Although I was born organized, I was also gifted with a very creative side. I had the great fortune of spending my senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, which is located in a small town in northwestern Michigan. If you’ve never heard of it, think of the TV show “Fame”. It’s that kind of a place – where a small, select group of students study music, dance, visual arts and creative writing.
I studied vocal performance and loved every minute of my time at Interlochen. However, as much as I love expressing myself through music, I chose not to pursue a performance career. If music sparks joy in you, I invite you to listen to some of my recordings.
After college, I married a wonderful man, and quickly entered the workforce at a non-profit music-related organization in a fundraising role. The job found me, and while I originally felt that I was lucky to find work (there’s not a huge demand for people with majors in music performance), the reality was that the work was not a good fit for me. Although I excelled at it with my strong organizational skills, the more time I spent doing this work, the harder it was to consider doing anything else.
After 13 years of grinding it out in a profession that wasn’t “me,” I received the gift of unemployment. When the non-profit had a budget crisis, my job was eliminated.
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Finally, I took the opportunity to really think about what I felt called to do, and that’s what led me to create Paauwerfully Organized. Since 1995, I have been at the helm of my own business, combining my background as an Organizing & Productivity Consultant with my training as a Certified Professional & Personal Coach.
More than a “coach”, I consider myself a Life Architect. Assisting clients all over the globe, I work to help you identify the “why” of your life, and then help you couple that with the “how” to create systems and structures to support that “why.” Yes, it’s organizing – but it’s much more than teaching you how to clean up your desk. We’ll design a blueprint that helps you live a purposeful and productive life… the life you deserve!
“You have two choices: You can make a living,
or you can design a life.” –Jim Rohn
My greatest joy is to empower and equip others to live the life of freedom and fulfillment they desire–to give them the internal and external tools to organize their entire life–so their environment and lifestyle reflect their values and passions.
I’m still with the man I married in 1981, we have a grown daughter who lives nearby and our home is filled with three happy dogs. I still find time for music — singing in a choir at my church — and occasionally performing the National Anthem for the Seattle Mariners or other sports teams.
Lyrics to a song I wrote years ago guide my life today. Listen to Your Heart is very much my message to friends, family and clients — and is the core principle around which my work as a Life Architect is aligned.
We’ll spend 30 minutes on the phone (or Skype if you are outside the USA) discovering your vision for your ultimate business and personal life. We’ll uncover the challenges (some hidden, some obvious) that can sabotage your success.
Get clear about your vision, priorities, and actions. Most people don’t tell anyone what they want or what they are struggling with, and because of that they don’t reap the benefit of receiving valuable outside perspective.
Get support. Very few people achieve anything great alone. Sports stars and Olympic athletes have performance coaches. Famous singers and actors have voice and acting coaches. Business professionals have business coaches.
Get happy. Design the life you want by aligning your vision, priorities, and actions. During our discovery call, we’ll discuss the next steps you can take to create your blueprint for a purposeful and productive life.
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