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Be Grateful for Rain

by Vicki Norris on December 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

Be Grateful for RainFor 15 years, I’ve been in the trenches of disordered homes and offices across America. Every cluttered environment has one thing in common: what we focus on changes us.

The more we live in chaos – intentionally or through neglect – the more we reap that dividend. Those who choose to take back their lives and their environments make an investment in peace and fulfillment.

How we view obstacles determines the quality of our life. Loss, frustrations, and conflicts present themselves to us all, and our mindset will determine our outcomes.

I’ve taken on the belief that setbacks in life are not only temporary but that they are stepping stones. I practiced that belief, until it took root inside me. I have chosen to claim victory over the hardships and to be thankful for them –because I now know that this little bit of rain is actually watering the soil of my life!

You, too, can be grateful for the “rain” when you take on the understanding that obstacles are just veiled opportunities and that your soil is being enriched by them. A thankful attitude is an investment in a peaceful, fulfilled life. It can help you live like a flower – nimbly and gracefully in all kinds of weather and refreshed by the rain. Read More

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Live Beautifully

by Vicki Norris on September 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

SAF_LLAF_LiveBeau_404X404When people think about organizing their life, they often focus on the external value of a “makeover” to their space. Yet, taking the time to order your environment and your life has much greater internal value – both individually and communally.

An ordered life is one that isn’t just “organized;” it’s arranged around the things that matter most to you. It’s a life that puts first-things-first.

I’ve found that people who are just “organized” actually can become enslaved to keeping up with the never-ending needs of home and work. “Organized” is a fleeting state of a-place-for-everything; whereas “ordered” is a state of living life intentionally and with your values at the center of the equation.

To be sure, being “organized” is useful, too; our minds clear as our space clears. When your environment is sensible and simple, you’re open to hospitality and possibility. Just be sure that the end goal is not tidiness, but that the arranging of space and schedules actually makes the way for your true life priorities.  Read More