January 2015 ~ Happy New Year!

Once again, breathe a sigh of relief.  The holidays are behind us for another 11 months. Of course those months are going to fly by as they always do.  With each new year comes another possible set of resolutions for making things easier for that work / family balance. Does anyone really want to have a drapery installation December 19th?  No, I don’t think so!

Resolution # 1 ~ Looking ahead I think it’s time to start making more lists. It’s not a bad habit to get into.  There are worse habits.  I think it’s fair to say it’s possible that out memories just aren’t what they used to be.  There are more things to remember and each is as critical as the next.  Make it easier…  write it down.

Resolution #2 ~ Work harder and play harder.  Our clients require cultivation like a garden.  That takes a lot of energy.  They are certainly worth the time you will put into their needs so go ahead and splurge on them like you would some beautiful tulips, hyacinth, lilies and cosmos.  The relationships we build with our clients can be and should be rewarding for both sides.  Whether looking by yourself for their fabrics or furnishings or hand in hand visiting boutiques and specialty shops with them for those special finishing touches, always remember to enjoy your time. Memories and great relationships are made here. When the job is done go out and reward yourself!

Resolution #3 ~ Let them eat cake! Bring something delicious to your next client meeting and share it with them.  Why not? Comfort food makes for a more relaxed meeting.  Chocolate always works.

Resolution #4 ~ Organize, organize, organize. I can’t say it enough. If you have an organized system in your office you will have more organization outside of your office.  Put things in place starting new this January.

Resolution #5 ~ Remember to save some energy for yourself and  your loved ones, especially around the holidays.  We bend over backwards to please our clients and don’t always have enough energy for our home based activities.  If baking holiday cookies is a tradition you love to share with your children or grandchildren, don’t let anything get in the way.  Go ahead – take that time for yourself and make those memories.

I don’t have a crystal ball but can say with some certainty that if you will try any of the ideas above you will likely find some peace of mind.  Feel free to remind me of them any time! I, too, will be working hard to achieve more balance in my work / family time and know for sure I need to address Resolution #1 and I’m already planning some very special baking time next December with Shelby, who will be 3-1/2 by then.

Wishing you all a very special post holiday season and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Warm wishes,