Mentoring, the Universe, and Stupid Little Stuff

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Casual Uncluttering LLC

I believe in mentoring, even if it's only something as simple as giving someone a list of resources to help them explore launching a business. I spent two inspiring hours talking to a young woman who's curious about opportunities as a Professional Organizer. She came armed with a list of questions - excellent start! And she offered extremely thoughtful observations about the details, gory and glorious, that I was passing along. Conversation with her reinforced for me all the more the fact that I love this work. And I forget how complex this field is until I catch myself inducing deer-in-the-headlights panic in someone. Access the National Association of Professional Organizers' Directory to find help, and you'll discover 28 specialties to choose from. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization, a second, equally profoundly impactful professional society for Organizers, coordinates 18 pathways for certification.

My good deed done for the day, I went in search of a library. Libraries have big tables. Big enough for me to lay out the business cards of all of my BNI Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe chapter mates, to put together packets that we gift to visitors at our meetings. Stupid little stuff, boring, frustrating work because I ALWAYS manage to leave cards out and have to start again, spend endless minutes fumbling to get the needle-hole tiny openings of the ridiculously slippery bags we use ready for shoveling in the cards...  Nuisance work. And so it was the perfect chance to try out "mindfulness," a concept many Professional Organizers teach. The Tao of Time, which I review in a previous blog, is only one of many possible introductions. Brief and limited though my experiment was, it worked. I slowed myself down to enjoy the feel of the jumble of different weights and finishes of the papers. I noticed the colors on the cards. I think it kept me from making as many mistakes. And I was undeniably more relaxed at the end of the task than the start.

And in between conversation and cards, the Universe smiled on me (it's been doing that a lot lately. I'm grateful.). The last question answered, the last sip of Starbucks (of course) tea savored, I hadn't the slightest clue that I was seconds away from a gardening decor shop I've lusted after for years. Drove right by the main gate. Which was open. Which of course I U-turned into as quickly as possible. Barone Garden Decor has beautiful, splendidly unusual fountains, pots, benches... It's the kind of place gives folk ambitions to own a house. I chanced by the Renton location. The Mt. Vernon shop does NOT have identical wares. I'm doomed.

Just spreading a little knowledge around, encouraging young things to learn. Who knows the reference I'm making an awful allusion to?

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Kathy Streib
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Hi Lauren- what a wonderful post!!!  And you've given me something to think about the next time I'm working through a tiresome task.  I wish I'd known this years ago when I would place homemade brownies in individual bags, tie them with a ribbon that had my business card attached!  

Jun 16, 2017 05:59 PM #1
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                 Thank you Lauren Williams 

Jun 17, 2017 06:38 PM #2
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Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Jun 18, 2017 06:49 AM #3
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Good morning Lauren. Your ramblings here both amused and amazed me. Have a good day.

Jun 18, 2017 06:52 AM #4
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Lauren

I've been reading a bit more about mindfulness and it makes so much sense. I try to be more aware of what I am doing, thinking, and feeling but it's still kinda new to me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jeff

Jun 18, 2017 08:54 AM #5
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Sam Shueh
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I asked about mentoring and what to become successful in corporate America. The folks told me they have not figured on after all these years. Now as a realtor in 13th year I wonder how mentoring will help me? How getting a coach will make me more productive?  95% of realtors do not have a mentor and coach and are just successful. Stick to your principle serve your client interest. Aware what is proper and what is not ethical.  You will be happy and successful.

Last few years I have been giving others answers to those who do not have as much corporate America work experience or legal knowledge. Yes, I am mentoring them only when asked.

Jun 18, 2017 06:11 PM #6
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Lauren, this was absolutely glorious to read!!! Your humor, your mindfulness, your TITLE--all great stuff. What a terrific person you are and very interesting to boot! I would enjoy a Starucks afternoon with you! And a visit to the library. 

Jun 18, 2017 08:58 PM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you for this post! I enjoyed it. I am usually focused on the next five things I need to do, but I'm really trying to be more mindful of the moment. You're right; it can definitely be more relaxing to just pay attention to now.

Jun 19, 2017 03:24 AM #8
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So glad that your day turned out so well. I hope it Is a great week to go with i

Jun 19, 2017 03:56 AM #9
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Hi Lauren, I enjoyed your post along with many other AR folks. It reminds me a Zen "thingy" my wife has on our refrigerator door.  I think it starts with do just one thing at a time...... mindfulness is a good thing.    I appreciate your information and your musings.

Jun 20, 2017 12:45 PM #10
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Jack Tenold I agree, one thing at a time often calms the waters instantly.

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