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This week I found a soapbox! Over the weekend I had an individual post on two of my recent blogs that they were "lot about you"…well, yeah! Mostly they are. They are a lot about my experiences, my mistakes, my successes, my failures. But my one desire is that they inspire hope to my readers. See, I only want for my readers, fans, clients, friends, family and anyone else who is interested what I want for myself. The opportunity to manage my time well. To start my day rested and well organized. For my schedule to run as close to as planned allowing for minor hiccups without total devastation on my emotional well being. And for my home to run like a well oiled assembly line creating the most of my day to give me quality time for my family.

It is only through trial and error of my own that I have found what works for me and the education gained  through the clients I have had the great fortune to work with that are still able to maintain the systems we created and implemented into their lives.

Being a professional organizer is a bit different than any other profession. We must live by example…well I can think of one maybe…have you ever seen an unhealthy personal trainer? I guess it is very much the same. We are on 24/7; at soccer games, at the grocery store, at church, on personal time with our family we are asked questions on how to stay organized…it is a continuing job. It is only through outlets such as blogs, speaking engagements & articles that we are able to get out all this information we carry around.  It is a sharing profession after all.

We spend so much time looking at problems and solutions in everyday experiences that it becomes just a part of who we are. I guess it would be easy to make it too much about ourselves, but if we did not we would violate the very trust that exists between us and our clients to not call them out for their personal behavior. Most times we have to make ourselves the example, otherwise someone might identify a client and that would not be good. We change the names to protect the innocent. Since we are all fairly guilty at one point or the other of mostly the same things it is just easier to make it about ourselves.

I think that is what I found so disheartening about this comment, for me (and there I go again) I feel that exposing my life and the ins and outs of keeping someone who runs 20 operations in a single day organized, surely, there is a lesson there somewhere which makes it worth it to open myself up to ridicule, I'm fine with that. And well, if you think the blog is too much about me, well then, maybe it just wasn't meant for you, but I appreciate you stopping by anyway & offering your thoughts. I appreciate the opportunity for growth as well.  Happy Organizing!

posted on: 10/8/2009 2:00:00 PM by Melissa Searcy
category: Family

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by Julie Bestry (Paper Doll) on 10/9/2009 2:32:31 PM:

Melissa, just as an FYI, those comments were from a spammer--many of the professional organizer bloggers here at OnlineOrganizing received the same identical comments on a myriad of old and newer posts. It's sad that there are people with nothing better to do than post the same rude, half-hearted messages (without capitalization or punctuation, in many cases), but it's no reflection on the quality of your blog. But you're absolutely right--our blogs give us the opportunity (and the obligation) to live with integrity and share our own experiences so we can serve as positive examples (when we are able). Keep up the good work!

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Melissa Searcy is a professional organizer and independent decorator now living in Jasper, AL. Formerly of Montgomery, Melissa owns Lulagrace Interiors where she was a regularly featured guest on morning television and had articles featured in the local newspaper and many local monthly publications. For more information you may visit her at www.lulagrace.com. Melissa is also a member of the Facebook community at Facebook.com/melissa.searcy or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LulagracePO.

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