“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs
“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” Herb Brooks
I’m a sucker for a great quote. But for several years, when I would read inspirational quotes like the ones above, I would cringe just a little because I knew that I had a dream I wanted to pursue, but I was too afraid to take that first step. Today is especially significant for me, because it officially marks the public declaration of finally taking that step.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not as if I’ve been sitting around doing nothing my whole life. I’ve played a lot of very fulfilling roles thus far: daughter, wife, mother, college athlete, pediatric physician assistant, elementary school instructional assistant, homeroom mom, clinic volunteer, community theatre actress, etc. But what I have always loved to do more than anything else is to organize. Bringing order to a closet or pantry or garage or desk or schedule or just about anything is what I do best. Several years ago, I learned that there are people who make a living helping people organize. I knew that professional organizing was something I would be good at and would enjoy. After years of contemplating this career move, the timing is finally right!
I have been hard at work reading, job shadowing with experienced organizer Mary Panciewicz, taking online classes with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), getting coaching and advice from Aundrea Wilcox at the Kingsport Office of Small Business Entrepreneurs (KOSBE) at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Kathy Richards with AdviCoach, working with Lesa Phillips of Sterling Graphics to design a logo and business cards, working with my husband Eric to design my website, organizing for test clients, securing licenses and insurance, and all the myriad of details that go along with a small business launch. Shipshape Solutions is now officially launched!
Thanks for joining me on this new adventure! If you’re reading this on my personal Facebook page, please visit the Facebook page for Shipshape Solutions at facebook.com/beshipshape and please “Like” my page to stay informed. My website beshipshape.com will tell you everything you need to know about the professional organizing services I offer for your home or business. You can also connect with me on Twitter @beshipshape.
If you’re on my website, you’ll find information about the different services I provide under the menu tab Services. Under Success Stories, you’ll find Testimonials (recommendations from my clients) and Past Projects (descriptions and before/after pictures of a few of my organizing projects). Under the tab About, you’ll find my bio and a link to my Client Agreement and Photo Consent form. Click on the FAQ tab for answers to most any question you could have about how I work as an organizer. To sign up for emails and my blog (which will contain organizing tips, special offers and more) or to send me a message, click on the Contact tab. The Blog tab will show my blog entries, which will be updated weekly.
Are you ready to finally get organized? Contact me, and let’s get started!