It is 11 pm and I’m sitting here at my kitchen table exhausted, after driving home to Wisconsin after being in Illinois for the past week, yet so on fire with love for what I do. I have been working on Optimal Organization full time for a year now and I am so fired up at seeing the positive impact it has made on people’s lives.
I sat in a room this evening with a group of amazing women dedicated to making the city of Rockford a better place and give back. I was in complete awe of their dedication and generosity and honored to speak at their meeting about organization. It is moments like tonight and jobs like I worked on these past few days that I am so grateful that I get to come home and say, “I love my job”.
I say this, but just know this past week/month has been no walk in the park. We’ve gone through the roller coaster of emotions that is house hunting and organizing deals and contracts have fallen through. At the same time though, my beautiful baby niece, Molly was born. I’ve also gotten to spend time with my family and my husband’s family, and I’ve had some amazing “ah-ha” moments for Optimal Organization (more on that in the coming months!!).
So as I sit here, writing to you (determined to not miss a Tuesday blog), thinking about how to encompass this feeling and it all boils down to GRATITUDE.
It is such a magical thing, gratitude. It has the power to transform our minds if we let it. I was listening to Rachel Hollis’s podcast, Dais, and she pointed out, “You can’t have anger/frustration/anxiety if you are in a space of gratitude”. Like I said my husband and I have been through the emotional roller coaster that is house hunting for about two months now. From the beginning we made a promise to each other that we would try to be optimistic about the whole process, have faith that we would end up where we were meant to be, and try to enjoy the ups and downs because this would be the only time we’d ever be house hunting for our first home together. Well, about 20 houses later and two rejected offers, there’s finally a glimmer of hope that we may have found the one. At first, I didn’t want to talk about this afraid that I’d jinx it, but it’s on my heart and my mind and I think it’s necessary to say – I am still grateful. Even if it falls through, I am grateful. I am grateful that throughout this entire process we have an apartment we love, family that supports us and a patient realtor. I am grateful that we are going through all these trials together and will be stronger because of it. I’m grateful for when we finally get our home that we’ll be able to truly appreciate it. I am grateful to all the people who have beat us to putting in an offer or who’s offer got accepted over ours so that we didn’t end up in a home we weren’t meant to be in. I am grateful for my job that I can go see a home at a moment’s notice because they go off the market so fast. I’m grateful that we can purchase a home at all. I am grateful.
I am also grateful for you, dear reader, for following along on this journey with me. I am grateful for you choosing to spend your time with me here reading this blog. More than you’ll ever know!!
I can go on and on about how much I appreciate you all and all the things we’ve seen or the troubles we’re facing, but at the end of the day, my bad day could be someone’s best day. I am choosing to be grateful and see the positive.
It’s the same thing with organization. Our lives change, our situations change, and things will get messy. However, by being organized we are better equipped to handle these changes and adapt accordingly. When we have gratitude for the things and people in our lives, it doesn’t excuse us from pain and stress, but we’re able to better navigate the things in our lives that may be causing these negative emotions.
I encourage you all to write down three things you are grateful for. Take them with you throughout your day and if they are people, send them a quick message or give them a quick call and tell them how much they mean to you. Open up and allow gratitude to transform your mindset and your life.
In love and gratitude.
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!