Life at Home during a Pandemic

There are times that it feels like some people have forgotten that we are STILL in a Worldwide Pandemic. For some folks, like me, we are reminded EVERY day. I live in the house with three (3) adults; my husband and my two grown daughters. My husband has not missed a day of work since the pandemic began and I’m sure that he needs a break from time to time from us ladies, hormones and all. For us ladies, we are homebodies by nature and for the most part introverts, so we haven’t gone totally stir-crazy being in the house. Believe this or not, we not only love each other, but we really like each other, so it has been a rather peaceful existence. Now there are those moments, when we may step on a nerve or two, but we try to resolve all issues quickly and not let them fester. This means that it’s imperative that we have our own spaces. Please don’t misunderstand, we spend most of our day in our own spaces, but we still visit each other periodically, especially when we need a break from our computers or Zoom or it’s time to eat.

For my oldest daughter, the graphic designer and entrepreneur, she spends most of the day between her office and her bedroom. For my youngest daughter, who has her Masters Degree in Library Sciences and Information Management, her bedroom also serves as her office and she spends a lot of time on Zoom.

As for me, my bedroom has always been my place of Peace and Serenity. It is so critical, especially now, that we all have a place for some “me” time. We want to make sure that there’s NO clutter in our area of Rest. Yes, I always have my professional organizer hat on. Many of my clients have removed their TV from the bedroom, so that they can read instead and I strongly suggest that we not work in bed. You can see that I have a small area in the corner of my bedroom, which serves as my office.

I may have shared with you, once or twice, that I truly prefer organizing over cleaning, so although I’ve had a lot more spare time, I really haven’t wanted to do either. .. but, no I don’t have a dirty, unorganized house, I’ve just be a little slothful at times. :-/ Recently, I had my 2nd COVID vaccine and was down for the count the following day…. but the next morning, I had to work on my OWN pantry and lazy susan!!

As I’ve already mentioned, I live with three adults and stuff may not go back “exactly” where they came from, but hopefully, the items will be put in the same general area. Since we will be continuing to grocery shop on-line, at least we can kinda see everything and won’t purchase duplicate items. Note: If you purge and organize any area, I can ALMOST guarantee that you’ll have more space!!

Well, you have now seen a glimace of the day in the life of a professional organizer on hiatus due to COVID, but let’s not forget my relaxation / “me” time, which is spent reading bible plans, doing jigsaw puzzles and Words with Friends.

So by now, you may be wondering why am I telling you all this… Although this last year has been one that we have NEVER EVER seen before and it’s not over, we’ve made adjustments, some were major. There’s a Lot that we truly don’t understand, but in spite of what we see and feel, God has continued to bless us beyond measure. Since I started my mission, Order Your Steps LLC, almost 10 years ago, along with this blog, my messages has been, and will always be, to encourage you to not only Survive, but to Thrive, no matter your situation or circumstance.

Whether you are Revamping your Closet, Reevaluating your Career or Reigniting your Business…

We must keep “Moving Forward by Faith”! We running toward the Goal!

We are Not looking back because it will only SLOW us down!!

Stay Tuned for more of my story, interviews with others and a lot of info sharing, which will hope will we want to inspire, encourage and motivate you!

“You’re Finished College, Now What?”

Our “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series begins with “You’ve Finished College, Now What?” with Myiesha. You may be/know someone who has just finished college, undergrad or grad and their path may not be as clear as it once was… Please take a moment to listen to Myiesha’s journey and Be Encouraged!

For Mya’s Bio, along with more info on our 2021 Interview Series, please click link…

Moving Forward by Faith means to seek the Lord’s Guidance and Direction with our Every step… One step at a time. Stay Tuned, there’s more to come…

It’s Here! Our 2021 “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series

Welcome to our 2021 Order Your Steps “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series! This year, we decided that in lieu of a virtual conference that we would present to you a variety of interviews that we hope will encourage, motivate and enlighten you or for you to share with someone you know.

Our series begins with interviews with three AMAZING young women, as their share their walk of Faith through this journey called Life! We invite you to take a break, set back, have a cup of coffee or tea … and enjoy the next few moments with Order Your Steps. We welcome your comments, thoughts and questions. We hope that you will actively interact with us and possibly share a bit of your story… Everyone has a story!

Coming Soon!

Topics on Self-Care, Wellness, DeCluttering Your Mind, Organizing Your Space, Before the Business Plan (for the entrepreneur in you!) and much, much more…

You don’t want to miss any of our upcoming interviews…

Let’s Stay Connected !

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Focus on the Goal

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Philippians 3:13-14 MSG

Keep Moving Forward by Faith!

I’m Excited.. Why you Ask?

I received an email yesterday and it read,

“Hello, Candy Speight, This is a brief note to let you know that one of our partners recently reported sales or downloads of your book. (One sale or download was reported.)”

SmashWords, your ebook, your way!

Wow! It’s 2021 and there’s been a 2ND download of my book. So you may ask, “Why are you so excited?”

As you may remember, in 2018, the Lord compelled me to write a book. Once the book was completed, the Lord revealed that the lessons learned were first of obedience, which is so very important, especially when it clearly makes no sense and second, He showed me ME. After that, if just ONE person gets something out of my book, it becomes a SUPER ABUNDANT BLESSING!

“The steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord and deligheth in his way”

Psalms 37:23 KJV
If you’re interested, you can be #3…

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Are You too Tired?

Are you just too tired to take another step? Tired of being isolated? Tired of being with/without family? Tired of being alone? Just Tired! I truly understand, however, we must take the next step. Why, you say? Because first, we can not stay in this spot and better yet, when we take the next step, the Lord will show us the next one.

Now we need to get some preliminary things out of the way…

  • You may not know the Lord. Well, for now, that’s ok, He knows you! You will just have to trust me on that. We will talk more about that later.
  • You may know the Lord, but you are not very happy with Him right now. Well, that’s ok too, because He knows that already.
  • Either way, we need to have a conversation with the Lord and let Him know that we’re going to take the next step and we need Him to show us just a little light, so that we can see the next one. Now, take the step, one foot in front of the other. Fairly simple!

No, not really… We will wake up tomorrow to a new day! … but we feel the same.

So here’s some advice:

  1. Get up tomorrow when you wake up, try not to snooze and put your feet on the floor.
  2. Turn off the phone or at least silence it for ONE hour. Please do not scroll! Everyone else in the world seem so happy????
  3. Find a quiet spot and open the curtains to your new day. Rain or shine, it’s gonna be a Good day!
  4. Open the window if possible, we can definitely use some fresh air.
  5. Fix you a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath and now you are ready for your next step.

We’re Moving Forward by Faith… but it’s definitely not easy. Life may seem dark right and we can’t see what’s in front of us, but with each step we take, the Lord will light up the next one.

Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105

Moving Forward by Faith

Last week, we talked about REIMAGINE, REFINE AND REENERGIZE, as we nagivate through this thing called Life and to Move Forward by Faith … taking One Step at a Time!

Last week, during my morning devotions, I asked the Lord; “What does it really mean to move forward by faith?” In Hebrews 11:1, it says that Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, but I needed the Lord to speak to my specific situation. While waiting for His response, I decided to read the March Devotions written by Ms. Angie Hyche, Education Director of the Faithful Organizers and owner of ShipShape Solutions. The title was “A Godly Perspective on Your To-Do List” and her scripture was from Galatians 5:25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”. I was absolutely amazed by God’s quick response. As a fellow professional organizer, Ms. Hyche spoke about how task-oriented we are and as such, we can not allow our to-do list to direct our day. We must listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and [in all things] glorify God.

“A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life.”

Sarah Young, Author of Jesus Calling

Moving Forward by Faith means to seek the Lord’s Guidance and Direction with our Every step… One step at a time. Stay Tuned, there’s more to come…

What’s Next?

It’s hard to believe that it’s March already. The 1st quarter of 2021 will be drawing to a close sooner than we think. I pray that you are well on your way into the 2nd year of a new decade! This is a year of “Moving Forward in Faith”. We may have had to… 1) REIMAGINE our vision; 2) REFINE our goals and 3) REENERGIZE our plans, but now we must keep Moving Forward in Faith. We may not be able to see the entire path, but with each step, the next step will become clearer.

Stay With Me…

“Stay With Me… We are going somewhere”! As we reflect on our past, we must anticipate revelations for our future.  I believe that the turning point for us to find Order in the continuous chaos, is realizing that the one and only thing that we can change are ourselves. One day, I heard a missionary say, “it is not how the situation looks, it is how we look at the situation”. Now is the time for us to take a real serious look at what we want and need in life. Now life is not perfect, nor should we expect it to be, but there should be some semblance of Peace and Order.

  • Take a few moments to invest in our future.  Jot down some notes about our life as we know it today…. we might be amazed at how our life looks on paper!
  • Take a look at those things that we would like to see changed, Big and small.
  • Does clutter in your physical environment of any kind, have an impact on those changes?  We will talk a little more about this next week…

Remember, it is very difficult to change something, without understanding our current state and our desired outcome. We must keep moving forward!

Reimagine Your Vision

What a difference a day makes!

I had to be reminded that my mantra throughout 2020 was “God’s plan for us has not changed”. I just needed a little push beyond my feelings of uncertainty and now I’m looking forward to rest of February and all the months to come and I pray that you are too. I’ve reimagined by vision and my 2021 top three (3) goals are a lot clearer now. So here they are:

  • Planning my 2021 Order Your Steps Virtual Event, entitled “Moving Forward in Faith”! My speakers and the topics are lined up and the train has left the station.
  • Collaborating on a program for executive women, developed by Dr. Johnette Ruffner-Ceaser, owner of Liberated Expressions, which is way outside my comfort level.
  • Complete a personal development course, because even at my age, there’s always more to learn.

Keep Moving Forward!

  • Identify three (3) goals that you can realistically accomplish over the first few months of the year, i.e. write your vision, make it plain and specific, or simply read a great book that will inspire you.
  • Identify those obstacles that may hinder you from accomplishing your goals and plan accordingly. Establish your priorities and set a reasonable timeline & realistic deadlines.
  • Identify measurable results and possibly, engage a mentor, advisor or friend that will hold your accountable to achieve.

Stay Tuned… There’s more to come!