Saturday, September 22, 2018

36th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast with Guest Speaker Pastor Brian Sumner

Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog 36th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast with Guest Speaker Pastor Brian Sumner building commuity faith Renaissance Hotel Long Beach City giving back
I grabbed a quick photo with Guest Speaker: Pastor Brian Sumner at the 36th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach.  He is a professional skateboarder turned Christian minister. He gave a truly inspirational message that day and spoke about his personal testimony.
God uses people in all walks of life...Are you ready?


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog 36th Annual Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast with Guest Speaker Pastor Brian Sumner building commuity faith Renaissance Hotel Long Beach City giving back
It was a great community event, and it was nice to hear about all of the wonderful ways that God is working through all of the outstanding leaders in Long Beach.







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Monday, September 17, 2018

Interview with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes

Hello! Today I would like to introduce you to CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good, a corporate
gift giving company.  Recently, I attended a meeting at the General Assembly in Santa Monica,
California and heard Laura speak on a panel of women entrepreneurs whose primary focus is on
using their brands to give back to social causes. Listening to these women speak really inspired
me to reach out and do more through my blog as well. Hopefully, after reading Laura’s interview
today, you will feel inclined to give back through your future endeavors also.

So, here we go…

Hi Laura! Thank you for sharing your time with us today. When I heard your brand’s story I was
immediately intrigued because I haven’t heard of too many brands that give back in the way that
you do.

Can you please tell us about your background?

I am a proud alumna of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the USC Marshall School
of Business; as well as the federal community service program AmeriCorps National Civilian
Community Corps — the domestic Peace Corps. I have worked on both sides of the business
sector – nonprofit and corporate – including within financial services at one of the “Big Four”
accounting firms, as well as with Fair Trade USA.

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


How did you become interested in building a corporate gift giving company with a focus on
giving back?

I learned about the struggles of nonprofits to raise funds when I deferred my college acceptance
to join AmeriCorps, rebuilding homes in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, helping wildfire
victims, feeding and clothing the hungry and homeless, and teaching high school geometry to
inner-city youth. Later, after graduating from UC Berkeley, I worked for Deloitte, and noticed
how much money companies spend on gifts for employees, clients, and leads — and how these
gifts are often low quality stress balls and meaningless, branded paperweights.that end up in a
junk drawer.

That is why I founded Gifts for Good after completing my Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship at
USC. We use product sales of corporate gifts to fund the social missions of nonprofits, and scale
up the social impact of cause-based enterprises.


Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


Specifically at Gifts For Good, how are you making an impact using socially
responsible practices in your day-to-day operations?

At Gifts for Good, we are reinventing the $90 billion U.S. corporate gifting industry as the first
source for charitable business gifts that support a range of social, economic, and environmental
causes. As a B2B marketplace, we sell life-changing products made by over 40 nonprofits and
social enterprises to businesses purchasing employee and client gifts in bulk. Our platform helps
companies send more meaningful gifts, while providing the B2B marketing team these
cause-based organizations need to better sustain themselves and grow their reach and impact.

I see that “empathy” is listed as one of your core values at Gifts For Good. Can you tell me
more about how your company incorporates this core value?

Empathy is a powerful emotion, allowing us to understand other people, their position, and their
needs. If you want to make a difference in this world, you need to understand the communities
you will be working in and how your efforts will impact them.
At Gifts for Good, my team and I believe in people over profit. We seek to always look beyond
ourselves, putting the interests of those in need above our own. We believe that all impact, big or
small, stems from our ability to put ourselves in another’s shoes.

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


One of my favorite quotes from your Instagram is

“Your Greatness Is Not What You Have, It’s What You Give.” 

How many countries have you been able to impact through
corporate gift giving at Gifts For Good and what types of social causes have you
contributed to?

Every gift we sell supports one of our six main causes in 65 countries around the globe:

● children-in-need
● women-at-risk
● economic development
● environment
● homelessness
● health

In the last year, Gifts for Good has provided 1 year of clean drinking water to 1,023 people; 392
days of schooling to children in Honduras; 18,000 children with enough Vitamin A for 1 year; 50
days of job training for women transitioning from homelessness; 3,639 hours of employment in
Haiti to help fight the child slavery crisis; 1,469 meals to children in-need... and so much more!

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


What kinds of considerations do you make when choosing a product for Gifts For Good?

At Gifts for Good, we like to say that we are a “product first” company. We choose quality gifts
that people will love to give and receive, which also happen to have an incredible social impact.
Every product we sell must be beautiful, functional, and meaningful.

We follow a very stringent vetting process when it comes to the nonprofits and social enterprises
we work with. When a cause brand submits a proposal to work with us, they have to provide
detailed information on their impact strategy and metrics at the product level (i.e. every water
bottle sold provides 6 months of clean drinking water in the Central African Republic). We meet
them in person, ask for references and verify the information through third-party sites likes
Charity Navigator and other sources. If a cause brand meets our stringent standards for both the
cause and the product, we invite them into our community.

If I wanted to customize a gift for my brand, how would I do that?

You can easily customize a gift for your brand by uploading your logo directly through our
ecommerce store, giftsforgood.com . Companies and professionals looking for assistance in
finding the perfect branded gift can also utilize our free gifting concierge service by calling
(877)554-1550 or e-mailing us at hello@giftsforgood.com .

Our complementary gifting concierge service helps companies find the perfect branded gift for
their industry, company size, demographic, corporate social responsibility initiatives, recipient,
occasion and budget. We work closely with our clients to identify their top needs, and curate the
perfect gifts for them that speaks to the causes their company cares about most.

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


If a company would like to participate in collaborating with Gifts For Good, how should
they contact you?

We love collaborations! Just shoot us an email at hello@giftsforgood.com. 􀀀We ask nonprofits
and social enterprises who want to work with us to visit the Partner With Us page.

If we would like to purchase gifts individually that give back for birthdays and holidays,
instead of in bulk for corporate use, can we still do that?

Yes, of course! Over 50% of the products on our website are available for one-off purchases like
birthdays and holiday gifts for friends and family. :)

Interview with Joanna Joy from A Stylish Love Story with CEO Laura Hertz of Gifts For Good - Charitable Business Gifts that Support Social, Economic, and Environmental Causes


Where can we find you? 

Gift + give back by visiting giftsforgood.com or follow us on social media @giftsforgoodHQ. If
you like our Facebook page, a tree will be planted in your honor!
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giftsforgoodhq/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giftsforgoodhq
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiftsForGoodhq
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/17947311/

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Incredible Life of India's Instagram-Famous Rajkumari, Technology Executive, Human Rights and Clean Water Activist, and Style Icon


Rajkumari Amy Mali blog interview with Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story

Hello! Today I want to introduce you to Rajkumari Amy Mali.  I first noticed her while scrolling through Instagram.  She had beautiful pictures, but what really captured my attention was her international love story.  Every week or so, I would see her story pop-up in my Instagram feed teaching me something new about Indian wedding cultural traditions as she experienced it through her native #Calindianprincess (California Born Indian Princess) eyes.  Being a native Californian myself, I was certainly intrigued by the extensive wedding practices and her journey into becoming an Indian bride and wife.  In my personal opinion, Indian wedding dresses or “saris” are some of the most beautiful and masterfully handcrafted pieces on the planet.  Let’s learn more about her love story...

So, here we go…

Hi Amy! Thank you for sharing your time with us today!

Firstly, in your Instagram profile your tag line is:

“Breaking boundaries & changing the world one gold bangle at a time!” 

Can you please tell me more about that and about your background?

Hello lovely to meet you.

Where are you from?

I was born in California, USA to American parents. I grew up in the small town of Pleasant Valley, California. My hobbies included recreational sports such as cheerleading, biking, swimming, sailing, and the arts such as ballet and painting.

Amy at age 5
Amy as a Cal Poly Cheerleader


                    
Growing up in the Christian faith we celebrated holidays like Christmas and Easter.

Every year during Christmas and Easter my parents would take me and my sister to a homeless shelter to serve warm meals and give gifts to homeless children. It gave me the perspective of serving the less fortunate at a very young age which has been instrumental. I always dreamed big and wanted to change the world for the less fortunate. I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business from California Polytechnic State University. I applied this, first, to the technology sector and, later, for social impact entrepreneurial endeavors.

Amy founded DayOne Response Inc. a company that provided clean water technology globally.  She was honored by The Tech Awards as a Laureate for tremendous global impact, recognized by the United Nations for humanitarian innovation and awarded by Toyota for her life-saving technology.



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Amy honored by The Tech Awards as a Laureate

Water bag providing clean water to children 

after Nepal Earthquake



I am most proud of being part of providing over 40 million liters of clean drinking water to disaster relief beneficiaries around the world. My passion is clean water as I believe it is a basic human right.


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Amy Mali with Diane von Furstenberg
I loved meeting the extraordinary Diane von Fürstenberg at the Women in the World event (where my company was honored) as she is an inspiration to women globally! She is best known for her fashion label, which is often shortened to DvF and her iconic wrap dresses.


“Be with someone who looks at you like you are magical.” –Amy Mali Rajkumari

You two make the cutest couple and it is so obvious that you both love each other! 

How did you meet your husband?

Let me start by saying Fairy tales do exist! We met each other unexpectedly at the tech company we both were part of in the Silicon Valley. The day Shaunak started I had an immediate crush and called my mother to tell her about him. We ended up becoming friends for years and fell head over heels in love. It truly was magical like the universe brought us together.

What made you decide to start an Instagram centered around your love story?

At our formal engagement function in India there was a man who spoke to my Future Father in Law and told him that he had forbade his son from being with a non-Indian girl and had cut of all communication. After witnessing our engagement and seeing the true love Shaunak and I had for each other he said he changed his mind and decided he will reach back out to his son. This was so amazing to me! Sharing our love story was able to help change one life. I set out to simply share our story with hopes to inspire people to believe in LOVE!

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Amy’s parents on left and Shaunak’s on right coming together for the marriage 


One of my favorite quotes on your Instagram is:

“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.” –Kjeli Magne Bondevik   

Can you tell me why this quote is significant for you?

Yes, we must build bridges and not create conflicts. We are global citizens and we have the responsibility to learn about other people’s beliefs in an interconnected world.


Christmas is a holiday that you both celebrate and share. Before you got married, what types of compromises did you discuss in regards to your cultural differences and religious beliefs/ traditions?

We went into our marriage with the understanding that we would be blending both of our cultures into something new and amazing. We decided to keep the holidays and traditions that made us happy. We never saw this as a compromise we saw it as an exciting opportunity.

I come from a very mixed family racially and culturally as well.  When my parents got married in the 1970’s they faced some adversity amongst friends and family in regards to their relationship being seen as “socially acceptable” due to their mixed background, have you faced that in your interracial relationship/ marriage?  If so, how did you handle it?

We faced many challenges as we were not considered “socially acceptable” to the Indian community. In fact when Shaunak and I started dating I was a secret from his parents for an entire year. This was really hard for us. My parents got to know and love Shaunak over that year while his parents were still strangers to me. Shaunak summoned the courage to tell his parents one winter night that he was in love with an American woman. I can’t speak from their standpoint but from mine there were lots of tears because their initial shock came across as not welcoming. I feel so lucky and blessed that after a few very difficult months Shaunak’s family came to accept me. They decided not only would they accept me but they would announce to the world and Indian community our engagement for all to see. Our engagement was an amazing milestone that we celebrated. Shaunak and I built a strong foundation for our relationship because we knew there would be many challenges that ‘normal’ couples don’t have to face. We both feel so lucky and blessed to be together that we celebrate our love every day. I’m extremely optimistic that the tides are changing with a growing number of interracial couples being celebrated by both cultures. Congratulations to the newly engaged Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas!

    
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First official introduction to Indian society


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                                                 Family at Indian engagement


I want to know all about your wedding dresses.  I saw that you wore a white wedding dress as well as a traditional Indian sari wedding dress. Can you tell me about the details of both?

Gauri Kekre was the existing Mali family designer based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She designs custom, couture pieces. Gauri Kekre is one of those rare exceptionally gifted designers. Every piece she creates is a true masterpiece down to every detail. She created all of my dresses for the many days of the Indian wedding. She also created my exquisite American wedding gown and all of the bridesmaid’s dresses. https://www.instagram.com/gaurikekre/

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American wedding dress with Indian zardozi 
embroidery and beading


Rajkumari Amy Mali blog interview with Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story
Indian wedding traditional Maharashtrian 
saree and hand beaded veil
Rajkumari Amy Mali blog interview with Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story
Sangeet dress gold beaded and chiffon 
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Teal and gold sequined ball gown with beaded overlay for wedding reception 
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Traditional Green Haldi Saree with coordinating blouse

I see you wearing really stunning pieces of jewelry in your photos, can you enlighten me on the importance of Indian jewelry pieces?

"Jewelry is like the perfect spice… it enhances what is already there!" Jewelry has been a significant adornment for Indian women through the ages. Jewelry studded with different gems is quite popular among Indians. For reasons ranging from spiritual to aesthetic to health, gemstone jewelry has become the part of life of Indian women and men both. These stone jewelries are worn according to the individual's astrological chart and ruling of planet. According to ancient Indian history necklaces worn near the heart are believed to control emotions and strengthen one’s love. Wearing a necklace of stones is believed to bind ourselves with their eternal powers. Since ancient times, necklaces, pendants, strings of beads and elaborate ornamental collars were worn by women to bring good luck and ward off the evil eye.

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Indian jewelry and my mehendi 

Tell me about the tradition of getting the Mehendi or henna done.

Mehndi or "Mehendi" is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered on the idea of "awakening the inner light". Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet. The earliest clear evidence of henna powder application on the body appears in Egyptian mummies whose hair and nails were stained with the reddish brown tones of henna. Botanists believe the henna plant, Lawsonia inermis, originated in Egypt and was carried regularly to India where it was used since at least 700 AD for decorating hands and feet. Pretty cool this tradition dates back to Egypt!


What is the garland ceremony and why is it important?

One of the most important Indian rituals is that of exchanging a beautiful garland of flowers. The tradition of garlanding is one of the many rites in an Indian wedding. When the groom garlands his wife, it is believed he bestows half of his spiritual energy on her. Likewise when the bride garlands the groom, she similarly shares her spiritual energy with him. This exchange is said to mean the couple will uphold one another as gods in their heart and respect each other. This bestowing of spiritual energies ultimately symbolizes the union of two souls in marriage.

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Garland ceremony


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Puja ceremony

What is the tradition of using turmeric, rice, and flowers?

In Hinduism, puja is done on a variety of occasions, frequency and settings. It may include daily puja done in the home, to occasional temple ceremonies and annual festivals, to few lifetime events such as a wedding, or to begin a new venture. This is a photo of the Puja thali from our wedding. Puja thali means "Prayer plate" and it is a tray or a big container in which the entire puja materials accumulated and decorated. In Hindu religious occasions, festivals, traditions and rituals, puja thali maintans an auspicious role. Puja thali may be made of steel, gold, silver, brass or any other metal; it may be rounded, oval or any other shaped or with little engravings and designs as much as decoration needed. 


I love the post about Shaunak’s grandmothers in Mumbai and also how you explain respect to elders in the Indian culture.  Can you please explain the tradition of Namaskar and Pranama and what it means?

Namaste sometimes spoken as Namaskar, Namaskaramis a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom. It is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. In Hinduism it means "I bow to the divine in you". The greeting may also be spoken without the gesture or the gesture performed wordlessly, carrying the same meaning.

Rajkumari Amy Mali blog interview with Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story
Amy with Shaunak’s Grandmothers

Lastly, do you have any parting words of wisdom that you would like to share about love, marriage, interracial relationships, and transitioning from one culture to another in a marriage?

Believe in love! It’s the best thing in the world.

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Shaunak and Amy’s American Wedding





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

YouTube Videos For A Stylish Love Story

Hi there!  If you haven't had a chance to check out my videos on Instagram or Facebook, you can check them out on my YouTube Channel @  A Stylish Love Story:


This is a little inspirational video from the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.  When God Gives Us Comfort In Our Pain, Pass On His Comfort To Those Who Need It:)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

3 Reasons Why Team Work Works



Hello!  How is your week going?  Today I want to talk to you about team work.  How many of us have been brought up to be completely self-reliant so that we don’t have to ask anyone for help for anything?  In many ways this way of thinking can be useful if we are alone and trying to survive on an island.  However, I have observed that in life and work, most success has come as a result of collaboration and team work. 

1.       More Solutions and Options
Observing leaders who have an “open mindset” to listening to numerous people’s ideas vs. leaders who only rely on themselves for a solution to a problem or to create and grow a better organization I feel are better leaders.  Why?  Because the one thing we can’t always see ourselves is perspective.  Everyone sees things differently.  Understanding how people think differently about an approach to a team project or a solution to a problem is fascinating to me and this is my favorite part of team work.  It’s also helpful, because once we’ve gathered about ten ideas together vs. just one (ours), we will have a lot of options (good or bad) to choose from.  We may also have found an idea that will work better than the one we had originally thought of ourselves.

 I know this sounds like common sense, but how many of us actually do this?

2.       Expert Knowledge and Higher Quality Outcomes
When I started my blog I was trying to do everything myself, but I quickly learned to delegate tasks in areas that I wasn’t highly skilled in like photography and web design.  Working with professionals who had expert knowledge in their fields made it easier for me to focus on the creative side which is my favorite aspect of blogging.  They also did a much better job than what I would have done on my own. 

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

3.       Connecting and Building Relationships
Working on a team can be fun and rewarding at the end of the day.  Instead of feeling frustrated in trying to figure everything out on our own, we can ask for help from the relationships that we have built through connecting with other people through team work. Also, whenever possible, it is best to meet in person to make a face to face connection.  A lot of our communication is nonverbal.  Also, you can’t hear the “tone” of someone’s voice through a screen, an email, or a text message.

I hope you found this helpful!


With Love,

Joanna

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interview with Rebecca Phillips from R You Ready To Organize


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Hello!  I have a very special guest interview today and her name is Rebecca Phillips. Rebecca has a master’s degree in social work and has worked in the field for many years.  Over the years, she found that her true passion is to help people through utilizing her organization skills and now combines the two.  She has a unique twist on organization that includes the aspect of wellness within her role as a personal coach and home organizer.  I met Rebecca through the Forever Fierce Revolution group and we instantly connected around this topic.  See, this is my Huge, Huge Problem Area and I feel so blessed that I met Rebecca to help me through my Huge Mess.  Yes, I am very messy!  Rebecca will be helping me organize my mess over the next few weeks and I will be documenting it with photos to show you how it goes.  Are you messy too?  If you need help organizing, then she can help you.

So, here it goes…

Hi Rebecca!  Thank you for sharing your time with us today.

Tell me about yourself.

I am a business blogger, home organizer, retired social worker, and grandmother of 3. My oldest grandchild went to college this year (trying to catch my breath). I am blessed to be semi-retired and stay at home with my two terriers (one is 17, blind and deaf, so need a lot of care) and build my new business.

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Why did you decide to start your own home organization business?

I have always been very organized. My father died at a very young age. So, my mom went to work and the three of us stayed home. We had a babysitter, but I still took on the cleaning and tidying up a lot. I even ironed my mom’s clothes. And they were crisp. Everyone started to notice my knack for organizing, and my love of it. I loved to help mom clear clutter and put things away. It was a great help to her as she worked 3 jobs.

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Explain how wellness is a part of your organization process.

Clutter causes chaos, anxiety, and a loss of control. It is that simple. I’m not talking about neat stack of sorted items around the house. I am talking piles of unused, untouched stuff. That is like a dumping ground.

“Each room in our house nurtures us. Our bedroom gives us rest and rejuvenates us. Our kitchen nourishes and feeds us. Our bathroom cleans our bodies and also rejuvenates us. The family room brings families together to bond and connect. Our home is our sanctuary. It should be tidy and organized with only the things we use and love.”

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What are the main types of clutter that you usually see?

Stock piles of personal items of a close deceased relative or loved one. This is challenging. A loved one close to us dies. We hold onto anything that makes us feel them and experience them over and over. It is prolonging loss. Loss hurts. Yet, knowing this is the key. I try to work with clients to clear the junk and keep only a few precious items from their loved one-only ones they will use and love.


So, what are some of the major reasons why people might struggle with clutter?

Just like before, sentiment. Strong feelings of sentiment come from uncontrolled feelings of loss and helplessness. Part of clearing clutter is gaining control of these feelings, knowing they are natural and normal. When people feel more in control and normal about their trauma, they start to let go of a loved one’s stuff and keep only what they truly cherish.
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A lot of my readers are fashion bloggers and some of us shop a lot.  At what point does shopping become an addiction/ a hoarding problem? Why do so many women struggle with shopping addiction?

This is tricky. When does shopping become an addiction. Like any other addiction. When something, a habit or behavior starts to interfere with your ability to function on a daily basis, it’s a problem. Hoarding gets in the way of every aspect of our daily living. It is clearly an addiction. If the amount of time and clothing accumulated during shopping trips interferes with you daily routines, work, keeping your home tidy and decluttered, then it’s a problem. I think fashion bloggers in particular, need a regular clothing weeding routine. They accumulate lots of clothing. They only need to keep what the love and will truly use on a regular basis. That’s the hard truth.

Can you tell me about a time where you felt that you really helped to change someone’s life?

Many times. When I managed housing for homeless families in Phoenix many years ago, the most challenging cases were those families who lost their homes and had to move into one of my tiny apartment units. All of their stuff just stuffed into them. I had to work very hard at trying to get them to downsize, focus on getting job skills, good paying jobs and buying another (usually smaller) home. The hardest part was not job training or getting work. It was the trauma of downsizing and parting with what was sentimental, but no longer used or valuable.
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Where can we find you?


Email: rebeccaphillips@ryoureadytoorganize.com

Instagram: ryoureadytoorganize

Twitter: readytoorganize

Pinterest:ryoureadytoorganize