In a organizer coach course a few years ago, my colleague Jill McKean made an insightful observation, which changed my perspective about my business and so about what I have to offer.
Sometimes it’s that one person, in your life just at the right time. Jill was that person, that practicing organizer coach.
She knew me fairly well; we’d worked in several small groups coaching together before. We shared some challenges and were both glad to reconnect in another small group for coaching practice.
We’d both come a long way since the beginning of our coaching by that point. And we each noticed it in the other, which was exciting.
I talked that day about specializing. What would be different about organizing with me. What was I passionate about. What did my life experience mean and do for me in my business?
About 10 years ago now, I was looking and searching. In the coloring book picture of my life, the dots weren’t connected. Something was missing.
I’d already changed. I was breaking out. I ended up getting “unmarried,” as a friend calls it. I left a 20 year business career. I downsized. I moved states. I went through a divorce. I started a new business after a good deal of thought, reflection about myself and where I was in my life, and with education, research and advice.
I changed religions, too, just to really change a lot (but I’d been searching before then). I moved in with some dogs which I never thought I’d do. I always had fish and turtles. I moved in with a housemate and on a lake. I’d always wanted to live on the water but had given up on that years prior.
Jill let out a “phew,” and commented that I’d been through a lot of change, all in a short a period of time.
“I guess so.”
And there weren’t many people who had had so much change in their lives. She couldn’t imagine how to deal with it all.
“Really? I’d honestly never thought about it that way.”
I thought it was some sort of stereotypical l mid life crisis or something like that. I used to be a more stereotypical kind of person 🙂
I knew I was passionate about giving back in my organizing business, making a difference in people’s lives.
I realized with Jill’s coaching that I’d done something big, this moving on after all my life’s changes. And coming out happy on the other side, too.
And with less stuff. The stuff had been far more important earlier in my life because I thought it meant something about me. Not at all.
Organizing is just that. It’s about moving on.
It’s about next chapters in life.
Shedding some of our past, but keeping the essence of who you are and who you have been.
And organizing our life, our home, our workspace and our time to reflect the person we are becoming.
And that’s the passion.
Thank you, to my organizer coach Jill.