January 2021 Virtual Chapter Newsletter Print

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President's Message

"There are three kinds of people:  
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who say, 'What happened?'" 
Casey Stengel - Baseball Hall of Famer

I'm not a New Year Resolution maker. I personally don't believe I can become a completely new person at the switch of a new year. Instead of making plans I know with certainty will fail, I look at my year with fresh eyes and think about what I am doing that I can do even better. That is how I came to join NAPO’s Virtual Chapter. I like learning something new every day and meeting new people who help me grow and stay connected. Becoming a member was important, but volunteering sealed the deal. For me, making things happen in NAPO VC as a board member is far more exciting than watching things happen or saying, "What happened?" Which of Casey Stengel’s three kinds of people are you and how will that affect what you choose to do this year?

Our January 2021 meeting is free for guests! If you know a NAPO member looking for a chapter, suggest they register for our January 14 meeting or contact any board member for more information. We welcome members of other chapters as well. We provide many opportunities for learning, including some for CEUs.

As a reminder, all Virtual Chapter memberships expire on December 31 of each year. If you haven't renewed your membership, please do so promptly. We have a wealth of information that members have access to 24/7, and a network of professionals you can call friends!

Stay safe and healthy, my friends!

Jane Cole, CPO®
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter
Happy Home Organizing Solutions, LLC

Orlando, FL


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Welcome New Members & More

New Members in DECEmBER!

Please welcome our newest NAPO VC members:

Krista Torpey - Aha Organizing - Hilton Head Island, SC

Lesley Hawks - I Can Organize You - Venice, FL
Lindsay Coffman - Organizing Her - Floyds Knobs, IN

Annie Wildes 
- Inside Out Coaching and Organizing, LLC - Choctaw, OK


All NAPO VC members, new and current, and guests are invited to join the next NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. Learn about our Virtual Chapter website, CEUs, VC POINT, and more. Bring your questions! 

The next orientation is scheduled for
Monday, January 18, at 7:00 PM ET. 

Go to our Meetings page of 
NAPO - Virtual Chapter and find the Orientation GoToWebinar link to register for this Virtual Chapter event. 

Have questions? Email any board member!

Lea Gallagher

Membership Director, NAPO Virtual Chapter
[email protected]


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Kudos & Congrats

Congratulations TO OUR VC MEMBERS!

Members Receiving Certificates From NAPO:

Brain-Based Conditions Specialist:
Ellen Delap - Professional-Organizer.com
Lesley Hawks 
- I Can Organize You

Household Management:

Life Transitions:
Joanie Nicholas - All Things Organized

Residential Specialist:

Team Productivity:
Todd Allan - Structured Space LLC
Karen Baker - SOHO Productivity Solutions

Workplace Specialist:

Golden Circle Recognition:

Renewed with NAPO National:
June Carter - GYST* Solutions
Susan Chuah - Restore Order For Life PLT
Kimberly Cox - PackRat Solutions
Deborah Gussoff - In Order, Inc.
Audrey Lavine - Life Support Systems
Mel Miller - Miller Organized, LLC
Ignacio Ramirez Eguiarte - nachOrganiza
Stephanie Shalofsky - The Organizing Zone, Inc.
Ann Sullivan - Ann Sullivan, Inc.
Katie Tracy - Simple Spaces, LLC

More Outstanding Members:

December is Membership Renewal Month! The first 10 Virtual Chapter members who have renewed their membership for 2021 are:
Cary Prince - Cary Prince Organizing, LLC
Tanya Whitford - Organizing Wonders
Amy Bowles - Been There Done That Organizing, LLC
Beth Ruck - Conquering Clutter
Deborah Gussoff - In Order, Inc.
Sharon Lowenheim - Organizing Goddess, Inc.
April Storie - April Creates Solutions
Ellen Delap - Professional-Organizer.com
Denni Dattilio - Practical Organizing by Denni, LLC
Gina Teresa Colo Graham - Advanced Personal Concierge

Angie Hyche, Kimberly Krogh, and Hildy Neumann all received their CPO® certification last month! 

Carrie Downey and Amy Payne will be presenting at NAPO 2021 Virtual Conference! Their session is “Leveling Up: How a CRM is a Game Changer."

Angie Hyche will be presenting at NAPO 2021!
Her session is G-Suite Boot Camp: Running Your Business Through Free Google Tools

Susan Kousek will be presenting at NAPO 2021 (along with Hazel Thornton, Janet Schiesl, and Ellen Faye) a session for those of us thinking ahead as we mature—“Yikes! I'm 60(ish). Diversify and Continue Doing Work You Love!”

 **** Congrats to all of you! ****

If you have something to celebrate, please email [email protected]. We do our best to catch our membership doing great things, but please let us know if we've missed something!


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NAPO VC Resources

Check out Ways to Connect and Learn

Virtual Chapter Book Club
Earn CEUs while reading and learning about a topic pertaining to productivity and organizing professionals. 

Books by Our Members
We have some very talented writers in our midst. See the books some of our members have written.

Past Meetings By Topic
Members can view and listen to conference recordings and meeting presentations. Earn CEUs for the past 12 meetings.

Previous Newsletters
Previous newsletters can be read online in the Members Area. Click Resources, and select Newsletter Archives on the left. 

NAPO Virtual Conference



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Tech Talk

Password Update Party


It's a new year and it's time for new passwords.


Do you know what weak and re-used passwords cost you if your email is hacked or your website gets taken over? While I don't have a specific answer to this question, I can tell you it will cost a lot of money to hire someone to fix this and it's going to cost you a lot of time and unnecessary headaches.


You've probably read stories on POINT about members getting their systems hacked. You don't want this to happen to you. Trust me. This year, more than ever, we've seen an increase in our clients getting various accounts hacked.


Why? Because they use the SAME password for TOO MANY accounts and their passwords are not strong enough.


Just this week, a client had his Office 365 business account hacked and the hackers made a mess of things. Someone from our team was up most of the night fixing the mess created. The sad part is, we told this client years ago he needed to stop using that password for his email/Office account and he would not take our advice, so now he is paying the price to have it fixed.


It does happen; please don't think it can't happen to you.


I know it's much more convenient to re-use passwords you can remember, but don't do this. Use a digital password manager instead. I wrote about LastPass last year and did a webinar for the chapter on LastPass and some cybersecurity tips in October. Even if you don't want to use LastPass, there are other password managers, such as 1Password, you can use.


Storing passwords in your contacts is not secure; nor is a spreadsheet, unless it has a very strong password you use to unlock the spreadsheet.


Do yourself a big favor and start the new year with unique passwords for each account—passwords that are not easy for someone to figure out and are at least 12 to 14 characters long.


I know it's much easier and quicker to re-use passwords you can remember, and I can almost hear the groans and see the eyes rolling to the back of your head when I say you need to do this, but if it keeps your systems secure, you will be grateful.


Tech Talk by Laura Leist, MOS, CPO, CRTS|Eliminate Chaos

Products or services presented in Tech Talk do not constitute an endorsement and are only offered for informational purposes.


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Upcoming Meeting Information


JANUARY 11, 2021
7:00 PM TO 8:15 PM (EDT)
4:00 PM TO 5:15 PM (PDT)

Presentation Description:

Hailing from Melrose, Maine, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Coach (CTACC), and longtime Virtual Organizer Kathy Vines of Clever Girl Organizing will share her lessons learned and best practices from offering virtual organizing to clients across the globe. From "How do I even get clients?" to "So, now that I have a client, what do I do?". We will walk through all sorts of considerations that you can think through to determine if virtual organizing is right for YOU and YOUR business.




Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

January 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST


Clutter is trapped energy that has far-reaching effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. In Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston, a pioneer of a branch of Feng Shui known as Space Clearing, expertly guides you through the liberating task of clutter clearing. You will learn:

– Why you keep clutter
– How to identify and clear the clutter in your home or workplace
– How to clear the clutter from your body, mind, and spirit
– How to stay clutter-free

for questions: [email protected]


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Inspirational Quote

My Gratitude

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