Last weekend I was at Randolph College, formerly Randolph-Macon Women’s College, the college where I earned a B.A. 36 years ago. I was there to speak at the annual reunion about using feng shui to clear clutter. It’s always a trip back in time for me when I return to Randy-Mac. I look back to the days when I walked this campus as an insecure young woman trying to figure out what really mattered and think, “Wow! I’ve come so far!”
One of the things I was able to do there was choose what I wanted to study. I chose to attend Randolph-Macon because at the time of my admission I had much more freedom to choose classes that interested me than at other colleges. In so doing I discovered a love for art history and was able to reconnect with my love of art. When I chose a class that I didn’t like and that it didn’t resonate with my interests, I was able to drop it and pick up another that was a better fit. That freedom was the starting point of a lifelong practice of choosing to expend my time and energy in studies, activities and work that feed me, that resonate with what I love and value. When I stay in alignment with what matters most to me, life is good.
What began here at Randolph-Macon Women’s College has led me to self-employment (something that was never on my radar when in college), to work that feeds my soul and makes a positive difference in my life and the lives of the people I touch through writing, clutter clearing and coaching, and to a way of living that keeps me curious and excited about the unfolding adventure of each day.
The freedom to choose in accordance with your interests, values, needs and passions is life giving and life enhancing. Are you using your freedom to choose what matters most? Are you happy with the life you are living? When you are happy with your life, clear about what matters to you and able to go for it, you are better equipped and are more likely to be motivated to make all areas of your space and life look and feel good–to keep out mental, physical and emotional clutter and eliminate blocks to happiness.