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Shop Nearby for the Holidays

Creating your holiday wish-list on Nearby Registry makes it easy for your loved ones to support you and Seattle small businesses this season. Nearby started as a wedding and shower registry in New Hampshire, but is now supporting our local economy. Search through gift guides with themes like Stocking Stuffers, Great Gatsby or Miss Havisham for fun, whimsical, luxurious or delicious items. 

Our favorite gift on Nearby is Works Progress membership! Know someone special who would benefit from joining our community with an 8 days/month membership? Who would especially love to jump start 2015 with 20 days/month of productivity? Maybe you want to add your membership to your own Nearby holiday wishlist.

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Works Progress Hosts a Biodiversity Expedition!

Special Event During the PhinneyWood Artwalk – The BIG One!

Friday, May 9, 6-9 pm | Saturday, May 10, 12-5 pm

Join us for a large-screen photography presentation of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute’s recent South America Biodiversity Expedition. Peter Morrison, a conservation biologist and avid explorer of biodiversity and wildlands, has been exploring South America for 30 years. For the last five, he has lead expeditions to biodiversity hotspots in an effort to map, describe and protect the world’s largest remaining wild and roadless areas. Stop by any time to view incredible photographs and short videos portraying the vastness and beauty of the wildlands and their immense biodiversity.  Peter will also present a few photos of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute’s (PBI) Harbor Porpoise Project in Puget Sound.

About the PhinneyWood Artwalk

Works Progress will be one of 78 businesses in Phinney-Greenwood welcoming in visitors with wine, snacks and art work from over 150 area artists. Originally a stand-alone annual event, the BIG One is now the centerpiece of the monthly Art Up Chow Down art walks. Over the years, this hugely popular event has turned into a neighborhood party with musical performances in participating businesses and churches, street performers, chalk art and activities for children. Maps and additional information will be available online and at participating sites the week of the Art Walk.

About the South American Wildlands and Conservation Project

South America contains immense wildland and biodiversity resources that are unparalleled in today’s world.  The tropical Andes hotspot, according to Conservation International, “It is home to an estimated 30,000-35,000 species of vascular plants, accounting for about 10 percent of all the world’s species and far surpassing the diversity of any other hot spot.”

1380605_10151922722665853_1287626957_nPBI’s initial mapping of the wildlands of South America has identified five roadless areas each over 110 million acres in size (each bigger than California) and 350 roadless areas each over one million acres. These spectacular gems are unmatched in today’s world. Our initial mapping identified the largest area – the western Amazon – which is still one block of intact, pristine tropical forest of over 800 million acres! This vast tract of tropical forest, mountains, rivers and wetlands spans parts of 5 countries. It is bigger than 8 states the size of California placed end to end. These immense wildlands are the heart and lungs of the Planet.

PBI is sharing information and inspiration with local, national and international conservation NGOs and scientists. With  biodiversity hotspots such as the tropical Andes containing more than 1,700 bird species and 980 species of amphibians – many of which are endemic – we are committed to conserving these vast wildland areas  and last big reservoirs of the Earth’s biodiversity .

About the Pacific Biodiversity Institute 

The Pacific Biodiversity Institute combines innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.

We envision a future rich in biological diversity in all forms and at all scales, allowing for the continued unfolding of natural ecological and evolutionary processes over time. We work at the forefront of biodiversity conservation, exploring new terrain through the use of professional and citizen scientists. In high conservation opportunity areas, PBI leads the way in developing new information and understanding to help realize this future.

One Year Anniversary Celebration Menu

Menu for January 23, 2014

5 to 8pm

Blue Cheese Jam Savories

Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs) *VIEW THE RECIPE

Gougères: French Cheese Puffs

Barbequed Meats

Sweet and Spicy Italian Meatballs

Roasted dry-rub chicken wings

Southern Fresh-Roasted Pimento and Jalapeno Cheese Spread Served with Sweet Red Pepper Jelly and Crackers

Marinated Vegetables with Grape Tomatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, Haricot Verts, Mushrooms, Carrots and Olives

Herbed Deviled Eggs

Chocolate, peanuts, sea salt, perfection.

Triple Dipped Chocolate Peanut Clusters Dusted with Sea Salt *VIEW THE RECIPE

Thank you to the incredibly generous and talented chef, Linda Little, for providing these delicious appetizers!

RSVP and learn more about the event on Facebook or MeetUp.Com.

10 Tips for Working Parents to Make the Most of Back-to-School

It’s finally back to school time. As a mom of two boys, ages almost 3 and not-quite 13, summer means going on more bike rides, swimming, weekend camping trips and as many day hikes as we can squeeze in. On the downside, it also means that the kids have no schedule, a lot of mid-day activities (read extra driving) and constant distractions. Summer can be very hard on working parents, especially if they are trying to work from home. Over the years, I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that not only do I like to have complete control of everything, but I also thrive on a schedule.

I have found that I am more productive at my job during the school year because I have more quiet time and know what to expect each day. Here are some tips for parents getting back into work after a long summer vacation:

  1. Make a Schedule for everyone 

    The kids get a schedule for being engaged in learning, Monday through Friday. Make a schedule for yourself that includes everything from soccer practice to when you need to sit down and be on task for your business.

  2. Your kids get all new school gear – so can you!  

    It’s time to clean and organize the office. Buy new note pads, pens, highlighters and folders. Update your computer software. Clean out your in-box. Get your workstation ready for a more productive day.

  3. Get back to your to-do list 

    The infamous to-do list is a good way to keep you on track – make one for each day & week, prioritize tasks and stick to your deadlines, even when they are self-generated.

  4. Your space is important 

    Hold “office hours” when you can’t be distracted. Back to school time helps create automatic hours when you have time to yourself, but if your house is still too distracting, consider someplace else – is there a coffee shop or coworking space in your neighborhood that meets your needs?

  5. Creative inspiration 

    During the summer there seems to be more opportunities to obsess about what I’ve done wrong as a parent, a business owner and as a spouse. Fall is a great time to pull all your thoughts together and set new aspirations for yourself and your career. You may find that other working parents are in the same boat. See if you can find others like you to help focus your goals and be an inspiration.

  6. Get back on a regular exercise routine 

    I need to work off all of the extra picnic calories and s’mores from the summer! Now that the kids are back on schedule, consider a time to run/walk daily or signing up for a yoga class and get back into a routine.

  7. Plan Family Dinners 

    Who even has time for dinner any more? I have never been organized enough to freeze all the weeks’ meals on Sunday, but I do plan at least three healthy family meals for the week and shop for the menu items over the weekend. That way, I’m ready to go when we do have time to sit down together.

  8. Network 

    With the kids back in school, you have more opportunities to network and meet other people. Working from home is not just isolating, if you’re like me, it reinforces introverted tendencies. Answer some emails by picking up the phone. Try to go on a lunch date at least once a week.  Sign up for the minimum membership at a coworking space to help you get out of the house and meet others.  

  9. Focus 

    Time to schedule another dentist appointment? Need to pick up chicken before dinner? Do you want to know who won on ‘American Idol’ last night? Turn off your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email and focus on the task at hand. Once you’ve established your work hours, don’t let other things distract you.  

  10. Do Less 

    No one can do everything. Decide on what’s most important to you and stick with what’s going to make those things work. That might mean saying “no” a lot more often. Make sure that there is still family time at home: have the kids take one less dance class, get everyone off the iPad for a few hours, and “sign-off” from your email at night – at least before bedtime.

Interested in learning more about coworking? Come in to Works Progress in Greenwood for a Free Coworking Tuesday between 8am and 6pm anytime this fall! Call 206-466-1624 for more info. 

Saving the World Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely

I had a succession of jobs in the year after college: receptionist, data entry clerk for diesel engine parts company, and sole paid staff person at two tiny non-profits.

Non-profit A was in office suites above a movie theater. My boss was a former Boeing exec who used his funds and connections for disaster relief. I had a whole room to myself. It smelled like popcorn and I could feel when the action movie previews started. I formatted some damn good e-newsletters.

Jessie and Bailey at Gas Works in April 2006.

Jessie and Bailey at Gas Works in 2006.

For Non-profit B, I worked either at the executive director’s kitchen table or my own. We were on a mission to rid the world of a particular evil. Although I did have to pick up dry cleaning, I also spoke to a couple low level celebrities on the phone. I got to sleep in a bit when I worked at home, and only slightly more important to me at 22, I got paid to make the world better.

But I was lonely in my new city. I had moved to Seattle with a few friends from college, and I was not prepared for how hard it would be to meet people in “the real world.” I certainly wasn’t meeting anyone through work. When I’d been entering seven digit codes for cylinder heads, I’d at least had coworkers. Or when I was a receptionist, crazy stuff would happen like someone would get stuck in the elevator or young women would mistake me for the Planned Parenthood receptionist down the hall. I had no stories to tell after a day of working at home with the dog, and now, I have very few memories of that time.

So I put saving the world on hold and got a job at a pet store so I could meet other people. I made friends, started dating, and was so much happier. Coworking as we know it wasn’t available yet, but it would have made my transition into the Seattle workforce much smoother. I now co-own Works Progress, a coworking or shared office space, in Greenwood.

Maybe you can relate to my experiences if you work for a tiny non-profit, are new to the city or are just tired of working at home. Come try out working in our space. You’ll immediately expand your social circle by 17 humans and one fluffy dog (pictured). Keep saving the world (or doing what you do). We’re here to keep you company.