Posts belonging to Category Life Lessons

New Year – New Focus

  I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago – instead I set a theme for each year.  A theme creates a sustained, focused effort in one area of my life – both personally and professionally – which I find to be more impactful.  I not only get to work consistently at creating and building the change but […]

Impossible Things

You know how sometimes you hear some little thing and it sticks – it resonnates in some way that captures your attention.  Recently, my honey Ron and I got around to enjoying Johnny Depp in Alice In Wonderland. What ”stuck’ for me was a line near both the beginning and end – “think 6 impossible […]

Clearing Your Schedule

A double mastectomy was enough to let one woman clear her schedule.  What about you?  I was reading an article in the March issue of  Fortune about Esther Dyson and her position as stand-by cosmonaut.  After first turning down the option to be a backup crew member on a Space Adventure flight because she was busy elsewhere, […]

Professional Organizers Are People Too!

Those of us naturally inclined to organization can take as much ribbing asthe pack-rat.  We have been referred to in unflattering terms – fuss budget, “a”retentive, neat freak – you get the idea. The truth is we all live on a continuum and we are all subject to the same natural laws.  The messiest person […]

Lessons from the Blackberry Bush

Here in Oregon, blackberries are an invasive species that we spend a lot time trying to irradicate  – that is, when we’re not busy making jam and pies from the fruit.  The difference between pie and pest is the circumstance.  Find them along a hiking trail and they’re a treat.  In your backyard they are a […]

Finding Wrong or Finding Right?

Why is it so much easier to talk about what went wrong when so many more of them when right? Do something that creates a bad customer experience and the statistics are that one dissatisfied customer will tell 15 other people about their bad experience.  Create a great customer experience and they might tell 2 other […]

What Are You Paying Attention To?

So many people have taught me so many things over the years.  I am grateful to everyone of them for everything they have taught me.  One that has been on my mind a lot in this economy is something I first heard from then fellow organizer, now professional artist Gloria Ritter .  “What you pay attention to, you give energy […]