What do you want to be when you grow up?
What is your passion?
What does your dream life look like?
Why aren’t you doing that?
For the past six years I have worked full-time advising college students. I helped them to find their dream career, but never questioned my own.
I was happy enough, but it felt like I was missing something.
Back in the spring of 2015 I had a conversation with a friend at work, we were discussing what our dream jobs would be and why we weren’t pursuing them.
As a trained career specialist I knew the importance of taking a look back to your childhood dreams, interests and passions. One of my most prevalent childhood career dreams was to be a public speaker. I envisioned myself traveling the country motivating people with my words.
Contrary to what most people who know me think, I’m actually an introvert, so this, paired with a lack of inspirational words, seemed like quite an ill-suited career goal. The concept made sense, but the avenue wasn’t right. Fundamental to this career dream is the enjoyment I receive from helping people be their best self and accomplish their own goals.
Another component to career exploration is to look at when is it that you completely lose track of time.
What types of things could you do for endless hours without even realizing time has passed?
Why did you enjoy that so much?
Is there a way to incorporate that into a career?
As I thought about this myself I realized that when I am organizing spaces I loose complete track of time. I could spend an entire day organizing and still want to do more.
Sorting, purging, organizing, labeling, etc; it’s amazing the joy these things bring to me.
Seriously, how many men can buy their wife-to-be a label maker for a wedding gift and still have the wedding happen?!
A crucial piece to career development is looking to the future and envisioning what your dream life would look like.
You have to be able to see it to achieve it.
I thought of myself working from home, being my own boss with a very flexible schedule. The flexibility allows me to walk my children to school every day. I want to be able to hear all about their day at school, the good and the bad. I want to be there chatting over our kitchen counter as they work on their homework.
So the real question was how do I get that flexibility along with helping others and finding a way to spend ample amounts of time sorting, organizing, labeling, etc?
Then it came to me, a blogging business about simplifying and organizing life to help busy individuals get some control back in their lives. Pair that with in-person consultations on organizing personal spaces and lives.
I would be able to spend my days organizing, talking about organizing and I would be able to help people both near and far. All the while I would have the flexibility to make my own schedule, walk my children to school and volunteer when I wanted.
Once the idea came to me I got excited about the possibility, but doubted it was possible. However, after telling my husband about it and hearing his excitement for it, it began to grow traction. He has quickly become my biggest cheerleader, which was crucial in the early days. It’s funny what happens when you figure out what you really want.
As you will come to know I am a very frugal and risk-averse person. This time I’m going to do it scared.
My vision is that by visiting the website you can spend just minutes a day and get some inspiration and ideas for simplifying your life.
The fundamental mission of the blog is to control your controllables.
I want to help you get organized in a way that allows you to feel in control of at least a few things in your life.
When the rest of the world is spinning out of control (which it tends to do from time to time) it will be okay.
The blog covers home organization, meal planning, budgeting, work organization, and goal setting.
All areas of your life can impact your sanity, so we’ll hit them all. Because I am “frugal” you can expect to see many inexpensive ideas on here. While I love looking at beautiful custom made closets that have a spot for everything, I also recognize that the average person reading my blog is very much like myself. They don’t have the disposable income to afford that.
Stick with me. I’ll try to help you get organized, find the humor in life and be inspired to be your best self.
Thank you for joining me on this adventure.