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Kaizen: continuous improvement, in life, family, work and business

BY: marieke / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Laundry

We can be hard on ourselves. Moms, parents, business owners, working professionals, we can demand the most from ourselves.

We may compare ourselves with people who have been in the industry longer, who have more experience, people who have had less setbacks in life than we had. Or people who have just been very lucky. And we feel we need to be there too, have the same things, be at that same level. And we aren’t. There are always people doing things better than us, in some area of our (working) life.

My advise to you is to not focus on the others, but learn from this Japanese to Kaizen. Kaizen is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes. When you do small changes everyday, you can tweak your life to make it easier, achieve more success and/or become happier with the life you have. It’s not about that big goal, that one thing you do that changes everything. It’s about daily changes.

And we see that with common goals in life, like loosing weight. Many people have learned that one crazy diet can have an enormous effect in a few days (maybe), but then you quickly bounce back to your normal weight when you get back into your old habit. It’s about those small changes. To say no to one thing every day, for example no sodas anymore, or no fast food chains, and then build upon those habits with another tiny step to change your habits.

That is exactly what I did. I stopped going to fast food chains in 2012, only going once a week to In-n-Out. Then after 9 months I stopped the once-a-week In-n-Out visit. The next thing I stopped was drinking sodas. And in 2o15 I stopped going to Starbucks and order the heavy calorie drinks.

But then this year, my year personally has been tough. And with moving, and all the changes, making my own coffee in the morning with a 1-year old at home, seemed a big challenge. And some challenging mornings, I skipped making my own coffee and opted for Starbucks instead. This is a tiny set back, but I didn’t go back on all my health changes, because they have been there so long, these are now my habits.

I have no interest in drinking sodas, and the thought of visiting a McDonalds or In-n-Out does not make me happy anymore, in fact I feel I miss a part of my meal that I want (veggies), and get things that I don’t want (salt, sugar, fat, factory food, calories, etc).

This year, my life turned upside down as I am going through a divorce, and it’s all about re-finding myself and re-defining myself. Taking tiny steps of improvement in many different areas of my business and life, all at the same time.

And it’s about looking at our own life, and seeing which tiny changes we can make to improve our life. Don’t compare ourselves. Just tiny steps to keep improving from where you were. The thing we can compare ourselves to, is our old self.

The big changes in my life came at the same time as I was launching Laundrylicious, a service that I feel is helping people like me – to take control over their life. Doing laundry easily costs 6-8 hours a week for a mom. And it’s exactly that same thing: not having enough time, that I hear moms complain about most. In fact that’s probably a struggle for most people. And I really hope by taking this part out of their life, you life (a part that definitely isn’t a fun thing for most people to do, but a chore), I am helping moms live a better life, and enjoy the things they’d love to do most, whether it be their kids, their partner, their business, their work, family, friends, sports and/or other interests.

Doing laundry typically doesn’t top these choices, and so taking this chore of their list – improves their life, relationships and well-being. And I’d love to be a tiny improvement in their life (your life?) to make this happen!

Kaizen on!

 

 

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Make your New Years Resolutions Happen

BY: marieke / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Laundry

It is that time of year again. 2016 has passed, and we say hello to a new year. A new year, new you. Many women choose to start a diet and/or exercise program as a New Year’s resolution. And for those goals to be successful you need to set yourself up for success!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal is to have visited and met someone in every U.S. state by year’s end. “After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future,”he wrote in a post on his Facebook page. 

So, need a few ideas for less common resolutions? Check out these ideas! 

  • Start Saving

Toss your loose change in a virtual coffee mug by automatically deposit it to a savings app on your phone. Digit is a great, free app to save change easily every day, and it adds up quickly. Not only that, it sends you text messages with how much is on your bank account, so you can take active control of your finances. At the end of the year, you can take a small vacation, buy the newest electronic device, or keep it in the account for a ‘rainy day’.  

  • Learn a new language 

This will come in handy while you are on vacation from all the money you have saved. In addition to learning a new culture easier, taking on a second language does wonders for keeping your brain sharp. Duolingo is a great, free app that gamifies your language learning experience. My 11yo son is currently learning Russian.

  • Be more adventurous and/or more courageous. 

Do something exciting to spice up your life! Try the local zip-line or bungee jump. Take that helicopter ride, climb that mountain or stay on the ground and try a new entrée at a local eatery. A great resolution is just to try something new, and get yourself out of your routine. No matter the adventure level, stepping out of your comfort zone is always rewarding.  

The new year is rolling right on in, and now is the time to choose a resolution and (hopefully) stick with it. Happy New Year, and lots of wishes for a productive and happy 2017. 

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Happy Thanksgiving: pick ups & deliveries this week

BY: marieke / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Laundry

reasons to be happy

“Happiness…
That is the feeling I get each time I open my closet and find it full of clean clothes.

Laundrylicious has saved me the most precious thing I have: time.
I give thanks for the time I have to spend with the people I care for most.”

This Thursday, November 24, 2016 we are showing our support to our employees by sharing a day of rest. During this week please be aware that laundry orders will be fulfilled Wednesday or Friday mornings. We hope that you have a wonderful day of Thanksgiving and we thank you for choosing Laundrylicious to service a part of what matters to you most!

May your Thanksgiving Holiday be filled with blessings,

~Laundrylicious

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