Author Archive for Hazel Thornton

Think of your Future Self as a Dear Friend

Do you routinely procrastinate even small tasks? Do you have a hard time reaching goals and creating new habits? Do you beat yourself up about it?

Maybe it will help to think of your Future Self as a Dear Friend.

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Mom’s Boxes # 7: Sharing family history with my family

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Shhh! Don’t tell my family, but I’ve finally figured out what I’m giving them all for Christmas.

“What?” you ask…with bated breath…

Why, The Gift of an Organized Family Tree, of course!

“But wait…you’re an organizer, and a genealogist. Haven’t you already shared your family history with your family?”

Well…yes and no…

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The guest-worthy & stress-free home

Do you enjoy house guests? Or avoid them?

Is your home guest-worthy?

Does the thought of having people over cause a small panic attack?

In New Mexico the holidays start with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October! Many of us host visitors during that time. Some of us have friends and family who visit during the summertime, or during the winter holidays.

Even if no one’s spending the night, we might host parties and other celebrations throughout the year.

Or….we avoid company altogether because we are embarrassed about our clutter and our imperfect homes.

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Always Believe in Yourself

Curve-billed Thrasher – Hazel Thornton

Do you believe in yourself? Always? Or do you sometimes lose faith?

Life is hard. We all go through tough times personally, and lately it seems like the rest of the world is on the brink of disaster too.

Even if you generally have confidence, and strength, and a grateful, positive attitude… even if all of your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met, for the most part… everyone gets weary from time to time.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Genealogy is for Everybody!

What comes to mind when you hear the word “genealogy”? Does it sound boring and time-consuming? Or, does it sound fascinating in the same way that solving a mystery or reading a historical novel can be?

Pedigree charts might sound fancy, but they’re really just family trees. If you think pedigrees are just for royalty, dogs, and horses, think again!

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Do you need to change your settings?

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I’ve been thinking about how life is no different from technology.

In what way, you ask?

When we have a problem it’s often just a matter of changing our settings.

We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are. – Anais Nin

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Organizing to De-Stress in Stressful Times

These are stressful times. It’s been an intense week for the whole country. OK… it’s been a stressful couple of years!

And I think we’re all feeling it one way or another.

Are you remembering to take care of yourself?

I forget sometimes, so I’m writing this for myself as much as for you.

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Organize Your Facebook News Feed for Serenity Now!

Are you feeling like you have no control over what you see in your Facebook News Feed?

Are you on the verge of ditching Facebook altogether out of frustration?

Are you sick of that “Facebook limits you to seeing posts from 26 friends” cut-and-paste meme going around?

I know some of you are, because I’m writing this post by popular request!

So, sit back…relax…take a few deep breaths…and let’s begin with a prayer…LOL?

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Mom’s Boxes Part 6: Sometimes Organizers Need Help Too!

You didn’t think I was finished with Mom’s Boxes, did you? Ha ha ha! Noooo! In fact, I haven’t done a thing on this project since my brother left in December to spend a year in Japan.

These are a few of the resulting categories: Cassette tapes, Mini photo albums, Grandma & Grandpa’s letters, Ephemera to sell?, Sketch books, Grandpa 1920’s, Negatives, 60’s & 70’s photos.

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Do You Follow Doctor’s Orders?

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-medical-pill-prescription-image25081695I twisted my knee last fall. (Note: This post was originally written in 2013, but now I’m working on rehabbing my ankle.) I saw a doctor for knee pain and was already on a Rx anti-inflammatory, which masked the symptoms and made it seem not bad enough to see the doctor again. But a few months later it still hurt, so I finally went to see a specialist. The MRI confirmed some arthritis and a torn meniscus (but not bad enough to warrant surgery). I was prescribed a number of things to do.

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