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My final coaching with Julie Morgenstern started by looking back at my home office reorg and finished by looking forward to what comes next.

Raggedy Ann lunchbox on bookshelves in a home office

One of my treasures: my elementary-school lunch box

The fourth step of the SHED process is Drive Yourself Forward. To do that, I needed a list of goals, based on my theme, Root to Flower.

Julie and I traced my experience of the first three steps, then created a list to keep me on track with my goals: to dig roots that would enable me to nurture myself, my creativity and my friends and family. Here’s what we came up with:

- send more hand-written notes
- start back to work on my personal writing, particularly poetry
- offer feedback on friends’ writing
- take a crochet class
- begin entertaining again

I was pretty satisfied with that list. But then Julie surprised me by asking me to add one more thing, something so wild and out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t imagine doing it.

After brainstorming things like jumping out of planes and taking up golf (LOL), it occurred to both of us that I had accidentally stumbled onto this in February when I began taking TRX classes. (That’s the Navy SEALs’ exercise system, where you use body-weight resistance and straps to torture yourself into shape.) I’ve been attending twice a week at 6:30am (I know, right?!) and I love it! I couldn’t hold a plank for 5 seconds when I started; now I’m up to 40, and in every class I do something I think I can’t. Talk about a confidence builder!

Looking back, I knew I’d get a clean office out of the deal. But I didn’t realize just how much my life would change as a result. Not only do I have a cozy, quiet place to work, but in less than a month, I’ll have a new house to do it in –– and more time and energy to devote toward myself and my friends. Of course, now that I’m moving, my office is filled with boxes again…but this time they’re filled with treasures, and unpacking them will be a joy.

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    Nice to read your inspiring story. This will keep me motivated.

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