Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Did you organize yourself to participate in Earth Hour

Another Earth Hour has come and gone. It is growing at a rapid rate which is very encouraging. Go to http://www.earthhour.org/home/ to read more about the wonderful work they organize year to year, growing all the while. Not surprsiingly I will mention that, yes, it takes organization to be procative about these sorts of things, so that we can get up and make ourselves heard. If we are dis-organized and overwhlemed then the likihood of doing this is slim. Another great reason to organize your life!

Here are some impressive stats for you, showing we really do care about the future of our planet. Well done World!
  • Around 55% (309) of Australia's local councils committed to Earth Hour, demonstrating strong regional support across the country
  • All Australian capital cities participated in Earth Hour
  • 99 of the ASX100 companies registered their participation
  • Australia's major icons switched off: the Opera House and Harbour Bridge (Sydney), St Kilda's Luna Park and Flinders Street Station (Melbourne), Story Bridge (Brisbane), Parliament House (Canberra), WA State Memorial (Perth), Rundle Mall Lantern (Adelaide).
  • Key achievements of Earth Hour 2009 internationally:
    3929 cities, towns and municipalities in 88 countries across the globe
    70 national capitals participated
    18 out of 20 G20 countries took part 9 out of 10 of the world's most populated cities switched off
  • The world's most famous landmarks went dark: the Pyramids and the Sphinx (Egypt), Eiffel Tower (France), Vatican (Italy), Acropolis (Greece), Big Ben (UK), the Las Vegas Strip and Empire State Building (USA), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), Bird's Nest (China) and the Petronas Twin Towers (Malaysia).

In other exciting world news forwarded to me by a colleague "The Evolutionary Leaders Counsel has been asked by the Obama administration to offer information on what is taking place on the planet and how we can change it. They requested a signed petition offering information on how many people are in favour of the changes suggested. Please read the information below that was submitted to the Obama administration.

If you agree with it click the following link where you will be able to sign the petition. I have! Go Obama! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/248704259

World Prayer Day 2009

I attended my first World Prayer Day this year at our local Catholic Church, where our two other church parishioners attended as well. Although 'busy' like everybody else I organized my schedule so that I could attend and am certainly glad I did so.

I did not go to church as a child and am non-denominational, so it was all quite new to me. I love the concept of countless people all praying for the same thing. Every year they pray for a specific country and their needs. This year it was Paupa New Guinea and we heard about some recent efforts of a local Rotary Club that had gone over to help with one of the hospitals there.

Knowing that there are studies that have been conducted with thousands of participants, whereby they have prayed for the one area at the one time , which has led to a 25% decrease in crime - for example in New York - is amazing and exciting. It certainly can't hurt, so why don't you give it a try next year. I know I will. It was lovely to connect with other locals, particularly the older generation to show them that we do care. Having a cup of tea afterwards and learning about them and their lives was an important aspect of the day as well.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Organize Your Clothes Wardrobe

I have been helping my husband (a builder) with a couple of internal and external wall frames for our new house (to be completed by the end of the year.) It's surprisingly exciting seeing where everything is - in particular my office and walk in robe. Those of you have been following me for a while now, know that I am bargain Queen from way back and especially love finding clothing treasures in Op shops. So as you can imagine, I have a few clothes to store and keep organized. We have been renting for a few years while preparing to build/building and I have had the smallest closet ever during that time,so I am looking forward to being able to organize my clothes in a more orderly manner. then I will be able to see everything I have and actually wear all the clothes I have spent my hard earned money on! My shoes will even have a special home raised off the floor so they can be seen properly.

What I have had to do in the meantime is separate my Summer clothes, so that they fit into the closet/wardrobe. This works well, although it has it's drawbacks when you live in Victoria as I do, when there are often 4 seasons in one day, leaving you without easy access to everything you own and reducing your clothing options big time. You manage of course, but the thought of not having to store my clothes in separate areas in my new new walk in robe is blissful!

See my article on Organizing Your Clothes Closet at our Organize Your Life website: http://www.organizeyourlife.com.au/organizeyourclothescloset

I would love to hear your clothes/wardrobe/closet storage and organizing solutions, so tell us your secrets.