Two Local Businesses Team Up to Help the Community Achieve Their Goals in 2009

January 16, 2009

Two women-owned businesses in the Des Moines area have teamed up this month to help residents align their priorities and achieve their goals for greater organization, higher productivity and better life balance in 2009.  Dr. Christine Hegstad, a personal development consultant and owner of MAP Professional Development Inc. in Ankeny and Lori Vande Krol, an organization and productivity consultant and owner of Life Made Simple, LLC in Clive, have joined forces to offer a unique combination of experience and skills.  In the current economy of job cuts and increased work expectations and pressures, it might seem that personal priorities will suffer.  But in its national “Finding Better Balance” survey conducted in late November 2008, FedEx Office found that a full 86 percent of respondents plan to actively pursue better daily balance in 2009 [Source: Business Wire 2009].  Individuals will be interested in learning how to accomplish more with fewer resources and in less time, so that they have more time for those things that matter most. 

Dr. Hegstad and Ms. Vande Krol strongly believe that the first step to reaching ones goals and achieving life balance is to declutter his/her life, both physically and emotionally. They will kick off their new partnership this month with a seminar focusing on paper clutter, one of the largest clutter challenges they see with their clients.  A unique five step process for creating an ideal workspace, developed using the joint expertise of Dr. Hegstad and Ms. Vande Krol, will be introduced.  Declutter Your Paper! will be offered January 30 from 1-4pm at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines, Iowa.

About Life Made Simple, LLC
Life Made Simple was founded with the mission of helping businesses and individuals become more productive, allowing them time to focus on what matters most.  Life Made Simple provides organization and productivity consultation and seminars, covering time and calendar management, paper management, electronic file management and workflow management.  The processes and systems Life Made Simple provides help to save clients hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year.  Life Made Simple also provides residential solutions, including assistance with decluttering and organization, custom painting and home décor.

About MAP Professional Development Inc.
MAP Inc. is a personal/professional development firm designed to help individuals create meaningful careers and purposeful lives. Through training seminars and consulting, MAP Inc. specializes in topics such as decluttering, work/life balance, goal fulfillment, and bringing passion and power into the workplace. MAP Inc.’s signature Life Of No Regrets Campaign has gained global attention and has prompted individuals to design and fulfill their purpose and vision.

For More Information
For more information about the benefits of a decluttered life and how Life Made Simple and  MAP Inc. can help, contact Lori Vande Krol, (515)360-8347, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dr. Christine Hegstad, (515)490-0604, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our websites at and .