My 2012 In Review…

I cannot believe 2012 is coming to a close!  My “end of year” feelings are usually pretty ho-hum.  This year is a bit different.  2012 will go down as one for the books for me.

As most of you know, I started Pure & Simple in June 2010.  I was still in grad school and taking pro bono clients at that point.  I graduated in December and went from full time grad student to full time business owner.  I totally freaked out!  I sat around for months making excuses … for everything.  It was awful!  I decided to get my act together and go big or go home!  I spent the last 6 months of 2011 working on projects and trying to understand what business was all about.  How to start one, how to run one, how to get clients, etc.

So 2012 came ringing in with big expectations.  It was a complete roller coaster.  So many ups and so many downs.

My theme for 2012 was “try it on”. I would try something on for size.  If it fit, then I kept it.  If it was uncomfortable, then I took it off with no guilt.  I have “analysis paralysis” when it comes to decisions.  I will analyze and research, analyze and discuss, only to realize I spent all this time analyzing what was the right decision then made no decision at all.

When do we really know that the decision is right?  Try it on for size.

{2012 Recap}

February 9. My guest blog post was published on www.moneysavingmom.com.  My website received 1,800 views in about 3 hours. I found out I made it into the competition for the 3M Command Hooks Commercial Contest.

 

February 19. Organized with a local family while my videographer filmed the project.  All for the 3M Command Hooks Commercial Contest.

 

March.  My first editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about how to tackle that clutter.

April. Joined Business Leaders of CLT.  One of the best networking decisions I have made to date.

Credit: Hawthorne Direct

Credit: Hawthorne Direct

May 2. I flew to Los Angeles to film 6 videos for the 3M Post-It Notes Necessorize campaign.

May 8. Signed on to work with Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont to help bring organizing ideas to their readers.

Office on moving day.  It was a mess!

Office on moving day. It was a mess!

 

June 5. I moved in with Raymond.  This was a large step for each of us, and one we both are still enjoying! 🙂

 

July. I was nominated for The Best Personal Blog category in the 2012 Charlotte Web Awards.  My editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about organizing makeup.  I made the cover of Apartment Times Magazine. 🙂

New logo & new business cards

New logo & new business cards

August. My brand went through a total makeover.  I love the new look! 🙂

September.  My editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about creating a landing zone.

Observer Article

 

September 5. The Charlotte Observer ran an article about my trip to Los Angeles and my business.

September 7. Signed on to guest post for the The Charlotte Moms to help bring organizing ideas to their readers. 🙂

October 3. Filmed my first Podcast with Fort Mill Magazine.

November.  My first article for SouthPark Magazine was published.

LKN Woman to Watch

December.  I was featured in LKN Woman Magazine as the Woman to Watch.  The Gaston Gazette wrote a fabulous article about my business and processes.

Speaking Engagements I’m a very nervous public speaker.  I hated giving presentations in college.  I managed to trap that fear in a little box this year as I spoke to different groups around the region about organizing.  I quickly realized that I actually like talking to groups of people!  The larger the audience the better! 🙂

Writing and Blogging I have never considered myself a writer.  But I found myself writing articles for magazines all through the area like LKN Woman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, and Fort Mill Magazine. And the blogging?  Well only my favorite part of every day.  I love blogging.  I love sharing.  I love meeting all of you! 🙂

Organizing Projects & Clients I have met some incredible people this year and helped them through some really large piles.  I have never met the same client twice and I have never met the same project twice. I respect each and every one of my clients, their story, and their stuff. Clutter is an outward expression of something else that is going on in our lives.  I’m called in to help deal with the outward expression, but generally we hit on the “other stuff” as well.  I love my j.o.b. and I love helping people. 🙂

Cheers to 2013! 🙂  Bring it on!

Until next time…

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{Update} 3M…

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂  How was your weekend?  Hopefully wonderful!  I spent the weekend organizing a closet.  Round 1 complete. Round 2: customize shelving.  So exciting.  So much so that I wore myself out and decided to take today off.  Yea right, I spent hours combing stores for organizing ideas. 🙂

Well some have asked, so I thought it was time to give an update on the 3M commercial.

*Drum roll……*

Ha. 🙂  I came in 2nd place.  *Tambourine shing* As much as I should have been elated over the idea that I was picked as runner up in a national commercial spot where I competed with hundreds of other women and men — I wasnt.  I spent the evening crying.  And yall know how I like to cry. 😉  Now I know how the runner up in Miss America feels.

Thank you all so much for the nicest and kindest of words and support throughout the whole thing!  Your encouragement and comments made the whole experience …. how do I put this …. simply amazing.  THANK YOU! 🙂

I got even more hooks today in the mail from 3M.  Guess they want me to use their stuff. 😉

Until next time…

HELP WANTED…

Well the box of 3M Command Hooks finally arrived this weekend!  Im so excited about filming a home video with these hooks in action! 🙂

With that said, Im in need of a project and family.  I have a few ideas of what I plan to do with the hooks, but I would love to showcase them in action with a family! 🙂

Please email me if you are interested or would like more details!  I cannot wait to get started — I have a few ideas floating around in my head! 🙂

Email me:  jennifer@pureandsimpleorganizing.com

Include: “3M Command Hooks” in Subject Line — Your name & a little about you — A description of the room or closet that you think would be perfect for the 3M contest — Attach 1-3 pictures of the room or closet

The video must be filmed by Sunday, February 19th.  I am willing to travel for this project (Charlotte, NC address isnt necessary)

*Disclaimer: I received these products free from 3M Command Hooks and am not being paid to use them or film* 

Happy Monday! 🙂

Until next time…

Who Me? Film a Commercial? Get Outta Here…

Indeed, I thought I was on an episode of Punk’d when I got the phone call last week.  {Is that show still around?} I entered a contest awhile back {unsure of exactly how far back} through 3M Command Hook’s Facebook Page.  Im pretty sure the parameters were something like this: “Tell us why you love Command Hooks”.  Simple enough — about 15 minutes later my story was submitted and I went on about my business.  *WHAM* A few months later I get a phone call.  I could barely contain my excitement!  I didnt get much done the rest of the day as I felt like I could knock out Rocky…I was walking on Cloud 9…well you see where I am going with this.

I still need to “pass” a few more tests, but I did make it through the preliminary rounds! 🙂 The next step is to film a home video of me using and implementing 3M Command Hooks and why I think they are so great.  This would be an exceptionally easy task except my home is fairly organized.  {Who are we kidding, it is very organized} So….I am on the lookout for a project!

Come one, come all!  If you would like to be a part of the video, then please send me an email!  Im thinking a contest here — submit picture(s) and ideas of how 3M Command Hooks would be perfect for <insert project here>.  The most creative and possibly the most unorganized room with the greatest potential will be chosen!  Email me:  jennifer{at}pureandsimpleorganizing{dot}com.

I cannot wait to see what we can create together {video & organizing mastermind project}! Bahahaha — not sure where the Dr. Evil laugh came from…. oh well back to my website project! 🙂

Until next time….