I feel like I was just writing my October adventures...this year is going by so fast!! I’m not complaining too much though because Thanksgiving/Christmas time is my favorite time of year :)
As I said last month, I attended the She Did it Her Way summit and met some amazing women. Since being home I have been able to talk further with Danielle, who owns a social media marketing company, who gave me some awesome tips and perspective. I also collaborated with Tess Wicks. Closet Organization is something I get asked about all the time. Tess took my 6 simple steps to closet organization and put them into action and filmed it for you all to see! Check it out here :) I am so proud of this collaboration because Tess does a great job bringing these steps to life and proving it can be done!!
These past two months I feel like I should’ve just lived in Chicago because I was back and forth so much! I went back one more time for the Powerful Partners Dinner Party hosted by Megan Wessels. This was an experience I am so grateful for and I am in awe of all the savvy, go-getter women I was able to meet.
While I was in Chicago I was able to catch up with a good friend from college, Beth. We were both Industrial Engineering at Iowa State and got to know each other even better through St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Church & Student Center. She now has a big girl job and making it in the city. I don’t know about you, but isn’t it awesome to see your friends thriving and kicking ass at adulting?!
***Keep reading to find out the new and exciting changes happening for Opt Org!!***
Who is a friend that you need to reach out to? Are you an “out of sight, out of mind” person? Shoot a text or call the person that comes to mind just to say hello :)
This month has been a bitter sweet month in the family column. It started great with having my sister, brother-in-law and niece come to visit and getting to show them around Sheboygan, but got a little rough the following week. My mom was supposed to visit the following weekend but my grandfather had other plans. He passed away on Thursday, November 16th at 7:25am. I am so grateful I got to be there, holding his hand and praying with him in his final hours. My family and I find comfort knowing his suffering is over and he is in a better place now. I say Grandpa knew what he was doing because we were all supposed to be spread apart for the days leading up to Thanksgiving and were originally not going to be able to see each other until Christmas, but he brought us together and we were able to all join together to celebrate his life & family <3
Nick and I were fortunate to see both our families this Thanksgiving week. We didn’t Black Friday shop or anything like that. Instead we got to relax in the Florida Sunshine surrounded by family, which in my opinion is better than any shopping :)
I had jobs again this month that remind me why I love my job. I love being invited into people’s homes to eliminate one of the biggest things that cause them stress and leave them feeling at peace and accomplished.
As for the non-client work, I have been wrestling with the desire to stay genuine. I love pumping out weekly blogs and Good Find Fridays, but only if it comes from a place of authentic desire to share the content. The last thing I want to do is be recommending products that I would not use myself!! I got to thinking, what do I want to spend my time doing? What is the most efficient way to help my clients? What do you all want to see from me?
I have always been a control freak and I’ve learned to embrace it! However this past month I had a breakthrough when I took a step back to see how that was negatively affecting the way I do business and the effects it had on the attention I could give to my clients. I was so wrapped up in meeting the deadline and structuring blogs/social media/Good Find Fridays in such a strict manner, that I wasn’t leaving room for the spontaneous and random things I want to share with all of you. I decided to take a deep breath, loosen the reigns and learn to embrace the unknown.
So what does that mean for Optimal Organization?
I am confident these changes won't shake this community. I want this to be a place where you feel no judgement to share your organizational journey & we can do that by staying genuine & supportive. Thank you for being an awesome community that I serve proudly.
As I write this, I am back in Sheboygan in my home with my puppy sleeping at my feet staring at the newly decorated living room with my coffee by my side. So much joy <3 Have a wonderful day & remember to always #OptForOrganization!
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Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!