I wrote a version of this article for my July newsletter and I’m so happy to be celebrating my 15th anniversary, I thought I’d reprint it here. If you’re not signed up for my newsletter, which comes out on the 15th of every month, you can sign up here. Of course, it’s free.
Times are so stressful these days I sometimes have to remind myself that it’s okay to celebrate the good things that happen. In fact, I think it’s imperative to celebrate them! So I’ll share what I’m celebrating.
In July 2005, I started Peace of Mind Organizing after a ten-year career as a freelance pet writer. I immediately started taking classes, building a website and trying to gain experience. It feels like a long time ago. But at the same time I can hardly believe it’s already been 15 years.
I am proud of how I’ve been able to build this business. I went from doing one-on-one work with clients to leading organizing teams, using independent contractors. I hired my first employee in 2018 and have enjoyed the challenges of building my business and leading my team members. But what I’ve really enjoyed is helping my clients make beneficial changes in their lives. (You might enjoy my blog post Why I’m a Professional Organizer.)
I am so grateful to all my clients (who number in the hundreds), some of whom have been with me for the whole ride (on and off). I feel like these long-term clients still consider me their professional organizer even if they no longer need me. And then when something arises, they call me. That always makes me so happy.
I took a chance to pursue a dream and am so glad I did. The business has grown slowly (sometimes growth felt glacial), but I absolutely consider it a success. If you have a dream, I encourage you to think about how you might go about making it a reality. If I can do it, so can you!