Forty feet out of my comfort zone

This weekend was a weekend to push me out of my comfort zone – WAY out. Specifically, it pushed me about 40 feet out.

Here’s the deal:

Ever since Nelson and I met, we’ve talked about wanting to live in the mountains. Even before we met, I wanted to live on a lot of land, have horses and chickens and cows and a huge garden. To go hiking and camping and kayaking all the time. I wanted long-range view, open vistas, and room to roam.

Nelson wants mountains and forests and trees and rocks for exploring, backpacking, mountain biking and rock climbing.

This weekend saw us move one giant step closer to these dreams.

Specifically, on Saturday we moved to a place called Pisgah Forest, NC. It’s south and west of Asheville, NC very nearly in a town called Brevard.

There are LOTS of forests for exploring, rocks for climbing and long-range mountain top views. Our new rental house is full of light and windows and the yard has a perfect spot for a small garden.

First, though, we had to get there, which is how I came to be 40 feet out of my comfort zone.

Friday night had us loading all our belongings into a 20 foot U-Haul. Saturday morning we cleaned our house for the renter moving in that night. By Saturday afternoon, we were loading pets and plants into the cabs of Nelson’s truck and the cab of the big U-Haul I was about to drive 150 miles into the mountains…with my Subaru Forester loaded onto a car hauler that I’d be towing behind said U-Haul.

In all, I’d be driving 40 feet of vehicles 150 miles into the mountains by myself. Nelson followed along with his work truck and trailer. I had the cat, he had the dogs. We were fully locked and loaded!

Now, I’m a fairly adventurous girl, yet this was pushing my limits big time. And for a second time. See, when I first moved to Charlotte, I did basically the same thing. I rented a big old U-Haul, stuffed my belongings in the back, my cats into the cab, and I towed my little truck and my life to Charlotte.

Both times, did I have any idea how things would work out?

Nope.

In fact, when I moved to Charlotte, I didn’t even a job. Thankfully, my move to Pisgah Forest will still have me coming back to Charlotte twice a month to continue working with my awesomest clients. Yay!

But still, do I know things will work out? Does Nelson as he moves his entire business (YellowDogConstructionInc.com) to Pisgah Forest?

Nope.

We’re taking a leap of faith. We believe in ourselves and our ability to both have what we want, where we want, and to make money while doing it.

I think my question for you, gentle reader, is: where in your life or your business do you KNOW you must take a leap of faith…and you’re avoiding it or you’re scared or uncertain or unsure?

How can *I* help you take this leap?

How can *I* help already successful, brilliant, and fabulous you dig deeper, think grander, or in the wonderful words of my kayaking friends: GO BIG OR GO HOME?

One way is to schedule a Make Some Room Rendezvous session. Seriously. During these sessions I have helped clients begin to map out big plans, big dreams, awesome organizing systems, and even the Five Essential Business Systems that have helped their companies go big.

In fact, on Thursday, I’ll share another story of a big leap of faith that one of my clients took. Will it work out for him? He doesn’t know…but inside he does know because he believes in himself and what he’s created (and I believe in him, too).

And I believe in YOU. Go big for your dreams.

Make some room,

Angie

In this disposable society, take a walk in my (worn-out) shoes

In the last few years, I’ve been on a mission to wear things out. And I’ve done a great job, if I may be so bold in saying so.

Several pairs of pants, plenty of shoes, some purses and bags, office supplies, and even some of my very limiting beliefs about myself…

My focus now is buying quality items that will last me a long time. I invest my money in quality food, quality shoes, quality clothing, and even in quality learning. I choose carefully and selectively.

Our “Wal-Mart mindset” in this world bothers me a lot. Lowest common denominator, a disposable society, and a lack of caring about lasting value is really sad to me.

The buildup of waste is beginning to show, too. Nowhere for our trash to go (except into huge plastic islands fouling our oceans). Filthy air. Lack of concern for what will happen with our waste and pollution seven generations from now. Even the better, faster, cheaper mindset in business is totally harmful.

There are answers. And while I don’t want to turn this into a political rant, I do want to tie it all directly to being organized, efficient, and productive.

Here’s how:

  • When you have few, quality items, you not only save money in the long-run, you pollute less by throwing less away AND you need a smaller space (home or office) to “house” these things.
  • When you invest in quality learning, you grow faster and have the ability to actually make fewer, more impactful changes that pay off long term.
  • When you simplify your activities, you can do less, really well rather than trying to do more, more, more better (which is a sure road to insanity).
  • When your life is simplified, you are happier and more content. This in turn affects EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in your life.

I invite you to spend some time in your closet looking at what’s there. Are there shoes and clothing and bags you can donate or sell? How can you simplify? How can you introduce quality into your life a little bit at at time?

I invite you to spend some time looking at your calendar. What activities fill you with dread or feel like obligations? Can you stop them, even if it means disappointing people? With more free time, you can rest, or choose higher-quality, soul-nurturing activities.

And finally, I invite you invest in some quality learning. If it’s for your business, find a coach or consultant who can help you make some room to explore making impactful, quality changes. If it’s for your life, what do you want to learn more about – fitness, nutrition, setting boundaries, getting what you want? Do it!

How can I help you? One way is to schedule a Make Some Room Rendezvous session. Business owners and professionals who have invested in this time-saving, money-making, stress-reducing session have raved about the clarity they feel and are excited about the opportunities they’ve discovered. Slowing down is actually the answer to many of your vexing questions.

And I want that for you, too. When you’re ready, just reach out and say so. I’ve got two in-person and three phone sessions available for February. Grab yours before they’re snapped up.

Make some room,

Angie

The Perfect Puzzle

It’s a perfect puzzle mystery. If you’ve been a reader for any amount of time here, you probably know I have a bit of a love affair with coffee. So much so that a few of my Christmas gifts revolved around coffee beans and coffee brewers. Even sitting here now, I have a steaming cup of joe begging me to stop writing and take a sip. (And I’ll comply, of course.)

I’m currently using a French Press to make coffee in the mornings and I’m finding it incredibly difficult to make coffee that reliably tastes the same way (or that even tastes good, ahem) every time I brew it. I use the same amount of water, the same amount of beans, a pinch of pumpkin pie spice, and let it all steep for the same six minutes.

And it comes out tasting different every single time. This frustrates me to no end.

Funny thing though…it does engage the part of my brain that likes to go, “Hmmm…”

See, I’m a puzzle person. Not the kind you spread out on the table and put together, but more of the everyday life and business variety of puzzles. And I like solving puzzles.

I confidently describe myself as “curious as a cat.” I’m a voracious reader and apply what I’m learning to the various areas of my life that make me go, “Hmmm…”

And I love working with clients so much because this kind of work also engages that part of my brain.

Over coffee (of course), I’ve been reviewing my 2013 successes. And there were a lot of them. And the ones I’m most proud of revolve around my helping clients make some room to look at their businesses (and in some cases, their lives) in a whole different way.

  • It’s so exciting to see a client embrace a new system that frees up more time for the things that matter to them.
  • I do the happy dance when a client makes room to dive into the Five Essential Business Systems and discovers how to double their income (and work less).
  • There’s a certain indescribably wonderful thing that happens when I ask a client to consider a new way of being or a new way of working and they “get it.”
  • And of course, helping clients clean out their offices, their calendars and the inside of their heads is one of the most rewarding puzzles to solve ever.

This puzzle-solving gift of mine is all about helping clients (and myself, really) to make some room to think about what we want. I’m crazy good at it (except for maybe this current coffee brewing issue).

When you’re ready to make some room to un-puzzle your overwhelm, we can do it several ways. My recommendation is to start with a two-hour Make Some Room Rendezvous. The impact and result on your business and your life is nothing short of remarkable. I guarantee it.

Make some room,

Angie

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