Amidst All The Chaos, Let’s Talk About Order

As a creative, and as an entrepreneur, I have never struggled to make a mess. ūüôā Since childhood, I’ve had a messy room. In part, it was a teenage rebellion and response to the high standards and OCD tendencies that tend to run in my maternal lineage. I judged them as intense and unnecessary.

A pile of papers, a pile of clothes, a pile of half-read books, numerous notebooks full of random ideas… It’s been a manageable level of chaos, nothing that would be deemed outside the “norm”, and historically I’ve embraced it, telling myself it’s the inevitable by-product of my “non-linear genius.” Ha!

Well, perhaps the familial OCD gene ramps up in your 40’s because since January of this year, my desire to have Less Stuff and More Order has really taken hold within me. One drawer, one notebook, one item of clothing at a time… I have been touching and sorting through every single thing I own. You might say I’m in Order Overdrive over here … and, you know what? … I’m absolutely loving it. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” said Leonardo Da Vinci. YES. I am now a believer, perhaps even a zealot-in-the-making because, while it’s admittedly daunting and rather time consuming to go through EVERY little thing you own and determine whether to keep it, sell it, donate it, recycle it, or trash it … my goodness, it ultimately feels so goooooood— so gratifying, so clarifying, so freeing.

With every car-full of things I pass along, with every drawer and shelf and closet I sort, and with every notebook page that either gets recycled because it’s no longer relevant or goes into a binder organized by category …. I am finding that the benefits go *far beyond* being able to find my stapler, or having a clean desk, or knowing exactly where that favorite pair of shoes or earrings are. The true benefits are … I have a clearer mind. I have terrifically streamlined approaches to move forward (in both business and personal). I have a deepened sense of inner peace and focus. I am no longer energetically burdened by stuff that I don’t need or love, or both.

While going through a trunk of memorabilia, I came across a $10 bill tucked into a card, addressed to me in Australia (I studied abroad my junior year of college). It was sent by my sweet grandmother for “ice cream with a friend”. It has been in that envelope since 1996. Grandma would be happy to know that, all these years later, “ice cream with a friend” is indeed how it will be spent.

So, today I am celebrating how profoundly and positively efforts to amp up ORDER is impacting my life, my business, my heart, my soul, my mind, and even my body. And this is only the beginning. Please stay tuned.

What about YOU? I want to hear from you. How does order support or inhibit YOU? Do you agree that less is more? Why or why not?

#minimalism #thegiftoforder #lessistrulymore #simplicity #thebeststuffoflifeisnotstuff #freedomthroughless…

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Nomadic Packing & The Stuff of Life

Pack whatever you want, then take half.

Without question, my least favorite thing about travel is PACKING.  Maybe you relate?

One time, while¬†stressing about what to pack¬†for a 6 month stay in Australia, my uncle (a world traveler himself) gave me some great advice: “Tara, pack whatever you want – then take half.”

This was 20+¬†years ago, my junior¬†year of college. Yeesh, hard to believe that¬†math is¬†right! Time marches¬†on, and over the years, I’ve come to embrace and whole-heartedly believe¬†that less truly is more.

casesweb_3079682a-largeThis didn’t happen overnight. My growing affection¬†for minimalism has developed¬†in stages, and most recently it reached a new height when¬†I moved: from a spacious, high-ceiling, 2-bedroom, double-parlor home in Rhode Island with a back yard and a front porch … to a 600 square foot 1-bedroom with a little balcony just outside of Washington DC.

At first, the prospect of down-sizing felt incredibly daunting.¬†What would I keep? What would I get rid of? ¬†In moments, I even considered not moving¬†so that I could hold on to¬†“stuff” – my cherished dining room table in particular. It sounds pretty¬†ridiculous to me now, but I loved¬†that dining room table. It was large. It was wooden. I coveted it for many months before finally making the purchase and was thrilled¬†when it arrived.

I loved so much about it. Aesthetically, it served as the central focus for one of my two parlors. Its functionality, with a leaf that I could insert when I wanted to make it even bigger, allowed me to fit many friends and family around it. It had symbolic meaning to me, representing a certain degree of success. This, plus the memories made at that table added up to a whole lot of sentimental value.

But – however¬†much I cherished it, my¬†dining room table could NOT¬†come with me. Two stools and a ‘breakfast bar’ would be serving as its¬†replacement.

Now, perhaps you’re wondering ….

“Tara, what the heck does your¬†dining room table have to do with MY¬†packing?”

** A lot. **

Packing for¬†travel requires you to be¬†discerning, thoughtful, and¬†intentional about what you bring with you. ¬†There will be those cherished how-can-I-possibly-live-without-(fill in the blank) items that tempt you to either stay put, or to lug them around with you. There will be things that you¬†need to leave behind – both physically and metaphorically. By releasing what’s heavy, you’ll replace it with¬†the freedom and wealth of mobility, the lightness of heart, and the gains that come with a shift in priorities. Similar in spirit to down-sizing a home, extended international travel requires you to be¬†very selective about what you take with you. That’s why “pack what you want, then take half” is damn good advice.

You can¬†find a plethora of packing lists for traveling light, but ultimately,¬†we here at Nomadic Leaders¬†believe that without a mindset shift those won’t be of much use to you.

Adopting a mindset¬†that¬†welcomes less “stuff” in lieu of experiencing more “stuff of life” is what¬†makes all¬†the difference.

Ultimately it’s about BEING¬†more. It’s about¬†defining wealth¬†not just in terms of money but¬†in terms of human capital and¬†the¬†everyday abundance of that which is truly priceless:

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==> More timeless memories.
==> More growth opportunities.
==> More adventure.
==> More fulfillment.
==> More positive impact.
==> Expanded levels of understanding.
==> Boundless new possibilities.
==> And deeper levels of connection – to yourself, to others, and to the world.

More “stuff of life” experiences … experiences so valuable, they truly are priceless.

The memories and invaluable experiences that travel brings are yours forever.  They get infused into your soul, forever stamped on your heart. They exponentially expand your mind, thereby expanding your understanding of the world and your role in it: a value that is truly incalculable.

Put this alongside a dining room table, for example, and there’s no contest.

So, what is it for YOU? ¬†What’s YOUR¬†“dining room table”? Whatever it is that has you holding on, staying put, or weighed down … imagine: Letting It Go. Let it go and¬†you may not even¬†miss it. My bet is, you won’t.

All this said, it’s the extraordinary few who actually take the gamble to find out. ¬†

Nomadic Leaders are examples of these extraordinary few.¬†They rise to this challenge, and they understand that present “stuff” is a just mirror of who they’ve been.¬†With a focus on living full out and being the¬†fulfillment of their¬†potentials, they make brave, bold decisions now.¬†They take¬†action, now, to¬†support the quickening of who they¬†are becoming.

Pack what you want, then take half –¬†and get ready for the¬†experience of a lifetime.

Blessings on your journey. Onward and upward!…

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