Tune in on Thursday at 4:00 pm Central! To listen in – go here and just click on the player in the top right corner. 

I’m excited to chat with this week’s guests. We’ve all heard (and probably experienced) the results of being unorganized and too busy (it’s usually the “being too busy” that leads to my being unorganized!). Our first guest this week, Kathryn Bechen, author of Small Space Organizing, will be sharing ideas and tips for being organized and talking about why that even matters! Then during the second half of the show we’ll hear from Cindi Ferrini. Her recent book, Balancing the Active Life, offers some advice on avoiding the pitfalls of our hurry, hurry culture. Stress, fatigue, disconnected families, ruined relationships and so much more. She’ll be sharing tips on how to balance all that God’s called us to. Be sure to tune in on Thursday at 4PM Central!

Both ladies are giving away a copy of their books. Leave a comment below for a chance to win one. 
Winner’s will be notified next week via email.

More about Kathryn: Kathryn Bechen is an award-winning lifestyle writer specializing in home decorating andorganizing, how-to, weddings, and travel. She is the author of several lifestyle e-books, and her feature articles have been published in national and regional magazines such as Cottage Style, Small Room Decorating, Country Almanac, and San Diego Style Weddings. Kathryn’s new home-related book, published by Baker Publishing Group, is scheduled to release to bookstores everywhere, and online book outlets, in early 2012. Kathryn lives in sunny San Diego, CA, USA, with her husband and business partner of many years, Steve Bechen. For more information please visit her blog and website at www.KathrynBechenINK.com.

More about Small Space Organizing:
With a few tricks up your sleeve, small can be the new big!
While we may admire the spacious rooms in large homes we see in magazines or on TV, let’s face it: most of us don’t live in rambling estates. Instead, we live in homes, apartments, or condos with small rooms and even smaller closets. But you can enjoy an organized, beauty-filled life no matter what the size of your space. In this practical book, you’ll learn how to
  • perform a room-by-room audit of your space to see if it’s functioning at its best
  • make the most of existing storage space and find clever ways to add more
  • find creative ways to arrange furnishings and accessories that maximize space and bring harmony and style to the home 
    live graciously in a small space with others (especially those who aren’t organized!)
Whether you’re an empty nester who’s downsizing, a newlywed setting up your first nest, or someone who just needs some creative new ideas, you’ll love these strategies, tips, and solutions to maximize space and enhance your quality of life.

More about Cindi: Cindi enjoys speaking on topics that will encourage men and women to make a difference in their sphere of influence by being all they can be for the Lord, their families, and themselves. Joe and Cindi are on the speaking team for Family Life Ministries, a marriage-focused ministry founded by Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Joe (a dentist) and Cindi have enjoyed ministry together as they direct the City Focus Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in the Northeast Ohio area as associate staff since 1989. They helped to bring the Billy Graham Crusade to Cleveland in 1994 and served as trained counselors, supervisors and leaders. They were also responsible for the direction of distributing over 32,000 pieces of material to inquirers that came forward throughout the crusade. The Billy Graham Association asked them to establish follow-up in the NE Ohio area because of the discipleship ministry they already had in place. They have also served as City Ministry Directors of the FamilyLife conferences in Cleveland (NE Ohio) from 1990-2001 with expansion to Akron in 2000 and an Urban Familylife Conference in Youngstown, OH, in October of 2001! Joe and Cindi now speak nationally for the Familylife Marriage Conferences. For more info, please visit  http://www.cindiferrini.com

More about Balancing the Active Life: If you struggle to get organized, Cindi’s your new friend who understands…

[She] will enable you to develop a more balanced life. -Susan Alexander Yates, speaker and author
…concrete ways to move ahead toward a balanced life. -Joy Downs, speaker and co-author

Balancing a pyramid of seven people on a tightrope cable only 5/8-inch thick, the Great Wallendas showed the world their astonishing skills. They performed their balancing act 35-100 feet high over dens of lions! How many times did they nearly lose their balance?

Though you might not be surrounded by lions, who is to say that your life isn’t just as stressful with your own set of acrobatic and balancing acts?

‘How we spend our time is the life we live,’ says Cindi Ferrini of Creative Management Fundamentals.

Join author and balancer Cindi Ferrini as she presents her 13-week interactive Bible study that addresses the question: ‘Does being a Christian mean we automatically have a balanced life?’

Everyone gets carried away with work, family, ministry, and life opportunities available to us. And sometimes we neglect the areas that God is calling us to and that are best for us. Through this study, you’ll learn to balance your priorities, set and achieve goals, and discipline and organize yourself in a variety of areas.

Just as the Wallendas learned the excitement of being in balance and walking the tight rope, you too can take the challenge of learning what it takes to Balance the Active Life!

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