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The Key Ingredient for Fixing What’s Broken = You !!

Ladies, why are we so broken? What consistently brings us to that all-consuming black hole of self-deprecation? How is it that we can so fervently profess the extraordinary value that lies within our closest female friends and, in the same breath, allow ourselves to be beaten utterly senseless—emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually—by everyone around us, including ourselves? How do we get to ‘that place’?

These are questions that have weighed heavily on my heart for as long as I can remember, and more recently, having publicly shared about my experience with postpartum depression, lost and then gained treasured friendships with like-minded moms of young children, unwillingly undergone increasingly challenging life changes, and watched countless episodes of ‘real’ reality shows like Hoarders, Intervention, and Snapped, my desire to find the answers has grown at an increasing rate, gaining a sense of urgency along the way.

Why do we find it such a challenge to love ourselves? And, how do we change our ways? What can we do to ensure that we treat ourselves with the love and respect we so richly deserve?

My Simple Solution: Think of my daughter. What kind of role model do I want to be for her? What beliefs do I want to instill in her about her own self-worth? My greatest desire as a mom is to teach my daughter how to be a strong, confident, self-sufficient, and kind-hearted woman. So, that is exactly the person that I must try to be.

Now, what about you? Who are you today? What lessons are you teaching those around you? Remember, you deserve nothing less than the respect and love that you would bestow upon your best friend in a heartbeat. In fact, this is the perfect moment for you to be your very own “perfectly imperfect” best friend.

How do you affirm your self-worth as a woman, a wife, a mother, and a friend? Are there times when you struggle to see your own value? What tactics do you employ to get yourself out of ‘that funk’? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Holiday Helps : Valentine Printables

Now here are some printable goodies for the grown-ups in the crowd… Enjoy! ;)

Valentine Box
from Good Gravy Designs
Valentine Pillow Box
from Good Gravy Designs
Sweetie Pie Box
from Twig & Thistle
Brownie Bag
from Twig & Thistle
Tea Bag Labels
from Creature Comforts
Hot Cocoa Mix
from Lolly Chops
Valentine Postcard
from Wedding Chicks
29 Love Note Designs
from Creating Keepsakes
Valentine Tags
from Good Gravy Designs
Valentine Cards
from The Rubber Punkin
Valentine Cards
from Buttoned Up
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Wednesday Wisdom : Love

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life—to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

— George Eliot
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The Great Organizing Giveaway !!

[ real neat ] ideas : 35 home organizing tips In celebration of Get Organized Month, professional organizers and coaches from all over the world (including yours truly) have come together to share their knowledge and expertise for this extraordinary online event: The Great Organizing Giveaway.

Whether you need help with your home, your office, or your time, you’ll find tons of fabulous freebies including ebooks, tip sheets, audio programs, webinars, and consultations. Plus, you’ll have chances to win program memberships, productivity software, and even an iPod!

Here is just a small sampling of the fantastic resources that will be available…

  • [ real neat ] ideas: 35 home organizing tipsgrab your copy by subscribing to my ezine »
  • Transform Your Combat Zone Into A Comfort Zone
  • Perfect Products for Frantic Families
  • Top 10 Tips For Instant Feng Shui!
  • Personal Medical Organizer
  • Change Your Life One Minute at a Time
  • “Downsizing Dilemmas – Solved!” Workbook
  • Making Being Green Easy: Eco Organizing Tips for the Home and Office
  • On a Clear Day You Can Find the Top of Your Desk
  • Conquering Paper Clutter Teleclass Recording
  • Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Business
  • 10 Easy Ways to Liberate Time Report

So, what do you say? Are you ready to get organized for the remainder of 2010? If so, be sure to visit AskTheExpertOrganizers.com to collect all the fabulous freebies that will help you on your quest. Then, come back here and let me know what resources were your favorites… I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!

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Friday Fave : Cometdocs Online Data Conversion Tools

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I *heart* Cometdocs! I’ve been looking everywhere to find a *free* (and preferably online) way to quickly and easily generate thumbnail preview images of the pdf files that I’ve been adding to the resources > downloads section of my website, to no avail. And then I found Cometdocs! And now I’m in love! Almost as much as I *heart* MailChimp! ;)

Here are some details ‘straight from the horse’s mouth':

Cometdocs is a one-of-its-kind free online document conversion interface that offers a large set of document conversions that can’t be found anywhere else online. Its unique features include on-the-fly OCR conversion capabilities, over 50 different conversion options, and proprietary XPS and PDF conversion abilities that retain formatting, images, and text in the selected output format. And best of all for users -> it is available free of charge.

No need to install anything on your computer. Use the easy upload interface to convert your file. Your original file will not be affected, and you can choose your own file name for the converted file which will instantly download to your computer.

What to do with such limitless data conversion possibilities!?! Hmmm… Maybe I should convert some of my college writing and design work from ‘the olden days’ into something more readily usable… Interesting thought…

Anyway, did I already say how much I love this new find!?! ;)

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