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10 Inspiring Ways to Create Balance

As the year winds down, we look back to help us assess and plan for the New Year. How was your year? Did you accomplish your goals? Are there areas that you’d like to focus on for next year? A great resource for ideas and words of wisdom is the “Ask the Expert” interview series.

The conversations we’ve had this year about change, letting go, clutter, motivation and more have been truly inspiring.  The short video features our 2014 experts and themes. Let it help you identify your theme for 2015. What area will you focus on to create more balance?


Watch the 2014 "Ask the Expert" video . . .


Here are some of my favorite quotes from the interviews . . .


Fresh Starts

“The key is not to find more storage solutions for your stuff–the key is minimizing the number of things we own.”

- Joshua Becker



“Accept setbacks as a natural part of the change process; they are bound to happen and are not a sign of failure, rather an important part of the learning.”

- Dr. Debbie Grove


Next Steps

“Tomorrow’s brilliance is rooted in the soil of today’s activity.”

- Todd Henry


Letting Go

“Each extraneous things we eliminate from our lives feels like a weight lifted from our shoulders–it’s positively exhilarating!”

- Francine Jay



“Ultimately, someone has to choose the life they desire over their stuff if they want to be uncluttered, but how they get there is different for everyone.”

- Erin Rooney Doland


Time Management

“We have to accept the fact that we can’t do everything, and establish a set of personal policies (which identify our values), set specific goals, and schedule appointments with ourselves to actually get the work done.”

- Harold Taylor



“ . . . you have to keep re-motivating yourself. Motivation is not just one long surge.”

- Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.


Enlisting Help

“When we open ourselves to help, amazing people come forward and amazing things happen. Some of my richest connections first started out as a request for help.”

- Cameron Gott



“ . . . a lifetime of success involves showing up.”

- Whitney Johnson



“To start imagining a life of audacious possibility you need to first believe that it is possible for you.”

- Amy Deagle


Is it time to re-balance? Which ideas resonate with you?  My deepest gratitude goes to my “Ask the Expert” guests and blog community for engaging in wonderfully, deep discussions over this past year. Let’s keep the party going. Come join the conversation.

Wishing you all joy, love, health, balance, and happiness for the New Year





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Reader Comments (9)

You've had a pretty terrific group of experts this year. I don't think I can pick a favorite. I love gleaning wisdom from these interviews. I guess the best piece of advice is the one I apply to life, right? Thanks for sharing with us all year... can't wait for 2015!

December 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Hi Seana- Happy New Year! What an inspiring group. And I'm so glad that you were a huge participant in all the conversations. You always bring so much to the table and I appreciate you being part of this community. Love your take about "the best piece of advice." Looking forward to see where this year takes you. Know you'll accomplish great things!

December 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Loved all these interviews! Most especially I love this summary of what inspired you most. It is always wonderful to reflect on the year and this summary brings together the best of what was shared.

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Linda, what a wonderful recap of your 2014 Ask the Expert series! I especially like Amy Deagle's quote - no matter how long I'm in business, I always need to remind myself that I can only achieve it if I believe it possible.

December 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

What a great way to end 2014 by "hearing" your wonderful voices! You're both such fabulous supporters of this blog community and the conversations that we have. I'm Oh, So Grateful for you!

Ellen- So glad you've enjoyed the interviews. It's fun for me too. I love hearing differing perspectives and also watching how the conversations take their twists and turns. And you're so right that this time of year puts us in a reflective mood.

Janet- Amy was the last interview of the year. It just seemed perfect to end the year with possibilities. And as you said, believing in them is what makes the difference. That and "showing up," as Whitney Johnson talked about.

Wishing you both an amazing 2015 filled with the right mix of all that you want!

December 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you for your insights in 2014, I can't wait for 2015 to see what new and inspiring quotes and information you share with all of us.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Hi Jill-

It's such a joy having you as a regular participant with our blog community. You always add so much to our conversations. I'm working on the 2015 line-up now and look forward to the sharing with everyone. Providing a venue where people can connect and share with one another is one of my great joys.

Wishing you great days ahead! Happy New Year!

January 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great video. You've interviewed so many wonderful experts.

June 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet- Thanks so much. It was such much fun to interview this group of experts. I'm always blown away by how open and willing they are to share their insights and wisdom. Oh, So Grateful!

June 27, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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