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3Q17: What’s Coming Up?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.06.41 PMI cannot believe I’m about to write down what I need to get done in 3Q of 2017. I still think sometimes I’m stuck back in 2011 or 2012 somewhere.

Anyway, here’s my list for this quarter. Inspirational color palette to set the tone – check. Kind of a melon-y, sunflowery tone, methinks.

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3Q17: Let’s Roll!

Books:

1. SWE 3 – or bust. Now that I am submitting a SXSW18 Panelpicker on it, I’m motivated to get it done.

2. STEMP4 – really want this to be done in time for the holidaze; let’s see if I can make that happen.

Causes:

3. HBA Indiana – continues to produce amazing programs and stuff. 3Q17 will be no exception. The big project I’m working on is #HealthCarDev on 9/29 - the first ever Unconference for the chapter. We’re going to have 18 speakers in a 1/2 day session that will rock. It’s all focused on healthcare career development. We’ll also have the inaugural #PurpleSock Awards for healthcare amazingness in Hoosierland at our awards gala in November. Read more about how to nominate your healthcare hero or shero here.

4. ASPL - Threw my name into the hat for a board continuation for the next 2 years…more on this coming soon for my pharmacy law geekery.

Talks & Events:

7/26/17 – Networking with HBA IN and Women & Hi Tech – Indy
7/28/17 – Women’s Entrepreneur panel – Cardinal RBC – San Antonio
8/1/17 – #SMDames17 – Indy – talking podcasting.
9/14/17 – Indy Big Data – Indy3Q2
9/29/17 – #HealthCarDev – HBA IN – Indy – we’ll also have a super cool countdown campaign to this that will occupy some time in July & Aug. Dig.

Life Changer:

Trip to Scotland.

I think that covers the highlights, and the highlands…

And here’s an audio version of some of this magic:

 

My #30DayPurge Upcycle Challenge

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 10.21.35 AMI have a lot of…stuff. It’s really getting out of hand. Furthermore, this hoarding of stuff does NOT fit into my tiny house fantasy further down the road.

So, I’m going to declare right here, right now, that I’m going on a #30DayPurge. But, I’d honestly like to go beyond just tossing stuff – I’m going to add the twist on top of trying to figure out how to best #upcycle my stuff.

Yes, of course there’s donating to Goodwill or Salvation Army or other large nonprofit – but I’m looking to do more clever things than that with my 30 day purge. Donations to smaller non profits, I’d like to do. Donate to causes and make the world a better place than just the mere obvious choices. And, of course there’s always re-selling items.

I’m going to try and keep my list here, so you all, my fab 13, can hold me accountable. And seriously, if you have better ideas on how to upcycle the stuff I’m mentioning in my 30 day purge, tweet me your best ideas @ErinLAlbert – I’ll be watching, listening and waiting for you to save me from my stuff! I’ll also try to keep a board over at Pinterest called Upcycle, to show some ideas that I found while marching my merry way around the inter webs.

Day 1: Christmas Cards – Best idea I’ve found thus far on the internet are cutting out the art and either use them as postcards, or tack them on to blank cards for the next holiday season.  This isn’t clever enough, and it requires me to keep them for another holiday season. On the other hand, you all know how gaga I am for cards–and of course my favorite non-seasonal items go straight onto my #walloffame.  No one writes them anymore; thus, I’m struggling to depart with them in a positive way to give them new life. Thoughts here? My favorite is this thus far – which I now have a big fat stuffed envelope full of for the postman Monday.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.21.14 PMDay 2: SharpiesSharpies are rad. They’re this amazing combination of bright colors, and I always feel like a rockstar when using them to autograph my books or sign cards–they’re like a power pose for notes.  So, while I can’t say I’m ready to part with my 24 packs of Sharpies just yet, here’s what I’m doing to put them to good use.

I’m throwing an autographing party – again!  At an upcoming nonprofit board meeting, I’ll be taking along a big glass bowl of Sharpies for our board members to autograph in advance 100 or so thank you/blank notes.  I did this during our first board retreat this year – and all. The. Cards. Are. Gone. But I can’t tell you how many people noted and appreciated the hand-written and signed thank you notes. So, I’m doing this again!

Day 3: Notepads – I will be the first to admit that I tend to have sticky fingers at hotels and events, where I’m taking notes…I just tend to lift the entire pad of paper and take it with me rather than just the sheets I took notes on. A decade or two later and bam – 3 drawers full of blank notepads. Another easy way to purge here – take them to your next non profit board meeting and let the members scribble away on them! That’s what I’m doing soon. (And I’m putting all my office supplies for this event in one box – also recycled from the box/repackaging area in my basement.)

Day 4: Sticky notes - Uhm…kind of the same deal is notepads, but back in the day, they were the rage at my day jobs. So, a big wad of them is going to the meeting too. What I like about handing out sticky notes is that each board member can “Ask” for a contact or idea on the area s/he is working on, and the rest of the board members can jot down individual ideas and pass them over to him or her. Sticky notes for sticky ideas – and out of my office closet. Next!

Day 5: Pens - See Day 2, 3 and 4. ‘Nough said!

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.34.45 PMDay 6: Lanyards – Those who know me well also know that I keep my lanyards from meetings. I know, weird. Anyway, I used to hang them on my Patronus x 2 (Patroni?) on my #walloffame, until I had so many of them on the Patroni that they actually toppled them.  So, I took them off at the new year when I re-arranged my wall, and kept them in a box since. The box is in my office closet at eye level, causing me fits of messy anxiety any time I walk into the closet. This has led me to think – either I need to display these in a more pleasing way, or get rid of them.

I decided on the former course, so I then did what I’d highly recommend to you – I shopped my basement for a solution. Thankfully, I found this kitschy daisy hook wall hanger that I think I bought at Goodwill ages ago for a buck or so, and I’m using it for the display hooks, had my bro spot weld a couple of the flower leaves that were falling off of it – and voila! A cute and quirky display of my lanyards from meetings of my past. I also ROYGBIV’d my lanyards as you can see (I think they make medication for that) – but regardless, it was fun detangling the box and remembering all the cool meetings I attended, spoke at or developed from the ground up.

Day 7: Unmentionables drawers – while I probably shouldn’t mention them, I did try things on (at least things I thought had a shot in Hades of fitting) and then piled the non-fitting up, thanked them for their service, and bagged it up for Goodwill. Now, unmentionables cleverly being up cycled – not really sure I can rock this one…but hey, there are some cool options around the interwebs on recycling bras, like here, or here.

(Jack, I’m sorry to say you will not be the recipient of a pet recycled bra ball in the near future…that’s just a hard limit here.)

Onward.

Day 8: Back to the Office Closet - It’s pretty safe to say that I could spend an entire 30 days purging stuff stacked up in my office closet at home. So, it’s more than a little intimidating. I went back to it today to clean up another section of it – my thank you notes, business cards, printer cartridges, and crayons area. Now, I’ve identified that I have about $200 worth of old HP 94/95 printer cartridges that I’m trying to donate to a cause over at Facebook, hopefully to one of my entrepreneurial or nonprofit friends. The struggle is real.

Day 9: Lipstick - Those who know me well also know that I’m a HUGE fan of mac makeup. Why? Maybe it’s because of the cool black bullet-shaped tubes of lipstick that I hoard? Perhaps. But, I have an entire bag of used up mac lipstick tubes and blush containers that I dug out, collected and am taking back to the mac counter on Monday for their back-to-mac campaign.  Just another reason to ❤️ them! Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 1.01.35 PM

Day 10: Magazines - My brother collects old cars. My mom, recipes and coupons.  Me? I’m a huge sucker for magazines. The glossy pages, the pretty fonts, the scented pages of perfume ads. I can’t. Let. Go. I have boxes of old Victoria, Traditional Home, and Martha Stewart magazines in my basement that I really need to part with. Now, I could take them to Half Priced Books and get rid of them en masse, but tha’s kind of a travesty–and cheating with my upcycle part of the challenge.

So, I’m going to try instead ‘cut out therapy’ – whereby when I’m watching inane TV (which is mainly when I’m watching TV in general), I’m going take a stack of these at a time and cut them up. I’m going to find the pages that I love, then put them in a safe place for now, and in the future create something magical from them. I was spying this morning over at Pinterest ways to decoupage furniture. This one is going to take me a while, but I already plowed through a half a box today. I dig this idea too.

Day 11: Magnets – When I go abroad, I like to bring back something tiny for my friends and co-workers. Usually, that means refrigerator magnets. I had a dorm refrigerator in my home office that had beverages in it, covered in these travel magnets. But, in an effort to pare down, I unplugged the refrigerator, will most likely sell it, and I took the magnets to work so I could stick them on my file cabinet there. I got rid of energy sucking out of my house from my extra fridge, and I got a small release of endorphins when I think back to all the really cool trips I had abroad when I bought all the magnets. Win-win.  If you want to go hard core on recycling your own refrigerator magnets, have at it here.

Day 12: My desk - Nothing like leaving for part of the week and returning to a stack of bills – ugh. But today, I managed to get to woodgrain on my desk. I have no great ideas on how to purge here. Small suggestions: pay your bills online if/when you can. Put a shredder near your desk to make things easy to get rid of, and I do try to walk my shredding to a recycling bin that helps out the local school system, or to a recycling center instead of just putting it in a landfill. There’s these ideas, but I’m exhausted just thinking about them. Have at it if you have the will!

Day 13:  #70PiecesofAwesome for #SMDames17Ah – you thought I forgot about this – not likely!  I’ve been stuck in the land of recycling the magazines. Last night, I spent time making my #70piecesofawesome for #SMDames17. Which, if you’re in Indy, you need to attend, ladies – there’s always more brain space for more on social media and spreading your story to a wider audience. Democratization of media at its finest!
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