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Owner of Organize My Space Calgary. A Trained Professional Organizer and Productivity Mastery Coach passionate about helping you become free from clutter and disorganization both at work and at home.

Making the Most of Your Challenges
Nov 29

Making the Most of Your Challenges

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Making the Most of Your Challenges

"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

Your challenges and difficulties are the lessons you need to learn and grow.

They are not a reason to stop moving forward and give up on your dream.

You can change how you view difficulties and use them to your advantage and growth.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

Challenges Are the Lessons You've Been Waiting For

Challenges are part of everyday life.

However, there are certain points in our lives when a challenge turns into a time of great adversity and hardship.

We sense in these dark and fearful moments that our very survival depends on the decisions we make.

The question to ask yourself is...will this challenge break you or will it be a breakthrough?

As you stand at the crossroads, you need all your strength and wisdom to make this weighty decision.

Now is not the time to base your next move on a whim or out of habit and repeat the past.

This moment is also not the time to beat yourself up with guilt, blame, or shame. 

Instead, ask yourself these 3 constructive questions:

  • Is this a challenge I should try to repair, or should I take in the lessons and leave it in the past?
  • Who do I know that has faced the same kind of challenge and came out okay?
  • How can I dig deeper inside of myself, beyond this challenge, to create a clear and optimistic path forward?

Challenges Cannot Be Avoided

Times of challenge in life cannot be avoided. Mistakes and failures are inevitable. Stress is a given.

As people living on this earth, we experience many highs and lows, fear and freedom, love, and hate, pain, and pleasure.

All your mistakes, failures, and challenges can be used for your good and growth.

The ugly.

The beautiful.

The hard things.


If life was always smooth sailing, you would never experience the refining of your soul.

These hard lessons sharpen your character, your strength, and your faith.

Seasons of challenges are meant for your good, not to harm you.  

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Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Progress over Perfection
Oct 13

Progress Over Perfection

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Progress Over Perfection

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

The key to make progress over perfection is to make the decision to take the first step on the journey.

Learn to be content with what you accomplish, even when it's not perfect.

Work on letting go of your fear of failing….failures are simply lessons that improve your future.

Small steps, done consistently everyday makes a massive impact on how productive you are over time.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr

Perfect Means Less Progress

The quest for total perfection is exhausting when the pressure to be perfect is not necessary.

The more perfect we think things need to be, the more distracted we are and the less progress we make.

Unrealistic perfectionism clings to this crazy notion that if you can’t do it perfectly the first time and you put it off, magically sometime down the road, you’ll be more intelligent, have more time and do it absolutely perfect.

The serious problem with this logic is that it’s flawed.

The perfect time never comes and your work sits there undone. The vicious perfectionism, procrastination, paralysis cycle continues and feelings of guilt, shame, and intense stress get piled on.

Doing Your Best is Progress

Do your best in your work and your best truly is good enough.

Acknowledge that at the beginning of learning or doing something new, you won’t be good at it. You will never be perfect at something the first time you try it.

Keep at it. Persist and be consistent. Practice and improve. Iterate as you learn.

These are the keys to getting good and "perfecting" a task or new skill and creating a thriving business.

The more you practice being perfectly imperfect, you will see that poisonous perfectionism is not necessary to make progress on achieving your big dreams.

Are you an "unexpected entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

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Destroy Procrastination
Oct 13

Destroy Your Procrastination

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Destroy Your Procrastination

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

Destroying procrastination and improving your productivity gives you the freedom to live your best life, whatever that means to you.

Striving for perfectly imperfect (not perfection) is a good thing. Wanting things to be well done and polished is perfectly fine. An excellence mindset is far more balanced and attainable than an unhealthy perfectionist mindset. 

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr

Procrastination is a Habit You Can Change

How much time and energy over the years have you wasted telling yourself you can't? Or I don't feel like it? Or I'm afraid. Or I'm not prepared, ready, excited…?

Procrastination is an irrational and unnecessary delay of a task or activity and it happens to everyone at some point or another. It’s your ancient brains way of keeping you safe by avoiding things that are scary or consume more energy than it thinks it’s worth. Your mind is wired to dislike change and it puts off until tomorrow what it should do today.

But the habit of procrastination doesn’t have to be your experience. 

You can override your ancient brain with the more robust and modern prefrontal cortex part of your brain. Procrastination makes simple things difficult and difficult things even harder.

Stop procrastinating and start right where you are. Even if you don’t feel like doing something you know you need to do, do it anyway.

Focus on your strengths, abilities, and skills rather than on what you think lack. 

Destroy Your Procrastination

Letting go of perfectionism combined with goal setting, planning, and taking action is the secret to destroy your procrastination. Not doing the things you don't like, what you aren't comfortable with or what you’re "afraid of" is your brain controlling your actions.

When you choose to act and do it anyway, you WILL retrain your brain NOT to procrastinate.

Starting is always the hardest part. Once you get going on a task, it is never as difficult as your brains tells you it will be. So as you continue working on a task, you start to feel better and better. Reminding yourself of this whenever your ancient brain tells you to procrastinate, will help encourage you to start.

Good Enough, Not Perfect, Will Make Your Procrastination Quit

We already know it's 100% impossible to do everything perfectly. Excellent, yes. Good enough, yes. Perfect, no.

Perfection doesn't exist. 

When you overcome the habit of procrastination, the work you have to do, but don't like, won't hang over your head. You will get better at the tasks you don't know how to do well. The unrealistic fears and limiting beliefs in your head will stop choosing for you.

Instilling new ideas about unhealthy perfectionism into your mind and then deciding on new practices and ways of working is what will make your procrastination quit.

Are you an "Unexpected Entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Poisonous Perfectionism
Oct 13

What is Poisonous Perfectionism?

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

What is Poisonous Perfectionism?

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

Poisonous perfectionism derails your productivity and makes it very challenging to achieve your goals and realize your dream.

This is why it’s important to reprogram your unconscious negative thought patterns to a healthier and more balanced “perfectly imperfect” mindset which helps you accomplish more of the right things with ease.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr

Poisonous Perfectionism Defined

Poisonous perfectionism is a deep need to appear flawless and a wrong way of thinking that perfection is possible. The real cause of poisonous perfectionism is based on a low self-image, a lack of self-worth, limiting beliefs and fears.

These seeds of negativity will never bear good fruit. It is impossible to think negatively and have a positive outcome.

When you’re so afraid of making a mistake or looking foolish in front of others, you tend to put off that task and procrastinate. The more you procrastinate, this eventually leads to paralysis. When you become paralyzed by your poisonous perfectionism this is when the negative effects start showing themselves in your work.

This is the Poisonous Perfectionism, Procrastination, Paralysis Loop and once you are in this vicious cycle, it is very difficult to accomplish what needs to be done to realize your entrepreneurial dream.

The Poisonous Perfectionism Antidote

There is a way of breaking this poisonous perfection loop and it's found in one basic mental law.

What you choose to put into your subconscious brain will always show up in your reality.

Your subconscious mind dutifully accepts your  thoughts as facts and acts on them as if they 100% truth. Unhelpful thought programs (such as poisonous perfectionism) are easy to hold onto as you don’t need a lot of mental energy to keep them running.

Your brain already believes them and just keeps operating on this level unless you decide to replace these old thought patterns with new ones.

Poisonous Perfectionism is the Effect Not the Cause

Your brain's subconscious conditioning is trained to avoid uncomfortable emotions, feelings, and failure. This means that poisonous perfectionism and procrastination is the EFFECT not the CAUSE.

This is really great news because it means that unhealthy, poisonous perfectionism and the ramifications of paralyzing procrastination can be altered. It is possible to change the program in your subconscious mind and turn the switch off on your poisonous perfectionism, if you choose to.

Simply change your mindset and your results WILL change.

Now that we've established that success and failure are the result of your mind, you can decide to stay as you are in the limiting and toxic perfectionism, procrastination, paralysis loop or you can decide to be uncomfortable for a while and change how you think.

Success means deciding to change and act. Failure means indecision and delay.

Are you an "Unexpected Entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Two Sides of Perfectionism
Oct 08

The Two Sides of Perfectionism

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

The Two Sides of Perfectionism

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

Poisonous perfectionism derails your productivity and makes it very challenging to achieve your goals and realize your dream.

This is why it’s important to reprogram your unconscious negative thought patterns to a healthier and more balanced “perfectly imperfect” mindset which helps you accomplish more of the right things with ease.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr

Poisonous Perfectionism Versus Perfectly Imperfect

As an unexpected entrepreneur I struggle with the dark side of my imbalanced and unhealthy perfectionist habits every single day

Trust me friends....this is written from a place of hard-learned lessons.

I started my 30-year corporate career in commercial real estate knowing absolutely nothing about the industry or corporate practices. I didn’t even know how to turn on the shared computer (yes we shared one computer back then!).

My new boss was tough as nails and wouldn’t accept anything less than 150% effort and 100% perfection. There was no room for errors. I was expected to stay late or come in early to ensure whatever project I was working on was absolutely perfect.

Perfectionism Works...Until it Doesn't

At the time, I thought I was learning the right way to approach my work. I excelled, I grew, I learned, I was promoted and I accomplished many things which I’m very proud of.

My perfectionism was one of the greatest sources of my accomplishments but also of my anxiety and stress.

This perfectionism was repeatedly etched into my brain over the first 5 years of my career. As I rose up the ranks, my subconscious fear of making mistakes grew. The stakes were so much higher as my role and responsibilities expanded.

The perfectionist habits that got me to where I was in my career began to reveal a dark side, especially as an unexpected entrepreneur.

The late nights took a toll on my husband, my kids, and my physical and mental health. The impossibly high standards for my team made them feel like they could never measure up.

Good enough was never good enough so I dug in harder, longer, stronger. The stress was killing me and I never attained the perfect results I wanted.

My drive for absolute perfection never worked the way I thought it should.

Practice Being Perfectly Imperfect

My poisonous perfectionist habits were getting the best of me and taking my focus away from where it needed to be.

What I didn’t realize at the time is that there is a level of perfectionism that works but that my perfectionism was based on unrealistic expectations, fear of failure and disappointing others.

When I eventually realized the negative impacts of my unhealthy perfectionism, I knew I needed to delve deeper and regain a balanced sense of perfectionism, one that works and not undermines my progress and success.

I’m now a recovering perfectionist by practicing being perfectly imperfect.

Are you an "unexpected entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Referral Program
Aug 26

Referral Program

By Noreen Music | Offers & Discounts

Our Way of Saying Thank You!

Referral Program

The whole reason our company exists is to help you, our valued client, break free from the clutter and disorganization that holds you back from experiencing true freedom in your home or business/work.

When you work with OMS and invest your precious time, money and hard work to create clean, efficient, functional and organized spaces, it's an exhilarating feeling (and often quite addicting!).

We know that many of our clients are so excited about their results, they want to share this same experience with their families, friends and co-workers.

This is where our Referral Program comes in.

Home Organizing Clients

When you make a referral and they become a home organizing client of OMS, you will receive a $100 credit that can be used towards your next home organizing session.

Or you can gift it to someone else!

Business Organizing Clients

When you make a referral and they become a business organizing or coaching client of OMS, you will receive a FREE workshop of your choice (valued at $199).

You can experience this workshop yourself or you can gift it to someone else!

How to Make a Referral

Complete the form below to submit the information needed to make your referral.

We will contact the prospective client and we will keep you up to date on our progress.

We deeply appreciate your business and thank you for helping us share the power of organizing with the people in your life.

Your dream can change the world
Aug 25

Believe Your Dream is Possible

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Believe Your Dream is Possible

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

Starting with a powerful vision for your work is the first step we conquer in the Productivity Mastery Program.

Your vision from your passion is what guides your steps.

It anchors your focus to accomplish those things that make the biggest impact in your work to achieve your dreams.

By creating a powerful vision you cannot ignore, this lays the foundation for “why” you decide to become more effective, efficient and productive.

Believe your dream is possible and do everything you can to turn it into your reality.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible." - Oral Roberts

Believe Your Dream is Possible

What if, in dreaming and designing your future, you write your name down on the Master Plan?

What if, in dreaming and designing your future, your mind moves in agreement with what it already knows is true and creates it as your reality?

What if, in dreaming and designing your future, waiting for you is abundance, magnificent plans, rich blessings, and the ability to serve others?

My dream has now come alive.

Every day I'm actively and strategically participating in the creation of my dream. Step-by-step my dream is growing and thriving inside my mind as it becomes reality in the world.

Awaken the longing that lies dormant inside of you by finding the dreams you were born to create.

Focus your attention inward to the truth of your dreams so that your deepest purpose will be revealed.

Trust that all of the ideas you will need will be revealed to you in the right order when you decide, design and act upon your dream.

You are the only one responsible for your dream. Wrap your arms around your dream. 

Wrap your arms around your dream

Let go of the fear and worry that holds you back.

Believe in your dream and do everything in your power to turn it into your reality.

You are more capable than you know.

Your dream can change the world, and you are a dreamer my friend.

Are you an "unexpected entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Clarity is created
Aug 25

Designing Your Dream

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Designing Your Dream

ARE YOU AN "UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR"?

If you are, I’m writing this book for YOU!!

As an entrepreneur, it's essential to have a big dream, the right mindset, and solid productivity skills to build your business.

One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face are the constant feelings of overwhelm, doubt, and fear that seems to be inescapable when you work for yourself.

This book is being designed to help you as an entrepreneur gain clarity on your dream, create a positive mindset directed towards success plus discover and overcome your productivity blocks.

Expanding your vision and polishing your productivity skills lays the foundation to transform how you work to enjoy greater results, freedom and success in your business.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world." - Sheilah Graham

Designing Your Dream

Your powerful why and hope for the future rests within your dream.

It provides a sense of purpose and steers your direction.

It influences the decisions you make along the way.

It’s your anchor which holds your dream in place to keep you from drifting off course.

It keeps you focused.

It’s your guiding light which reveals the deeper meaning and purpose to the work of your hands.

Clarity is created when you catch sight of your dream for the future.

Clarity is power and the clearer you are, mountains mysteriously move to make your desire a reality.

If you're not crystal clear on your vision, focusing on what’s most important in your work is challenging.

Look at your dream as the function of connective tissue in your body. It is the lifeblood that runs through your work.

Design a dream that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. 

Make your dream so compelling and exciting that you can’t ignore it and you refuse to let it go. The act of designing your compelling dream sets the foundation for your productivity.

The act of designing your dream

My new dream came after I helped my mom overcome many decades of chronic disorganization in her home.

I realized that what made me successful and a high achiever in my life and career was my natural talent and skills around time management and productivity.

This was it!

This was always a love of mine and what I taught to people on my team for decades. This was my unfair advantage.

This was my dream!

And so I became an unexpected entrepreneur.

Once I planted this flag, I set to work researching, planning, and piecing together my business from nothing to a what it is today.

Slowly, step by step, my dream unfolded.

I worked at not rushing it or becoming unreasonably fearful of the unknown.

The pencil sketch of my budding dream was coming together.

It was like carrying a child inside of me as I felt it grow and expand in ways that still amaze me.

The freedom I finally felt being able to be as creative and crazy as I wanted to be was liberating and exciting.

My dream still hasn’t found the edges of its boundaries but I’m in awe of how letting go of my limits and letting my dream live in the land of possibility has given it space to grow.

So let your imagination run wild.

Set it free to wander.

Dream dreams - big dreams, crazy dreams, the kind of dreams that will fail if you don’t have total faith in possibility.

Nothing is impossible when you decide on possibility. You might think you’re limited in your dreaming, but the realm of possibility is not limited.

Looking within will lead you to the place where your greatest dream for your life lives and you will catch a glimpse of the you that you’re going to be.

Are you an "unexpected entrepreneur" with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Doing What it Takes
Aug 10

Doing What it Takes

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Doing What It Takes

Welcome to my book writing journey!

As I’m writing this book for entrepreneurs everywhere, I want to write this book with you!

The first chapter of my book is all about finding your dream in the work of your hands.

When you discover your compelling dream and do what it takes to turn your dream into reality, this is your greatest business asset.

Read on and enjoy the next excerpt of my book.

Dream on my friends.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

“We are often pushed by pain until we are pulled by a vision.”  - Dr. Michael Beckwith

Vision isn’t just about seeing your future.

It’s about organizing, planning and then acting on the steps to get you there.

When you get involved in the realization of your dreams, unseen powers remarkably start bringing you what you need, when you need it.

Revealing and plugging into your compelling dream will inspire your action and the action of the all powerful Intelligent Mind.

When your dream reveals your future centred in the truth that lives in your heart, you are able to clearly recognize any invading untruth.

It makes knowing what steps to take in the journey much clearer.

Becoming crystal clear on your vision for your work is the first step.

Next is to put in place actionable stepping stones designed to lead you to achieve your dream over time.

Feeling overwhelmed and unfocused in your work happens when you don’t have goals that support your vision as you struggle to pin point your most meaningful work.

Dreaming and then doing what it takes to turn your dream into a reality is your greatest business asset as it helps you to challenge your current state and change your future circumstances.

Are you an entrepreneur with a story to tell about how you overcame your greatest productivity challenge?

I am looking for entrepreneurs who would like to contribute a story to my book.

If you are interested and have a story to tell about your greatest productivity challenge and how you overcame it, I’d love to hear from you!

Please consider being featured in my book!

Simply click on this link and review my book contributor questions.

Book Contributor Questions

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Join the Freedom Living Community!

Sign up HERE to join me on my book writing journey, receive FREE home organizing resources, productivity tips, videos, new blogs and courses designed just for you!

Anything Is Possible
Jul 21

Anything Is Possible

By Noreen Music | Book Writing

Welcome to my book writing journey…where anything is possible!

As I take you on my book writing journey, I will share excerpts of my rough drafts so you can get a sense of what I’m writing about.

One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is the constant overwhelm and stress that seems to be a reality when you work for yourself.

For a moment, remember back to a time when anything was possible and things weren't so hard. 

When you enter into the realm of possibility you will gain clarity on what work is vital to move the needle forward in your business based on your dream.

Polishing organizational and productivity skills in your physical and mental spaces lay the foundation to transform how you work so that you can enjoy greater results, freedom, and success in your work and life. 

Enjoy my friends.

Looking for home and / or business and productivity solutions?

Check out my collection of FREE resources prepared just for you!

"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  -Howard Thurman

Anything Is Possible

Do you dream of how you want your life and work to be? Can you clearly see where you’re going? Are you using your unique skills, talents, and passions to get you where you want to go?

If you don’t have a dream and a clear vision for your work, focus first on dreaming, because an entrepreneur without a dream is like a heart without passion.

Think back to when you were a kid when anything was possible. Did you dream about what you would do? The life you would have, the clothes you would wear, the exciting things you would do?

In your child’s mind, dreaming the impossible was perfectly carried out without hesitation or complication. It was easy, effortless and you believed in your dreams with complete certainty. No dream, no matter how unrealistic or outrageous, was too big. Your child’s mind didn’t know any limits or boundaries. You were free to dream. You were bold enough to wish for what you wanted and what made your heart sing.

As time went on, you absorbed untrue messages that you saw and heard in the world which you eventually accepted as truth. These deceptions convinced you that your dreams were to be put aside. Dreaming is for kids. Dreams aren’t the cold hard truth of reality.

Who are you to dream so big and so bold?

You aren’t pretty enough, smart enough, lucky enough, worthy enough…just not enough in so many ways. And so your dreams were silenced as adulthood dawned and darkness fell over your childlike imaginings.

I understand.

I pushed my dreams aside too. I forgot the time when anything was possible. I chose a career in commercial real estate because it fell into my lap and it paid the bills. I worked really hard, put my back into my living, and did quite well for myself. I acquired a lot of wisdom, a respectable level of success, and impressive accolades.

But, here’s the “but”.

Buried deep in my heart, under the polish and professionalism, I knew this was not my dream. I always felt like a square peg trying desperately to fit into a round hole. And I never really fit.

Eventually, my zest for my career turned sour but I didn’t want to see or admit it. Even though I’d lost my passion for my work, I was doing what I thought I ”should” because of the money and the image.

Who steps away from all those years of hard work? The great salary? The benefits? The title? Not me, that’s for sure.

These next words are hard for me to write. It still causes me a great deal of pain and grief. It all started to unravel the day the man I reported to was terminated. He was an outstanding boss, mentor, supporter and he is still a dear friend to this day.

The politics and posturing seeping from the corner offices were more than he could bear and, after giving 25 years of his life to the company, they walked him out the door without even letting him say goodbye.

It broke my heart to witness how poorly they treated him. He didn't deserve to be dealt with so disrespectfully after all of his loyalty, kindness, and hard work.

I also knew at that moment I was in trouble. The big guns were now pointing straight at me.

Regret that I ignored the writing on the wall still burns inside of me. I cried as I cleaned out his office. To add insult to injury, they expected me to do his job and my job for over 6 months while they took their time deciding if they were going to offer me the role or not.

I was the most qualified and deserving candidate by far. I gave the company my blood, sweat, and bullets. I proved myself over and over again by achieving the highest level of standards and innovation across the country for almost 10 years.

One of the main issues was that I was born the wrong gender. I didn’t look like them. I would never be a middle-aged white male in a navy blue suit and a red tie.

I remember walking into meetings with my sparkly jewelry and my hair and make-up just so and be the only woman sitting at the table. I wasn’t invited to lunch with "the boys". They said snide things about me behind my back. My ideas and opinions were rarely heard.

These gentlemen made it quite clear to me that I was not accepted and no amount of hard work, stellar KPIs, solid financial returns, or gloriously happy customers would change that.

Every day I suffered a thousand little paper cuts which set me apart and placed a target on my back.

Not living in my truth and pretending I was okay caused me to feel overwhelming fear and exhausting levels of stress. I became critical and prideful to cover how miserable I was. I saw the cracks appearing in the mortar of my accomplishments and there was nothing I could do to fix it.

I didn't know it then, but my deepest dream born when anything was possible, was trying desperately to break through the fractures.

When I was brutally fired from my job almost a year later, it was certainly in part because of the fear and denial that was becoming my character. Even though we can never be 100% sure of other's motives in these types of situations, I know my motives became a liability to me. I didn't deserve to be fired, but I chose to focus on the necessary life lessons I got out of it. I needed to learn to trust my gut and getting fired snapped me out of the trance I was in.

How could I have ignored the whispers? My intuition knew corporate life was not my highest and greatest good. Reason and lack of faith held me back from hearing the truth of my dream and choosing it before I was forced to.

I know now that the volume needed to get turned up so deafeningly loud that I could no longer pretend I didn’t hear my dream crying out to be realized.

From the ashes of my 30-year career was born my new life as an unexpected entrepreneur. It was staggeringly painful at the time. I was terrified, and I still am some days. I had no idea what I was going to do.

The only thing I knew for sure was that I wasn't going back into the corporate world where the air was thin and I couldn’t breathe. The dream buried in my heart demanded to be born and it needed more fertile soil to grow.

Out of my deepest pain and hardest challenge came the lightning bolt that sparked life into my dream.

To share what I know with creative, hard-working, and inspired entrepreneurs like you. To decode powerful productivity practices so you no longer feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed to your breaking point. To encourage you to create a laser-focused vision for your work rooted in your heart's wildest dream.

Today as I write this, I have reframed that termination to a promotion. The end of my corporate chapter is where my entrepreneurial dream finally broke free and when anything is possible.

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