Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm (Elizabeth)one of those "girly girls" that tends to hang onto everything. The more of an old school look of feel it has, the longer i will keep it.
I'm also the type that is always giving. So wether that means me inviting you over for dinner and end of giving you a bag of stuff to leave with or just passing on the ring or chain im wearing at that moment, i tend to be very generous.
However i have had a problem up until this week "Letting Go" of accessories. I mean a real big problem. lol.
Purses, rings, head ties and bands, chains, bracelets, shoes, clutches, ear-rings, scarfs, belts and the list goes on.
After reading last months Oprah Magazine on "organizing & decluttering" i told myself "Ok Liz it is time to let go"
I began with my files and papers..then moved to books, then baskets, and my next stop was my accessories (much to my surprise i had 67 belts) However the one i knew would hurt most was the jewellery. I had 7 baskets of it. After doing this i started on the shoes and bags.
I went to the dollerrama and bought a few new accessorie boxes and then went at it. This task took me 2 hours in total. But please let me be the one to tell you, there was no better feeling like getting rid of what i was not wearing and had been sitting around for months if not years. Yes i sat and stared at the bag i threw away for about 10 minutes and went through it again and again lol.....
Ladies, put a day aside to declutter your home. The way you feel internally will depend on how your living space feels. If you are using your bedroom as your storage space and have clothes laying around everywhere because you do not have the closet space then purchase roller stands that can hold allot of clothing or pretty baskets (Ikea) to seperate your clothing. Under garments in one, socks in another, T-shirts in another etc You can place these baskets fashionable on top of one another.
For those of you (us) that collect and keep all pay stubs, magazines, receipts from 5 years ago (lol), magazines and so on, please do yourself a favour and throw them out. Limit the space around you. Make it easy to locate files that are important. Especially if your working space or computer desk if filled with papers, files and junk (its what i call things that need to be thrown out)
I have attached a few pictures i took while decluttering my accessorie storage space. I'm very proud of myself :-) I ended up with 22 bags and 20 pairs of shoes all to give away to charity.
While i did this, my son and foster kids looked on in AWW! In amazement that one person can own enough accessories to open a boutique. LOL! Yes i admit, i had very bad shopping habbits ONCE UPON A TIME.
This week im decluttering my closets (clothing) and i do not mean throw away a shirt or skirt here and there as i usually do for charity. I mean i'm going to get rid of those many pieces i just refuse to "let go of" which will accumulate to about 2 full garbage bags. Keep in mind i do the charity thing about every 5 months or so. Hhhhmmm sounds like fun huh? lol
LADIES, START TODAY!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Not feeling good enough? Worthy enough? Smart enough? Are you bored? Too much time on your hands? Or doing to much of nothing?
It's ok. Many of us are doing to much of nothing or not enough of something. If you know what i mean.
Ladies and gents, i strongly advise and encourage you to get out there and volunteer your time in making "a difference" in your community. Wether you live with the richest or the poorest, there is something you can do. I challenge you to make a difference.
What are you doing?
What can you do to make things better around you? What you suggest as your answer will depend upon your level of responsibility. But anything good, is something.
This past Saturday March 6 2010 D.E.V.A Group had their official G.O.D -Girl's & Guys of Destiny launch with our Girl's of Destiny Workshop/Brunch. This event was a great success. We had over 70 girl's. 40 of them were sponsored by friends and business associates (much love)
The majority of these young women reside in low-income housing in the GTA and without these sponsors they would not have been able to make it for one reason or another. Most likely financial reasons. Never the less, these young women have forever left their signatures in our hearts. Gifted, beautiful and talented children of God.
Neola Husbands (Ms.Teen GTA) Shared her deep and amazing testimony
Louise Fox- Manners On The Go (social & table etiquette)
Kelly Gentile - Performed her skit "Inventions By women"
Ibrahim Downey - Keeping it real!
Jaime Carrington & Ruth Lewis - Sexual Warfare( amazing and life changing for us all. 22 out of the 70 young women gave their lives to Christ after her sermon) Jaime you are amazing.
The room was filled with laughter, comfort, warmth, joy as we all felt safe and in no rush to end the evening.
Nicole Stilleto- Make up artist- put on an amazing workshop titled "Smokey Eye" and after explaining and showcasing the secret techniques to "perfect smokey eyes" she continued the entire day applying make-up to over 20 young women.
Nicole you did a FAB JOB!
If you are looking for a make-up artist, please contact Nicole at 647-830-4463
Flower CEO of Invisible Love Line Jewellery -blessed us with lovely and affordable pieces for the young women to purchase without putting a hole in their pockets :-)
For custom pieces please contact Flower at 416-434-6932
Shereice Founder of Khanzi Creative Expressions donated 5 D.E.V.A Custom bracelets as raffle give aways to these special girl's. She also runs a yearly workshop "Imagine Me" a self esttem program for young women.
A special thank you to Karina Morales. What a wonderful woman. Karina brought over 15 girl's with her which were all from rexdale. She is there running a program titled "Microskills" She is warm, gifted friend of mine who wears her heart on her sleeve. Mami you ROCK!
For more information on Microskills, please visit www.microskills.ca
Sojay- An upcoming artist who rocked our morning with her soothing voice
D.I.V.A Girls (not associated with D.E.V.A) who included:
Keta/Singer Song writer performed "Waitin"
Bonnie Blue performed a spoken word piece "Though i try to steer away from the topic me"
Mercedes Rodriquez performed spoken word, a reflect piece "Child of Destiny"
Keyonna Singer & Song writer sang "Get it together" by 702
Zoe- Spoken word artist performed a piece titled "D.I.V.A"
Renee- Poet & Guitarist shared an instrumental piece titled "A world of Chances"
These young women are on their road to success. Juggling between university, the trials and temptations that their everyday life throws at them, and the fustrations that upcoming artists face daily. I have great faith they will do JUS FINE! :-))
A LOUD shout out to Vee Clarke (D.E.V.A's outreach co-ordinator) for the effort in making this event "special" Thanx BOSS :-)) wink wink lol
Everyday i pray that God will bless me with breathtaking ideas and actions on how to make a difference in this world. I'm not perfect and i have never claimed to be. I only know that i would like for God to use my talents and abilities in ministering to people, women and youth.
I know that i will be faced with many trials and tests in this life time, i mean, afterall the enemy is after those who are "especially chosen" RIGHT? However i would like to know that before i leave this world, i did the very best i could as a mother (first) and then to make this world a better place.
My passion comes from being able to reach out to a soul. Even if it is just one at a time.
My story was made for ME, because it is ME that will make that difference. Without my story, there would be no ME!
Believe in your DESTINY, Believe in the D.E.V.A in YOU!
Please visit www.biographyonline.net to read the stories on people that made a difference. Some amazing stories and great inspirations.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Planning a fantasy wedding is a dream that most, if not all women or brides to be have.I can personally remember ever since i was a young girl in my jelly bean shoes, the visions i had of my fairy tale wedding.
The floral, decor, the flying doves and butterflies,and the dress all seem like simple subjects to address when the time comes to plan this special day and probably one of the most important dates in our lives. With very little space for mistakes.
There is a myth going around that wedding planners are not affordable for working class individuals. Actually quite the contrary. Yes, a very long time ago, many years ago actually, only the high end/high class individuals knew of and hired planners and it was something, us, normal people never heard of much and if we did, we assumed it was a service that was not affordable.
Today, wedding planners are very common and used by everyday working class people. Celebrities, of course, take full advantage of a wedding planners services. For mainly 2 reasons. #1 They do not have the time to plan their wedding #2 A wedding planner will bring down even a celebrities budget.
Now of course a planner will charge an extreme amount of money to plan their wedding but please keep in mind that these particular clients request the top of the line services, therefore their service charges reflect that of a celebrity like budget.
Misconceptions about wedding planners being expensive comes from media -T.V, magazines and other sorts of media outlets. The facts are, a bride and groom will always save more money when hiring a wedding planner because we (planners) are trained to work within the couples budget. We are able to calculate their budget, break it down into various sections and vendor shop according to that budget. Not to mention our artistic decor visions. Whether you are wealthy or just getting by, hiring a wedding planner is a wise choice.
Mainly- A wedding Planner will eliminate stress for both the wife to be and the husband. I cannot describe here in words how true this is. I have seen time and time again, sisters of the bride to be, the maid of honour, mother or mother in law all become the "bride zilla"
Consumed with the running around, trying to make dead lines,keeping everyone happy with their choices, settling family feuds, and then what ends up happening? The closest person or people to you DO NOT get to enjoy this beautiful experience and at the very least barely remember the event the day after.
Our loved one are not trained on how to help you save money, contact vendors or tips on how to save yourself allot of "wedding planning" stress. Instead, because of their desire to help you, they end up telling you directly or indirectly, what to do - and even get upset when other family members or friends step in to assist along the way (lol). The planning then becomes messy, leaving family members at war and the brides and grooms are at their wits-end.
Once a couple trusts the decision to contact a planner, a consultation (which is complimentary) is then scheduled. At the meeting, your vision, budget, and personal needs are discussed and from there the planner (myself) will create a memorable event, and of course leaving you feeling like a D.E.V.A (divine, exalted, victorious, angelic)
Planners are known to make things happen the way you imagined it to be as a young girl laying in bed dreaming about her wedding day.
We are known for building strong and lasting relationships.
Our job is make sure the bride,groom and their attendees are all relaxed enough to enjoy the festivities.
Now isn't that priceless?
What Can a Wedding Coordinator Do For Me?
The list is long but here are a few of the duties you can expect:
Help you to create the type of wedding you want. With that knowledge you'll be able to pick your venue, vendors, colour scheme, theme, music, etc.
Help you create a budget sheet and keep track of where your money is going and how much is still owing.
Help keep you on your budget and not go over...too much!!
Suggest vendors that fit your budget and ideas.
Make a wedding planning schedule so that you know what you've done and what still needs to be done.
In most cases a coordinator can save you money because of their connection in the industry.
Take care of any emergencies that arise.
Create a wedding day schedule.
What Type of Packages Do Wedding Coordinators Have?
Consultation only: This is like a mini wedding planning course, best taken at the beginning of your planning. The coordinator won't be at your wedding but will teach you the skills to planning your own day. Some will charge by the hour, others by the meeting. You can book one meeting only or go back as many times as you like.
Planning Preparation: Along with consultation they will save you time by listening to your needs and booking appointments for you with vendors, that meet those needs.
They contact these vendors and describe what you want, what your budget is, if they're available on your date. This way the vendors already know about you when you walk in the door.
They will help you put together a wedding binder, making it easier to keep track of things.
They will make a floor plan for the vendors and a wedding day schedule.
Full Wedding Day Package: A coordinator can be hired for the wedding day alone. She will direct the events of the day and make sure everyone around you is doing their job. Should any emergencies happen she will take care of them. Although a coordinator is hired for one days work, in actual fact they have been working on your wedding, anywhere from 30-50 hours before the day actually get there, getting prepared. You should meet with the coordinator at least once if not twice to go over the details of your wedding. Any coordinator that says no meeting are needed isn't a professional.
What Does a Coordinator Charge?
Wedding coordinators can charge 3 different ways and you will have to ask yours how they work out their prices:
by a percentage of the total cost of your wedding,
by the hour; or
a flat fee.
If you are interested in hiring a wedding planner please contact myself Elizabeth(The Deva's Wedding Planner) direct at 647-338-2107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org