Updating Your Certification Designation

I must admit to having missed this announcement. But, back in November, the IAAP Certification Administration Board which oversees the CAP, notified members of the new and proper way to display certification designation.
This change meant the designation should reflect separation between our certification and any specialties we hold.  So, effective 11/1/17, the new CAP format standard was announced.

Signature before: Kemetia MK Foley CAP-OM

       Signature updated: Kemetia MK Foley CAP, OM

Would you please take a moment to update yours & share the word with fellow CAP designees?  Thanks!

Motivation to Focus

The holidays have passed. You’ve (hopefully) had your annual review. Now, what?  How long does it take you to get back into work mode?

To be honest, I haven’t done work while home for the holiday per se but, I have been planning and journaling to prep for my return to the office. I already know what’s coming or at least I know what is already in the strategic plan for my department.

What I will need to be when I roll in the door tomorrow?

  • Caffeinated √
  • Focused √
  • Positive √

Catching up with colleagues will need to hold for a day or so.  I need to be direct with them, let them know the many deadlines I am working to meet, and when I might come up for air.

I used to come back from holiday and the entire first day back would be lost to catching up with a co-worker, or being shown videos from a holiday trip. I know I can’t afford to procrastinate tomorrow. I’m covering for another team member and as mentioned above, our department has several major projects kicking off—all in January.

What’s my motivation to stay focused? I want to avoid that dreadful, nauseating feeling of being unprepared and of falling behind before I’ve even started.  This doesn’t mean I’ll be tied to my desk all day. I will take restroom breaks. I will take my lunch break, and that will be when I truly will have time to hear travel and holiday tales.

What’s your motivation to stay focused at work this first week of 2018? I’d love your feedback.

~ Kem


Fiona in full-on focus-mode


Today’s Purpose: Self-Care and Sacred Things

[As I wrote this post, I found out that one of my social media connections, Carlos Gil (@CarlosGil83)  was in DC today, and I did not know it.  He’s on my long list of social folks that I want to meet.  I follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. He shares very useful insights regarding these platforms. Give him a follow, will ya?]

Every year I take December 7 off from work. I started doing this after my father passed away on December 7, 1997.  The irony is that my late father, William T. Foley, Jr,  (or as we affectionately refer to him as WTF) was a U.S. Navy veteran.  My siblings and I agree that he made sure to pass away on a day we’d never forget. (Hello, Pearl Harbor Day– Navy guy… Get it?) I usually travel to the military cemetery where is buried and have a quick chat with him there.  Some years I do things we loved to do together in D.C., in the city where he raised me.

Today, I took the day off from work to go into downtown D.C. to do things that make my heart happy, things that bring me peace, things that help me re-center. In my book, that’s called self-care. Self-care is sacred.

I had had an idea of what I wanted to do today but wasn’t certain I could get to it all because I slept in late.  I honored this day, starting at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and lit candles and chatted up the Big Guy Upstairs, and his dearest relative, Mary.  That was important. √ Nearby is the store, ChocolateChocolate – which, if I’m that close, I probably really need to go get some chocolate cappuccino cups!  I knew I was meeting up with my long-time mentor and dear friend, Carole. So, natch- I asked her to call into Loeb’s Deli and order me their redonkulous pastrami sandwich, and whatever she wanted for lunch.  I met her at her office and we caught up. I make the time to see her during work hours when I am in D.C.  She’s played such an important role in my career success. Listening. Provides honest feedback.  I met with a colleague of hers that also works in research. That was a definite bonus!

I decided to head over to the National Gallery of Art. Vermeer exhibit. A must. The hush of a gallery. The colors. The emotions that art stirs. If I’m in D.C., I’m making time to get some art in my system! It was such a beautiful day here today, about 50 degrees, partly sunny—perfect for walking on the National Mall.

At the end of the day, I walked over to the Navy Memorial, took some photos, and visited the museum. I guess because I hadn’t traveled to the cemetery today, my emotions caught up with me. I found myself crying in the museum store and asking the cashier for tissues.  I was overwhelmed, thinking about the stories I didn’t know about my father. No doubt he would have honored the Foley family trait of telling tales while exaggerating just a wee bit.


William T. Foley, Jr., PRAN Korea


The thing is—when do we have time to honor and process these emotions? We have family and work obligations. Cars need oil changes and there are bills to pay. When do have time to do what we know we can’t get to on the weekend because of these obligations? Self-care, in my opinion, is to NOT continuously put off things we know we ‘should’ get to, or we’d ‘sure like to do that one day’.

Setting aside time—sacred time to honor the small and large things that refill our empty tank is self-care of the highest order. You know, in your heart, what you need to do. Please honor it.  ~ Kemetia

(At the bottom of the post is a list of some things I am going to set aside time to do this year, to refuel, refill, to honor my heart.)

Things I’ll do this year- 2018

  1. Get to a hockey game
  2. Get to a Red Sox Game (preferably when they play the Nationals)
  3. Go to a symphony performance
  4. Take a day off from work to spend a day with the hubby
  5. Write more cards and letters
  6. Visit the National Archives
  7. Go to Maine, preferably York Beach.
  8. Run a 5k. It’s been too long between races.
  9. Hike at Great Falls
  10. Do volunteer work at University of Mary Washington and T.C. Williams
  11. See live marching band performance(s)
  12. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during Cherry Blossom time
  13. Host my Dish & Dessert event
  14. See a comedy performance
  15. See a musician I like
  16. Go to Boston for a weekend
  17. Go to Rehoboth Beach for a weekend
  18. Do Paint Your Own pottery again
  19. Walk the prayer labyrinth with my friend Ruthie
  20. Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum again when I return to London

That’s a good start, don’t you think?



CAP Exam Review Boot Camp

Thank you for your patience!

My CAP Exam Review Boot Camp course registration opens at 9:30am 11/22/17.  Seating is limited to 15 attendees in order to provide the best learning experience.

Remember, this is a review.  This course is not endorsed by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  If you would like to talk with any previous boot camp attendees prior to signing up, let me know.

Who should sign up?

Candidates for the 2018 CAP exam (course does not cover any of the specialty exams)

Potential exam registrants who want to get an intense overview of the what content can be covered in the exam.

I encourage CAP candidates that are seeking a more in-depth, online course to sign up for Marie Herman’s study group ( I receive no monetary benefit for this referral.)

Course registrants should bring their 2017 CAP Exam Study Guide, snack food to keep energy up through the day and a notebook. That’s right. A notebook. Single subject, lined notebook. You’ll thank me later. Always suggested? Bring a water bottle, your laptop or tablet, your phone and phone charger.

I’ll be there with coffee in hand.day13

~ Kemetia


You’ve Gotta Dance When You Can!


Yes. That’s me.

I’m dancing with my late father, Wm. T. Foley, Jr. (Or, as we lovingly call him in our family circle, WTF. or sometimes he’s known as the original FIC, Foley-in-Charge.) We’re at a family wedding. Having a grand time.

It’s the last time I recall dancing with my dad. He was battling cancer but was not about to miss a party, or a chance to dance. It’s that bittersweet mix of feelings that prompted me to post today, You’ve Gotta Dance When You Can! because when something brings you joy, jump in. Feel it. Recognize it and bless it for what it is.

The arrival of Executive Secretary LIVE conference in Washington DC brings me great joy. I love sharing my second hometown with colleagues and new friends. I felt a huge swell of pride listening to the oohs and aahs from first-time visitors while we toured the monuments of the city last night.  I still get goosebumps when I stand at the top of the Lincoln Memorial steps and look down over the Mall to the U.S. Capitol building.

I loved hearing the stories of what prompted attendees to come to #ExecSecLIVE DC and how so many of them did it on a whim, as a chance to try something new, something different. I had a chance to meet several people face-to-face that I’d only known via Twitter.

The formal part of the conference kicks off tomorrow. It’s a new crowd, a new network of friends. And, it’s a chance to learn something new. Or, learn lots of things that are new to me.  So when ES LIVE DC was announced, I knew it was a chance to dance,  an opportunity to feel that sense of community that can be so rare and one I couldn’t pass up.

If you’re an attendee, come find me. Make sure we meet. I met an attendee from Mauritius last night.  Mauritius! Admit it! You had to look up where it was, right? I know most people do. And I asked this attendee all about the travel from Mauritius to DC.  How often do we get to learn about our peers from other countries?  That’s one reason I love ES LIVE.  When I attend, I get to meet amazing people, hear inspirational stories. Learn more than I anticipated.

As I love to say, it’s a great opportunity to #KeepLearningKeepGrowing.

You gotta dance when you can.