"Is this normal? For me to be able to take a deep breathe again?" Yes. Yes it is. That is what my client asked me. There are boundless reasons we end up in cluttered spaces. There are time challenges, traumatic life events, life changes, work, disagreements, self-worth issues, inherently unorganized individuals. regardless of how clutter has come into your life, it can be tamed.
Most professional organizers do more than simply organize. They partner with you. They listen. They assist. They give solutions to help you free yourself from that bondage and hopefully keep you from going there again.
But, life sometimes gets in they way. It would be great if all of our homes looked like a Pinterest page. Mine doesn't. It's clean, typically free of clutter and we have plenty of spaces to sit down. It's not magazine quality, but the reality is most homes are not. But, they can be neat and organized and allow us to live in them in the way we need to live.
What are you waiting for? A magic fairy? If so, that's me. Fairy dust and all. Let's do this!
Today I did something I should have done 6 months ago. I wrote a friend who is the President of a non-profit board that I have served on for nearly 4 years to tell her I am resigning. In February she took my place as President. My intention was to wrap up my service when she took over, but for the sake of supporting her and supporting the organization, I stayed on.
Now, here I am. It is mid-summer. And, I need some self-care. I have supported two non-profits, been building a business, raising two kiddos, loving a husband, taken care of extended family and facilitated a monthly women's circle. Whew.
I know I am not alone. We are all doing great things. We are all doing mundane things (I personally have some dishes on the counter that need to go into the dishwasher). Life is amazing and fun and exhausting and tedious. It is, in short, life.
But, we have a choice each and every day to choose our priorities. I know that I have a few more choices right now than some others and I am seriously grateful for that. But, the reality is that my priorities are:
To support these priorities, some things simply have to go. This morning I cut loose something that I simply can no longer allow to take my precious time and energy but thankfully, there are others ready to step into that place. That's the funny thing about life. I told the Universe last fall that I could no longer do what I was doing with that group. The options were to fold the organization or find someone else to run it. Spirit brought me someone else. Now, I am able to step back and let her mold the organization into her own vision and free my own energy from holding that space.
My challenge to you today is look at what is taking your attention.
Go in peace my friends!
ad as well as new friends in the pool and on the beach. What does it mean to be Spirit led? Where does that ultimate point of surrender come? Do we really listen and know when we are being guided?
I had an incredible example of this that morning as I went for my early morning walk. After leaving the condo and heading down the short walk to the beach, twice I attempted to turn right to follow what had been my morning routine all week. Twice I felt my body being turned left. As in my body was literally being turned.
Deep breath. I think I'll go left. And, I'm glad I did.
Much like other parts of the Atlantic coast, the dunes of the area where we stayed are home to nesting sea turtles from May to September each year. I was privileged to watch the little lady above walk down the beach to the water, have breakfast, then swim back in to walk back home to her nest. I had seen the turtles in the dunes. There were two nested right along the path that we walked each day from the pool to the beach. They gave great delight to all of the residents that week - young and old. It's interesting to see the magic that these creatures hold for everyone and reminds us that it is for good reason that native cultures have always revered the turtles of our world.
But, what does it mean for me?
Being at the beach, I didn't have access to my go-to book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. You better believe I kept my mind on that book and was looking forward to the time where I would be able to sit down and absorb Ted's wisdom on this encounter.
Last night while in bed, the Moon and I snuggled up and read what Animal Speak says on Turtles. What I learned was this: In that moment, I allowed myself to be Divinely led. I LISTENED to the nudges of Spirit. I heard from Spirit through the message of the turtle that I need to slow the train down, there is plenty of time and that by slowing down I will be able to see the correct opportunities ahead. The turtle showed me that I need to listen more - which is something I have been working on all year. And that at the rate I am going, there could be more missed opportunities.
I've been pushing for some things for my family which would have life altering - in a major way - impact on us. I have been desperate for this change to happen. Sometimes in the life of a blogger, we bare it all. In this case I'm going to hold some things to myself. The message of the turtle has allowed me to finally begin to see the forest despite the trees in the way. This week, I have found a peace in a situation that I have not had for some time and have been able to give our family a respite from considering the change I have so long desired. I know that the turtle's message was not only for this situation but for other things in my life.
Thank you Spirit. I heard you and I hear you.
I’m Dana Croy and I am a modern day mama. Balancing family and work is not always easy (not to mention a little self-care). Though being Mama to two fantastic kiddos is a huge part of my life, that was not always the case. I wear many other hats and invite to sit down and find harmony with me.