Month: November 2013

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Hello there! I just wanted to greet you Happy Thanksgiving Day! It’s the best holiday (for me) here in the western hemisphere. Why? Because it’s the day to say thanks to the Lord for the great life we are having. Despite the trials we go through each year, things go better with each passing year.

This is also the chance to be grateful to our dear family, friends and relatives. The people who had positively impacted our lives. The people that we lay our shoulders on (not literally or maybe yes) when things seem to be falling apart. The people who are there for us through thick and thin.

Of course we should be thankful everyday for our many blessings. But since this day was traditionally assigned for giving gratitude, it magnifies our thankfulness for each other. Of course, the commercial entities decide to make this day or the days after this as a hotbed for consumerism, but it should be ignored or avoided. There is more to life than buying things, which end up as junk a few years down the road.

Our focus should be on thankfulness. Being grateful on most days per year makes us appreciate life more and avoid depressing thoughts. Send thank you cards, give inexpensive gifts and even bake or cook a meal for a few folks.

By spending a lot less on ourselves and focusing on serving others make us more benevolent and our community more blessed and prosperous.

Happy Thanksgiving day! That includes all you readers from all over the world. From the bottom of my repaired heart, I’m very thankful for all of you spending your time reading this blog.


Organizing 102

Did you miss me? It’s been awhile since I posted. Was I a little bit disorganized lately? No, my mother was sick and was finally scheduled for surgery. It was devastating emotionally primarily because I was 7,000 miles away. She is about to leave the hospital now to recuperate at home and I can finally breathe easier. She’s almost 80 now and she’s been strong all her life. After the surgery, she looks weak but still has that strong will to live, which got me thinking – I need to maximize every minute of my remaining life. To do that, I gotta be more organized.

For this post I want to separate organization into two groups: Time and Things. We can probably discuss more about organizing other matters but it generally falls between these two.

Organizing Time

I could not speak about distractions enough. One of them is the presence of cable TV. These days, a few internet gurus are stating that cable TV will be like the dinosaurs because it will be extinct soon. Streaming video is supposedly going to take over. Don’t you think that even if cable TV goes away, the distraction will just switch to web-based video? Same expense, different vendor. Same distraction, different delivery. So what are we to do? Cut off time spent in front in TV is what I’m driving at. That should free up our time for more productive and creative tasks.

And yes, sports, soap operas and sitcoms goes to the trash too!

Shows in which you learn new skills or marvel about nature are exempted of course.

How about daily activities? I tend to adjust my activities based on different factors. For example, during our vacation, we had some house repairs done also. Due to heavy torrential rains and a storm almost every 10 days, I had to adjust my expectations. Add to that heavy traffic from 7 am thru 9pm and you’ll get the idea. We only scheduled one or two vendors per day, and we only bought materials one at a time: sofa today and electric cooling fans the next day. Even back in Cali I purposely take on one task at a time from the list so I don’t stress out trying to finish everything in one day. This technique actually made me more productive because I was able to focus on one task while not anxiously thinking about the next one or two.

Organizing Things

One technique I learned from a friend is adjusting the location of your tools to be as close to you as possible. For example, each room has its own pair of scissors (yes, they are cheap so you save time by having one available close by). Then I split daily tools such as pliers and screwdrivers between a tool bag in the master’s bath and a tool box in the kitchen. The bicycle tools are separated too. For some fortunate people with garages, it’s probably logical to store the bulk of the tools in the garage, but at the same time keep some in the master’s bathroom so you don’t have to walk to the garage every time you need one.

I use one of those plastic organizers which has several small compartments for sewing kits such as threads, buttons (separated by color), needles, needle threader, etc.

I use another one of those for keeping different type of fasteners like nails, screws, nuts, etc. There are also plastic or glass jars available where you can store those things – which is the best choice if you are clumsy (like me). If you tip one of the jars, only one type of item is scattered. With the organizer, you will be forced to reorganize them again in their own individual containers.

So that’s all for this issue. Maybe I’ll post another one about organization next time, or I’ll switch to Building Wealth Series. So come back soon!