March 2012 – Diane AnthonyPosted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mar 21, 2012 in 2012 Women Of Focus | 1 comment
I believe, the less stuff we have, the more life we can live, says Diane Anthony of Peace of Space Organizing. Diane is Pink Ladders Woman of Focus for March 2012.
Peace of Space Organizing lends a hand to people who wish to regain balance in their homes and work spaces. This is accomplished by evaluating their spaces and then organizing their possessions to create functioning and simplified environments. Diane supports her clients in performing the hands on work of lessening the excess. She then assists them in creating methods for allowing flow and function in their space.
“I started in this business after the encouragement of a friend who asked me to help her organize her child’s room. It seemed simple enough. But it proved to be one of those things where you sometimes discount your own abilities only to find they are hugely valuable for someone else. I was impressed at what a difference my support, ideas, and hands on help gave to her, and seeing the transformation of space and her literally joyous enthusiasm and appreciation, gave me the incentive to dive deeper into what has become a rewarding career.”
The reward of doing good work can hardly be measured; helping overwhelmed people create peace in their space.
After Diane had assisted her friend in organizing her child’s room, she read a book by a professional organizer named Peter Walsh of whom she was not familiar. His philosophy and ideology resonated with her.
“I discovered there was actually an organization for Professional Organizers. Who knew? And they were having their national conference in Reno to which I planned to attend. It was amazing to be surrounded by literally hundreds of people, doing this work. And as I watched the keynote speaker take the stage, I was speechless; it was none other than Peter Walsh. I couldn’t believe it, and I found the synchronicity to be fabulous. He was inspiring, insightful, irreverent and incredible. And thus began my valuable work.”
Believe in yourself; be willing to change directions if what you’re doing isn’t working; and to ask how you can best serve your clients. And most importantly, love what you do.
Diane attended college after graduating from high school. She majored in Theatre Arts and Psychology. During her second year in college, Diane’s father was diagnosed with cancer; he passed away in four weeks. “I quit working and stopped attending classes to spend what little time together we had left. I’m so deeply glad that I did.”
Diane’s mother married before she finished college. “I know she always regretted that. So her push was always for me to finish my studies. But after my father’s death, I found it difficult to follow that path. I attended several different colleges over the years, and have had the good fortune to meet many amazing people and learn so much, but my real diploma will most likely show up in the lives of my children.”
Surround yourself with a loving group of supportive people that will boost your spirits and help you to soar.
Once started, the business was sadly put on hold, says Diane, when her family relocated to a remote location that was prohibitive to travel and childcare. Then an unexpected event in her career timeline occurred, divorce.
“I had not prepared for anything like that and when it happened it threw everything out of balance. Recovering from that has been my greatest challenge. Divorce is one of the most challenging and often times crippling experiences one can go through. But the love and care I have for my children has proven to be a greater force than I ever imagined. It is for them that I seek to continue to climb my own ladder, and also my deep desire to show them the value and the contribution we can all make in the world. This moves me forward every day.”
I have a great desire to engage others in the conversation that begins when we look in our homes and around ourselves; then we see this space doesn’t match our vision. To simplify, and to organize, and to help people create peace in their space, brings real joy to my work.
Setting goals has not been a priority in forming the business, although Diane recognizes the importance. However, networking was the key element in bringing the business to being. “I’ve just dug in and done the work. I did not write up a formal business plan. Networking is how I got my business off the ground; I have found that utilizing the many networking opportunities in my town has been fantastic. Reaching out in the community has been invaluable, not to mention fun!”
Diane belongs to a mastermind group that assists her in supporting her goals to meet the direction of her business; plus this group provides the forum to hear ideas from other people about her work. “I meet quarterly with other professional organizers in my community and this is a wonderful opportunity to stay connected and support one another. We don’t see ourselves as competition, but realize there is plenty of work for everyone and each client requires a unique fit with whomever they work with.”
Where your feet are, be there, says Diane’s yoga teacher.
This means slow down and be present whether success or failure; come from present space, not watching for the future, not holding on to the past – just really centering and working from this moment. Diane says this is the mantra she works and lives by.
“Going out into nature is grounding. I get out of the tight idea in my own head by seeing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme. This seems to lighten my responsibility when I get bogged down or boxed in a space – I get out and look around – check my ego – ask what I can do to give back.”
Balancing work and family is done in part with a joy for plein air painting. “Though I don’t get outside to paint as often as I would like, it holds a great place in my heart. I am also in training to achieve my black belt in Hapkido, a form of martial arts, alongside my two boys. The community at my dojo has been an incredible extended family of support and encouragement for all of us. And most recently I have begun taking yoga again after many years, and love the centered connection and focus it requires.”
I look forward to continuing to build my business in this wonderful community, through the one on one work I do with individual clients, and also by reaching a broader scope of people through speaking, and my book.
Diane says this quote by Marianne Williamson explains it all:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”