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LAUNDRY AND OTHER MYSTERIES PODCAST CONNECTS WITH AMY COOK PORTER OF TERRA ESSENTIALS

COLORADO SPRINGS, April 12, 2020 — LAUNDRY AND OTHER MYSTERIES, a new podcast (https://anchor.fm/desiree-hickson), about laundry, laundry tips, and tricks and focuses on business owners and creators, social impact businesses, and how business owners and creators support their communities and is geared toward business and creative entrepreneurs of all ages.

The fourth full episode features Amy Cook Porter, Managing Editor of Terra Essentials, a business directory based in Colorado Springs and the host of Laundry and Other Mysteries, Desiree Hickson, also known as “The Laundry Diva” having a discussion of how new and seasoned entrepreneurs can reinvent their businesses despite “The Great Pause” that has come in light of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Desiree Hickson says, “My conversation with Amy was so informative and inspiring. We discussed how entrepreneurs will now have to re-establish trust with their customers and that means they will have to rethink their business and marketing plans, rewrite their mission statements, overcome their established branding and their businesses will have to be more flexible into the future as they navigate this new paradigm.”

Fans of the podcast can contact Desiree Hickson via email (coloradodiva@gmail.com) or via the podcast page to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast, or to become a guest on the show.

To listen to the podcast, visit

Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/1Y3KC2SgsIJPnS5pBXpLRn),
Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laundry-and-other-mysteries/id1492938947?uo=4),
Breaker (https://www.breaker.audio/laundry-and-other-mysteries) or anywhere you get your podcasts.

About Diva’s Laundry Service
A self-described “Laundry Diva”, Desiree “Diva” Hickson is an entrepreneur who is committed to serving the Colorado Springs community and providing mobile laundry services that are second to none. She has spent the last 8 years honing her skills and is currently most passionate about the work she is doing as a personal laundry assistant and holistic cleaning coach. As a laundry attendant turned “Laundry Diva”, Desiree has developed a unique perspective when it comes to being a laundry professional.

To find out more about Diva’s Laundry Service visit https://divaslaundryservice.com

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Introducing A New Podcast: Laundry and Other Mysteries

Introducing Laundry and Other Mysteries. A pod where we discuss how our guests do their laundry, what they do when the laundry is done, while offering tips for solving some common laundry mysteries to our listeners.

So, I started a podcast! Yep! I’ll bet your ear-holes were not ready to hear that!

I don’t want to give too much away, so I encourage you to follow this link to listen to the trailer and get an idea of what I’m working on, for yourself.

If you are still interested when you have heard it, I encourage you to become a patron of my new podcast at http://Patreon.com/divaslaundryservice so that you can get early access to every episode and even participate in the creative process, if you become a Laundry Hero!

Laundry and Other Mysteries will be available across multiple podcast platforms, so find me on January 6, 2020, wherever you get your favorite podcasts!

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My Zen Is In Laundry

Some folks find their Zen while doing yoga or meditation. Some may golf or take the spa for a massage to find it. I find my Zen in Laundry.

A lot of people find it a nuisance to have to sort and organize their laundry into little piles and determine whether it’s best to wash their clothes in hot or cold water. For them, the quicker the clothes get in the washer, the better; “out of sight, out of mind”. What ends up happening is set-in stains, dingy whites, and some color-bleeding that ends up deteriorating the bright colors and the longevity of every item in the wash. A lot of folks don’t mind that, but I do.

Then there is the nuisance of having to dry the items and determining whether the setting should be very hot in order to dry all the clothes as quickly as possible, or whether or not to separate out certain items for a cooler dryer temp or for air-drying. This is where a lot of the wear and tear happens, deteriorating the laundry even further.

For me, doing laundry is an art-form, of sorts. As I begin the sorting process, I pretreat any stains I see. I have different pretreaters depending on whether the stain is biological (blood, grass, food) or industrial (ink, paint, oil). Depending on how intense the stain is, it could blend onto unstained items, so it’s best to take care of these items before they are thrown together in the wash. It’s long been a source of pride for me to conquer stains, sometimes even old ones, that others didn’t think would ever come out of their clothes.

In order to make sure the clothes that I launder last longer and look their best, I take the time to sort them, first, per manufacturers instructions (clothing tags can be your best friend) and then, by color or type (whites, lights, darks, and delicates).

I try to use bleach, sparingly, because, over time, it breaks down the fibers in even the whitest fabrics, so if there aren’t enough whites to justify their own washer, I will launder them with light color items and use another laundry booster such as a color-safe bleach or an oxygen booster. I will inevitably wash these items in hot water because they are unlikely to bleed into one another. Dark-colored items are always washed in cold water, in case they bleed; nobody wants their favorite white blouse to be transformed into a dingy-grey or pink by accident. Delicates are washed on their own, if possible. If the load is too small, they are laundered with other cold water items or as prescribed by manufacturer instruction.

It is not always a good idea to just throw everything into one dryer and hope for the best. Some items take longer to dry than others and some fabrics won’t last long under the constant heat, so it’s important to not put all of your clothes in one drying basket. Typically, a good rule of thumb is, one dryer per washer, with the exception of delicates: if you can, you should air-dry them. Many modern dryers now have an “air dry” setting, so it won’t hurt your delicates to let them run a cycle to minimize their dampness, at the very least. As for the rest of your clothes, all of your items should be dried on the lowest temperature possible. If you insist on drying them on “high”, then it should be for the least amount of time possible. It’s likely that if you have clothing items that don’t last beyond 6 months or a year, it’s due to continuous cycles on too high a dryer setting.

Of course, some of my favorite moments of Laundry Zen come with the folding of the laundry. It’s time for me to solve all the world’s problems, in my head, while I also solve the mystery of how to match 15 pairs of black socks that are mismatched in size and shape, despite having other matching characteristics.

For the most part, matching socks is usually very easy, but one of my most favorite things is shirt, sheet, and towel folding. Maybe it’s growing up, as a military brat, but I take great pride in creating sharp points in my folds, so I know that when the item is unfurled it will be mostly, if not entirely, wrinkle-free.

The last step is packing it all away and taking pride in the effort it took to obtain the finished product. Knowing that, because I took the time to pretreat, sort, and properly wash, dry, and fold the laundry in my care, that it will look better and last longer for the people it belongs to. My best moment of Zen is when my family or my clients are pleased with how nice their laundry turns out, making every step along the way worthwhile.



Laundry and Other Mysteries: Learning To Shut Out The Noise With Antonio Briceno

Last week, for the Laundry and Other Mysteries Podcast, I sat down with my good friend and meditation guide, Antonio Briceno, to discuss his business story and why he decided to start Shut Out The Noise Meditation.

Learning To Shut Out The Noise with Antonio Briceno Laundry and Other Mysteries

Today's main topic is meditation and learning how to shut out the noise and relax in the present moment. My guest, Antonio Briceno, is a meditation guide at Miriam's Place but he's also in the business of providing insurance and supporting the Colorado Springs community in other ways.  You can find Antonio Briceno at the following links: Antonio A. Briceno P (719) 203-6424 ABriceno@HealthMarkets.com http://www.HealthMarkets.com/abriceno https://www.facebook.com/HealthMarketsColoradoSpringsCO.AAB/photos/p.1546779025467604/1546779025467604/?type=1&theater Shut Out The Noise Meditation https://www.facebook.com/Shut-Out-The-Noise-Meditation-105799827792298/ Thank you for checking out Laundry and Other Mysteries! You can find our podcast wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Please don't forget to like and share. It's rare, but sometimes "exposure" is worth more than actual money. You can contact the host and support this podcast in the following ways: Desiree Hickson, The Laundry Diva P (719) 357-6584 ColoradoDiva@gmail.com http://www.divaslaundryservice.com Become a sponsor or patron for Laundry and other Mysteries: https://www.patreon.com/divaslaundryservice — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/desiree-hickson/message
  1. Learning To Shut Out The Noise with Antonio Briceno
  2. Reinventing Your Business After The Great Pause featuring Amy Cook-Porter of Terra Essentials
  3. Learning About Business Cooperatives with Janerio Hardy and Fawna Charles
  4. Socks, Chaos, and Disorder
  5. It All Works Together with Dr. Lauren Penn

Today’s main topic is meditation and learning how to shut out the noise and relax in the present moment.

My guest, Antonio Briceno, is a meditation guide at Miriam’s Place but he’s also in the business of providing insurance and supporting the Colorado Springs community in other ways.

You can find Antonio Briceno at the following links:

Antonio A. Briceno
P (719) 203-6424
ABriceno@HealthMarkets.com
http://www.HealthMarkets.com/abriceno

Shut Out The Noise Meditation

https://www.facebook.com/Shut-Out-The-Noise-Meditation-105799827792298/

Thank you for checking out Laundry and Other Mysteries! You can find our podcast wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Please don’t forget to like and share. It’s rare, but sometimes “exposure” is worth more than actual money.

You can contact the host and support this podcast in the following ways:

Desiree Hickson, The Laundry Diva

P (719) 357-6584

ColoradoDiva@gmail.com

http://www.divaslaundryservice.com

Become a sponsor or patron for Laundry and other Mysteries:

https://www.patreon.com/divaslaundryservice

Laundry In The Time Of COVID-19

Except for ironing and minor alterations, I won’t be taking on any private laundry jobs, due to the extra lengths now required, before May 18 (and that date is subject to change).

I’ll be taking on each job on a case by case basis and my service window will likely be extended from 2-days to 4-days.

I’ll be open for limited service starting on May 4. If you are interested in my limited available services, as listed above, please message or text me and we’ll try to get you squared away.

Be safe and stay healthy 🦋

Join Us For Virtual Meditation Class

Invitation to a virtual meditation class

Something to help pass the time in a peaceful way during our current paradigm shift. Please join us for:

Shut Out The Noise-Beginner’s Meditation

A Virtual Class For Everyone 15+

Virtual Room Scheduled Every Saturday, 9-10AM (MST):

Download Zoom At http://www.Zoom.us

PLEASE RSVP With your Email By Thursday 6PM (MST) To receive The Zoom Meditation Room Link

RSVP: shutoutthenoise1.at.gmail.com

719.482.6218

$5 Suggested Donation.

LAUNDRY AND OTHER MYSTERIES PODCAST FEATURES TREE POSE COOPERATIVE

LAUNDRY AND OTHER MYSTERIES PODCAST FEATURES TREE POSE COOPERATIVE

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 2, 2020 — LAUNDRY AND OTHER MYSTERIES, (https://anchor.fm/desiree-hickson), hosted by Desiree Hickson, owner of Diva’s Laundry Service is proud to announce the latest episode of the LAOM podcast, featuring an interview with Janerio Hardy and Fawna Charles of Tree Pose Cooperative. Laundry And Other Mysteries is a podcast about laundry, laundry tips, and tricks and focuses on business owners and creators, social impact businesses, and how business owners and creators support their communities and is geared toward business and creative entrepreneurs of all ages.

The fourth full episode (https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/eb6428) features Tree Pose Cooperative in Colorado Springs and discussion of how the owners Janerio Hardy and Fawna Charles seek to impact the community through the growth and development of their business-owners and workers co-op.

Desiree Hickson says, “I meet a lot of creative business owners every week, but it was an eye-opening experience sitting down with Jay and Fawna of Tree Pose Cooperative and learning more about the general premise of what a cooperative is and what it can do for the Colorado Springs community. The implications are very exciting.”

Fans of the podcast can contact Desiree Hickson via email (coloradodiva@gmail.com) or via the podcast page to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast, or to become a guest on the show.

To listen to the podcast, visit

Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/1Y3KC2SgsIJPnS5pBXpLRn),
Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laundry-and-other-mysteries/id1492938947?uo=4),
Breaker (https://www.breaker.audio/laundry-and-other-mysteries) or anywhere you get your podcasts.

About Diva’s Laundry Service
A self-described “Laundry Diva”, Desiree “Diva” Hickson is an entrepreneur who is committed to serving the Colorado Springs community and providing mobile laundry services that are second to none. She has spent the last 8 years honing her skills and is currently most passionate about the work she is doing as a personal laundry assistant and holistic cleaning coach. As a laundry attendant turned “Laundry Diva”, Desiree has developed a unique perspective when it comes to being a laundry professional.

To find out more about Diva’s Laundry Service visit https://divaslaundryservice.com