Techy Tuesday: The Summit In Seattle

Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Office Ambassador (aka Champion). I was on this trip in order to get lots of information on products & services and in order to hug my friends. All opinions are my own. Last week I spent a little time in Seattle. For the record, let me just say that every time I go there, I think to myself "I could live here". Seattle is beautiful and it didn't help that we were at The Edgewater Hotel.

I loved everything about the place. Yes, there was a fireplace in my room and yes, I turned it on every night (don't judge me!).

Where do I begin?

So, problem #1: I can't remember what it is that I'm not supposed to tell you about. I should probably go back and read my documents but let's see how this brain dump turns out. In the!


Windows 10:

Need it, want it, gotta have it. That's really all I have to say about this little situation. I'll be downloading the Beta and seeing all of the cool amazing things that I saw presented on my very own screen.


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Microsoft Band:Band_Calibrating

I was giddy when  I got my band. And now, I'm slightly deflated because I have a better understanding of what it truly means for me to be sleep deprived. I'll be chatting about this in-depth later so, don't forget to check back.

I can go on and on and on about the products, right? However, I think this recap has more to do with the people. I'm a relationship person, you guys know that. I can say this was the BEST summit I have attended and it was because of these folks right here:


I learned so much from my fellow champions. Sarah inspired me to get my shit together and create a standard editorial calendar (I had one but I needed a little more focus that she totally provided). Jen has me jammin' to her own mix of "I work from home" and all of the fabulous ways that she uses Office 365. Kristin just inspires me to be fabulous and write more. Because of this trip, you guys are going to see some BIG changes on this blog. If you don't like them, now you know who to blame. I can go on and on and on about this crew. They're amazeballs!

Giving Back

I was completely blown away by the YouthSpark presentation. Microsoft was the focus of my final in the corporate responsibility course I took and I knew a lot of what was being done but hearing it amongst this group was energy shifting. I hope to work with my fellow champions on some social goodness. Because not only do we love to bring you great products to make your life seamless with technology, I think we all want to help others because we understand how genuinely blessed we are to be here doing this work.

If you missed Friday's post (how dare you!), here's probably my fave pic of me during this trip (though in all honesty, I think Kristin and Sarah have some badassery in their cameras. I'll share those when I see them!).

Sili Microsoft Sign

I feel like Scarface in this picture. If Tony Montana was addicted to social good and technology instead of coke, that is. Because: geekery. The world is mine, people! You want sommadis?!

6 Ways to Get You Organized In 2015


Okay folks! Forty is right around the corner and this year, I want to start it off with giving you the tips I have been putting into practice around my home. I have found that as I move forward with my word of the year, I need to have clarity and comfort. Both of these things are accomplished with order in my midst. So without further ado, here it is.

Clear the clutter in your closet

Getting Organized

I realized that we hold on to a lot of things that we don't necessarily use. Why is that? I had jeans in here from the 90's and not necessarily the ones that are coming back in style. I also had t-shirts, baggy tops and all manner of skirts that make me feel un-awesome when I wore them. Why were they in my closet?! They had to go and go they did! I filled up a large box with clothes that were cluttering my closet and my awesome.

Clean your closet, people! Leave essentials. Clothes that make you feel great and then make a list of the items that you need. You can check out this post to help you along.

Clean the clutter on your counters

Some days I wish I could stop the barrage of mail. The kitchen counter closest to the door tends to suffer the most. It is where all the mail is laid to rest until that time that I get sick of looking at it and throw it away.

Get a mail holder. But go the extra mile. I find that it helps if I have folders preset there so that when I open the mail, I can slip the paper where needed if I'm keeping it. You'll find folders like medical bills, monthly bills, needs reply! and personal notes. This motivates me to open the mail and stick the papers where they belong. I can then move the folders to my file cabinet as I further organize.

Organize the papers

So I told you what to do with the mail. Take medical bills for example. I have an Excel spreadsheet where I keep a running list of my medical bills along with when I paid and how much I paid. This serves dual purpose. It makes sure I pay the bills (don't act like I'm the only one that forgets) and at the end of the year, I have a nice list complete with figures that can go right to the accountant when I have to get my taxes done. Win, win I tell you!

Organize your emails

More than the mail that the mailman brings every day, the bane of my existence is email. Too many things that I've signed up for, too many notices I don't read and too many emails that I inevitably end up sorting through.

As with the snail mail, make some folders and create some rules that will move emails to said folders in order to keep things together.

Then again, all you will need is Outlook. How, you ask? Rules and folders, people. Rules and folders. I like the bounce as a rule. You can create a rule that will kick anyone NOT in your contact list to another folder (BAM!). Set a rule to auto-archive after a certain amount of days or delete newsletters and such if not read within a certain number of days. With advanced rules, you can rule the world and keep your email clean! Thank me via email (and let's make sure you're in my contacts).

Make lists!

You guys know I love lists! I keep them safe and near me at all times thanks to OneNote. I have a notebook for my blog, for all the work I do with my sorority, for my business and for my work with MomsRising. The best part is that I can access it all on my phone whenever I need it. Which is helpful because my brain ain't what it used to be.

Organize your files

If you have Office 365, you know that it offers OneDrive and with that comes 1 TB storage. Let me say that again. O-N-E-T-E-R-R-A-B-Y-T-E!

That means that all of my files are in one place that I can access from my phone, the MamiTab, zenMami, you name it! I always have access to my files and there's a level of comfort that can't compare knowing that your electronic files are not only in their appropriate folders but just a click away.

The new year is looking great already thanks to my taking a hold of the clutter. What tips would you add here? What keeps you organized and motivated as you welcome the New Year?

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Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Office ambassador. All opinions, mail and now half of the clothes pictured are my own.6 ways to get you organized in 2015!