Here’s how my “convergence” intentions played out in 2017.
Intention #1 – Slow down
Although this is a challenge with three kids at home, we did embrace slowing down this past year. We got off to a great start early in the year when Mother Nature took over and graced us with snow storm after snow storm here in Maine. I LOVE snow days so my family fully embraced these opportunities to hang out at home, work on projects (I organized 20 years of pictures), play games and do puzzles.
But as the year moved forward, our focus on slowing down shifted. A series of unfortunate (or so I thought at the time) events ended up resulting in us putting everything we owned in storage, essentially living out of suitcases then moving 5 times in 3 months. I admit, it is fun to live out of backpacks when you plan for it, but it’s not as much fun when you have not planned for it. Oh how that hectic time made me long for those winter days sitting on the couch in my PJs watching the snow fall!
Although life got super messy during this time and I reached a pretty low point (have I mentioned I’m a type A planner and thrive on creating order?!), it all turned out better than I could have imagined in the end and now we laugh about what a crazy time that was. I wrote about my lessons learned from this time in more detail here and here.
Intention #2 – Establish & maintain better boundaries around work and family time
I did well establishing new “work” hours and sticking with them throughout the year, but I will admit that I had to pare down my work hours to focus only on a few high priority items during our period of frequent moves. Now that we’re settled in our new house, I’m still doing fairly well with this, with the exception of a few times I need to put in extra hours for special projects.
Intention #3 – Simplify my business offerings
I have successfully been saying “No” to the good to say “Yes” to the great, but I still have work to do. My 2018 word of the year comes into play here, knowing that I really need to tighten the reigns even more. More on this in a minute…
Intention #4 – Choose my lane and stay in it
I mentioned in last year’s post that there are so many knowledgeable individuals offering support to get organized and simplify and that I’m happy to refer others to them when it’s not something I offer. When we each do what we love most, we all flourish. I made the decision last year to focus on the following:
- Working with individuals around the world as a Simple Living Coach & Consultant
- Holding Simple Living Retreats
- Speaking, teaching and leading workshops about simplifying and organizing
I succeeded in building up these areas in 2017, although I did veer out of my lane a few times. I’ll be continuing to build these areas up in 2018 in bigger and better ways.
Intention #5 – Continue learning and networking
Two of my most exciting events in 2017 fall under this category. In May, after 2 1/2 years of coach training and more than 100 hours coaching clients, I earned my Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation. It was a long journey but I was thrilled to finally earn this distinction.
Just 3 weeks after earning my ACC, I flew to DC and took the stage with 10 other speakers for Rock Your Talk with Melanie Spring and Patrick Frank. I unveiled a new keynote presentation, Bold, Brave, Beautiful & Simple, and had a fabulous time speaking, learning from the other speakers and connecting with the audience at the social gathering afterward. My husband also got to join me for this event and we celebrated our wedding anniversary after I completed the speaking event and a meeting with a coaching client.
In the fall, I also accepted the position of Co-Leader for the Coaching Special Interest Group of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals. I’ve enjoyed the experience co-leading this group and continuing to expand my depth of knowledge as a coach.
Intention #6 – Spend less time online and more time ‘in real life’ with others
This is why I lead simple living retreats, inviting women to step away from their crazy busy overwhelming, overstuffed lives. As I said last year, I still firmly believe that the best way to simplify your life is to step away from it for a bit. And when you gather with others who have the same, but different challenges and struggles, you make connections, find clarity and become motivated to change.
I focus on this in my classes, workshops and Bold, Brave, Beautiful… & Simple keynote as well.
My plan to minimize social media was to focus on Pinterest more, but after experimenting with that, I landed on Instagram instead. I enjoy the simplicity of Instagram and I find it to be the least clutter, most inspiring avenue for me. You’ll find daily posts there where I share what I’m finding simplicity and joy in.
Intention #7 – And last but certainly not least, write consistently
Sadly, this one did not come to fruition like I had hoped. I again blame my months of continuous moving and trying to “find home” as the reason I wasn’t successful here. Quite simply, I just didn’t have the mental capacity to write. And when I did write, it was tainted with bitterness and anger and the messages I intended just weren’t coming through like I wanted them to.
Being away from writing for a few months reminded me how much I enjoy it. I missed the reflecting and sharing that comes with writing…which also feeds into my intentions and word of the year 2018…
I have two books inside of me that are ready to come to life and two more in the brainstorming phase. I already have a good portion of the content completed for the first one and I anticipate it being released this year. I’ll share the title for this one very soon. I’ll be sharing details and release information with my community of subscribers first, so head here to make sure you’ll be in the know. The second book is part of a much larger project and although I’ve been hinting details about it on social media, I’m still working on next steps and will share more info when I’m ready.
Overall, I’m considering my intentions for convergence a success. Although they didn’t all turn out exactly like I had imagined, I’m excited about where I’m headed as I embark on my 5th year helping others get organized and inspiring them to simplify their lives.
I’ll reveal my 2018 word of the year in my next post. Until then, I wish you much simplicity and joy!