2018 went out with much fanfare for the Avery family. We traveled to Florida to spend time with my parents. I was excited to meet (again) and talk with Franco Harris (yes the Pittsburgh Steeler) after the game.

We have been making a few minor updates to our lower level. I will post photos when it’s done. I’ve had to dig deep to focus on the future vision while cleaning through the inevitable painting prep dust. Yes even designers can find renovations frustrating. I’m not kidding when I am sympathetic to your stress. I get it.

While sitting by the pool in Florida taking yet another call regarding the delayed shower pan, I realized that I had not taken so much as a moment to think about my personal goals for the year 2019. Remember I calendared my goals for my business back in early December. Early one morning, I left my phone in the room, walked the beach then took out my pen and notebook. I think better when I write. Here’s what I wrote to my friend, Leslie Carothers, who had strongly encouraged our group to do so.


Word of the Year

I promised I would give myself time and space to sit with my word. I let my mind wander on this during my gratitude power walk. Many words came up, but as I sit here by myself (teen is still sleeping) drinking a latte and enjoying the sounds and view of a very peaceful waterfall at my hotel (last day -boo), it came straight to me like a flash. And I know it comes out of a private conversation with Leslie, so she gets kudos for helping me with my word.

Somehow in the last year I’ve slipped away from some of the lessons I learned on my cancer journey. I’ve felt overwhelmed by so much and have lacked some of that flow. I’ve been muscling a boulder up hill in part by pushing too fast. It’s time to step back for a bit.

I got this sense when spending time at our Fenwick house. Our home is calming and peaceful because we don’t have all of our stuff there. And we have way too much stuff. So I have been decluttering our CT home in the hopes that it will feel more like Fenwick. As 2019 unfolds, I am slowly stepping into an allowing space on that, thank goodness. No more boulders please.

So my word for 2019 is Simplicity. Feels perfect in my heart and all the way down to my toes. 

Declutter, Simplify, Uncomplicate

Imagine the Possible

What do I want to do in 2019 personally? I want to Declutter, Simplify and Uncomplicate. I believe that doing these will lead to that feeling of Simplicity. It’s not enough to just have a word of the year. You need an action plan to carry it out. I know that those three verbs will bring me to my goal of Simplicity.

What do I want to do in 2019 personally? I want to Declutter, Simplify and Uncomplicate. I believe that doing these will lead to that feeling of Simplicity. It’s not enough to just have a word of the year. You need an action plan to carry it out. I know that those three verbs will bring me to my goal of Simplicity.

Decluttering feels like the easiest to accomplish so I have started there. This past weekend, we organized both pantries, the refrigerator, and the plastic food storage containers.  Next ezine, I will regale you on my thoughts regarding decluttering and the Marie Kondo wave that’s taking over the country. But for now, I want to mention the mindset shifts you need to make to get to Simplicity or to whatever is your word of the year.

Carolyn Herfurth is leading a group this month in living “Infinite Possibilities” – yes that’s the book by Mike Dooley. Our first week’s homework was to flip the thought and visualize the outcome. I have to confess I took 3 steps forward and then a giant fall on my face fail on Friday. Old me would have stayed in the yuck. Instead, I left the house. I went to Panera for a cup of coffee and hand wrote 10 notes – the big to do that had been hanging over my head all week. It was a struggle and it took me hours. But I got it done. And now I have a system – Simplify – to get the next ten done etc. My goal is to send out 200 of these notes over the next several weeks.

So where was the flip the thought and visualization? The flip was to recognize that I have zero control over the work being done at the house right now. There will be dust. It’s forging forward with or without me. It will feel chaotic and that’s ok. Because I can see the result – a beautiful new space with fresh paint and new flooring. I mean that eighties carpet was disgusting. It WILL be worth it. Ok I might be repeating this mantra a hundred times a day. LOL. Mindset shifts are character building, right? Right?

Until next time.  Ready to simplify your business in 2019, please schedule a Workplace Assessment with me.

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