20 ways to feel overwhelmed

I made a tactical error during a speaking engagement last week. See, I was invited to speak to about 50 healthcare professionals on how to reduce stress, get more organized, and reduce the crazies that happen in normal day.

My Make Some Room Manifesto seemed like the perfect thing to talk about. So, I did. And here’s how I started my talk:

“I want to share 20 ways you can reduce stress, get more organized and create some room in your life to breathe…”

Do you see my error?

I think all the air was sucked from the room when I used the number 20.

Can we collectively say OVERWHELMED??

Thankfully, at the end of my talk, a woman asked which 1 of the 20 I would choose.

I told her I’d choose the “Two minutes now saves hours later.” It applies for everything. Two minutes to:

  • File papers away
  • Take a breath
  • Tidy up your desk
  • Close your eyes
  • Return a call
  • Have a difficult conversation
  • Stretch your body
  • Smile
  • Delete emails
  • Laugh
  • Create a routine (for example: keys, purse, phone – same place, every day)

If I could turn back time, though, I’d say to her and the whole group right away, “Choose ONE thing out of this list of 20 things. Commit to the one thing and see how it changes your life.”

You don’t need a 20-step program. You don’t even need 20 tips or 20 ideas.

What you need is one thing you commit to that will make your life feel happier, more expansive, less exhausting, less frantic, or that stops the day-to-day crazies.

So, if you could pick ONE thing to do to make some room in your life, your brain, or your schedule, what would you pick? What one thing can you commit to?

I’d love to know…

Make Some Room,


Way, way in the weeds

in the weeds

Used to be way, way in the weeds.

A 500 square foot garden is a thing to behold – especially when it’s full of weeds and grass (grass is the worst!).

Last week, with a final effortful push between my hubby Nelson and me, we finished weeding this nice-sized garden.

And for the record, the last row was the WORST.

We carefully weeded around the asparagus stalks. Hunks of grass, some viney thing with purple-blue flowers. Even four frogs (which we names Charlie, Henry, Henrietta, and Isiah). Some of those weed roots were stubbornly sticking to their soil homes.

“No eviction happening here,” they seemed to grunt.

We pulled and dug and pulled and dug. For 10-15 minutes at a stretch, it felt like we weren’t getting anywhere.

And then, like magic, those weeds gave in. Roots came up; wide swaths of dirt were exposed. And no asparagus or frogs were harmed in the process.

I think life is a little bit like this.

Seth Godin talks about it in his book The Dip. You either persist or quit. Both are valid choices. The trick is knowing when to choose one over the other.

The Dip is a time in work or life (or gardening) when everything is hard. Money isn’t flowing. Words won’t come. Clients aren’t appearing. Those frickin’ weeds aren’t giving up.

You pull and dig and push and shout and curse (maybe). It’s HARD.

And then one day (or one minute) something lets go. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s the Universe. Maybe it happens out in the ether. Whatever it is, it happens and there’s a “pop.”

You’ve made it through The Dip. OR you’ve given up, decided it wasn’t worth it. Then – what’s next?

Perseverence can be beautiful thing. The rewards of keeping on keeping on are great. The effort feels sweeter.

Giving up can be healthy, too. The effort and sweat and toil aren’t worth it. Your heart isn’t in it. It’s over.

Gentle reader, where in your life are striving? Pushing, pulling, trying. Are you ready to give up? Give in? Throw in the towel? Is it time? Or are you simply deeply in The Dip?

When you’re in it, you can feel alone. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that my hubby Nelson was there pulling and digging and grunting with effort right beside me.

You’re in The Dip, a hard place, a new place, maybe a confusing place…

The answer is support. Teamwork. Even accountability.

I can help.

Make Some Room,


Three kinds of transformation


Transformation happens in three ways

Today I’m going to ask you to think about transformation.

But first, I want to be clear about something: I always do a bit of selling in my eNotes here. I hope I add something beyond a sales pitch to your day when you invest the time to read what I’ve written. My goal is to get you to *think.*

And if my writing yesterday, today, or tomorrow somehow compels you to coach with me, purchase one of my books, or take one of my eCourses, all the better. And I thank you for it!

In this eNote, I want to share some of the things my clients (past and present) have said about working with me and how they’ve been transformed. Direct quotes – although I won’t share names for confidentiality reasons.

At the end of this note, I’m introducing a new way to experience working with me that is radically different from what I’ve offered before.

Here’s the good stuff my clients say about coaching with me:

  • Discovering a new perspective “I faced a challenge this morning …and it’s got me stewing a bit. I’m seeking a higher path. Can we talk?” SE, Asheville, NC
  • Finding your Why “Angie has an uncanny ability to discern what it most important to advancing your value proposition…In short, Angie quickly diagnosed the underlying issues and helped me find the courage (and the time!) to make some meaningful changes and held me accountable so I could start doing the work that truly feeds my soul.” CM, Charlotte, NC
  • Understanding the How “As soon as Angie and I started working together, she showed me the hows with a capital H! She helped me simplify processes and focus on what is truly important. The result? Everything is streamlined, simpler and I’m so much more productive.” MM, Charlotte, NC
  • Clarity “I never thought about my time this way, but it totally makes sense. I see it!” RH, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Personal attention “I feel relieved, refocused and ready to keep going up my hill! Starting a business is exceptionally difficult and in the midst of the multiple challenges presented, it became hard to identify issues that were slowing growth down. Thank you for helping me to identify right priorities, new thinking and new practices that have already ended many frustrations! I’m enjoying starting a business again… Thanks!!” TH, Charlotte, NC
  • Accountability “I have to admit it helps having someone to check in with.” LL, Charlotte, NC

So here’s the deal: do YOU want these kind of results in your business and your life? Are you ready?

If you do and you are, HOORAY!

Hooray because *I* sincerely want to make this kind of impact with YOU.

There are three kinds of transformation I work on with my clients:

  1. Transformation of Situation – “I got a label maker! Labels make everything more organized!”
  2. Transformation of Circumstance – “I hired a professional organizer. Now I’ll be so organized, efficient, and fabulous.”
  3. Transformation of Being – “I finally understand the root causes of my disorganization, chaos, and overwhelm. They are banished forever. I am free!”

That third transformation is where it’s at. It’s the one that completely lights me up. AND it’s the one that helps create permanent change – and real clarity – in your life. I know this works because I talk to clients YEARS after they worked with me and they remind me about the advice I gave them and they’re still using it!

When you’re ready for a plunge into all three transformations – with a strong emphasis on the third one – now’s the time.

I want to help you end the chaos, confusion, and overwhelm. Getting this kind of clarity leads to ACTION.

Before this happens though, I want to give you the experience of coaching with me.

When you’re ready (and seriously interested), click here  and let’s schedule a chat. No strings attached. But serious inquiries only, please.

Make Some Room,


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