A little more information about being a #girlboss…

  1. We take care of ourselves first and foremost. Self Care is key to being a #girlboss.
  2. Sleep – be sure to get the optimal hours you need to have a nightly healing sleep routine – I need 10 hours
  3. Eat healthy well balanced diets – you can follow me on my Whole30 journey here on the blog.
  4. Hydration – with water is key to keeping your whole body running smoothly. Mind and body.
  5. Exercise & Play – moderate physical activity daily is key to keep your energy high and feeling good. Play is just as important too. Do something you love everyday. Or at least be sure to schedule in some play time each week.
  6. Gratitude Daily – Being grateful for what we have will get you far. Try this journal to get you started. 
  7. Effective Time Management – I use a paper planner (like an Erin Condren Life Planner) and a digital calendar to organize my time effectively
  8. Stay Organized – I have systems, yes it sounds all fancy but it’s essential. Systems of how I do certain things and work as key to keeping me organized and staying that way week to week. Simple as keeping checklists of routine tasks I do. This insures from project to project each clients work gets done correctly.

Read my blog post on building a solid foundation for your life.

Read this article from the lovely and wonderful Alexis at Strange and Charmed.

What do you think is most important about being a #girlboss? Let me know in the comments.

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Being a #girlboss Virtual Assistant…

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I am a #girlboss, and I am proud to say that. I am a VA = Virtual Assistant. What does that mean? I do anything and everything an assistant, admin, secretary, executive assistant does, but I do it virtual working from my home office. This freedom working from home, working from a laptop computer, also allows me to work from just about anywhere I can get wifi internet/ signal. Some VA’s are specialized in specific fields like real estate or social media. I communicate via email, text message, Instant Messaging, Skype, FaceTime, and phone. I keep an organized daily/weekly/monthly schedule on paper and digitally. Paper provides a real life checkbox to check when something is done, schedule + to do list all in one. My digital schedule holds my appointments with reminders. I work and rely heavily on cloud based software. Also cross platform friendly software helps too. Like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and email. These types of software allows me to be able to access files anywhere anytime from my mobile phone and then email them if need be.

Skills: I am a very versed skilled assistant. I can handle technology to accounting. My years of being an admin/assistant has grown my skill set largely. And I have found I NEVER stop learning. You can always learn more, never forget that. In fact being a VA you’re more likely to be in continuing education than most folks. I don’t have a specialized field in particular I work in. Call me a general admin.

I don’t have a super strict set schedule, like I must be at work from 9-5pm. I can work for anyone in any time zone, usually though it helps to be only a few hours off main my time zone, like 3. I can take as many coffee breaks as I need (I do love coffee). No one is looking over my shoulder to be sure I am at my desk working on something all the time. I am the boss of me. But…yes there is a but in there, your clients come first! Remember that, you do need to be available within reason and accommodate them. Being you own boss takes discipline too. Don’t let yourself be fooled, its hard work managing you own work and time. But I have found that I have always been able to be do this even when I had a 9-5 office job.

Are you a VA or considering becoming a VA? What line of work do you specialize in? Shout out in the comments below your #girlboss ‘ness!

Coming tomorrow…#girlboss Part 2 post. A little more info about being a girl boss.

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