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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v24

The latest installment (v24) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my recent discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring motivation-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such a beautifully engaged group. I am grateful for your presence, wisdom, and contributions to this community.

I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced. What do you find interesting?


What’s Interesting? . . .

1. Interesting Read – Breathing-In Motivation

Low motivation can be caused by too much stress. In The Biophilia Effect – A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature, author and biologist, Clemens G. Arvay, shares fascinating ideas about the therapeutic aspects of spending time in nature. He says, “Nature is immensely effective in allowing us to distance ourselves from stress-triggering situations.” Studies have been done about shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing,” which is the Japanese tradition of spending time in the forest and experiencing it through all of your senses. This improves your immune system and a general sense of well-being. Arvay says, “Forest air is like a healing elixir we inhale.” As a person who spends a significant amount of time around trees, flowers, and water, I have experienced the calming, stress-relieving benefits that nature provides. This gives me a healthy balance between relaxation and work and restores my motivation to pursue my goals. 



2. Interesting Product – Sounding Motivation

This quirky desk accessory, from Knock Knock (as in concierge-style bell prop) brings an auditory component to your motivational mix. With two bold messages painted on the top surface, you can ding the “Let’s Do This” bell once as your call to motivation at the start of your task. Then ding the “Done” bell again when you’ve completed your task. Adding some physical, audible, fun to your day will work wonders to boost your motivation.


3. Interesting Tech  – Harnessing Motivation

When we’re unhappy and depressed, our motivation to do anything suffers greatly. One way to improve our mood is to focus on gratitude. When we practice gratitude, we feel calmer, less stressed, more positive, and better able to focus on what matters most. With a better mood, our motivation will improve. There are so many ways to be intentional about gratitude. The Happyfeed app makes it very simple to form a gratitude habit and cultivate happiness. The app has daily reminders and a private journal to safely record your words and photos for the positive moments each day.






4. Interesting Season – Supporting Motivation

Summer is in full swing. Are you feeling disorganized, overwhelmed, and unsure of how to move forward? This is an excellent season to reset your organizing goals, do some decluttering, and restore order and balance into your life. Change and motivation are possible, especially with support. Enlist help from a compassionate and non-judgmental friend, family member, or professional organizer like me. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish in a short amount of time when you work side-by-side with someone. I’m ready to help and am just a phone call (914-271-5673) or email ( away.



5. Interesting Thought – Nurturing Motivation

Perhaps the seeds for motivation start as a wish. But for those seeds to grow and for motivation to flourish, wishing isn’t enough. Doing must follow. Take small, consistent steps. Your progress will nurture your motivation. 






What are your exciting finds? Which of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation!





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I'm resonating with the "wish" vs. "do" at the moment. I was talking with someone yesterday who I can see is flailing around a bit, feeling bad about her lack of accomplishments. I encouraged her to select on thing, either one thing she feels she should be doing or wishes she could do, and just conquer it. Allowing the "shoulds" to swish around in our heads is a sure road to discouragement. Taking action and seeing success even in a small area can be the first step onto a better path. For what it is worth, I totally love that little bell. I'm thinking "stocking stuffer" for that one:)

July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- We can be so hard on ourselves, and it's great when we can turn to those special people in our lives for support. It sounds like you were there yesterday to provide a listening ear and encouragement. Your advice was excellent with narrowing the focus, encouraging action, and small steps as a way forward. So happy you love the bell. Can you feel and hear the sound of motivation and satisfaction as you ding to start and then again to end?

July 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great finds! Number 1 is an interesting book. I found that I need to incorporate nature regularly in my week to get motivated. I go out back and enjoy the birds, trees, and animals. My husband said our backyard is like a Disney movie with all the animals and flowers/trees. Lol

July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I just put the book, Biophilia, on my read list. I'm such a nature person as you know - this book is right up my alley!
I had an interesting conversation with a therapist friend who told me the word 'try' is a motivation inhibitor. He said that when you 'try' to do something you're setting yourself up for failure. When I hear myself say something like "I'm going to try to write a blog post today" it feels like I'm giving myself permission to not get it done. Conversely, if I say "I'm going to write a blog post today" then the intention is pure. It made sense to me. What do you think?

July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Sabrina- Thanks so much :)! If you haven't already read the book, I know you'll enjoy it. I love your description of your backyard as a "Disney movie." How lovely that being with nature is a regular part of your day. There is something so therapeutic about being near trees, flowers, birds, and water- the sounds, scents, and sights. Continue to enjoy your space as it helps you to get motivated and also refresh.

July 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Diane- I know you're going to love reading The Biophilia Effect! It's filled with gems of wisdom and supports the benefits of integrating nature into your life. Being the consummate gardener that you are, I know how much you love spending time with the flowers and foliage.

The concept of "try" vs. "do" makes so much sense to me. As I read what you wrote describing how try is a "motivation inhibitor," I realized that this rings true for me too. Try suggests the possibility of NOT doing or completing. It sets me up for an "out" before I've even begun. However, but declaring an action using language that expresses positive expectation, my perspective, and expectation shifts to the anticipation of a successful outcome. Thank you for highlighting this eye-opening idea.

July 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I hadn't heard of the Happyfeed app, but I have several clients who like working with apps to stay on track. I'll look into this. I think some of them would love this.

July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet- I haven't personally tried the app, but I've known about it for a while. I love the idea of making it THAT easy to keep a gratitude journal. With most of us having easy access, usability, and familiarity with our phones, using an app for gratitude-noticing seems like a win/win. If your clients try the app and you feel like sharing, I'd love to know what they think of it.

July 8, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Forest bathing? That’s like my morning walk! It is inspiring each morning for me.

July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- Ahhh. I love that! How lovely that you take the time to walk each day in the woods. What a great way to begin your mornings!

July 9, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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