This was originally posted on another website of mine, High Wire in Heels. Since many of you are women entrepreneurs, I thought this review might be of interest to my ‘tribe’ over here as well.
Ok, raise of hands: It’s almost March – who here has already been derailed or given up on their New Year’s resolutions? Some of mine I’m going strong with, others, not so much. One of mine was to take a slower, more deliberate approach to my life and not stuff my calendar with projects and commitments that simply lead to stress, overwhelm and dissatisfaction with my (completely preventable) situation. When I was offered the opportunity to review a new book, I jumped on it because the title summarizes exactly what I need: a heart-based, spirit-directed approach to fitting it all in!
This book takes the typically linear process of organizing and flips it to use a heart-based approach that not only makes room for, but also embraces chaos and interruption. And as mom entrepreneurs, we all know that life and business are FULL of interruptions.
The Life Organizer starts with a feminine approach to fitting our to do lists, commitments and schedules of our families and clients all into life without the typical feelings of overwhelm and the frenzied approach most of us take with our days.
The author, Jennifer Louden, who also wrote the Woman’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide for Restoring Balance in Your Life summarizes her approach in the introduction “…It’s a way of living where paying attention to your inner knowledge and intuition is as important as logic and to-do lists; it’s a way of navigating life that embraces imperfection while heeding your true desires, where enoughness is your benchmark, and delight and savoring thread through it all.” Who wouldn’t want that – savoring and delighting in a crazy, imperfect life, but still being fulfilled, making a difference in the world and caring for not only everyone else in your life but yourself as well? I know I do – sign me up!!
The Life Organizer has 13 planning sections that have four weeks worth of themed questions to ask yourself as you go throughout your days. The answers gleaned by listening to your inner voice will help guide and transform your actions, leading to a more centered and fulfilling life. The life organizing process involves at its core five steps that can be used when planning:
You may find other things popping up that work for you in the life organizing process, and by all means, use them as well – it is about you discovering what works for you – not following a checklist that someone else has designed as the be all, end all approach to organizing. I appreciated Jennifer Louden’s quiet, calming reassurances woven throughout the book to trust myself throughout these processes.
I love that this isn’t a typical self-help book, but rather one where I can read specific passages depending on my mood or an area of my life I’m working on improving. It provides a safe space to ponder questions that I’ve never taken the time to ask myself or consider, and then to dream and implement a plan to make those dreams happen. I’ve noticed a great improvement in just being more aware (and accepting) of where I am in the moment and using my heart to make decisions as much as I use my head in the few weeks I’ve been using the Life Organizer.
This beautiful, colorful book also has stories from real women woven throughout that describe how living this soul-centered approach to life looks for them and the ways their lives, relationships, creativity and businesses have improved as a result of living more mindfully. The personal vignettes were one of my favorite parts of the Life Organizer.
I highly recommend The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden. Grab a copy for yourself, then come back here and share what you’re taking away from implementing this approach in your life!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review, however; the thoughts and opinions in this review are all mine.