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Are You Open to Possibilities?

Do you ever feel stuck? Maybe you’re so over-scheduled that it’s difficult to think beyond that. Maybe life is moving along without any change or challenge in sight. One thing I’ve noticed is that when we remove ourselves from our daily routine, it’s amazing how our minds open up. We’re more likely to explore new ideas, meet new people, experience new places, and be open to possibilities.

I’ve been traveling more this year. While that presents some time management challenges, it’s also been really stimulating and energizing. I can feel the growth and expansion of a possibility mindset.


St. Louis

Being on the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) Board includes traveling four times a year to St. Louis for our board meetings. My last trip was in July, which was my first time running our meeting as President. I’m heading out again this weekend for our October Board meeting. Talk about possibilities! I get to work with an amazing group of smart, passionate, and talented colleagues that love ICD as much as I do. We spend our time together thinking strategically about all things related to ICD and chronic disorganization. We also have fun along the way.




Linda Samuels, Judith Kolberg, and Kathy Trezise at 2014 ICD ConferenceICD held it’s annual conference in Nashville last month. There were lots of firsts. My first time in Nashville, my first time attending conference as President, and my first time presenting at the Awards dinner (that’s a whole other story!) It was an incredible conference. I learned a lot from the speakers, my colleagues, and about myself. I got to hang out with many friends from around the world and made new ones too. When you get that many professional organizers and related professionals in a room, guess what happens? The room is a buzz with ideas and possibilities. It was wonderfully contagious energy.



Las Vegas

Linda Samuels with daughter, CassieRight after Nashville, I had a short time back in New York and then flew to Las Vegas to work with a long-time organizing client. This time, our youngest daughter, Cassie, came with me. I worked while she relaxed. It wasn’t all work though. We also had some nice mother/daughter time. Between the flights and the pool I got to think about possibilities.

Aside from all the thinking time that travel affords, it’s also great for strengthening relationships and forging new ones. For me traveling is about possibilities, creativity, and connecting with others.



What’s Next?

Linda Samuels with Nina Saeki, VP of JALOOnce I return from St. Louis, I’ll be flying to Calgary to attend my first POC (Professional Organizers in Canada) conference. In December I’ll be traveling with my husband to Japan to speak at the JALO (Japan Association of Life Organizers) conference. I’m excited about the possibilities that come from exploring new places and connecting with people.


Are you open to possibilities? What’s next for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.



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Reader Comments (13)

Wow- Japan! That's awesome, Linda. Traveling always cracks us open a bit, and that always lets in new light. Sometimes we do get so focused... head down and all that... that we miss what's new and interesting. So glad you are getting to explore new places, and ALSO that you are sharing what you learn with all of us:)

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Yes, I'm open to possibilities and changes. My next things are finish my certificate program in Tanathology i started two Saturdays ago (it will last ten months) and having a good time next December when my partner and I go to L.A and Las Vegas on vacation. I'm sure those events will open more doors to me.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Can't tell you how happy I am for you and all the wonders in your life. The one thing that jumped off the page for me -- as I read your latest adventures -- was your ability to enjoy the full package. Having fun, no matter what we're doing, is the key ingredient, isn't it?
I love that Cassie came with you to Las Vegas. Not only did she get to have the real time experience of the whole you but you got to have quality time with her.
I know you and Steve will have a magical time in Japan. Looking forward to that post:-)
Keep smiling and discovering possibilities:-)
Love always.

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

Happy to have you with us! You're Oh, So Awesome!

@Seana- Love that idea of cracking open and letting in new light. It's so true how travel encourages those things. We can get stuck and as you say "head down." So allowing "different" works its magic. Travel is one way and there are many others. Even simply changing the daily routine (taking a new route, testing our a new recipe, having coffee with a friend you haven't seen in a while,) can open us up and energize us.

@Nacho- How wonderful that you're open to possibilities and changes! What an exciting journey you've begun with your new program in Tanathology. And how fabulous that you'll be traveling to LA and Vegas in December. Those are two stimulating places. I know how much you love taking photos. You're going to really enjoy the visual eye candy, especially in Las Vegas.

@Yota- I've been thinking of you so much lately. The lovely plant you gave me with the lavender flowers has been blooming again. It's such a happy, vibrant plant and it always makes me think of you.

You're so right that "fun" is a key element for me. Travel and being around people I enjoy brings that out even more. I know you've been experiencing some great travel time with your girls, so you know how wonderful it is to have that special time. Will definitely keep you posted with the upcoming adventures.

October 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

wonderful post linda and perfect timing. It's been a busy few weeks with a lot of travel and I find the travel allows me to reset, clear my mind, focus on the things that are not demanding my immediate attention and breathe different air. So glad you find that travel does that same for you! Lucky you going to Japan! It will be wonderful!

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Thanks so much, Leslie! Glad you liked the post AND the timing. I know you've been busy traveling to all sorts of places. Weren't you just in St. Louis too? Like you, I really enjoy how the travel time provides as you said, a "reset." I also love the airplane time for reading, thinking, planning, and snoozing. Guess I'll have extra does of that with the Japan trip. Very excited!

October 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

You, my dear, are energy personified. It is so obvious that your passion fuels that energy. Safe trips!

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Terkanian

Great timing for this post! I just returned from four amazing days in your neck of the woods, which is a place full of possibilities! Though our days were action packed with theater, museums and sightseeing we were very open to possibilities and exploring the city in a new way, choosing this trip to avoid public transportation and instead walk everywhere we went. It resulted in us logging anywhere from 8-12 miles a day but we experienced NYC and its neighborhoods differently than we ever had before and had many unique experiences as a result. Even though we were in go, go, go mode for four days, I returned to the office yesterday refreshed and able to approach a number of challenging projects with renewed energy. I love how completely separating ourselves from routine and work for a few days can make it possible to actually increase our level of productivity, even in light of the missed hours at one's desk! I wish wonderful adventures for you this fall that are full of possibilities and safe travels.

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

Wonderful to "hear" your voices!

@Susan- Such a lovely thing to say. Thank you for your inspiring words and good travel wishes. Each time we go through a doorway, possibilities are on the other side. We don't have to travel far to be open to what's there.

@Andrea- Sounds like you had an amazing time in NYC. Next time let me know. I would have loved to meet up with you. I'm only 30 miles north of the city. You discovered one of the true wonders of Manhattan: walking everywhere! And walk you did! 8-12 miles a day. WOW! There's nothing quite as inspiring as separating from the routine for a while and then returning to it with renewed energy and insights. We all need time to clear our minds and have new experiences. It's that reset with an energy boost. Glad you had yours and know there will be more coming with your CHADD conference coming up soon. Best of success with your presentation with Sue West.

October 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda thank you for the inspiration! The ICD conference was a highlight from my travels this year as well. II learned so much from it! I was able to make new friendships and learn new techniques to use while working with my chronically disorganized clients. The next trip that I have planned is just across the San Francisco Bay - to the San Francisco mental health Association international conference on hoarding and cluttering in November. This will be the first year that Collector Care will have their very own booth to display! I am very excited as to what possibilities this can bring.

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Seavey

Rachel- You're most welcome. It was so great seeing you in Nashville at the ICD conference. I'm glad it was a highlight for you. It was for me too. I'm so excited for you about the conference you're exhibiting at in San Francisco. I've heard great things about that conference. You're setting the stage for amazing possibilities. Wishing you all the best of success with your booth and what's to come. Go Rachel!

October 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a very busy year for you! I don't travel often, but when I do - whether for business or pleasure - it provides a valuable reminder that the world doesn't come to a crashing halt if I'm not in my office! And, as you say, being exposed to different environments and meeting new people is a wonderful way to open up the mind to new possibilities.

October 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Yes. This year has been full with travel and new adventures. I loved seeing you in Phoenix in May for the NAPO conference. I remember the morning you headed out for your Grand Canyon adventure. I love what you said that being away and having new adventures can be a great way to open up our minds. You never know when someone or something will spark a new idea, path, or friendship. I love traveling. It gives me a chance to suspend the normal routine and reflect and learn. And you know what? It also always feels good to come back home.

October 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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