Discord to Harmony
My mind has been all over the place lately.
Many of you have seen the evidence of that on my Facebook page.
I have felt as though I'm flying around chaotically, like a balloon that has been blown up and let go, spinning, turning, spiraling, then hitting the ground with a "floop!" -- deflated.
My balloon represented my yearning to develop my musical talents and abilities to their full potential, and to use them in a way that could equate to a decent income. The problem was, I came up with a few different ways in which I could potentially achieve this ideal situation, but some didn't work quickly enough, and some weren't doable for me, and others I just knew wouldn't work because I'd be sacrificing too much. I'd need to sacrifice too much time, or too much creative liberty, or I'd have to learn to put myself in situations I'd rather not be in, such as on a stage in front of a ton of people doing live shows or school assemblies. It just didn't sound like something I'd enjoy. And nothing I could think of, short of just doing more teaching, could bring in more income right away, which is becoming increasingly imperative for us.
While I'm on that subject, I actually did that this year, and it has been disappointing. I had written out a very detailed Five Year Plan for our finances. I had figured out what we would have to do to earn enough to continue living in this house and pay off our debts. I was full of hope and excitement, and ready to buckle down and get it done. But I neglected to take into account the fact that not only would we need to make enough money to pay off the debts already accrued, but also enough to stop having to use credit cards at the end of every month just to get by. So, while I've taken on many more students than I had in recent years, it is still not enough to reach our goals.
So, not only was I failing at making my passion my career, I couldn't even meet my financial goals with my teaching job. All of this disappointment is what has led to me hitting the floor...deflated and just so tired of spinning in circles.
BUT, LO! HARK!
A wonderful thing happened!
As I was feeling desperate, considering my options, I knew I needed a drastic change. I needed a change in schedule so I could be home more often when Travis and the kids were home. I needed to work during school hours. I needed something that would pay decently, but something that I wouldn't have to get another degree to do. I thought of jobs no one wants to do. Trash collectors are well paid, for instance. Something led me to consider cleaning houses. This seemed like a decent choice. I could start my own business, work whenever I wanted, and while I don't just love to clean my own house, I would do it happily for a paycheck. Having ADD tendencies, I do best at jobs where I am EITHER very interested and engaged in the work, OR physical work where I can let my mind wander or be listening to podcasts.
I was nearly set on that plan when my sister-in-law (shout-out to Kara!!) sent me a message. She knew I'd done a very thorough job of decluttering and organizing my daughter's bedroom and that in general, I enjoy those types of tasks. She suggested I look into becoming a professional organizer. It sounded daunting to me at first. There is a lot more skill involved in decluttering and organizing someone else's home. You need good social skills, a reliable method for understanding what someone's needs and goals are, knowledge of effective organizing systems for different types of people, loads of self confidence, and preferably, connections with handy men, donation centers, and other organizers who can help with large jobs, among other things.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized this would be a perfect fit for me. When I started this blog, I wrote a lot about how I was decluttering and organizing my own home so that I could attain greater mental clarity and more time to do the things I love instead of spending large amounts of time just trying to stay ahead of the clutter, the laundry, and the dishes. I wrote (and continue to write) about it partly because I am passionate about helping others to reach that goal as well -- the goal of living better. Living how we want to live, spending our time and our money how we want to spend it. Discovering that it feels so good to let go of things that are dragging us down. Having experienced the struggle myself puts me in a great position to assist others, because I truly understand some of the difficulties and reasons why this is hard for some people. It makes me very non-judgmental, which I think is an essential trait in this line of work. I could not be more excited to embark on this entirely new and unexpected path! I am currently developing a business plan and looking into taking an online course to become a Certified Professional Organizer. I want to be as well prepared as possible so that I can be as helpful and effective as possible for my future clients.
The other positive side to this complete flip in my approach to earning an income is that now, since I won't be trying so hard to make music my JOB, I can treat it as my artistic passion. I can do what I want with my music, and that could eventually lead to some financial success, but if it doesn't, that isn't my goal anyway. I am horrible at marketing myself and I hate doing it. So I'll just do my thing, and I'll keep you all apprised of any new projects, but I am not going to go crazy trying to tell people they should like it or buy it. People generally don't buy music anymore, especially not from someone they've never heard of, and I've never really been attracted to fame. People spend money on things that will directly benefit them in a tangible way, and I understand that because I don't like to part with my money either! Helping people transform their homes into a place of comfort and peace is valuable and worthwhile. I can't wait to get started!!!
And now for a contest!
Who can help me come up with a name for my decluttering and organizing business? I want something creative. I like puns. When I thought it was going to be a cleaning business, Travis suggested Scrub City Cleaners, and I loved that! (For those who don't live here, Spartanburg is often referred to as Hub City.) But it doesn't make much sense for this new business plan. I also would love a name that conveys, in a nutshell, what I will be doing, which is not only decluttering and organizing, but teaching people how to do it for themselves and helping them to maintain the transformation. I can't promise I'll choose one of your suggestions, but if I do, the winner gets $50 off of a three-hour session!!! (Fine print: Winner must live within 30 minutes of Spartanburg, SC to redeem.)
To submit your suggestions, you may comment below or on my Facebook post, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for rooting for me through all of my mental chaos and uncertainty. It means a lot to me to have such supportive friends and family. :-) Have a great weekend!