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Saturday 01/23/2021
Fall in Love With These Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas
Posted: January 23, 2021

(StatePoint) As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, celebrations may include romantic dinners, Galentine’s Day plans or even family fun. The experts at Dollar General have provided a few budget-friendly decor ideas that everyone will love.

Friday 01/22/2021
5 ways technology can make home maintenance easier
Posted: January 22, 2021

(BPT) - Even if you’re not the tech savviest person, you probably already use some technology to make your life easier, from your smartphone giving you directions to a digital calendar that keeps track of appointments. Today's technology has made staying on top of many tasks a whole lot easier.

USPS Loyalty Program Tiers Bring Added Value For Small Businesses
Posted: January 22, 2021

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Postal Service has added tiers to the USPS® Loyalty Program for business customers—a move that helps small businesses improve their bottom line through incentives. 

Tiers are based on qualifying shipping totals from the previous calendar year. A higher tier equals a larger benefit—and there is no limit to the amount of credit that can be earned. Going forward, Loyalty Tiers will be allocated at the beginning of each year.

The USPS Loyalty Program is an incentive plan for business customers who use the Click-N-Ship® application to purchase Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® labels. All registered business users automatically are included in the program’s Base Tier. Once earned, credits are added to their USPS Click-N-Ship account and are available in 30 days. Credits expire 1 year from the date of issuance. The earned credits can be applied to future purchases of Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express labels within the shipping cart at checkout.

•Base Tier users earn $40 of credit for each $500 spent on purchases up to $10,000. 

•Silver Tier users earn $50 of credit for each $500 spent on purchases between $10,000 and $20,000. 

•Gold Tier status is achieved with at least $20,000 of qualified purchases in the prior calendar year. Gold Tier users will have access to Commercial Base Pricing, on Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express shipments. 

In addition, new USPS business customers using Click-N-Ship are eligible for a one-time $40 Welcome Bonus credit.

Visit usps.com/loyaltybonus for more information. 

 

Finding a solution to out-of-control chronic gout: Khash’s story
Posted: January 22, 2021

10 tips to support small businesses
Updated: January 23, 2021 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on small businesses. Whether it's a local eatery, service provider, retail store or another type of business, when you shop small, you're supporting a real person who is striving to keep his or her entrepreneurial dream alive.

La elección de escuela puede ayudar cuando espera lo inesperado
Posted: January 22, 2021

(NAPSMI)—¿Cuántos de sus vecinos, parientes o amistades probaron una nueva forma escolar este año? El número es sorprendente, ¿no? El coronavirus ha trastornado la vida y la educación durante casi un año y un sinnúmero de familias ha considerado o ha elegido un nuevo entorno de aprendizaje. La necesidad de compartir recursos claros sobre las opciones de aprendizaje nunca ha sido más importante.

Poems That Can Help With Healing In Hard Times
Posted: January 22, 2021

(NAPSI)—You may be able to bring some comfort to your friends and family members who have been grieving a loss in these difficult days. 

Poetry And Emotion

There’s a new book that can help heal the hearts and minds of people who have lost jobs, opportunities, homes, even loved ones. Called “Words for the Unbearable: A Journey Through Loss” (IngramSpark), it was written by psychologist Enid Sanders, who has had her own losses to deal with. 

When her first child, Keri, died, the young mother spilled out a series of poems and put them away in a drawer. Decades later, when her husband Andrew died, she took them out and started writing again. At first she wrote for herself, for Andrew and to Andrew. A poem would rise up out of nowhere and she’d jump up and scribble it down, not knowing how it would end until she wrote the last word.

Little by little, she shared the poems with friends and fellow therapists who pushed her to turn them into a book. The title comes from a friend who read the poems and said, “These are words for me, words for the unbearable.” Because it is poetry, the book reaches people at a deep level, helping therapists, patients, hospice workers, clergy, and anyone who grieves.

Yet the book is not really sad. It’s helpful, engaging and even rather funny in spots because it tells the truth about grieving without self-pity—including the fact that it can make everyone a little crazy.

Dr. Sanders also brings 34 years of experience as a noted clinical psychologist and bereavement counselor to writing this book. Having trained with internationally renowned child abuse expert Eliana Gil and specialized in helping abuse survivors for 18 years, she now focuses on helping clients negotiate grief and transition.

Doctor’s Opinions 

As Dr. Gil herself put it: “I am wiping tears so that I can write...I feel as though I’ve been seen and heard and understood. Each poem is a picture memory, a reminder, a suggestion, a loving gesture, words that attest to the author’s love. I thought only I loved so deeply and hurt so profoundly, but she’s captured and clarified grief so well, it was comforting to read her words, even though many hurt like hell…Enid Sanders’ words evoke strong feelings and encourage reflection, while providing the strange comfort that comes from being understood.”

Added psychiatrist Daniel Kostalnick, MD: “It is rare that an author can capture both the emotional and intellectual experience of grief, but Dr. Sanders has succeeded...Most of us find it impossible to express that experience, but Dr. Sanders uses her work as a psychologist—and a poet—to help the reader identify, name, and deal with the profound and universal aspects of grief...a work of compassion and understanding that comes from the soul of someone who has loved deeply.”

Many therapists recommend the book to grieving patients and it can inspire people to write their own poetry, or to paint or find another creative outlet for their feelings. 

Learn More

For further facts or to order the book go to www.wordsfortheunbearable.com. It’s also available from Amazon and other booksellers.

 

January Is “GO Month”; Here’s Advice For 2021
Posted: January 22, 2021

(NAPSI)—During 2020, for many Americans, home and work lives saw a major shift as people turned living space into workspace—and classrooms, and workout areas and even quarantine zones—resulting in a call for help to organize, downsize and streamline to professional organizers and productivity consultants. 

Expert Opinions

In response, for January, GO (Get Organized and Be Productive) Month, the yearly celebration of all things organized and productive, the National Organization of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) reached out to its more than 3,000 members to find out what their 2020 was like and what they anticipate for the new—and hopefully better—year. The survey shows a majority of members say their clients have a new or increased focus on being organized, because of the pandemic.

“Our members saw a busy 2020, as families struggled to adjust to a new normal,” observed NAPO President-Elect Amy Tokos, CPO who said more than 64 percent of survey respondents saw an increased focus on organizational and productivity needs due to a new COVID-driven norm. “Whether it was about recreating a home environment that worked for every family member’s new needs to turning a temporary work area into a permanent one or maximizing their digital capabilities and, in some cases, actually moving to a brand-new home, 2020 was all about looking at our environments with fresh eyes as our needs changed.”

Surprising Suggestions

The survey also found that NAPO members, who routinely handle a wide range of client requests, were asked to take on some very unusual tasks in 2020, including:

•Organizing one client’s 387 pairs of shoes

•Overseeing the sale of a large collection of mounted animal heads and stuffed animal bodies

•Arranging the sale of 400 Steiff teddy bears

•Staging a tree house for a client putting their home on the market

•Packing up a client’s husband’s ashes to dispose of

•Organizing a closet packed with hundreds of paper and plastic bags

Future Tasks

Looking ahead to 2021, it’s already showing promise to be as busy as 2020, NAPO professionals predict that the most requested services will be: decluttering and downsizing (35%); productivity coaching for an in-home work environment (17%); packing/unpacking for a move (16%); and creating a new space for work, home or hobby (13%).

“While we are all optimistic that the pandemic will come to an end this coming year, we are all still adapting to the lifestyle changes and new work-from-home norms,” said Tokos. “Hiring a NAPO professional to help with changes you want to make in life is the same as hiring a personal trainer or financial advisor. We abide by a strict code of ethics and discretion. We don’t judge—we help. Who wouldn’t want judgment-free support during this challenging time?”

Learn More

If you’ve resolved to get more organized and productive in the new year www.napo.net offers a directory to find professional organizers or productivity consultants locally or virtually.

 

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