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Green Help For You

One of the things my organizing clients frequently say to me is, “Linda, I don’t know what I’d do without you.”  They say that because I’m there for them 100% to help them move past overwhelm and reach their goals in the organizing areas they find challenging. While our organizing sessions are often filled with fun and humor, I take my role as helper and support person seriously. I’m grateful for the trust my clients place in me.

Being in a supportive role means suspending my own agenda so that I can help my clients focus on their needs. This is integral to the organizing work that I do. While I love helping others, it’s essential that I rejuvenate and help myself too. Otherwise I’m no good to anyone else.

These days are particularly full with running Oh, So Organized!, working with my clients, being President of ICD, writing, presenting, traveling, managing family responsibilities and more. Recharging is essential. Being outside helps me.

On a recent walk, my racing thoughts of to dos slowed down as I breathed in and shifted the focus to my senses. I noticed the bright sun and green around me, felt the warm summer air, heard the birds conversing and leaves rustling, and smelled the earthy scent of the path below my feet. My walk through the woods led me to one of my favorite spots by the river.

Once there, I planted myself on a rock in the middle of the river. I was surrounded by water. I felt centered and calm as the sun warmed me, the river flowed around me, and I breathed in and out deeply. The river helped me, so that I could continue helping others.

I’d love to hear from you. Come join the conversation and share with us. What are your thoughts? What helps you rejuvenate?

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Last week I hiked 5 miles and 4 hours in the mountains with my husband. I was exhausted the rest of the day. But a good kind of exhausted. The kind where your body and mind are being forced to reset! We've decided to go hiking or biking every Tuesday together now.

I also have taken mostly about five weeks off from organizing for people. Except for my few long term clients whom I enjoy. I felt my own home and life getting away from me. My son was starting kindergarten and it was also his sixth birthday and I needed it to go smoothly for all of us. :)

I am fortunate and blessed to be able to take that time away so I can come back to whatever I am doing more motivated and refreshed. I do feel bad for those that financially can't do it because constantly helping people and putting off your own things really build up and get to you after awhile.

Even if you are the most organized person you can still get behind!

Feeling better now. Thanks for the great question!


August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

This is a wonderful post, Linda. I agree that everyone, no matter what they do, needs to take the time for self-care to center and ground themselves so they are able to carry on and take care of whatever it is that they want to do.

For my self, I start each day with a long walk with my dog, Miles, in the very early morning - round 5am. We often see fox, deer, and rabbits on our walks and sometimes hear the first stirrings of the birds in the trees around us. This is the time I review what I have planned for myself during the day.

I'm also a gardener. If I'm working from home I take a few breaks during the day to tend to my roses and generally to see what's going on in the garden. I can do a little clipping, a little weeding and let my mind wander to simply enjoy the beauty that I've created outside. It always refreshes me so that I'm ready to resume my office activities when I go back inside.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Love this post! My daily walk keeps me energized and inspired. It's when I do my best thinking about life, family, friends and work. It's true that green helps us live our best lives. Thanks for sharing what keeps you inspired.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Taking time for ourselves is the difference between having a great life and an average one. If I forget energizing myself I won't be able to help others to do so.
Last saturday my partner and I went to a typical neighborhood in our city, had a good lunch walked the streets and visited shops and galleries, it was so relaxing, the time past slow and graceful, the sun was bright and everything helped us to be in touch with ourselves and each other.
Thank you Linda for the post.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I love to walk. It gets me outside in the fresh air, and I feel like I just experience my environment on a more granular level than I do in the car. Sometimes I listen to books or music while I walk, and often I pray. It also tends to be my most creative time... so I'm sometimes pulled over to the side of the road jotting down a thought:)

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I love to read, that restores me, it takes me into another world, away from reality. I get to live though other peoples words and characters for a little while. I love it.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

How wonderful to see all of you here! Thank you for sharing your best with us.

@Autumn- What wonderful ways you have to rejuvenate! Hiking, biking, being with loved ones, and taking time off from work. Sounds like a great balance.

@Diane- Yay to self-care and centering. As you said, we all need it. Love your images of walking with Miles and enjoying the wildlife together along with the enjoyment you get from gardening.

@Ellen- I'm with you about the daily walk. Great thinking and mindfulness opportunities.

@Nacho- Given the choice between a "great life and an average one," makes it a no brainer for practicing self-care, doesn't it? I just love the image you share of "slow and graceful" passage of time.

@Seana- Looks like we have a big group here of daily walkers (you, me, Ellen, Diane.) If we lived closer to each other we could have a PO Marathon!

@Jill- Reading is another way to relax. It can be like a mini vacation.

August 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Once a month or so, my dog and I leave the city to visit my sister and her dog, who live within walking distance of a Conservation area. Although I love our morning walks at home in the city, being so close to nature really does have a rejuvenating effect.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- What a lovely thing to be able to do…enjoy a walk surrounded by nature with your sister and the dogs. I love that image. Walking is great no matter where we do it. Cities are fun too…lots of visual stimulation. But yes…getting that dose of green is terrific, if and when you can!

September 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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