File-It! Friday

How To Get Freedom From Your Files

This is the filing system I have been using for years not only for my own Home & Office but also for my organization coaching clients. It helps keep everything in a simple system.

If you are looking for help with an Organize & Simplify System! for your home or workplace paper management. Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation @ (860)961-6824 or email cchomeconcierge@gmail.com. Here’s a link to -> Freedom Filers

Peace Harmony & Happy Filing!

XO Cheryl

Tips To Being Happy

think happy be happy~Simply try it. A little effort can go a long way in increasing happiness. There are plenty of experimental studies that have found that simply trying to be happier could actually elevate your mood and well-being. 

~Make happiness your number-one goal. People who are happy choose to make happiness among their top goals in life, according to psychologist Tom G. Stevens, Ph.D., author of You Can Choose to Be Happy. Learning good self-management skills, interpersonal skills, and career-related skills along with choosing to be in environments and around people that increase your probability of happiness. 

~Linger in those tiny little, positive moments. “Our brains are wired to scout for all that’s bad — the brain is like velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones. This “negativity bias” causes the brain to react intensely to bad news, compared to how it responds to the good news. But we can counter the brain’s negativity bias — which triggers us to form stronger bad memories than good ones — by appreciating and lingering on those tiny, positive moments.” – according to Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness.

~Choose mindfulness. The secret to happiness could be as simple (and difficult) as becoming more mindful. Meditation — a practice that anyone can do, anywhere, so long as they’re willing to sit and try to silence the mind — is thought to be a happiness-booster. I used to think that this “meditation stuff” was . . . excuse me for saying — bullshit! But, I have been using meditation since 2003. It was actually prescribed to me by my holistic doctor out of Madison, CT. The best tool I have found to calm my mind — no bullshit!

~Smile your way to happiness. The secret to boosting your mood could be as simple as making yourself smile. Fake smiling, on the other hand, results in the worse moods and withdrawal from others. It really is that simple, you create a happy environment when you’re smiling at people instead of frowning or showing a face of anger. Smiling can change our brain. Let’s say you experience a positive situation and you see a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. This means that neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face — And you have a smile!

~Practice compassion. Want to increase your brain’s capacity for happiness? “Compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with all the ingredients that everyone longs for; the embodiment of kindness, of caring, of loving. It is a skill that can be enhanced with practice, it’s not impractical or touchy-feely but a courageous state of mind and heart, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves, the world and reality” (Mindfulness at Work). Try meditating on compassion.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

~Dalai Lama

 

 

Sunday Blessings

Time is a Blessing (2)

Nothing but a Wisp of Fog

James 4:13-15 The Message (MSG)

13-15 I now have a word for you who brashly announce. “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

Dr. Seuss wrote, “How did it get late so soon?” The older you get, the quicker time passes.  The older you get, the more you understand the seasons of time, the qualities of time which have made up your life…years of struggle, moments of pure joy, seconds of pure terror, and vast stretches of boredom. I remember when summers seemed to last forever.

More than smartphones, computers, and tablets, the clock is the most addictive and controlling technological device we own today.  In our culture, we learn lessons about the time along the way, like, “time is money,” and “wasted time is wasted opportunity.”  We are are a culture that has found time so abundant we could kill it when we thought we had too much, with thinking like “I had some time to kill.”

Does the clock tell us what is most important in life, does it tell us that it is the time of beginning or end?  That now is the time to break or reconcile? The time to rebuild or break down?  We need to realize that the clock does not answer these questions. The ways and wonders of time are much more complicated, much deeper, much more sacred than we assume. It takes inner wisdom, cultivated purposefully and in quiet, deep spaces to learn how to really tell time.

Let’s spend our Time and Energy being creative, being kind, being an asset to your community and family. And, not worrying, not being fearful, not being pity and not listening and joining into the negativity. Be the Stewardship of Your Time!

 

It’s More Than A Lavish Luxury

 

meeting planningSMALL BUSINESS CONCIERGE

Small businesses sometimes need extra support for specific projects or ongoing needs, without the need or hassle of hiring an additional employee.

 If you don’t want to take on the added expense of a full or even part-time assistant or additional employee, you can still get the help you need… just when you need it. 

 A cost-effective solution, our team can serve as a personal small business concierge that makes phone calls, arrange travel or other bookings, provide internet research or complete to-do lists. 

As part of a growing trend of outsourcing business tasks, small business concierges are playing an important role in today’s business workplace by providing cost-saving benefits to businesses and individuals. 

Concierges can perform many of the same services as office-based employees but without the associated costs such as payroll tax, worker’s compensation, superannuation, sick, and other leave, or training, office space, cell phone, etc. 

The list is endless; just let us know what your goals are and we can create a customized program to suit your business needs. 

Please communicate the details – the more specific information from you helps to ensure the fastest and most accurate response possible. Feel free to contact Cheryl @  CC Home Concierge Co. to schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation at (860)961-6824.

 

Say “Oui!” To French Country Ya’ll

French country Flair

 French country design often incorporates ruffles, distressed woodwork, mixed patterns, and both vibrant and subdued hues. 

While many people are under the impression this type of design is too gaudy to fit with today’s tastes, I think that could not be further from the truth. French country design showcases elegant simplicity at its finest — and, if given a chance, could become the next twist on rustic design.

The easiest way to achieve the goal of French Country is through your color palette. While the dominant shade in each room should still be fairly neutral, French country’s dependence on subdued hues means you can stretch that definition a little bit further than usual. Focus on colors that are inherently warm and subtle — such as tans, creams, and soft yellows — to fill this role.

Choose Subtle and Warm Colors – 

Where your accent colors are concerned, you’ll want to choose shades that tune into French country’s traditional roots. Choose colors such as rust and antique white, which will infuse the room with a subconsciously historical feel.

Look For Furniture with Flowing Lines – 

With this in mind, you want to follow many of the same rules as you would when putting together a traditional rustic look. Concentrate on incorporating plenty of natural materials. The shape of these pieces. However, is where this aesthetic sets itself apart. French country furniture boasts a variety of sophisticated, flowing lines to add plenty of visual interest in addition to function and purpose.

Embrace Your Weathered Textures – 

One way to do that is through your finishes. Rather than having design elements that look as though they’ve come straight from the store, you want the impression that your rooms have seen a bit of history! When it comes to selecting flooring, furniture or even architectural elements like decorative wooden beams, choose finishes that are a bit distressed, or imperfect and rough around the edges.

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