2018 Word of the Year: Light

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this year, I decided to jump on the “Word of the Year” bandwagon for 2018. You’ve heard of it…you pick a word that means something to you and make it your “theme” for the year. The idea is to use the word as your beacon, guide or virtual rudder and then align your goals and habits around this one word. Generally, I would have fretted over committing to such a boxed in, permanent, formidable, year-long public declaration represented by just a few letters forming one tiny, power-packed word. However, my word for 2018 came to me rather freely…as if it had been hovering around my head for a while just waiting for me to notice.

Without sounding too cheesy, the word “LIGHT” came to me like a light in the night. (Ok, that does sound cheesy…but hang with me!) As I was reviewing my personal and professional goals for 2018, the word LIGHT seemed to creatively and uniquely support all of my goals in a positive way, while allowing an acceptable amount of room, interpretation, and flexibility.

Let me explain further. In typical goal setting fashion, I have broken my goals for the year into the likely categories:  Health, Family, Business, Spiritual, Home and so on. I was delighted to realize how the word LIGHT perfectly supports my goals in all of my categories in which I hope to improve upon! For example, regarding my Health LIGHT is a natural – eat LIGHT, drink LIGHT, get LIGHT! In the Family category, where three out of four of our kids are teenagers, the word LIGHT reminds me to be a LIGHT to them and to LIGHT-en up and enjoy these days for they are fleeting. You get the idea, right?

When it comes to my professional goals the word LIGHT could not be more fitting. When you run a professional organizing business the whole idea and focus of what we do is LIGHT. Again, let me explain…we work with our clients to LIGHT-en their load by helping them let go of mounting clutter, outgrown items, unused space-sucking relics and guilt-ridden mementos of their past. We work to literally and physically let the LIGHT in and help our clients breathe easier with less stuff. We have actually heard a client exclaim, “I feel so LIGHT!” after we helped her purge and get organized. So yes, I think the word LIGHT hits the nail on the head in this category as well!

So, as we are (already?!) heading into the second month of 2018, I am proud to report that this whole “Word of the Year” gig looks like it just may be a success. Having one word, rather than a list of daunting to-dos and difficult guilt-inducing challenges taunting me, helps me to simplify my thoughts and focus on my chosen word in every situation and allow it to guide me and my actions. I have to say, it’s been pretty cool. And since I don’t have a fabulous record of keeping my past overly-robust and far-reaching resolutions, I thought it would be a good thing to tell the key people in my life my “Word of the Year” and ask them to choose their own word and share it with me. My thinking was that we could all use one another’s words with each other
throughout the year as we navigate challenges, victories and everything in between together.

Unexpectedly, my friends and family have enthusiastically grasped this whole “Word of the Year” concept. One dear friend ordered our group of girlfriends bracelets with each of our words engraved on them. So now I wear a tangible and daily reminder of my goals as I LIGHT up 2018.

I wish for you a year of LIGHT as well. A year of LIGHT-ening your load whether it be your basement, your closet, your calendar, your worries and your fears, so that you can be open to everything 2018 has to offer you and yours.

So, what is your “Word of the Year”?

A Special Thank You

Thank you for stopping by to read the first of many Bee Organized blogs! We are so excited to have this platform to share our musings, observations, tips, stories and well, ok…borderline wacko passion for all things organized!

However, it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t use this first blog to stop for a moment to look back and thank our amazing clients. Hands down, we have the coolest, nicest, most fun and most interesting clients ever! And, of course, we would not be where we are today without these amazing clients who we adore and cherish.

So, THANK YOU!! Thank you for your kindness, referrals, rave reviews and repeat business. You, our precious clients, are why we have grown our hive to over 10 busy Bees as we fast approach our two-year anniversary this coming September. The past two years have been abuzz with lots of changes, learning and exciting growth and we have loved every minute of it!

Of course, when we started Bee Organized we knew a lot of people need help with organizing and we were so excited to swarm in and do just that. But as the days turned into months and the job numbers grew, we quickly realized that Bee Organized is about so much more than organizing. It is about connecting with people and meeting them where they are. It is about  finding ways to help people simplify their lives so they can be more present with their loved ones. Bee Organized is about being patient, kind and compassionate. It is about keeping everything we see and hear confidential, about never judging but rather loving and caring and then rolling up our sleeves and getting down to the business of organizing!

It is this process we go through with each and every one of our clients that we love. It is taking the time to get to know and learn about each and every client as a unique individual that we adore. It is then, and only then, that we can turn on our organizing charm and buzz to help make customized changes to their spaces that in turn make changes to their overall psyche and well being. We cannot tell you how gratifying this is. We are the lucky ones, we are the ones being changed with every job, every client…every hive.

Thank you. Bee Organized is so grateful for your business, your trust and your willingness to open your doors and let us in. We pledge to continue to learn and grow but to never forget those of you who first trusted us, these crazy ladies called the Bees, to work alongside you, to share our passion of organizing, to help you Simplify Your Hive and in the end, call you friend.