As I cleared away my many action items this week so I could spend a peaceful Thanksgiving Day with my mother, I landed in a place of great gratitude. I have many things to be thankful for, but I found myself examining where I am with my life work.
What a blessing it is that I live in a country where I can be self-employed and design a business that not only provides a living for me and my husband, but allows me to work in ways that I can excel: speaking, writing, teaching, coaching, clutter clearing, and being a support to many wonderful women. I am so grateful to have the freedom to work as a professional organizer in ways that work well for my clients and for me.
I have always walked to the beat of a different drummer, and I am definitely on the outer edge of the norms in professional organizing. For example, in the organizing field it is recommended that you do a full written assessment before working with hands-on clients. I can honestly say I have never done a full assessment before working with hands-on clients. I’ve always felt it is more important to do an informal assessment and get right to work because clients are more likely to be motivated to continue clearing efforts by the results experienced in an organizing session than by a written assessment of what needs to be done.
I also approach clutter clearing and getting organized primarily motivated by a desire to facilitate movement in a positive direction for my clients so that they can better appreciate their gifts and find more joy in life rather than by a desire to create highly organized spaces with pretty boxes and color coded filing systems. I have a hunch my approach may not the norm in the organizing industry. But, I live in a society where more than one way of doing things is not only allowed, but appreciated.
So, today I am grateful for the freedom to be able to work using my gifts and living according to my values to help others clear obstacles to being able to do the same.