Labor Day and early spring seem to spur me into a cleaning, downsizing, and organizing frenzy. For several years now, I have been regularly getting rid of things that I don't want or need so these frenzies now only take me a day or two as opposed to a week or more to sort through our closets, drawers, and basement.
I entered the grand foyer with a sweeping staircase and windows spanning two stories and noticed there are several different colored rooms visible from the entry in this open floor plan. Walls, the color of sunshine, are the most visible and they are swirled with several layers in varying shades of yellow giving visual depth and texture to the surface. The Merlot colored walls in the music room are topped with subtle shapes of green/gray, offering an unexpected surprise as I got closer. Then there is the shimmery indulgence of a harlequin pattern on the dining room walls that is visible just beyond. The deep forest greens of the office walls are topped with a gilded crown molding. The kitchen walls are another shade of Merlot with the texture of sand captured in the layers of paint.
This photograph of a sailboat at sunrise is one of the first gifts Larry gave me. With it, he made the promise that we will have many adventures together. It was taken by Ken Scott, a photographer in northern Michigan. This picture has moved from my condo, to our house, and it has hung in nearly every room since. It was next to the chaise lounge because the colors coordinated. It was in the living room because it worked well with the yellow walls. It was in the guest bedroom because it needed to fill an empty space.
These are the items I have displayed on my desk at work. According to the Bagua Map, this is the career area of my desk. Each item in this collection symbolizes something personal to me and together, the items tell me a deeply meaningful story. I feel inspired and motivated to take steps towards my dreams as I tell myself, "It all starts with me. The foundation of Jody Pear Designs is to teach others that a house with love is a home. This is a positive difference I want to make around the world; joyfully, and beautifully." What story is displayed on your desk? Does it inspire and motivate you to follow your dreams?
Every summer I end up asking Larry, "What are we going to do about our kitchen?! The floor needs replacing, the cabinets and back splash are outdated, the appliances aren't going to last much longer (and yet they are)," and so the familiar conversation goes on. He replies with something like "Well, you're the designer. Treat me like a client and show me some options." So this year I did exactly that. I took measurements and created three-dimensional drawings for every possible option I could think of. We looked at them together, tossed around more ideas, and then I went back to do more drawings.
There are two large bulletin boards in the corridor outside of my office. They normally accumulate miscellaneous flyers. In an attempt to make it look nicer, I started experimenting with an idea to dedicate one for joy and one for wisdom.
A few of us have started to add pictures and quotes that we find meaningful. Word is spreading about this project and others are starting to participate and share their idea of joy and wisdom too! I invited people to "Inspire us, show us something beautiful or something adorable...whatever you choose! If you don't have time, please send something to me and I'll print it for you and add it to the board." It's growing! When we need a little boost in our day, we stop by and take a look at this evolving collage. How do you share joy and wisdom in your workplace?
In May, I attended the Positive Business Conference at the Ross School of Business. One of the presenters, Rob Dube, walked us through an exercise of "Do Nothing." The auditorium was filled with business leaders from all over the world. Rob asked us to close our eyes for a moment.....breathe....just breathe....and then he said "feel your feet without touching them"...just notice.....feel the connection...this is the practice of doing nothing. After a moment or two, we opened our eyes again and the energy in the auditorium completely shifted...you could feel it. So....maybe you can find a moment today to "Do Nothing." Connect with your inner joy and wisdom....these are your treasures and if you're inclined, share it because we all need a little more of it in our lives.