We just celebrated Thanksgiving in the US. I want to take this moment to say, “Thank you!” for being a reader of my blog. I am grateful to have you here.
During this time of year it is a good time to reflect on the past year, take stock of what worked, what didn’t and what I want to create for myself in the new year. A year ago I was at my highest level (professionally) and lowest level (personally). I met my business goals for the first time in 16 years and was the most stressed out and sick that I’ve ever been in my life. I survived Covid only to be diagnosed with Diabetes. Success felt overwhelming and I shied away from it so when a friend suggested I choose a word for the year, I chose “Healing.”
Looking back over 2022 I am amazed how broad that word turned out to be. I have healed:
- my body– I focused on lowering my blood sugar numbers and released 60 lbs.
- my mental health – I started meditating, resting when needed and focusing on self-care.
- my relationships – I learned more about what each member of my family actually needed from me and blessed and released my need to impose my advice on their choices.
- my business– I hired my own assistant and spent time working on what services I truly want to offer.
Most recently, I started working through the book, The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Based on what I’m learning, my word for 2023 is Stretch.
In this book, he shares that we have (4) Zones:
- Zone of Incompetence: activities we’re not good at
- Zone of Competence: we can do these activities, but others do them better (Tasks best handed off to others like a VA )
- Zone of Excellence: activities we do extremely well and feel safe doing them
- Zone of Genius: activities that we are uniquely suited to and that use our special gifts and talents
It was surprising for me to learn that being a VA is actually my Zone of Excellence. I love my clients and the work I do for them but lately that work has felt like I was playing it safe. When I looked back on the times I felt the most creative, the most alive, it was when I was helping overwhelmed people declutter the areas of their lives that were holding them back from feeling productive.
“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living”~ Peter Walsh
I get excited looking at how clutter affects a client’s physical space, mental beliefs, and to-do lists. Each area affects the other and that’s where overwhelm comes in. If a client’s physical space is too full of piles and stuff they usually feel stuck and blocked. If there are too many activities on their calendar, their to-do list feels too big to handle. And so on.
To truly stretch to my Zone of Genius, I have started offering programs to help people get started clearing the pebbles that get in the way of making big progress on what really matters to them. (See two upcoming events below) I will continue offering my VA services to clients and share my tips and tricks here to make working with a VA easy, but in the new year I will be expanding my offerings to decluttering coaching and virtual organizing services.
I hope you will share in my journey and that my search for clarity will help you get more clear on your business or personal needs. In the meantime, I hope you will join me for either or both of my upcoming events.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!