Adam’s Educational Moment: Time Management Tips for Top Performers

At a recent Geese meeting, Our Educational Coordinator, Adam Engel of Prime Title and Escrow, discussed a post from Leo Babauta on Zen Habits, Time Management Tips for Top Performers.  With endless emails and other distractions, it’s easy to fall down several rabbit-holes during your workday.  The article reminds us to:

Focus on the things that matter. Clear everything else away, and don’t act on the urges to put off the important stuff.

Notice when you’re turning away from the high-impact tasks, and train yourself to turn towards it instead.

Batch the smaller stuff (like email and messages) and give that some time later in the day to focus, if that’s important to your work.

Train yourself to focus, and train yourself to always know what you should focus on.

And then connect to why it’s meaningful.



Adam’s Educational Moment: Choosing the Right Mask to Protect Yourself and Others


Our Educational Coordinator, Adam Engel of Prime Title and Escrow, shared some great info about selecting the right Mask to help protect against COVID-19.  The most effective mask should have multiple layers of natural fibers with a polypropylene guard in the middle as a filter.  N95 masks are so effective because they have that filter.  Avoid masks with exhalation valves.  These masks release unfiltered air, so it does not protect others if you are exhaling the virus.  Finally, be sure to wash your mask every day with detergent and hot water.

Here is the full article from NPR:

Wear a mask!  Stay Safe!


Adam’s Educational Moment: Decision Making

Adam Engel of Prime Title is the Geese’s Educational Coordinator.  He shares great info about networking and marketing with the Geese each week.  Recently, he discussed the following article from Kevin Eikenberry.  Maybe it can help you and your team:

How to Encourage Your Team To Make Decisions

In a world of constant change where the status quo is a myth, making decisions are part of the lifeblood of any successful organization. Leaders who try to make all those decisions will be pressed, stressed, and likely behind. Whether thinking about the short-term need for decisions to be made or the long-term implications for empowering team members, leaders must distribute decision making to the team. The question is how to do it.

Here is a seven-step process to distribute decision making to your team.  Click here to read the steps!


Organizing Mentors to present at Golden Geese on Thu, Aug 27th

We are excited to hear from Lisa Geraci Rigoni and Dena Fleisher of The Organizing Mentors on Thursday’s Golden Geese Zoom call.  Their goal is to “help you reclaim your space mentally and physically.”  Since many of us are working from home these days, we are anxious to learn how to optimize our spaces.

Tune in Thursday morning at 8:00 am to meet the Geese and learn more!  Email us for Zoom meeting info.


Adam’s Educational Moment: Run An Effective Virtual Meeting

Adam Engel of Prime Title is the Geese’s Educational Coordinator.  He shares great info about networking and marketing with the Geese each week.  This morning, he discussed the following article from Kevin Eikenberry.  Maybe it will help you in your next Zoom meeting

Questions to Make Your Virtual Meetings More Effective

Few consider meetings the highlight of their workday – more probably consider it the bane of their work life. It is true that meetings, while important and potentially useful, aren’t always very good. Sadly, now that most meetings are being held virtually, it hasn’t gotten any better. The challenge is how to have more effective virtual meetings. And part of the answer is the questions you use.  Read On!


Makeup and Masks Can Coexist! (from Jennifer Kyle Herd of Mary Kay)


Hi Ladies,

I hope you all are healthy and finding ways to enjoy summer. Things are quiet in the office so I am using the time to sort through files and reorganize materials (it’s amazing what you find in your files after 26 years in business…)

Many of us aren’t wearing as much makeup these days (except for Zoom calls!) but for those who are, a big area of concern is how to keep your makeup from rubbing off on your mask. Last week, I came across a blog post from beauty reporter Niko Maragos who tried 5 different methods to to keep it from transferring to her mask. Niko had a clear winner and I thought I would share it with you here:

“After doing your skin care, load your brush with a bit of your foundation and then spray the fibers with your setting spray. Apply the product and work it in quickly: In my experience, the setting spray will cause the product to dry much faster than usual. I don’t recommend using a sponge for this technique; it will absorb the setting spray. Once your foundation is applied, follow with your setting powder and setting spray.”

Many of you already have some of the tools and products Niko mentions in her blog, but for those who don’t here’s what you’ll need in the Mary Kay line:

Mary Kay foundation: $25.00 (it’s transfer-resistant, just by itself!)

foundation pic
Mary Kay liquid foundation brush: $ 14.00

foundation brush

Mary Kay Makeup finishing spray: $18.00

makeup finishing spray

Mary Kay translucent loose powder: $16.00 (brush additional: $14.00)

trans. powder and brush pic

I am happy to report that I tried Niko’s method and it worked! I noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of makeup on my mask (it didn’t solve the problem completely, but it was much better) and my makeup looked fresher longer. You may have to experiment with the different steps to see what works best on your skin. For me, the setting powder made the biggest difference.

LIPS are still a tricky matter. Regardless of what trick you use, lip gloss smears all over the inside of masks, so I find I am wearing more lipstick these days. Matte lipsticks, lip stains and lip tints seem to stay on the best, but there is always a little color transfer to the masks, I find. Mary Kay does offer a matte lipstick formula, a limited edition lip tint and a limited-edition ultrastay lip laquer. Let me know if you’d like to see colors in person and I can send you samples and arrange a Zoom call to try colors.

Please feel free to call/email/ text me if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

Have a great weekend!


cell: 703-244-6718

Denny + Gardner’s Current Projects

On July 2, Norm Gardner, one of the founders of Denny + Gardner Remodeling, told us about several of their current projects.  The best part of Norm’s presentations are the pictures!  Denny + Gardner does fabulous work.  You can see for yourself right here:

Denny + Gardner Current Projects. GG presentation July 2



For more info, be sure to contact Norm at Denny + Gardner Remodeling, Building & Design


Mavrick Harris, Freedom Bank – The Utility of Credit Cards

Recently, our favorite Banker, Mavrick Harris of Freedom Bank, shared his thoughts on the value and utility of credit cards.  He recommends them over other payment methods for their security against fraud, limited liability and cash back rewards.  Here is his power point for additional details:

Utility of credit cards

To learn more, contact Mavrick Harris at Freedom Bank, 703-663-2300.

freedom bank