Restoration Hardware Craziness.

As many of you know, we are in the throes of a move. We found the right house for our family and we are SO excited to get there… a few more days and we’ll be sleeping there!

Meanwhile when you acquire a new address, it seems that marketing folks get a hold of new addresses and go a little crazy, which is exactly what happened when I found got delivered to my doorstep a totally unwanted, non-requested pile of catalogs from the high end household store, Restoration Hardware.












Eleven, count them eleven catalogs.  They call this craziness their “source books”, which is really just a fancy way of saying “colossal waste of paper”.  Many of you are likely thinking… well, doesn’t she get off of catalog listings?  Yes, I do.  And often.  However what I have learned in the complaining and asking around about this with others, is that whenever someone gets a new address, they get sent this source book collection for the current year.  I was horrified that Restoration Hardware would first of all think I wanted their stuff – never have I bought a thing there, nor would I.  And secondly, in thinking about the incredible waste of resources it took to get this to my door, I really question the sensibility of whoever schemed this up.

I could see it make sense if:

A) I was a designer
B) I asked for them to be sent to me
C) All of the above

So, while I’m at it, I thought I’d throw out 2 resources for the “other” catalog madness that will start coming your way  soon… the first is Paper Karma and the second is Catalog Choice. Oh, and if you want to get off of the Source Book list from Restoration Hardware, here’s the link:

Here’s to a more paper-free holiday season ahead,


Quote of the week.


9 Lies that Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed

This is a fabulous little read from one of my most favorite blogs, Becoming Minimalist.  Any ring true for you?  Oh yea, how about #3, 4 or 5?  Heck, they’re all gems.  
Enjoy & Share.  :)

9 Lies that Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed


“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

The speed of our world is increasing.

Technology and communication continue to improve. Information moves faster. And social media rewards those who never turn it off.

Expectations, demands, and accessibility continue to expand, but the number of hours in a week do not. As a result, our lives get busier and busier.

This approach to life rarely benefits us in the long-run because a busy life is an unreflective life. In fact, often times, we are so busy scurrying from one thing to another we don’t even have the space to realize our schedules have become overwhelmed. We don’t recognize how our overcommitted lives are harming us.

Even worse, we are unable to identify the hidden mistruths in our heart that are contributing to the problem. Consider these:

9 Hidden Lies that Keep Our Schedules Overwhelmed

1. Accolades will bring fulfillment. The thinking goes like this: The busier we are, the more we can accomplish and the more respect we can earn. And the more respect and accolades we receive, the more we can surely prove our worth and value to others. Unfortunately, if you are trying to find fulfillment in someone else’s opinion of you, you will never find it. You will always be left searching (and working) for more.

2. Money will bring happiness. We often get caught up in needless busyness because of our desire to earn and secure more money. Ever notice how often we are offered money (or the chance to win money) for our time? While it is important to work hard and provide for the needs of your family, it is foolish to think money is the quickest shortcut to better living.

3. I don’t have a choice. Many of us live over-busy lives because of the expectations and demands of others. In these cases, it is important to remember you always have a choice. Sure, there are seasons of life that require more of you and your time than others, but seasons always change. If yours hasn’t changed recently, you may need to revisit who is making the decisions in your life and where you can regain some of your control.

4. I’m more productive if I’m busy. Maybe you can be more productive for a short while, but human beings are not designed to work relentlessly without periods of rest. Countless studies confirm the importance of rest for productivity. Eventually, a lifestyle of busyness will detract from our productivity. And more importantly, your health and well-being. There are no exceptions.

5. I am needed. Pride is defined as holding an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance. And it leads to overwhelmed schedules because of the foolish thinking that follows it: “Nobody else can do what I do.” This pride affects the way we view our business, our work, our family, and our personal relationships. Left unchecked, it leads to a busy life and in the end, a fall.

6. Everything is important. Our world has a tendency to make everything appear urgent, important, and beneficial to our lives. As the speed of information increases, our minds are seemingly less equipped to filter all the information and opportunities. But the most productive among us realize nobody can accomplish everything. They are relentless in their understanding of mission and the reality that very few things are truly important. And they never sacrifice the important for the trivial.

7. I need to be busy to keep up with everyone else. It may seem, at times, the only way to get ahead in life is to outwork everyone else. But just because everyone else appears busy does not mean they are busy about the right things. Nor does it mean they are finding joy in their pursuits. Frank Clark perhaps said it best, “Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he’s too busy to enjoy.”

8. Busy makes me look more important. Busy, in and of itself, is not a badge of honor. In fact, being busy doing the wrong things is actually quite unattractive. Just remember, in a society rushing to keep up with everyone else, those who find peace, contentment, and rest are the ones admired…and envied.

9. Quietness is laziness. Often times, people avoid dealing with life’s deeper issues by packing their schedule tight. Someone who is discontent with their life’s choices can escape the difficult work of addressing them by masking them with busyness. Quietness is not laziness. Quietness is hard, but always worth the effort.

Many of the lies we have been told since birth crowd out the things in life that matter most. Instead of enjoying the benefit of calm, intentional living, we hurry from one needless triviality to another.

Don’t ever get so busy chasing the wrong things that you miss enjoying the right things. (tweet that)

Quote of the week.


Class on Saturday

UCSB EXT Course 10.11.14 - Productivity Puzzle
One last reminder about my course in 2 days –
Extension through UCSB… THIS Saturday October 11th, 9 am – 3 pm.
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