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“Editing” Your Life

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From the beginning of my career, editing has been a huge part of it. I was an English major, and started working in publishing after graduation. My first job was a dream: I edited radio programs, little mini-interviews with authors, and wrote scripts for the announcer. It was the precursor to what are now podcasts; this publisher was way ahead of the times!

(A side note of historical interest: Though the publisher was ahead of the times, the technology was not. We had the author interviews transcribed on paper, I would edit on paper, and the technician would actually splice the tape. I still chuckle when I think of how we used to do it.)

After the radio program was discontinued, I became a marketing writer, then a magazine editor, then I moved to editing books. My final formal book project was editing The Healing Code for Dr. Alex Loyd, which changed the course of my career. Yet because writing is still a big part of my life, I still find myself editing.

Which got me to thinking about how it’s a good idea to be editing our very lives, on an ongoing basis. To be most effective in our work, to be happy and fulfilled, to gain clarity on the meaning and direction of our life, we regularly need to do the same things I do to edit a book or article. Read More→

Tidy Up, Change Your Life?

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Now that I'm officially an empty nester, my last child having decided to live this summer at her college, I have this incredible urge to "tidy up." It's like I've just woken up after my long stint with mothering (25 years), and looking around and seeing my surroundings for the first time.

I'm cringing at what I see.

When a friend mentioned to me the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, I read the reviews and decided to get it right away (eBook and audio book). I knew her approach–change your mindset–is exactly what I need.

Marie Kondo says that she is absolutely convinced that everyone can keep his or her space in order, and that when you do that, your whole life will change dramatically.

I'm game! (Anyone want to join me?)

So the first thing she says is, you have to thoroughly reassess your habits and assumptions about tidying.

Uh-oh.

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