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Resilience

What does the word Resilience mean to you? re·sil·ience rəˈzilyəns noun noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. “nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience” the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. “the…

Keeping Tabs

In the midst of all this upheaval, I’m also trying to get back on the writing wagon. It’s both harder and easier than what’s in my head. This week, I’ve been laid low by a chest cold, but still want to stick with things, so…

Hi Courtney!

You may have been wondering where I’ve been. You may have not. I’ve definitely been working, both in the generic sense, and in terms of myself. I’ve been taking classes, over a year now, learning how to be a coach. Heady stuff, especially when I…

Who?

I’ve been called in to help organize people directly. I’ve also been called in by one person to help organize someone else. This is what I usually refer to as “a minefield.” Realizing you want to get a grip on your space can be a…

Coach Approach

This fall, I took the introductory course in the Coach Approach for Organizers, by Denslow Brown. I met Denslow and Andrea, one of the trainers, at the ICD conference in Chicago in 2012. We had a great conversation about organizing, coaching, organizing and coaching, personal…

Your Life Is Messed Up.

Your hair is too dry, too oily, too straight, not bouncy enough, too curly, not windblown, the wrong color, out of date. Your teeth aren’t white enough, let alone straight enough. Your breath stinks, and your skin is blotchy. You’re too big, too small, not…

Resources: SCRAP

SCRAP is awesome, full stop. Unfortunately, that simple sentence doesn’t really convey what the deal is with SCRAP, so here’s a rundown of the why and how behind SCRAP’s awesomeness. SCRAP stands for Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts. It’s a 501(c)3 that was founded…

More Transitions

I did say I’d do this, huh? Transitions. They trip you up, totally screw up your groove. Thing is, our lives are soaked with them. So what are they? If you’re really into this, I would suggest a visit to Terry Prince. She’s got this…

Transitions

When working with clients, it feels like we’re unearthing layers of their life history. Often, we’ll find things clustered around dates, like a sudden proliferation of newspapers, receipts, and mail from a particular year. Once we work through that layer, we may come across another…

Weeping With Strangers

I don’t really talk much about what I do when out. My friends know, sure, but I don’t have a t-shirt that reads “Ask Me About Professional Organizing!” But I’ve noticed that if anybody gets wind of what I do, the questions come thick and…