I found myself in that state of overwhelm again this spring. It was getting to the point that it was hard to make decisions (even little ones — like “Should I get the 18 oz box of Lucky Charms or the 22 oz box?”) — much less take any proactive steps to reclaim a sense of order or calm. Yes — I want to get my business off the ground and running! Yes — I want to be super mom with endless entertaining ideas for my children. Yes — I want to be the perfect housekeeper (cough, sputter, well maybe not perfect, but I wouldn’t mind a cleaner house)! Yes — I want to help everybody with everything! But yikes, this spring that darn overwhelm was really making it hard to make any progress!
So I took a chance. More than a chance really…I took a LEAP! I participated in the beta program of Life Editing for Beginners by life coach Sage Grayson. Although I should clarify that Sage doesn’t go by life “coach”, rather she goes by life “EDITOR”. Based on her real-life experience as an editor, she has developed a series of steps for helping clients begin to break apart the causes of overwhelm and address them, with clear manageable steps. Baby steps at times, if that’s what you need. And I needed it! Her editing analogy is a fresh but common sense approach to taking stock of one’s situation and finessing, changing and rearranging it so that your life has less angst and greater impact. I took a lot of journalism classes in college, and the approach made perfect sense! An editor starts with what is already working in a written piece, then deletes what isn’t good, adds a bit more to improve on the piece, rearranges to get everything working well together and then makes sure there is white space, places for a reader’s eyes to rest and take pause. My life was in need of editing.
During our five-week class this summer, Sage provided us with specific weekly themes to help us focus. In the program there are daily emails, 10 videos, 10 worksheets, 5 weekly interactive webinars, a private Facebook group, weekly challenges, plus other fun surprises! And the next session is about to begin! (Learn more!) As a small business owner, I find that I am more successful when I have a group of supporters with whom I can share ideas and questions. The private Facebook group was an essential component of the program for me. (Thank you LEFB peeps!)
To give you another way to think about it, here are some things that Sage helped me think about in my own life:
So is my overwhelm gone after only five weeks? Not completely…but it is a much less frequent visitor as a result of the work I did under Sage’s guidance. I have a renewed gratitude practice, and now my children (ages 9 and 13 and 13) do as well! I have a much clearer sense of where I want to be and how I want to “feel” and I’ve put that vision into the universe! I’ve deleted. DELETED I tell you! I deleted clutter, boxes and papers — and underneath it all found an inspiring new home office space! (Which necessitated asking for help — another tool promoted by Sage. More on the help I got in a later post!) I deleted commitments that weren’t working for me. I deleted some negative influences — including working to tame my own negative self-talk. I focused on what made me feel good, nourished and energized. I moved around some old routines and established some fresh and more effective habits. And my favorite part, I made space for more precious self-care! Which helps me keep the cycle going.
My greatest lesson was that life editing is truly a process. A journey. This is not a one-off, check-all-the-boxes-and-be-done program. This is a journey in which you are given life-editing tools to return to again and again. And the cycle gets easier each time around.
Curious? Learn more about the upcoming session of Life Editing for Beginners HERE! I leave you with a video introduction to the course, by Sage herself. Just in case you hear the whisper of overwhelm sneaking up on you…