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Randi Lyman, A Helping Hand

[Continuing with our series from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, meet Randi Lyman, of A Helping Hand.]

“A Helping Hand is committed to serving our clients in a confidential, non-judgmental way, with kindness, compassion and respect for them and their belongings. Randi and her associates offer the highest caliber of service and are committed to their client’s well-being and satisfaction.”

Kick Butt headshots for NAPO Austin

Randi is a member of the NAPO Golden Circle and an active volunteer with Austin’s NAPO chapter. One thing that sets Randi apart from other organizers is her membership in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.

Not only does Randi specialize in chronic disorganization, she also offers virtual organization. Read up on what Randi’s clients have to say, and then go find her on facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.

Kick Butt headshots for NAPO Austin

Jamie Steele, Steele Organizing

[We are sharing images from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Meet Jamie Steele, owner of Steele Organizing.]

Jamie Steele focuses her professional organizing talents on “busy women and their families to find the order in their lives and their keys on the way out the door so they can enjoy their time together.”

Kick Butt headshots for NAPO Austin

One of Jamie’s more unique offerings is “Girls Night Out.” In her 2-hour workshops, Jamie teaches essential organizing skills for the home and office. She does this in a “home party” format, but instead of stuff, you leave with skills and tools! She focuses on busy moms, a family command center, eco-organizing, purses, and stress-free holidays.

Who among us can’t use help in those areas? Check out this lovely testimonial of Jamie’s work with a local Austin business.

“Jamie is a genius….She can physically organize any space making it more efficient….She also has the ability to organize you from a technical standpoint. Jaime synced all my devices, got an email system and calendar that worked for me.
– Deborah Donovan, GM The Frisco Restaurant”

You can learn more about Jamie on SteeleOrganizing.com. You can also find her on facebook, follow her on Twitter, and Pin her ideas on Pinterest.

Kick Butt headshots for NAPO Austin

Lita Daniel, Regain Your Space

[As we continue sharing images from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, we bring you Lita Daniel from Belton, Texas.]

Lita Daniel of Regain Your Space in Belton offers her services as a professional organizer–decluttering/organizing, maintenance, packing/unpacking, and paper management. She offers “cost-effective and easy-to-follow solutions for your home and office organization and storage challenges.” What sets Lita apart is that she also teaches workshops on the topic.

Kick Butt headshots for NAPO Austin

Lita’s retouched headshots ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com

“I started my company, Regain Your Space, because I love helping people who want to enhance and de-stress their lives. By decluttering and organizing your space and using the skills that I will teach you, your life will be so much more productive and functional. Once you get organized, I’ll help you stay organized. ‘Every journey begins with but a single step.’ (Chinese proverb). Take that step now.”

You can learn more about Lita on RegainYourSpace.com (be sure to see this Pantry makeover and this one for a concession stand), or follow her on Twitter. You can even find her on the cover of a back issue of Central Texas Woman magazine.

Amy von Andrian, AVA Designs

[Amy is next up in our series of from Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.]

Amy specializes in staging homes to maximize sale prices for owners and to help homes sell more quickly. She’s also skilled at general organizing, re-designing, and lighting. Amy sports a fabulous attention to detail that will take your home to the next level…whether that’s for you or for potential buyers.

Amy’s retouched headshot ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com

Staging Sells! – Staging is not an option.

It’s a competitive market in todays economy — buyers expect homes to be ‘staged’. Often these homes project more selling power and sales price! Don’t put your home on the market without me! Too many objects detracts from the home and confuses buyers. The first step to listing your home is to prepare the exterior for great curb appeal. Interior changes make a good first impression. By removing and repositioning furniture, the buyer will see your architectural details and focal points of each room. Having years of experience, I can create an openness and appealing look buyers require. On vacant homes it is just as important to place some furniture and accessories in areas that show the buyer what the potential layout can be. Vignette staging is available for these homes with my inventory constantly changing to keep up with the new trends.”

Learn more about Amy von Andrian and AVA Designs and read the glowing compliments from her clients. You can also find her on Pinterest and Linkedin.

Jennifer Lava, Professional Organizer

As part of our professional headshots package, we like to share a little about our business-owner clients along with their retouched image. First up is Jennifer, who organized the kickbutt headshots for Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Thank you for all your hard work on the dual event, Jennifer!

Jennifer Lava is a Professional Organizer who specializes in working with creatives and their unique organizing challenges. We met Jennifer back in 2009 and have really enjoyed getting to know more about her and her work over the years. If you are overwhelmed by any of your stuff at home or work, give Jennifer a call. Her sweet nature and calm demeanor will put you right at ease.

Jennifer’s retouched headshot ©2015 AsYouWishAustin.com

Creative professional organizing for creative people

I work with creative, and not so creative, people who are ready for a one-of-a-kind organizing system for their home or office that reflects their uniqueness.

  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, I will help you be more at ease in your space.
  • If you can’t find your stuff, we will craft a system together that will make it simple.
  • If you can’t work the way you want to, we will develop a system that allows for you to be as organized and productive as you want to be.
  • If you are moving, I will help you make your house presentable for sale. I will help you save money on moving costs. I will help you unpack in your new space and set up new systems to get you off on the right foot.
  • If you need more space where you are, we will work together to reclaim the square footage you have been losing to clutter.

I can save you time, by creating a system that will make your processes easier and eliminate the time wasted by looking for the things you own, and I will save you money, by making it easier to find the things you own so you don’t have to repurchase them. By making your bill paying system easier, you don’t waste money on late fees. And I have an extensive list of resources and contacts that I enjoy using to help people solve their problems and dilemmas, and receive discounts at several retailers that sell organizing products and tools that I am happy to pass along to my clients.

You can learn more about Jennifer in Austin Monthly Magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple (Sam’s Club) Magazine, and of course, on Jennifer’s site: JenniferLava.com and blog.



We just love it when two things Austin come together! …and even more so when we’re one of them! tee hee heee! :) Today, we share the spotlight with the Austinista!

We were thrilled when the Austinista herself asked for some wardrobe shots for her blog where she writes about “Style, Beauty, and Exponential Growth from the Violet Crown” as well as a few other nuggets of goodness. And today is the day she launched a new series.

Christine is a delightful person that I’m proud to call my friend. Go subscribe to her blog. Your wardrobe and makeup collection will thank you!

Christine Linial, AustinistaTX

Christine Linial, AustinistaTX


From the Austinista herself:

“Austinista.net was established in 2013 to share my love of fashion, beauty, the arts, and becoming your best self.  There are many roads to empowerment: wearing a favorite shade of lipstick, self reflection, and remembering to take risks in real life.

Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to explore my love of fashion and beauty.  Growing up, my mother taught me to sew my own clothes. As a result, I have a keen eye for silhouette and lines that will make anyone look their best!  In my singing career, I’ve had the chance to swap roles and work behind the scenes. I’ve enjoyed my time as a makeup artist for stage and photographers but worked several studio photography jobs.”

HR Career Connects

We have been involved with Career Connects since the first one three years ago. This year’s event had a special focus on Human Resources professionals and provided some very interesting content. It was our pleasure to be involved once again with this fine event. Kudos to the planning committee for a job well done!

As the event was winding down, the Long Center was coming alive for that night’s show. Austin is such a great place to live and work!

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Door Prize Headshots winners: go to this gallery and enter the password to select your favorite image.


1K1day event with headshots by As You Wish

When we learned of the 1K1day event to help women set up WordPress sites for their small businesses, we knew we had to get involved. WordPress is our go-to software for website management for both personal and commercial sites. It’s robust, feature-rich, intuitive, and free. It is constantly getting better with new features and upgrades. Best of all, it’s easy to change the whole look of a site with a few clicks.

As a sponsor for 1K1day, As You Wish donated headshots for participants. These are perfect for the About page of their brand new website. Participants, you can find the “special hotel guest” images at the end of the gallery. 😉

We all owe many thanks to WP Engine for hosting this wonderful event in Austin. Shayda and her team were great to work with. If you are looking for a host for a WordPress website, we highly recommend WP Engine.

Austin 1K in 1day – a thousand websites

Brides, Do you have a killer business idea, but need a website to launch it? Are you overwhelmed at the thought of creating and launching a site?

Get your website up and running in one day at this local Austin meet up for ONE K in 1 DAY

1k in 1day

On September 9th, 1,000 women around the world will be getting their website up and running in StartupTrainingSchool.com’s ONE K in 1 DAY event. For an extra dose of community and support, Austin-area women will be gathering at the Austin offices of WP Engine located at the new Capital Factory Startup Accelerator to work through the steps together, and access the knowledge of local web experts.

*WP Engine will also have their awesome support team on hand for the event to answer any questions that may come up along the way.

Bonus: As You Wish photography will be giving headshots to participants. So, while you get your pretty face on your About page of the site, you can also update your LinkedIn profile!


10:30 am: Network and enjoy a brunch with fellow participants, and get your computer set up for the live-stream event.
11:00 am: WP Engine will project 1 K in 1 DAY’s live 90-minute webinar, guiding you through the process of getting started.
12:30 pm: Debrief from the day’s activities, and have your questions answered by local web experts. Based on interest from those attending, additional follow up workshops may be scheduled to explore additional topics in-depth.

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

We just love the Bollywood event hosted by the Austin chapter of Room to Read. This annual event raises money to build a library in India and gives girls, in particular, access to education and learning.

This fun event features Indian food, music, art, and dance. And, in just a few short hours, the event raised almost enough money for an entire library!

Kudos, Room to Read Austin! Good work.

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Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

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Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

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Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

Bollywood by Room to Read Austin

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Buys for Brides

We are honored to be the first vendor featured on the new site debuting in Austin: Buys for Brides.

While deal sites are nothing new to Austin, this one has a unique twist. As you might guess from the name, it’s all wedding related!

So, if you know someone who is engaged, have them check out our listing where they can get a great deal: a $275 engagement package for only $80! The deal is only online for four days, so hurry!

As You Wish Photography featured on Buys For Brides

Thank you, Buys for Brides, for making this deal just As You Wish.

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

The lovely ladies of the University of Texas chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha hold Crown Cookoff, an annual salsa competition. It’s a fun way to be on campus on a pretty (albeit windy) day and raise money for breast cancer research and support!

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

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Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

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Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff

My dear ZTA sisters, thank you for allowing me to be part of your lovely event! zlam!

WEC Talent Connect

The WilCo Entrepreneurs Community hosts a regular Talent Connect event where job-searching candidates give a 90-second speed pitch to companies with openings. Recruiters use the pitches and resumes together to decide who they will bring in for the live interviews. It’s a pretty novel concept, so this event was buzzing with activity.

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