31 Days of Clearning

New View

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in 31 Days of Clearning, Authenticity, Writing | 2 comments

I'm still clearning. I wrote this many years ago and rediscovered during clearning.   room with a new view different perspective wide angle same stuff rearranged breathing room out with the old in with the new ahhhh space space to create and read and write and sit and think and be still and be and dream and love and live and grow and learn same room, same occupant new view...

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White Space

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in 30 Days of Organizing, 31 Days of Clearning, 31 Days of Self Care | 1 comment

I colored a mandala again last week. As I looked at the artists outline I wasn’t sure which were the petals and which the leaves. I reminded myself there were no rules this was now my art—color whatever I wanted. It’s a detailed mandala and I realized my first instinct was to color it all, fill in every blank with color, even the background. Then I stepped back and looked with my inner eye. I opened my mind and stretched myself a bit. Yes, all this from coloring! I realized it needed the ‘white space’ to help the color pop off the page. Interesting. What exactly is white space and does it apply to more than coloring?  I looked around at my walls and bookshelves. I discovered yes less is more—the empty space allows the painting or photograph to exist in balance with its surroundings. I have a tendency to put too many things on a shelf and so I tried a clearning experiment. I chose a bookshelf I’d already organized/decorated. I took away books and decorations that I was no longer deeply connected to and filled another donation box. The result was white space, or in this case empty space. Room to breath. What about white space in my life? How does it apply to non-physical space? Space between tasks—breaking up client work and balancing it with self-care or home caring. Space between reading books—so I sit with the experience before diving into another story. Space between giving and receiving. Space for asking and gracefully accepting another’s offer of help. Acknowledging that accepting help is giving a gift. The white space represents balance, harmony, natural flow, and even stillness. In my practice and life it feels as though I am at a standstill but I realize I am taking action by creating balance and discovering a new way to live and work. Weaving white space and balance into my daily living blends the line between who I am and what I do quite...

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Creating Joyful Systems

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in 30 Days of Organizing, 31 Days of Clearning, 31 Days of Self Care, Authenticity, Challenges, Inspiration, Love, Self worth | 3 comments

Part of the process of being organized has been my yes list, clearning, letting go, and keeping my word to myself: my integrity.  I schedule work and personal appointments and tasks on my Outlook calendar, but this system didn’t work for me for personal activities, i.e. exercise, writing, journaling, and other ‘me time’ items.  I’d put them on my calendar and then not do them. I wanted to implement a fun and inviting system rather than a ‘have to’ or ‘should’ list.  Here’s what I came up with: a variety of business size cards with a graphic and the name of the activity.  Some activities are scheduled for 45 minutes and others for only ten or fifteen minutes.  I schedule the time block into my days/eves on my calendar and before that time block I choose a card from the appropriate bowl.  So I might do the same activity for 45 minutes or three 15 minute activities in that time slot. My integrity cards:45 minutes: Journal, Exercise, Write (Screenplay/Novel), Read15 minutes: Walk outside, Color, Be still, Type, Life Journal After lunch when I pick read for 45 minutes I’m delighted to take a break in this way and love that my schedule allows for this flexibility.  First thing in the morning I may pick walk outside and then be still for fifteen minutes.  I’m fully participating in my commitment to myself, my health and well-being—and embracing the joy and playfulness in the process! What do you do to keep your word to...

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Clearning clarity

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in 31 Days of Clearning, Authenticity, Challenges, Self worth | 0 comments

I clearned my way through the weekend! I realized in my past efforts at clearing clutter, organizing, and reducing stuff I didn't experience anything valuable. I got rid of stuff but more always found its way back! With clearning I get that the excess stuff and unorganization is a symptom of something deeper.  I recognize that for me feelings of not having enough or being enough led to always buying more than I needed. Attempting to fill the hole in my soul. Clearning has helped me to see my patterns and dig deeper into the roots of their existence and let them go. I know now that I am enough and when it comes to stuff: less is more. BEFORE….uggh!   AFTER: Where did it all GO!? A slide out shelf for paper and cardstock.   A decorative container doubles as storage for printer goodies! What will I clearn next!? Our entertainment center doubles as office supply storage and it dawned on me stuff did not have to fit in only one cupboard—so computer discs and paraphernalia are in one drawer separate from paper, envelopes, labels and business card-stock.  I sorted the rest by these criteria: keep, give away, or throw away. I will also implement a system to track what I have so I don't buy more supplies like envelopes because I forgot I had them or couldn't locate them. I'm clearning for life! What have you clearned...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in 31 Days of Clearning, Authenticity, Books, Challenges, Inspiration, Writing | 2 comments

I'm ready to write! I'm dedicating the month of April to participating in the ScriptFrenzy challenge: 30 days. 100 pages. April. Are you in? I'm reading: There's No Business Like Soul Business: A Spiritual Path to Enlightened Screenwriting, Filmmaking, and Performing Arts  by Derek...

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Prying my fingers loose

Posted by on Mar 21, 2010 in 31 Days of Clearning, Authenticity, Challenges | 26 comments

When you know you need to let go how do you loosen your grip and move on? I was clueless and so I hung on even tighter. My one little word for this year is ‘release’ so it’s no surprise that this huge clearning lesson came to me when it did. I’ve been AssistU’s Admissions Director for just over four years—the entire time I’ve been a VA. From the beginning I’ve thought of AssistU as one of my clients but it actually is a virtual staff position which has made me feel a vital part of the heart of this amazing company. Stacy and Dawn have, over five years, been my role models, mentors, coaches, and teachers. These wise, wise women have deeply touched and impacted my life both professionally and personally and I am blessed to have had their guidance. My role as Admissions Director was a way to give back to the company, community, potentials VAs, and especially to Stacy and Dawn for all that I’ve received from being lovingly embraced by this community and the people that make it the unique and inspiring place it is. I am forever grateful for Stacy’s and Dawn’s belief and confidence in me to represent AssistU. I am even more grateful for their love, friendship, and unwavering support over the years—they taught me to live my best life and to be true to myself. By the fall of 2009 I knew that I was ready to move on from this position; I just didn’t know where or how to get there. And when you love the people you work with how do you say I’m ready for something new? In September 2009 I was astounded (and honored) to be awarded AU Staff Member of the Year and felt the timing was completely inappropriate for me to step down—and so I waited. Life happened. I was juggling too many balls between my personal and professional lives, I was out of balance and overwhelmed. Instead of speaking up I dropped several balls. When it becomes apparent to others that something is wrong it is way past time to let go. I learned that authenticity and listening to my wise self are always the right courses of action. Yes, letting go is hard. Damn hard. But I only made it harder for everyone by not sharing my doubts and struggles and taking action before the balls dropped. And so the difficult conversation was had, tears were shed, virtual hugs were shared, and much, much love and appreciation was expressed. This is a huge clearning opportunity for me and yes some days the chasm gapes and I reel back with dread, but mostly I look and see a vista of possibilities spread before me and stride forward with gusto. AssistU’s new Admissions director received three community recognition awards for 2009, including VA of the Year and is highly respected and cherished within our community for her grace, humor, and kindness. She’s also a VA I've had the opportunity to meet and felt connected to instantly and have loved getting to know her! Sandra I am thrilled and honored to spend a whirlwind three weeks in training with you! Your dedication and devotion to AssistU are apparent the moment you begin sharing your experiences within the community or creating your own VA practice. Your presence in the admissions process will breathe new life and vitality into the VTP applicants’ experiences. Thank you for your courage and faith in stepping up and taking on this challenge! I’ve pried my fingers loose of the white knuckled death...

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