October 31, 2007

Clearing the Way
A few weeks ago, I noticed that I had a difficult time motivating myself to work in my office. Despite the work that needed to be done, I avoided the space more and more each day. I usually kept my desk cleared off, but now it was piled high with files, papers and books. My home office was no longer an inviting space to write, work or create. I asked myself, What happened? How could I have let my office get so disorganized? No wonder I was uninspired and unproductive – the space was full of clutter that needed to be cleared out now!

It so happens that the day I started to clear out my office was Unplug America 2007 day. A day devoted to giving Mother Earth a rest by turning off the radio, TV and computer, and leaving the car at home. Since I'd made the commitment to unplug, it was the perfect time to clear out my office. As I hauled file folders, books and papers out of the office into the kitchen, I immediately felt a release. I was doing more than clearing out the old – I was making way for new ideas, inspiration and the space for opportunities to flow into my life. I cried with joy as I let go of the old and welcomed in the new.

During the cleansing process, it occurred to me that I was following my own advice taken from my audio book, A Woman's Guide to Her Inner Evolution by bringing some order back into my life. Since one of my Top 10 Acts of Self Nurturing is to "organize, organize, organize", I was putting that into motion. It was a liberating feeling!

Here's the excerpt from the audio book:
If your desk, car, home and closets are a mess, or if, on a regular basis, you can not seem to find your keys, it is time to bring some order back into your life. Being organized will help you save time and energy. Hire someone to help you get organized, if you do not have the knack for it, or take a look at the ancient art of Feng Shui. Both will help you eliminate excessive chaos in your life, and help you feel less stressed and more productive.
Interested in hearing more about the other acts of self nurturing, or exploring your inner evolution, contact me to purchase your copy of my audio book.

After two days of intense clearing, a new space emerged – bright, open, organized and free of clutter. Now that my space was clear, I wanted it to reflect who I am at this time – a successful life coach. I consulted The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Prosperity book by Terah Kathryn Collins, and began implementing some of the Feng Shui principles into my space. I enhanced the space with splashes of red, added a fountain, bamboo plant, wind chime, a red vase, crystal, coins, photos and inspirational sayings – symbolic of gratitude, wealth and prosperity.

In addition to embellishing my office with items that spark creativity and prosperity, I started My Portfolio of Wealth journal, another suggestion from Collins. It's a spiral bound journal with a beautiful butterfly on its cover. I've been writing down people, places and things that I am grateful for, and qualities and talents I am blessed with in my life. The journal is full of pages affirming my abundant gratitude and wealth. I keep it close by to read and add to it as things come to mind.

As I work in my now energizing office space, I'm smiling from ear to ear. I'm proud of my accomplishments, and am excited about spending time in my new inspiring space. By clearing the way, de-cluttering, organizing and surrounding myself with positive things, I'm more productive, creative and less-stressed. What an awesome feeling!

You too can experience the joy of clearing the way. Start by letting go of the clutter, and organzing your working and living spaces. Next, create your own portfolio of wealth journal. Remember, your life is always in transition, and by constantly clearing the way, you make space for opportunities and people to flow into your life.

Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach

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