Join Me For 31 Days Of Sanctuary

31 Days Of Sanctuary #31DaysOfSanctuary

Last week was a tough week for me. It took all of my strength to keep going, to do the normal mundane things it takes to keep a household running.

I know you’ve been there too. Whether it was last week, last year or twenty years ago, I know you’ve had those weeks where you just wanted to run and hide and tell the world to piss off.

It’s easy to get stuck in this malaise. And to be honest I nearly did. But I did what I always do when I get thrown a serious curve ball – I go inside, to heal, to protect, to discover what it is I really need to do to move forward.

And so it was when I came out of my haze that I realised I needed 31 Days Of Sanctuary. And I thought, just maybe, you could do with it too.

You see, over on Helen Joy Butler, I live, eat, breathe the concept of sanctuary. That doesn’t mean I live in a day spa with everything running smoothly (last week was certainly a testament to that). It means that I believe if I focus on sanctuary and everything it means to me – love, connection, compassion, joy – then my focus will go where it needs to go. I will be in flow, I will have a greater knowledge of what the hell it is I’m meant to do in this life, and the extraneous and irrelevant will fall away, leaving me with the people, direction and focus I need to follow.

So that’s why 31 Days Of Sanctuary came about.

And I’d love you to join me.

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Would you like to join me on a webinar next week?

Helen Joy Butler - Clutter Rescue - Alexandra Stoddard Sanctuary quote

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of sanctuary.

Every time I think about it, speak with other people about it, read/see/find something that gives me a feeling of sanctuary, I feel instantly more calm, more grounded, more connected.

It’s like the idea of sanctuary is flowing through me (or at least, part of me!) and every day I strive to bring sanctuary into my life.

What does that look like for me?

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End Of Financial Year Sale on Organising and Decluttering Books

End Of Financial Year Sale On Organising And Decluttering Books

SORRY, THIS SALE HAS ENDED

I’m SO excited to bring this End Of Financial Year Organising and Decluttering Book Sale to you!

I have three book packages to choose from.

Just pick which one resonates with you and follow the instructions!

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How it Feels to be Busy All The Time

Lucille Ball busy quote

Last Friday I had an acupuncture appointment.

I’ve been having appointments regularly over the last six months to help me shift the continual headache I’ve been carrying around. I’ve made a stack of other changes in my life (including removing less healthy options from my diet and getting more sleep) but my headaches still insisted on hanging around. Thankfully with much work, including regular acupuncture, they’ve been slowly but surely shifting, bringing my life back into focus.

So there I was, lying on my acupuncturist’s treatment table, letting the needles do their thing, when another patient came into the waiting room and started speaking to our therapist. The door in the treatment room wasn’t fully shut and in my half-zoned out sleep/acupuncture state I could make out generally what they were talking about.

This conversation isn’t new. In fact I’ve written about it a lot (including in my book) – and I am sure you’ve spoken about it recently too.

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There Is Always Time + Upcoming Retreat and Workshops

 
How I schedule 'me time' into my busy week

I am writing this email after coming in from my garden. I am going on retreat this Friday and part of our pre-retreat preparation includes sitting in nature for 30 minutes each day. We were doing 10 minutes a day for the past few weeks but this week it’s been bumped up to 30 minutes.

To be honest I’m feeling pretty zen right about now. Today’s time in the garden has come after a two week holiday in New Zealand with my family. We tripped around all sorts of places – from the beach to the mountains and wine regions. All the while I was preparing myself for retreat (so that meant no coffee, refined sugar, alcohol or red meat) which to be honest was fine, but the thing that helped me the most was being in nature. Switching off from the chaos of school term, running a business and household, and connecting with my family through nature was the best thing I could have done.

I know as busy Mums we rarely give ourselves 30 minutes of time doing nothing (don’t worry – I’m the worst at it. I can always think of something to do!) and a trip to New Zealand isn’t always possible, but one thing I’ve discovered is that there is always time to give to myself.

Yep, always.

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Why Letting Your Kids Choose Their Jobs Is A Recipe For Disaster

 
This year we decided to make a change to the way we approached the jobs and chores Mr 10 was required to do around the home. And to be honest it’s been a complete disaster.
 
As you already know, I am a massive fan of having children help around the home from a very early age. Children as young as three can help with all sorts of things – putting their shoes away, unpacking their Kindy bag, packing up their toys and games once they’ve finished playing with them. These simple systems help their parents get things done that need to around the home, teach your children to look after their things and, most importantly, is the start of teaching your children how to organise themselves.
 
And so it’s been in our household that Mr 10 has had jobs since he was three. Yes he’s done the bag and shoe thing but now he’s ten there’s an expectation that the jobs require a little more thought, take a bit longer and are more helpful to us as a family.
 
Up until early this year Mr 10 had a job chart. On that job chart it stated exactly what jobs he had to do and when. It said “Each morning you need to do ABC” and “Each afternoon you need to do XYZ”. It was a pattern, it became a routine, and Mr 10 followed the jobs pretty well.
 

But then I decided to make a change.

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Sharing My New Home

 
It’s been such a long time since I blogged here – do you remember the last time? It was in mid-November last year, saying I needed to take a break so I could work exclusively on my top secret project.
 
Well guess what? It’s here!
 

Helen Joy Butler is live!

 
There is so much I want to share with you on this new home that’s different to what I’ve been doing over the last eight years – I hope you come and join me.
 

So what is the difference between Clutter Rescue and Helen Joy Butler?

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SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATE – Changes Ahead + I’m Taking A Break

 
I'm taking a break
 
When I went to write this blog post I was going to do the usual – give you a quick outline of what I’ve been doing behind the scenes over the past four or five months and share with you where I’m at and what’s to come next.
 
And I may still do that.
 
But to be honest with you it doesn’t feel very authentic.
 
Sharing with you what I’ve been working on behind the scenes is important and definitely impacts where I’m heading – and what I’ll be offering you in the future – but I need to wind the clock back much further than a few months, to give you the full impact of my story and where I’m heading.
 
I have no idea how long this blog post will be so thank you for your patience and time in reading it. xx
 
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Getting Kids Organised | Video I Did For Peter Walsh

 
Way back in July, Peter Walsh contacted me, inviting me to be part of a new initiative he was launching – a video collaboration to promote the work and ideas of Professional Organisers he knew in the US and internationally.
 
I’m embarrassed to say it took me ages to film this video (though I did go back to Peter with a “yes” pretty quickly!) – something to do with going on retreat … and school holidays … and work … I think? 😉
 
But I did finally film the episode on a topic close to my heart and which Peter was the most excited about (and not everyone could speak to as well as I could – his words not mine!) – getting your kids organised.
 
So here it is!
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Do The Wardrobe Workout And Get Organised | Free Challenge

 
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DOES YOUR WARDROBE LOOK MORE LIKE A FLOOR-DROBE?

 

DO YOU HAVE A PANIC ATTACK EVERY TIME YOU OPEN YOUR WARDROBE DOOR?

 

ARE YOU ALWAYS RUNNING LATE BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER FIND WHAT YOU WANT TO WEAR?

 

Then the FREE Clutter Rescue Wardrobe Workout is for you!

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