Happy Friday-Eve ♪ ♫ ♪

Do something this coming weekend that will keep you moving forward on your journey to the Vision you have for your ______________. (You fill in the blank).

This weekend I am going to visit The Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury, CT to take pictures, maybe make a little video. It’s closed to the public for renovations but the surrounding area is beautiful and so New England.

My journey is: Improving my photography skills, I learned a few techniques and want to ~ Practice Practice Practice.

Peace ♥ Harmony

Cheryl XO

Author Bio

Cheryl Camacho is the Owner & Organizer of Lifestyle by Design, the Southeastern CT local lifestyle organizational service. Lifestyle by Design takes pride in providing outstanding small office Clean.Organize.Redesign services at affordable prices. LBD lifestyle services help home & work spaces transform into clean healthy spaces.

Wellness Wednesday

I found these videos  when the world went into lockdown, I will be posting them weekly. Enjoy!

I have followed this videos tips and resources, here is how I put my wellness first:

I use the SLEEP CYCLE APP . . . it’s awesome!

I have been putting a glass of water by my bed since my early 20’s, the first thing I do before even putting my feet on the floor is take small sips of water – then I sit on the edge of my bed and do some sitting stretches and finish my 8oz glass of water. I will have to add this is a nice little trick when you have had too much to drink too! Just shouting that out . . . 🙂

If I want to look at my phone before bed, I have settings on my smartphone to gradual turns the screen darker as the sun goes down. I would rather read a book, it puts me in a better mindset to sleep rather than scrolling through nice or not so nice pictures.

Peace ♥ Harmoney

Cheryl XO

Author Bio

Cheryl Camacho is the Owner & Organizer of Lifestyle by Design, the Southeastern CT local lifestyle organizational service. Lifestyle by Design takes pride in providing outstanding small office cleaning services at affordable prices. LBD clean services help workplaces transform into clean healthy spaces.

Unity and Harmony

For any team, organization or party to achieve their Vision, it will not be possible if you do not have unity and if you do not have harmony between people. 

The effectiveness of individuals and teams will be positively or negatively impacted by the positive or negative relationships that exist between individuals.

When the heart and spirit of an individual turns to the negative, it will seriously affect the environment, culture and relationship between individuals.

To grow unity and harmony, the heart and spirit in individuals needs to be aligned with trusting relationships, and individuals must believe in themselves and each other.

Nothing of what I wrote above included agreement, we don’t need total agreement in order to find unity.

But, we do need to Find a path in order to walk towards Unity to let the Vision shine through the hearts and spirits of each individual that came to the Middle for Unity.

Let’s stop talking about Unity and Harmony, and let’s start walking towards the middle. #Walkthemiddleforunity

Peace ♥ Harmony

Cheryl XO

Snow Days Are The Best

Well, they used to be the best. I am watching the morning news with the ticker tape running underneath watching all the schools being closed today due to snow. But, some are saying REMOTE LEARNING TODAY – Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

As a former teacher a Snow Day was the best day, now with Remote Learning – they have taken that away from the students.

Listen, nothing has been normal for children this past year and into 2021. Please don’t take their snow days away, it’s the one NORMAL event kids can count on, please superindents NO REMOTE LEARNING ON SNOW DAYS!

Even a panda at the National Zoo in DC doesn’t need anyone to tell him what to do on a snow day . . . .

Peace ♥ Harmony

Cheryl XO

Room Design For Zoom Meetings

What it comes down to is to keep it simple, not empty.

 You have an important Zoom meeting in five minutes, and apart from preparing your presentation, you’re also looking for a little corner with a decent background at home that would look presentable to your colleagues.

While many of the basic design principles apply, there are (3) specific design rules for video call backgrounds. 

  • Have 3-6 feet — between you and your background.
  • You also want to keep the space clean and tidy
  • Choose a spot that doesn’t attract clutter.

But that doesn’t mean the area needs to be sparse. Your space should tell a story about you. After all, it’s your home, we need to embrace our humanity now more than ever! Select decor that’s inviting and shows your passions along with who you are:

  • Memorabilia and books you love
  • Art that speaks to you
  • Your favorite colors
  • Fresh flowers, live plants, or a lit candle
  • Quotes
  • Posters
  • Record Album Covers (Your favorite artists)

Just make sure the story YOU tell is connected, and that the colors complement each other and your skin tone. You also want to make sure your space feels cohesive. Too many competing elements (too much Cha-Chi) can be distracting for viewers. 

To style the perfect Zoom backdrop:

  • Vary the height and visual weight of objects in the background. Add a lamp and mirror to the background to make a striking statement. Add photo frames and books that provide texture but don’t rival.
  • Mix old and new. Vintage items always add warmth and interest.
  • Your goal is for texture over pattern. Natural materials and textiles add wonderful visual texture. Too many graphic patterns can be overwhelming on camera.
  • Design your space through the camera. Some things that work in real life don’t translate to a two-dimensional digital world. Look at your space onscreen and adjust accordingly. I suggest this with my design and staging clients all the time, I would like to mention, this little tip saves you time and money.

|Play with your space ~ Set it up ~ Look at through the lens of a camera ~ Redesign|

A Checklist For Zoom Video Backdrop Design

Watching Obama address the nation during the recent election campaign from his “Zoom Corner”, I couldn’t help but notice his office checks all the boxes of a well-designed video conferencing setup:

  • Great lighting!
  • Perfect camera setup — slightly above his eye line
  • Bookshelves add texture and a cozy vibe without being cluttered
  • A mix of items on display — new and vintage, personal and professional
  • Backdrop colors compliment his complexion and wardrobe
  • Lighted sconce and fresh flowers add warmth and life to space

Foot traffic

You wouldn’t want to be remembered at work as the person whose spouse or children were seen walking around in their underwear, or the dogs fighting (it happened) in the background.

To avoid this scenario, I recommend you avoid high traffic zones which include:  1. kitchen, 2. Near bathrooms, 3. By the front door.

And if you’ve settled in a room for your video call, hang a sign on the door or wall “ZOOM MEETING IN PROGRESS” when meeting and filming.

Sitting Properly

One reason why we all look so awful in Zoom meetings is how we sit. Your environment can mimic a professional setting starting with where you are seated. I have noticed that working on a bar stool or anything counter-height has been a good alternative to standing desks.

Personal vs Professional

The boundary between the personal and professional blurs easily, especially for those working from home. I suggest you clearly define the distinction between the two to avoid looking unprofessional.

Our homes are indeed personal spaces and you will definitely share a little more than usual when working from home. Remember to clean and organize: having photos, artwork, books, and travel memorabilia in your background is a great way of telling your story.

Zoom conferencing might have skyrocketed as a solution to a problem, but I’m very confident it’s here to stay. Let’s at least make it Style with Lifestyle by Design.

Have questions about how to design your Zoom space? Email me envisionsdesigns@gmail.com 

Peace ♥ Harmony

Cheryl XO