"I'm a magpie in my fiction, taking whatever looks shiny and curious to line the nest of my story." -Walter Kirn
Today I add something shiny and curious to the nest of my story.
My story. For nearly the past two decades my story has consisted primarily of being a wife and a mother. This story was created by design, both mine and God's. I had the great blessing of being a stay-at-home mom to my 5 incredible children for 16 years. I found complete purpose, satisfaction, and fulfillment in my choice.
Three years ago, due to various circumstances, I felt strongly that I needed to work. The obvious choice was to return to teaching, a profession I had left behind 16 years earlier. For a multitude of reasons, I did not initially feel this was the path I wanted to follow. The words I had heard so many times over the years--"follow your passion"--rang in my ears. I was NOT passionate about teaching in the public school system. What then WAS I passionate about? At the top of my list was maintaining an organized, functional home in which my family could experience joy and thrive. I got this crazy idea that maybe people would want to hire me to help them organize their homes so they could experience greater peace and joy with their families. I was excited about the idea and started brainstorming how I would start an organizing business. Feelings of doubt trickled in and my logical brain focused on the amount of hard work and risk involved. I decided to go with the sure thing.
For the next year, I focused on renewing my teaching license and securing a teaching job for the next school year. At this point, I felt strongly that this was the path I was to follow at that time in my life. I got the job I wanted at the school I wanted. But within a month of the school year starting, I knew this was not the right choice for me. I loved my students and enjoyed teaching, but upon finishing the school year chose not to endure the politics and make the personal sacrifices any longer.
I found myself feeling very lost and confused. Why had I felt so strongly to return to teaching if this was going to be the result? Was I a failure? What was I going to do now? One day I was discussing my decision not to return to teaching with a friend and she said to me, "You are so creative. You just seem to me like one of those girls who could start a blog and make money." I am so grateful that she shared with me her belief in my creative abilities. I was determined that I could create something great that I was passionate about. That little seed I had planted years earlier to start an organizing business started to grow.
Although teaching did not work out, I can see great value in the experience and have no regrets. It took some serious courage for me to go to job interviews after 16 years of not working. I nailed those interviews and was offered 3 different teaching jobs. This was a tremendous boost to my self-esteem. I also received some great reviews of my teaching. I wasn't a failure at all...I was a great teacher. No one can work as hard as I worked and not be successful. Speaking of failure, I now truly understand that you are only a failure if you do not try. So what if I only taught a year! At least I did it and learned so much about myself. So what if I start a business and it doesn't work out...at least I tried and more lessons will be learned! And what if it is successful? I will never know unless I try. I was reminded that God is in the details. Not being employed the year after I stopped teaching actually proved to be a tremendous blessing. I won't go into specifics here, but trust me when I say my life played out to provide for my family in a way I could not have predicted.
Starting my organizing business is something I have felt compelled to do! I believe in organization and the positive outcomes it brings to people's lives. A "nest" can be defined as "a place of rest or retreat." I want to create that in the homes and working spaces of my clients and the readers of my blog. I want to help others and I know there is a real need for what I have to offer. I am fascinated by the benefits of entrepreneurship and owning my own business. It just feels right. So today I launch my shiny and curious KEPT NEST Organizing Service and this blog and add it to the nest of my story.
And a word about this blog...
The focus of my blog will be ORGANIZATION, of course! Tips, tricks, insights, projects...anything about my passion I think will be beneficial to my readers. My desire for you is to focus on what is truly most important to you and structure your life in a way that those things become your priorities. I want to motivate you to get organized and plan on providing some challenges so you can make it happen for yourself! I have other passions as well--running, cooking, baking, biology, my faith--so don't be surprised if these topics sneak in on occasion.
And as far as organizing goes, I believe in REAL . LIFE . ORGANIZING! All of the organizing I have done over the years has been done on a BUDGET with a LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME. So we're talking about REALISTIC solutions to life's everyday challenges.
If you read my blog and feel motivated to get organized but just can't seem to get started, I would love to help you one-on-one! Explore the other pages on my website for more details and please contact me!
I hope to post at least weekly. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram and I'll let you know when I have a new post. Reading my blog will be well worth your time and help you on your journey to creating your own Kept Nest!