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Marie Kondo - Organizing to Live

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Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an international sensation and now her approach to living has come to Netflix. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has given people another binge worthy option on Netflix, only this time it motivates you to get up off the sofa and tackle your living space as well.

Previous Blog dated September 21, 2018:

Time implies change and movement; movement implies the passage of time. So many of us get lost in the “everydayness” of our daily routines. We all have had those days where from the time our feet hit the floor to our heads hitting the pillow we are go, go, go! Sadly, we feel as if we rarely accomplish anything worthwhile. 

Work, responsibilities, and finances can take so much energy from us (and we can give it freely) that we begin to question how a purposeful and fulfilling life can fit among the rest. There are millions of books and speakers, retreats and services, that offer programs and steps to give you the tools to simple life. They promise to remove the stress and replace it with joy and enlightenment. In my experience, these may frame an idea in a way that is more pleasing to our own approach to life and therefore speaks to us on a more “sellable” level but it’s really just a matter of quieting that inner critic. 

What could lead to a happier life for you? Quality relationships? Maybe less clutter both materialistically and emotionally? Freedom? A change in scenery? Could it be a shorter commute which leads to more time for you to fill based on your priorities? 

Time is our most valuable asset and the most treasured gift another person can give us. We move through time whether or not we are using it to the best of our ability. When was the last time you came across a home project that you never finished? Or a friendship you had meant to rekindle but never did? Maybe there was an interest in art, music, travel, volunteering, or going back to school, but a day turned into a month, which turned into a year without taking the plunge.

Creating an simple environment that allows you to be free, spontaneous, and mindful can make a positive impact on you for years to come and lessen your environmental footprint on the world around.

Consider what you find truly important and begin to use YOUR time to surround yourself with “the good stuff”.

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels


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SMART LOFT LIVING

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift or already planning out how best to spend those gift cards, consider some smart home devices. Having a smart home is where it’s at but when renting, your options may feel limited. Fortunately, there are several options on the market now that don’t require any hardwiring or a major overhaul.

Gadgets like the Google Home Hub or the Amazon Echo Spot are great options for those looking to spend $150 or less. Google Home Hub can be synced with other home devices to offer a seamless connectivity that only requires the use of a standard power outlet and Wi-Fi. It has a standard tablet display so streaming YouTube cooking videos while preparing dinner is a breeze. Amazon Echo Spot is all about Alexa. It comes in at a few dollars less than the Home Hub and has a camera for video calls. Multitask and make that call to the parents while doing laundry. You know they’ll appreciate it! This can also be synced with other devices and requires only a simple power outlet and Wi-Fi.

I don’t know about you, but lighting my home just right is so important to setting the mood and showcasing it’s décor. Flexibility is key, so dimmers and a variety of colors are an absolute must. Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit is compatible with your existing fixtures. To learn more about Philips Hue and other lighting options, check out this  guide on smart light bulbs here.

With TP- Link’s Mini Smart Plug you can make any device a smart device. Plug it into an outlet to then plug in a light, fan, gaming system or TV. You can then turn off and on the device with your smart phone or voice assistant. You can even set a timer. For those of us with family members who always fail to turn off the lights at night, this timer equipped smart plug is a power bill saver! This gadget can be found for around $15.

With smart cameras, doorbells, and smart security systems, there are so many different and cool options out there for your security needs as well.  

Live the “loftstyle” the smart, efficient way!

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels

Photos: Amazon.com

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The Glowing Gingko Trees

Here in the South, we have a very brief Fall so we really try to soak in all that the season has to offer. We break out our boots and scarves, grab our favorite latte, and marvel at the colors nature has displayed for us. 

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During these few weeks of Autumn, one of the most spectacular events takes place. The Gingko tree, which lines our Macon sidewalks and neighborhoods we frequent, gives its glowing yellow show. Almost overnight, the leaves turn from green to a vibrant yellow leaving us Maconites awestruck by their beauty. The tree then waits for the first frost of the season and at once loses all of their beautiful leaves leaving a blanket of yellow underneath. 

The Ginkgo tree first originated in Southeast Asia nearly 200 million years ago. These glowing beauties were said to have been around when Dinosaurs were still present making this tree a living fossil. You can find Gingko’s thriving anywhere and in practically any condition – drought, poor soil, lack of space, etc.

These Gingko trees are very near and dear to my heart as they line the streets of my very own neighborhood. I love being able to watch the series of events when the transition into Autumn finally hits. Hopefully the Fall season can teach all of us that change can be a very beautiful thing. 

Write up provided by: Alex Putnam

Photo: https://www.pinterest.com/grangerjj/gingko-trees/?lp=true

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Creating Time for Living

Time implies change and movement; movement implies the passage of time. So many of us get lost in the “everydayness” of our daily routines. We all have had those days where from the time our feet hit the floor to our heads hitting the pillow we are go, go, go! Sadly, we feel as if we rarely accomplish anything worthwhile. 

Work, responsibilities, and finances can take so much energy from us (and we can give it freely) that we begin to question how a purposeful and fulfilling life can fit among the rest. There are millions of books and speakers, retreats and services, that offer programs and steps to give you the tools to simple life. They promise to remove the stress and replace it with joy and enlightenment. In my experience, these may frame an idea in a way that is more pleasing to our own approach to life and therefore speaks to us on a more “sellable” level but it’s really just a matter of quieting that inner critic. 

What could lead to a happier life for you? Quality relationships? Maybe less clutter both materialistically and emotionally? Freedom? A change in scenery? Could it be a shorter commute which leads to more time for you to fill based on your priorities? 

Time is our most valuable asset and the most treasured gift another person can give us. We move through time whether or not we are using it to the best of our ability. When was the last time you came across a home project that you never finished? Or a friendship you had meant to rekindle but never did? Maybe there was an interest in art, music, travel, volunteering, or going back to school, but a day turned into a month, which turned into a year without taking the plunge.

Creating an simple environment that allows you to be free, spontaneous, and mindful can make a positive impact on you for years to come and lessen your environmental footprint on the world around.

Consider what you find truly important and begin to use YOUR time to surround yourself with “the good stuff”.

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels

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Cut Out the Commute

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I don’t know about you but I am ready to be done with all the bumper to bumper traffic flowing in and out of downtown. As I sat at the 4th light of 12, I have to get through to cross over College Street, I told my son that we have to go back to our alternate route. Vineville Avenue has only become more congested over the years. This is undeniable proof that downtown is a flourishing destination for work, education, entertainment and dining.  With employees of Navicent Health and Coliseum, city workers, small business owners and staff, families taking children to St. Joseph’s and Mount de Sales and so many others, those of us who must make the drive in can feel like sardines on a slow-moving conveyer belt.

 

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This dilemma points out yet another benefit to making downtown your home. Imagine walking or biking to work? Imagine the time and gas saved by living and working in the same centralized location. The Lofts provide well lit, gated parking, so your vehicle can stay at home while you work and play. No feeding the meter or worrying about the 3-hour limit. A daily schedule that cuts out the commute in the morning and afternoon can lead to more focused time with friends and family, implementing a solid wellness routine, and kicking back to some local entertainment. Sure, we all need to make that trip to the grocery store or mall, but when living downtown, that time spent in the car is on your terms based on what you decide.

 

 

 

As more Maconites choose to make downtown their home, our eateries, entertainment venues, galleries, salons and retailers will flourish. There will be an undeniable demand for a full-service grocer within the 3-block radius of 2nd Street that will most likely lead to a smart entrepreneur or a grocery chain wanting a piece of the pie.

A larger downtown population will enable our small business owners to thrive which will attract more new businesses that will contribute to our economy, create jobs and services, and solidify Macon as a strong competitive city capable of providing the best in opportunity and quality of life.

By cutting out the commute and making downtown your home you can save time, money, and sanity while also bringing growth and stability to our much-loved city.  

 

Write up and photos provided by: Anna Daniels

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Macon Bacon: The Newest Sizzle in Middle Georgia

The Macon Bacon is a semi – pro baseball team in the Coastal Plains League. This is the first season for the Macon Bacon and so far they are off to a hot start! Their home opener was Friday June 1; with a home game following Saturday night as well. The team is gathering a lot of interest in the community, but there is a lot that people still don’t know! 

What makes the Macon Bacon different than other baseball teams is that most of the players just finished up their season playing college baseball. These players play on semi – pro teams (like the Macon Bacon) in the summer to keep their skills sharp and for recognition by professional scouts. Another difference is that these games are very family oriented. There are games for kids and fans on the field between innings, as well as some kind of theme for the night at almost every home game. This past Saturday (June 9) they honored our first responders and had fireworks following the game.  

Luther Williams Field is the home of the Macon Bacon. Many Maconites are glad to see the field coming back to life and reclaiming the glory it once knew so well. There have been many updates to the field to prepare for the opening season including additional concession stands, outdoor cabana suites, a group picnic area, a kids play zone, and a beer garden. There is certainly something for everyone!  

The Macon Bacon is sure to become a staple of summertime in Macon. The field is located on the edge of downtown, so make a night of it! Enjoy everything that downtown has to offer; which now includes the baseball team! For more information on the Macon Bacon such as tickets or a home game schedule, visit www.maconbaconbaseball.com!  

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Laura Beth Shealy.

Photos provided by: StadiumJourney.com

 

 

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon, Part Two - Parking

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Moving forward with our theme of Downtown growth and progress, a question on everyone’s mind is parking. With new businesses, restaurants and residential developments moving into the downtown core, the need for on-street parking is only going to grow. 

In November 2016, Macon-Bibb County Commissioners approved a new downtown parking plan that allows Macon’s Urban Development Authority to fund the addition of parking meters, pay stations and other parking management systems to Macon’s downtown core – the area between Walnut and Poplar and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and First Street. The downtown core contains 1260 parking spaces, and according to Alex Morrison, the Executive Director for the Urban Development Authority, around 850 meters should be installed by the end of this month. 

According to a March 2018 article by Linda Morris of the Macon Telegraph, paid parking will be enforced Monday – Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will cost $1.25 an hour. These parking meters are anticipated to generate $1 million annually, which will support the parking system itself, and then any extra revenue will be put back into downtown through accessibility and parking improvements. Bibb Urban Development has contracted with Lanier Parking Meter Services to install and manage parking meters and the authority’s parking decks downtown. The bright side to this new parking system downtown is that there will be a higher turnover of available spaces because of the two-hour parking limit, meaning more opportunities for people to park downtown and enjoy all Macon has to offer. 

The great thing about living at a Lofts property is the gated, access-controlled entry parking! At Lofts at Capricorn and Lofts at Navicent, residents have guaranteed parking spaces. Both properties are located downtown, meaning an evening stroll down a block or two leads you directly to a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and theaters! You could even grab your morning coffee just one block from Lofts at Capricorn at Taste and See! 

Living downtown definitely has its perks, but with downtown growth booming and new parking regulations starting, the idea of guaranteed parking presents an easy choice -

Live it, Love it, Loft it! Life just got better at the Lofts!

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Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

Additional photos provided by: Gateway Macon, WGXA, and Macon.com

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon

View from Lofts at Capricorn

View from Lofts at Capricorn

Spring has finally sprung in Macon, GA! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and there is a nice warm breeze in the air. I don’t know if it is just me, but something about this time of year makes me want to be outside and enjoy this weather as much as possible. While taking a stroll downtown, I began to think about how the flowers weren't the only thing growing in Macon this year. The downtown area is certainly changing! Many new attractions have started to pop up and there are many more to come; including restaurants, hotels, retail space, office space, apartments, and more parking.  

One of the restaurants that is set to open later this year is Your Pie, a brick oven pizza restaurant that allows customers to create and customize their own personal pizza. It will be located on Poplar Street beside Taste and See Coffee Shop. According to the Newtown Macon website, several other eateries will be coming to Poplar Street as well including Decadent Desert Bar and Famous Mike's. To help with the influx of people these tasty attractions are sure to bring, more parking is also being added throughout the downtown area. 

If anyone has ventured down Poplar Street lately, it is easy to see the construction that is going on in the median. This area is being turned into an attraction itself. The City of Macon is transforming the Poplar Street Commons into an area that will contain new concrete, trees, and landscaping. Not only will it be beneficial for downtown events and festivals in the future, but all the new green space is also sure to be easy on the eyes.  

There are also many new apartments and lofts coming to the downtown area. The Lofts at Capricorn just opened up on MLK Jr Blvd. It is built at the site of Capricorn Records. When walking through the doors, the old town music feel is immediately mixed with a modern touch. The walls are covered with records of the artists that once made music in that very location. It'll make someone want to pull a guitar right off the wall and begin strumming a tune! All of this along with beautiful state of the art lofts makes this one of the hottest new places to see and live in the downtown area.  

It is interesting to take a walk through the streets of downtown Macon and make a mental note of what is seen now, while also thinking back on how the area has already changed. It is a privilege and a pleasure to watch this town grow. And just like this spring season, Macon, GA is really starting to bloom! 

Citations Link:  http://www.newtownmacon.com/new-kids-on-the-block/ 

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Laura Beth Shealy

Additional photos provided by: Anna Daniels

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