Happy In-Between Week! I absolutely LOVE this week before New Year’s Day. I am looking forward to the New Year with tons of excitement and anticipation!!! I am also planning some groovy, new (for me) ways to connect and bring the transformation and fun of attending to your environment to you through the magic of the internet! And still, of course work with private clients in real time, in real houses!
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And now...my favorite week, the one before the New Year begins with a chance to set some goals and think about the year ahead. Coincidentally (or not:)) a book was recommended to me by 3 different people in the last several weeks. So, I took it as a sign to download it, and dive in!
Do your resolutions or goals for the future ever feel hollow, like something’s missing?
The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, By Danielle LaPorte was exactly what I needed to uplevel my usual “New Year’s Resolutions” routine. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book if you’re interested in a remarkable, heart-centered approach to goal setting. As I read this treasure, I could feel how things would be different for me this year...
Danielle’s book has us associating FEELINGS with desired outcomes and then suggests going for those feelings as soon as possible!!! WOW! If you read it, I would love to know your reactions! For me, it was one of those “perfect book at the perfect time” moments!!!!
Feel my way through life instead of banging it into place….hmmmmmmm.
“We have the procedures of achievement upside down. Typically we come up with our to-do lists, our bucket lists, and our strategic plans—all the stuff we want to have, get, accomplish, and experience outside of ourselves. All of those aspirations are being driven by an innate desire to feel a certain way.
So what if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel within ourselves, and then we designed our to-do lists, set our goals, and wrote out our bucket lists?
How do you want to feel when you look at your schedule for the week? When you get dressed in the morning? When you walk through the door of your studio or your office? When you pick up the phone? When you cash the check, accept the award, finish your masterpiece, make the sale, or fall in love?
How do you want to feel?”
Excerpt From: Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map
If one of your goals this year is to reclaim your space, I would love to help. Is there stuff that can no longer be “stuffed” into closets, drawers or storage lockers?
How does it make you feel?
And then, in light of my new inspired knowledge from Danielle LaPorte…
How do you want to feel when you walk into the door of your home? Invite your friends over? Relax in the family room? Go to your closet? Go down the basement?
Use that as fuel for taking on your space.
I know you don’t want to live in a home packed to the gills with unwanted and unneeded stuff. Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start. If we work together, things shift quickly and over the course of our sessions you emerge with your desired feelings…
Satisfied, accomplished, free, unleashed, perhaps?
Check out Danielle’s LaPorte’s book. It’s part book, part workbook, a soulful way to ring in the New Year.
Looking forward to connecting with you!
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Here’s to a REAL, INSPIRED and HONEST holiday season! How about a twist on gift giving that shows your love and appreciation without being STUFF-Y? Consider these options as you wrap up (oh yeah, pun intended) your shopping...
Consumables: Food items, especially those that can be shared or that contain chocolate, are a lovely way to show your appreciation and love for someone. BONUS points if they are hand-made. EXTRA BONUS points if you buy them and put them in a container that looks handmade. (No one has to know...) Other consumable items that make great gifts: Beautiful note cards, magazine subscriptions or books (as long as they are read and then passed along, not stacked, creating more clutter) elegant soaps, golf balls--you know they always get lost, right?, locally roasted coffee beans, cheese, wine, flowers, fruit, or a gorgeous journal. Ahhhhh, there! A gift that gets all used up and leaves a lovely glow in our memories.
Experiences: A client of mine is giving his girlfriend dance lessons this year, Shhhhhhh, I don’t think she knows yet! How fun AND it’s something they can do together. Any type of lesson makes an awesome “experience” gift: skiing, belly dancing, cooking, yoga classes or a new instrument. Other choices might include tickets to movies, sporting events, or the theater. Consider giving a gift card for dinner out to a new restaurant, a day on the slopes, a surprise weekend getaway, a nature hike, or a movie night at home complete with a big, soft blanket, popcorn (and chocolate :))
Presence: Spend quality time with someone catching up, maybe having a bit of green tea and dark chocolate. (I am not repeating myself, chocolate is good in every single category!) Or how about taking a walk, looking through a scrapbook together, cooking a special meal, getting crafty, or working on the car together (that one’s for my husband, the mechanic). Just hanging out, spending time doing “regular stuff” with a big dose of LOVE and intention is a gorgeous gift.
Infuse your gifts with love, and the essence will be treasured for a long time to come.
How is your gift list coming along? Do you have any ideas to add to the above categories? Add them, quick! We would all benefit!
Lots of Love!
-->Look for details and info for an upcoming interview swap with my AMAZING friend, Taryn Mason, Women's Weight Loss Expert and founder of Soulful Weight Loss
Her passion is contagious, I know you will have a blast listening in on the interview!
This is a fun, free gift for YOU coming soon!***
-->Mark Your Calendar!
I’m presenting at:
UW-MANIAC “The Power of Decluttering - 3 tips for creating more space to boost your creativity, focus and energy”
Time: Thursday, 1/8/2015, 8:30am – 10am
Location: School of Human Ecology, Room 1199 (Wisconsin Idea)
I would LOVE to have you join us!
I’m going to suggest that you see how it feels with a little less this year... less STUFF! A certain family I know just implemented a draw-a-name-and-give-one-gift exchange instead of one gift for each of the six of them, Whew! Buy 1 gift instead of 5, now that feels WAY better! And the way the story goes...it is a HUGE relief to all of them!
Do we really need more stuff? Especially stuff that (a well-intentioned) someone else picks out? I am not saying that you shouldn’t surround yourself with beautiful things that you LOVE, or GIVE if you are totally inspired, but the rest of it...the 75+% of it????? It may need some re-consideration.
How about giving yourself...
Get rid of things you don’t love or need and donate them to a good cause. Win-Win! You feel better with less + someone else can be enchanted by your old stuff.
Give the money you saved by NOT shopping to a deserving charity of your choice, boost someone else’s life!
Leaving space in our homes is how the “other” gifts come in...you know, new ideas, creativity, abundance, relationships, and FEELING GOOD! If we live in a jam-packed, no-wiggle-room-home, there is no way anything new can present itself.
I am going to remind you that not everything has to be cooked from scratch. If you’re in a pinch, there are delis, bakeries, grocery stores with lovely items inside ALREADY PREPARED. Use the time you save to take a nap, meditate or enjoy your family.
Time is an important currency, if you are feeling pressure, back off, breathe, and spend it how you REALLY want to!
And, it’s tricky, I know, to “give” my services to someone who is a clutterbug or disorganized. So, if the recipient is not OVERJOYED with the gift of an afternoon session with me, I will refund your money...super easy!
Here’s to feeling less “stuffed”!
***Drop down into the comments below, I would LOVE to hear your holiday plans and how they include a little something for YOU!***
My daughter’s wonderful friend, Will DuBois, USAF, was killed in the Middle East on Monday. What a sad day for everyone who knew him. Will lived FULL OUT! He was funny, super smart and loved the mountains of Colorado.
When I heard, I was heartsick for everyone who was a part of Will’s life.
I am also very grateful for the precious life I’m living and for my family and friends.
I also asked myself--as I always do when someone passes on:
Lots of Love,
And if there is anything I can do to help you get your house in order, your energy up, and your life on track...let me know, I would love to help.