Moving Forward In Your Home Office

Looking out my window I see that my cherry tree has lost its blossoms and is now covered in deep red leaves. Winter has made way for spring and will eventually lead to summer and fall. Seasons are a very visual sign that time is marching on. I’d like to share this video with you:


I love this song. You don’t have to understand the words to feel how powerful it is. It gives me chills every time I listen to it. A little background: it’s a Japanese song, written and performed by Angela Aki. The song is called Sakura Iro (roughly translated: The Color Cherry Blossoms). In Japan, graduation happens in March, which coincides with the arrival of the cherry blossoms. The blossoms themselves and the fluttering “showers” the create represent the beginning of a new season. For many, this comes with closing a chapter, departure, etc.

It can be hard for us to put things behind us and move onto the next chapter. There is nothing wrong with remembering good times, as long as they don’t stop us from moving forward. I was engaged in a conversation with a group recently, and a one person was struggling with their business. She really wanted to move forward but was a little stuck and needed some advice. The leader of the group (in her infinite wisdom) said, “Are you more attached to the way it was, or the way you want it to be?” I don’t remember anything more about that conversation, because I kept replaying that question over in my mind.

Are you more attached to the way it was, or the way you want it to be?

There are times I get some resistance from clients, audience members and people I meet about making a change in their home office and life. Things like:

“My husband/wife is so disorganized”

“I’m not sure I could ever ‘be organized'”

“I’ve tried it all before”

“I don’t have enough time/money/energy to _______________”

Organization is a tool for life that’s useful for personal and professional reasons. It streamlines your life and your work so you can be as effective as humanly possible. It’s not an easy process, and a lot of “head stuff” comes into play that needs to be dealt with at some point. That whole “story” we have been living out in the office (or life for that matter) can be powerful. It dictates what we buy, how we work, how we live and ultimately the journey we take in this life.

“The home office is a reflection of your soul”, a friend of mine recently said. It doesn’t matter what you use your home office for: family business, creativity, making a living or making a life. Look around. Does your home office speak to you? If so, what does it say? Is a reflection of your past? Are you having a hard time letting go? Is it a subconscious stumbling block for you, preventing you from being everything you could be and accomplishing what you want to in this life? What’s the worst that could happen if you decided to take a step forward to make a change so you could create a life you love? Is it time to close a chapter so you can be open to a new one? Remember and honor the past, but don’t make it an excuse to procrastinate and stand still. So, again I ask,

Are you more attached to the way it was, or the way you want it to be?

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2 thoughts on “Moving Forward In Your Home Office”

  1. Oh, Brandie, I love the music in the video you embedded. I also really love your evocative use of “Are you more attached to the way it was, or
    the way you want it to be?”

    That messages really dovetails nicely with a quote on the “About” section of my website–in a story about how a student repeatedly has excuses as to why she cannot follow the wise advice of her teacher, he eventually replies that: “When your intention to change is greater than your intention to stay the same, then you will change.”

    Change is hard, and we’re often invested (intellectually, financially, emotionally) in the status quo in ways of which we’re not always even fully cognizant. Thanks for bringing up this important issue, especially in a way that’s so memorable!

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  2. I enjoyed reading this post. Brandie, I love that you teach the spiritual connection between us and our spaces. Our surroundings *are* a reflection of our physical and emotional health. Your post reminds me of a Wayne Dyer quote, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

    This all reminds me that I need to pick up some fabric swatches around my studio! [grin]

    Angela Todd
    http://www.nwinteriordesigner.com

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