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12 Best, Most Inspired Conversations of the Year

As this year is almost over, many of us are reflecting about the past twelve months and the year that’s about to begin. I’m thinking about the many wonderful conversations we’ve shared together on the blog. This free exchange of insights always sparks new ideas. Our conversations about change, clutter, letting go, time, organizing, motivation, life balance and more are one of my greatest sources of joys and inspiration. Thank you for being part of this special community. You inspire me to write, to think, to experiment, and to engage.

I’m grateful for and inspired by the thoughtful words and generous sharing of this community. I’ve curated twelve of my favorite quotes this year by my top engagers, Janet Barclay, Jill Robson, Seana Turner, Ellen Delap, Diane Quintana, Sabrina Quairoli, Sarah Soboleski, Hazel Thornton, Nacho Eguiarte, Jaime Steele, Autumn Leopold and Liana George, selecting one from each month and topic. I’m deeply thankful for them and everyone that adds to our conversations. You bring hope, light, curiosity, and learning each day.


Enjoy the year in review, one quote, insight, and inspiration at a time . . .


Fresh Start

“I love the energy that comes from a refreshed space. It’s clearing out the stuff but also freshening up your perspective by viewing what’s left. I take the opportunity at the new year to make the most of clearing out.”

Ellen Delap on How to Use That Energy Boost You Get From a Fresh Start


Embrace Change

“I guess letting go of what once was, and appreciating what now is, is kind of like focusing on what good things (stuff) you have, and not feeling compelled to accumulate more. Or being grateful for what’s going well in your life as opposed to being resentful about what’s not going well. Any way you slice it I think gratitude is the key.”

Hazel Thornton on Appreciating Genuine Joy With Life’s Inevitable Changes


Next Step

“Knowing what’s the next step is just part of the equation, but knowing why it is important gives us the ultimate reason to go for it.”

Nacho Eguiarte on What Is Your Next Step And Why Is It Important?


Letting Go

“Setting parameters in our lives can help us at so many levels but I think you are so right when you apply it to letting go. It can help with decision fatigue and make the process much easier! I always encourage my clients who are having trouble making a decision to give themselves a time parameter, such as I will make a decision about this item in 'x' minutes, hours, days, etc.”

Liana George on Learn One Amazing Secret That Helps You Let Go



“I’ve identified another challenge in my home: framed pictures. Whether they’re family photos, needlepoint projects made by loved ones, or other types of art, they tend to stay on the wall long after I’ve stopped enjoying them, and then they sit in a corner until I’m willing to part with them. I think it’s because they will have little or no value to anyone else, so it’s harder to get rid of them than more useful items.”

Janet Barclay on Why Do We Hold On To Treasures, Clutter And Stuff?


Time Management

“Wow how the time has flown by. We need to drink in every moment.”

Jill Robson on Hydrangeas in Bloom Means the Wonderful Time Has Arrived



“What motivates me to get organized is a day off…organizing is my relaxing time. A time when I can reassess and revise systems.”

Sabrina Quairoli on How to Use “Dumpster Envy” to Get Motivated


Enlisting help

“I am working on my mindfulness and finding that it does indeed increase happiness. Putting down the technology has allowed me to focus on what is here and now. By not being distracted I have been able to interact with those around me.”

Jaime Steele on 3 Useful Ideas to Help Increase Your Happiness



“I need to start each day with breakfast by myself before my toddler wakes up. While eating I listen to daily mentoring recordings from Darren Hardy. This precious time really helps me set the tone for a successful day if my batteries have some solo recharging time.”

Sarah Soboleski on How to Strengthen Your Foundation For Fantastic Success


Possibility Thinking

“…you should schedule time for yourself. To think big! Make sure you have some white space in your week. If I look at my week and it’s too full it causes me anxiety right there. I have truly tried to change that. I want more white space! More time to be spontaneous with my family and more time for myself to walk, read, cook, etc.”

Autumn Leopold on Practical Possibilities For Deciding When to Think Big or Small


Wonderfully Human

“…one of the hardest things to do is to take a hard or close look at yourself and identify your own strengths. So often we focus on our weaknesses. If we turn it around ask ourselves ‘which strengths do I have to help me compensate for this weakness?’ we would be so much better off.”

Diane Quintana on Interesting Connection With Politics, Being Human and Organizing Habits


Life Balance

“If I had to single out one of your ideas for maintaining balance, it would be ‘You Are Here.’ Especially at this time of year, our minds seem to be constantly trying to fix, address, handle, solve, and deal with a constant stream of issues that bombard our brains. This just steals attention (and joy!) from the moment. I need to continually work on closing the door to the noise and live in the now.”

Seana Turner on How to Find Your Balance During This Season


What resonates with you? Is there one idea that you’d like to bring forward for 2017? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!




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Reader Comments (14)

Thanks for including me in this, Linda. I'm so enjoying everyone's comments... I could chew on all of them for hours. This morning, Nacho's comment about understanding the 'why' of our next step is resonating. Take the time we need to proceed intentionally and with purpose - such a wonderful thought for the precipice of a new year!

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thank YOU for being so willing to consistently share your ideas and thoughtful comments. I treasure our connection. I love what you said about going forth "intentionally and with purpose." Wishing you a great year as you bring forth your "why" into 2017!

December 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, I'm so pleased that you considered my comment inspiring! And I'm happy to update that we've taken down all the pictures from the living room, dining room, and hallway in preparation for redecorating, and that most of them will not be going back up. I've also found someone to take many of the frames we will no longer be needing!

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- You inspire me here, there and everywhere. Thank you for being so responsive on this blog, but also in other places with all the great articles and ideas you share on your blog and special blogging community. How very cool that you've moved ahead on your "pictures" project. That right there is TRULY inspiring because you've figured out how to feel good about letting go of those things you no longer want. That's the key...finding "safe passage."

December 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a wonderful and valuable posting for this time of year! With so much going on now in our business and personal lives, it's easy to loose focus...even for those among us who are 'most organized.' Clutter appears in many different forms. As I read through these posts I realized again the importance of taking time for introspection so that we can recognize our own acquired obstacles and move them along. Whether metaphorically or tangibly physical, it is an opportunity to create "safe passage" for our own journey into the New Year.

Thank you Linda...inspiring as always!

December 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson, CPO-CD

I love this post! So inspiring and it lets me relate so much more to many of my great friends! I can especially relate to what Sarah says about getting up earlier than your child to set the tone of the day. I just started doing this again about a month ago and I am loving it!

I can also relate to what Janet says about the framed pictures and such. I've been going through a home purge for a year myself and of course saved this pile for last. Every time I look at the pile I want to hang them all back up! :) But I am really trying to be minimal and intentional in my choices!

I wish everyone the happiest holiday season and Merry Christmas to all!

December 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

Happy, joy-filled holidays to you!

@Sheila- How beautifully put...taking time for "introspection so that we can recognize our own acquired obstacles and move them along." As you said, what a great way to wrap up one year to make way for the new one. Thank you for being with us to add to the conversation and inspriation.

@Autumn- I love how you relate to what Sarah and Janet shared! That's one of the things I treasure most about this we inspire, validate and support one another. I remember when our girls were young, I would try to get up early, but the earlier I woke, the earlier they woke. They seemed to sense when I was awake. But on the days that I had some time to myself, I loved that quiet morning time to ground myself before giving energy to everyone else. Kudos to you for the year long "home purge," and for being more intentional for the things that remain.

December 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love this post. It is such a wonderful way to review a year. Such a positive way to look forward to a new year. Thanks for putting it all together.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Stobbe

What a clever way to share a collection of comments and posts for the year. It's wonderful reading all these inspiring conversations. It's important to be aware of ourselves. And, when we forget, find others (like you and the others commented on your blog) that will remind us of the need for it. Thanks for including me, Linda.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Julie- I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post. I'm a big believer in reviewing or looking back at certain points in time. By doing so we learn so much. It can help us identify patterns, see themes, or appreciate what went well. We can look to the past to improve the future. It's not that I'm always looking back. Mostly I live in the present. But especially at this time of year, I enjoy having a review of what was. I'm so very grateful for this community of generous, wise, and engaged folks that share their thoughts and value to all of the conversations. Thank you for being here.

@Sabrina- You're awesome to have posted your comment again. I know you mentioned having some tech issues and I appreciate you trying again. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say. I'm so happy to include you in this collection of "inspiring conversations." Thank you for being so generous and consistent with sharing your thoughts. You add so much to this community and I'm so very grateful.

December 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I always enjoy the conversations that accompany a blog post -- yours, mine, anyone's. Grateful for the wisdom of my colleagues. Thanks for including me!

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Hazel- I'm with you. The conversations are the best part. It fascinates me how an idea grows into many other tangents...each person honing in on the part of the topic that resonates with them. Thank you so much for always adding value to all of the conversations.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love our connections and conversations. Each of us inspires awareness that leads to change. Thank you for including me and inspiring me too!

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- So very grateful for our connection and conversations too. Inspiration, change are the themes of the season. Thank you for being here, for sharing, and for always adding so much too the dialogues.

December 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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