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By April 26, 2017 6 Comments

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

– Peter Drucker


It takes courage to start—whether it is a new habit, a new routine, or a new business. We are very good at listening to all the reasons why we shouldn’t start. We easily remember each and every one of our past failures. We replay our most embarrassing moments. Deep down we don’t think we deserve a chance to write a new chapter in our lives.

My friends, it is time to start! Embrace the new possibilities that can be your life, your home, your career. Do not allow physical, emotional, or mental clutter to keep you trapped in the past. Turn off the reruns, donate your excess items, and throw out the trash. Get serious about starting!

As I walk around the National Association of Professional Organizers 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh, I am mindful of the courage I needed to start my business Organized by Olive in 2014. I devoted almost an entire year to investigating the possibility. I read books and attended classes. I signed up for seminars, webinars, and podcasts. I joined professional organizations. I networked with other entrepreneurs.  I learned new technology skills. I invested in my future. Finally, I resigned from my job at the library. I decided it was time to start!

I’m thankful every day that I have the opportunity to follow my dream. I know that I have a unique set of life experiences and life skills that equip me to offer this service. I know that I have much to learn, but I know that I want to serve others by helping them discover the less cluttered side of life.


By attending NAPO 2017, I am boldly declaring my commitment to continued growth as a professional organizer, writer, and speaker. I am boldly declaring my commitment to compassionately serving my clients, readers, and listeners. I am making courageous decisions.


What exciting new things do you want to start in your life?


Olive Wagar

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