Sedentary Desk Work

October 22, 2010

I knew the sedentary work of a virtual assistant (or any desk career) wasn’t a virtual assistant at desk EVAgood thing, but this news report on ABC last night was a bit shocking albeit believable.  I think I’m going to get out my exercise ball to use as my office chair again since I won’t be installing a treadmill desk anytime soon!  LOL!

For the full scoop, here’s a link to the report

Another tip I used to use all the time was set a timer for 1 hour and place it in an adjacent room.  After that hour of sitting/working on your project, stand up and stretch for a minute or so, then walk out to the timer and reset it for another hour.  This not only helps your body, it also clears your mind for better concentration.

If you have a tip, please submit it via the comments area!

Best to you,

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer? With early detection, skin cancer is usually 100% curable.

Go to and click on dermatologist finder to locate a dermatologist in your area participating in free screening this month! That’s right, FREE.


Know The A, B, C, D & E’s of Skin Cancer

Learn how to check yourself for signs of skin cancer. It is the most important step in reducing your skin cancer risks and it is easy.

If you notice any of the signs below, schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist.

Asymmetrical: Common moles are round and symmetrical. Most early melanomas are asymmetrical, which means a line through the middle doesn’t create matching halves.

Borders: Borders of early melanomas are most often uneven and may have indistinct or fuzzy edges. Common moles have smoother and more even edges or borders.

Colors: Common moles are normally a single shade of brown. Varied shades may indicate the first sign of melanoma.

Diameter: Early melanomas usually grow larger than common moles — generally to at least a ¼” in diameter.

Evolving: If you notice a mole evolving (changing), see your doctor. Be aware of any changes to existing moles be it in size, shape, color, elevation, bleeding, itching, crusting or any other trait.

While some people/skin types are more susceptible to skin cancer, NO ONE is safe. Always, always use SPF of 15 or more when outdoors.

I used to think tanning beds were “safe” but it is NOT true. They are just as harmful as tanning outdoors. While I love the feel of the sun on me and the look of a great glowing tan, there are fabulous tanner/bronzer products available to give you the look. And, I tried a spray on tan for a vacation about a year ago, and no one could tell it was sprayed on. Bonus: a good spray on technician can even spray in curves where you don’t have them and the appearance of muscles! (I didn’t go there!)

Be safe, be aware, have fun! Thanks for reading.


The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!

The approach of the holidays can push some people into super-stress-mode. I’m hoping to provide a few tips to make your life a bit easier. I think a key component to tackling this or any project is organization – something I learned during my days in the corporate world of operational and strategic planning while having several projects to manage at one time.

While a formal plan seems a bit much for most folks, breaking down tasks on lists can be very helpful. I actually use spreadsheets to plan gift buying, party planning, etc. and I use them year-round. When using a spreadsheet, you can track and budget for the occasion at hand. I build a timeline to schedule shopping, sewing, baking, writing out/mailing cards, etc. Although making and baking gifts are a bit tedious, these items are truly made with love specifically for that person on my list. (Last Christmas, I sewed all of my Christmas cards for family members!)

My gift spreadsheets are for 1) friends and family, and 2) clients. Family members “wish lists” are modified and maintained throughout the year (plus I ask what they’d like for an upcoming occasion). These items are saved for this or future occasions. Both spreadsheets detail who received what items and/or what card for past occasions … a history per se. I’d hate to give the same client homemade brownies 2 years in a row.

I use an event planning and party planning spreadsheet as more of a guide to make sure that all details are addressed and nothing is forgotten. I use a fill-in-the-blank format, add the details for the event, add in my budget, and go.

Hopefully, you will find building lists or even spreadsheets to organize your holiday season lessens your stress and makes the process of gift giving easier.

Happy Stress-free Holidays!