​It's never too late to start something new!
Hello friends,

As we all know, most larger projects require multiple steps to succeed. If you are just starting on your goals for the year, remember that it’s never too late to start anew! Each small step is still considered forward momentum, and something as simple as breaking down those steps on paper is progress in our eyes.

If you’re finding it hard to wield the motivation you need to get off the ground, maybe it’s time to reconsider your motives. In the blog this month, we talk about the five love languages and the ways in which we relate to the world and express our desires.

If your goal is something you think you should want, but don’t feel entirely connected to, it’s going to be much harder to get from start to finish. What excites you? How can you fall in love with the process of becoming a better version of yourself, growing your business, or deepening relationships?
For inspiration here are just a few people who changed their careers in the second half of their lives (and excelled!): 

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, the writer of Little House on the Prairie, didn't publish her first book until she was 65 years old

  • Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car

  • Julia Child didn't write her first cookbook that launched her career as a celebrity chef until she was 50 years old

  • Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, became widely famous for her nostalgic paintings depicting rural American life and didn't begin her painting career until she was 78

  • Morgan Freeman was 50 years old when he landed his first big break in the movie Street Smart

Every day we get the chance to start again.

Happy beginnings!
Missy and the Team
On the Blog
Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Your Partner (Based on Their Love Language!)
Dr. Gary Chapman is a New York Times best selling author who is well known for his book, The Five Love Languages. He explains that the best way to support the people that we love is to understand the way they are there for us. Dr. Chapman believes that every person has a “love language” they use to express and experience love in their relationships. 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we wanted to share with you some clutter-free gift options that will harmonize with the love language of your partner, even if your partner is yourself! We hope you enjoy!

Give the Gift of Organization for Valentine's Day!
What could be more romantic than the gift of organization? As many of us are continuing to work from home, the clutter build-up can feel frustrating and daunting. Give your partner the gift of a gorgeous, organized pantry, tool bench or closet (or any residential or office area of their choice). We will provide a printable gift certificate for your love, and you will win all the brownie points.

Pacific Northwest Decluttering Businesses
Ridwell | Recycling Resource
Ridwell partners with local non-profits, domestic recyclers, and community artists to give your stuff a new purpose. You'll be provided with bags to store items within certain categories that include: batteries, light bulbs, plastic film, and threads. Every two weeks, Ridwell comes to your door to take your things and dispose of them responsibly.

Sella | Resale Resource
Do you have things that you'd love to sell but can't find the time? Sella is a brilliant resale company that takes your things and sells them for you. You pay their low-cost fee upfront and they will pick your things up via porch pickup, photograph and list them on the appropriate websites and send you the revenue once the product sells.

Portland Events and Resources
Does Emotional Intelligence Matter in Business? | Virtual Panel Discussion
Whether your organization is boutique or Fortune 500, local or global, increasing your understanding of emotional intelligence (EQ) in yourself, your leaders, and your colleagues is good for business. Join in on a panel discussion between three leaders and consultants: Travis Stovall, Shari Dunn, and Joni Roylance. The panelists will discuss practical and repeatable approaches to grow EQ within ourselves and our teams, and discuss expectations around emotionally intelligent leadership during COVID-19 and the racial justice movement. At the end there will be time for Q & A.

Date: Monday, February 22nd
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm PST
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Present Like a Pro | Online Seminar Presented by NAWBO Oregon
Whether your goal is to inform, persuade, or influence, professional speaking techniques will improve your oral communication, help you convey your ideas, and better collaborate with others. This discussion aims to expand your understanding of how to increase credibility and connection with your audiences. At the end, there will be several opportunities to practice what you’ve learned in small-group break-out sessions.

Date: Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 10am - 12pm PST
Location: Online
Cost: Free for members | $75 for non-members