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Finding Your Big Why- The motivation behind everything you do

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the whole “big why” extravaganza.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Your “big why” is your motivation behind everything.  The thing that keeps you going when things suck.  The thing that punches you in the gut and kicks you in the butt when you want to give up.  

It’s something uniquely yours and once you figure it out?  No one can ever “unfigure” it out of you. 

I figured it was time to let you guys in on MY big why.  The REAL reason why I organize other people’s stuff for a living.  

In a nutshell? 

I think home and family are the most important things on Earth.  

I mean, yeah, I think organizing is fun.  And yeah, it comes naturally to me. The thing is?  Those two things aren’t enough. 

You see, I wanted to do this whole professional organizer thing WAY before I actually started doing it.  I kept hitting roadblocks though.

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4 Legacy Lessons from Billy and Ruth Graham
"My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world." Billy Graham

Billy Graham is home.

Can you imagine him seeing Jesus face to face that first time?

When I think of the ministry of Billy Graham, I immediately think of his wife, Ruth, too.

I am overwhelmed by their legacy. The impact they have had on the kingdom will never be known this side of heaven.

But legacies like theirs don't happen by accident. They are intentional. 

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Getting Organized- Why Is It Even Worth the Trouble?

Closets full of color-coordinated separates hanging, equally spaced, on matching hangers.   

Spices, lined up alphabetically, each jar equidistant from the cabinet’s edge.  Each label reflecting the overhead kitchen light just so.  

Sigh.

That right there is the sound of contentment as it passes through your lips. 

Those ARE things of beauty; there is NO doubt.   

As a matter of fact, I firmly believe you’d be hard-pressed to find a person who would willingly choose shirts dangling willy-nilly from hangers left askew or spices teetering devil-may-care out of overstuffed cupboards.  Can you say midnight tripping hazards?!

A girl’s gotta be careful though.  That beautiful imagery up there?  It can be dangerous.  
See, it’s super easy to get caught up in the trappings of an outwardly organized life.  Trappings that, instead of freeing you from the soul-crushing C.R.A.P. (chaos, resentment, anxiety, and panic) of everyday-ness, serve as just another prison in which we find ourselves locked.  Just another failure we find ourselves guilty of.  

Gorgeously patterned bins filled just shy of the brim.

Closets full of color-coordinated separates hanging, equally spaced, on matching hangers. 
Spices, lined up alphabetically, each jar equidistant from the cabinet’s edge.  Each label reflecting the overhead kitchen light just so.  

Sigh.

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Take back January! A Simple Strategy to Set Yourself Up for a More Successful Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  WELCOME, 2018!  NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

Blech. Gag me.  

Not to be negative, but I have a little issue with all the New Year’s hype.  

Okay, I have a big issue with the all the New Year’s hype. 

“New Year! New Me!”

“Today is the first blank page in a 365 page book!”

“And so the adventure begins!”

BBBBLLLEEECHHHHHHH.

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Back to School: Must Do Daily Habits

Back to School.

Regardless of whether that phrase sends shivers of delight or terror down your spine, it’s here.  

ALREADY. 

Whatever happened to going back to school after Labor Day?  You know, spending your last day of freedom lamenting that summer was over and that the Jerry Lewis Telethon was taking the place of all of your favorite regularly scheduled programs?  The ones you wouldn’t see again until December.

And that means your routine IS going to change.   For some people, the laid back easiness of summer is all coming to an end.  In its place will be tight schedules, missed buses, forgotten lunches. For others, the chaos of the summer will finally be reined in.  Structure will replace the frenetic free-for-all brought about by the warmer months.    

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Back to School: The first step in setting up a routine that actually works

Three words.

Three. Little. Words. 

Seemingly innocent yet wielding all the power in the universe. 

Three words which strike a deep visceral reaction in all who hear them.   Which possess the power to bring a strong woman to her knees in seconds.  Which, whether tugging on a tightly coiled aversion or igniting a long awaited relief, refuse to be ignored.

Back. To. School.

Did you just shiver like the hyenas in The Lion King when one of ‘em said “Mufasa?”  

If not, let me say it again. 

BACK. TO. SCHOOL.

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Three Vital Reasons to Ditch Perfectionism in the New Year

Hello.  My name is Brenna, and I’m a recovering perfectionist.  

That’s right. I said it.  I struggle with perfectionism.   Or as I like to call it, being an overachiever.  For some reason that just sounds less offensive.  You know, more playful.  Less anal.  Whatever makes me feel better, right?

Let me back up for a second.  I’m assuming you all know and struggle with perfectionism too.  But, just in case you don’t (You lucky thing, you!) or you’re in a deep state of denial as was I, I’ll start at the beginning.

First of all, what IS perfectionism? 

According to dictionary.com, perfectionism is defined as a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands the highest degree of excellence and rejects anything less. 

A PERSONAL standard DEMANDING the HIGHEST degree of excellence REJECTING anything less. 

Those are some pretty harsh words right there.

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Cast Your Cares- AKA The Brain Dump

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed.  Stressed out.  Beaten.  Devoured by life and its responsibilities.  

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of running away.  Of starting over.  Of leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back and hightailing it. The destination doesn’t matter all that much, does it?  You just want out.  

I’d like to introduce you to a very special person in my life.  A confidant of mine.  Someone who’s never let me down or betrayed my trust.  Someone who answers whenever I call and has never judged me, no matter how pathetic or overwhelmed I may be.  

The Brain Dump.  

A good friend and mentor of mine prefers to call it the Brain Blossom.  She thinks it lends a more positive, less gross connotation to this handy little strategy but personally?  My brain doesn’t blossom.  It doesn’t open up and flourish.   Something beautiful and delicate isn’t unfurled. 

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The Goal-Setting Tip that Changed My Life

Time is a precious commodity. 

And, regardless of your life station, time is the great equalizer. 

Whether you’re a billionaire or a college kid scraping to get by, we all have the same number of hours, minutes, and seconds of a day. 

When we waste time, we can never get it back. 

When you really think about it, time is our most precious commodity. 

There are a plethora of resources available to help plan your day. Some even go so far as to help you set goals.  So what’s missing? 

We’re missing the forest for the trees. We’ve got it all backward. We seem to focus on so heavily on our day that we miss our lives.

While it’s great to have goals and plans, we have to be cautious. 

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15

We can have the best-laid plans, but ultimately God decides.

Am I advocating we plan nothing? Of course not. I just think we need a different approach.

So what is the goal-setting tip that changed my life?

Creating legacy goals

Rather than planning my day and setting a few arbitrary goals, I spent time figuring out what really matters to me.

We’ve been doing it backwards…. planning our day, reaching a short term goal, and maybe reaching a long term goal. And if we really thought about it, we’d realize what we’ve been doing doesn’t even matter in the grander scheme of life.

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What Being Disorganized Really Says About You

I think it’s time we had a little talk, me and you.  

A frank discussion about what the disorganization in your life truly means.  

Maybe what it’s a symptom of.  

Maybe what it’s costing you.  

An open, honest, and perhaps even a little uncomfortable conversation about the truth of living a disorganized life.  

Perhaps a dialog about unnecessary busy-ness.   Empty busy-ness that adds nothing of value to your day.  To your legacy.  

A discourse on how disorganization effects things like your time, money, and energy.  How it impacts your relationships and the joy you experience, or don’t, on a daily basis. 

Deep breath.  It’s truth time.

You ready? 

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself About How You Use Your Time

Time.

Mr. Merriam and Mr. Webster define it as “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues”. 

The Rolling Stones claim it’s “…On my side. Yes, it is.”

According to the Steve Miller Band, it “…Keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future”.

And Ecclesiastes 3 assures us that “For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven…”  

In my professional opinion?  Time is our absolute greatest commodity.  And we squander the crap out of it. 

I’m not just talking about procrastination here.  You know, the act of putting something off until the last minute.

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Your Organization Questions Answered: Part 1 (Systems, Labels, and Kid's Artwork)

People ask me questions all the time.

All. The. Time.

 As soon as someone figures out what I do for a living, one of two things happen.  Either the questions start rapid fire or they slowly back away, first murmuring and then shouting words that sound a whole lot like “She can never come to my house.  NEVER COME TO MY HOUSE.”

Now, those questions I get asked?  Sometimes they’re just straight up curiosity about the things I have seen, and OH SWEET MOTHER, you should see some of the things I’ve seen.  I have seen some STUFF, lemme tell you.  Rarely, if ever, do I run screaming and crying in the opposite direction though.  Okay, that’s a lie.  I actually never run screaming and crying in the opposite direction as long as someone is open for a little bit of help.  

If you’re sitting there shaking your head thinking “This chick hasn’t been to my house yet!” Lemme tell you a little secret.  There’s always going to be someone who’s in better shape than you are, and there’s always gonna be someone who’s in worse shape than you are.  And let’s get this straight right up front- There is no shame in my organizing game.

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8 Ways Living An Organized Life is A LOT Like Your Walk With Jesus

God is not a god of chaos.  He just… isn’t.  He isn’t down with disorder or confusion.  (1 Corinthians 14:33 BTW I may have paraphrased a little bit!) I mean, really?  Could He have made such efficient use of seven days if he was all discombobulated?  Heck, no.  

God is all about organization.  All about order.  And I love it.  I absolutely love it.  It’s good to know at least someone’s got His ducks in a row, right?  That’s not where the whole God/organizing parallel ends though.  No, no, no.   There are actually a number of parallels between living an organized life and living a life lovin’ the Father,  the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Don’t worry, I’ve only highlighted eight of them!

1. Constant effort is required

You don’t just make the mental decision and then-BOOM- your life is sunshine and waterfalls. 

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