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Organized Messes


Well hey there Monday! Hope your weekend was AMAZING and, now, let’s kick off a brand new week. Btw, how about that Ravens win yesterday!!! Today, I want to talk about something called “organized messes.” I know, it seems so contradicting but I feel like it fits me to a “T” right now.

What exactly are organized messes? To me, these are areas of my life that just feel messy/challenging right now, yet, are organized at the same time. Ha, I know – wtf Janine!

Here are a few examples of what I mean…

  • Professionally: Okay, don’t get me wrong, all is just fine in this department but, after a few rounds of meetings over these last 2 weeks, things just feel, well, all over the place. The minutia. The strategizing. It is all encompassing, and begins to feel overwhelming. Am I doing it “right?” How is this going to set me apart? Am I way over my head? The vision and the content is, absolutely, at the forefront, and the challenge therein lies how to make it all click. It’s a process, and one that will continue to have its highs and lows. Believe me, I get it.
  • Personally: Over the last 6 years, I have grown in more ways than one, and I, continuously, see shifts as I get older. These shifts are what help me to grow, and be a better version of my current self. I know what I want, and I have the confidence to go after it every single day. What still feels messy is the “what if?” Although I am a firm believer in going with my gut, and leading with my heart, I still tend to “write the story” before it even happens. It is a defense mechanism. I am so afraid of getting hurt again that I begin saying all the reasons why something may not happen. For the record, none of them are true, and they all have to do with finding fault in myself. It’s so flipping crazy! It’s human nature. This has nothing to do with my confidence, or knowing who I am. Being vulnerable, and opening your heart, is scary shit. If you have not guessed it already, I have been talking about the dating/relationship game. And, yes, I am very much single. These instances are reminders that as I soon as I go to that place, I have to remember that this is a story I am telling myself. It’s okay to acknowledge and be aware but then laugh about it and MOVE ON. This is definitely NOT the positive energy I am focusing on putting out into the world either.
  • Financially: I always joke about this; my files, financial statements, Quicken, bank accounts, etc. are all up-to-date, organized, and just ready for money to runneth over. LOL! Seriously, although my paychecks are few and far between right (2021 – I think it is going to be a great year), there is something about financial organization just makes me feel better…regardless of how much my monthly bills are looking like for the month. Ick. Ugh. As the saying goes, money does not buy happiness but it does buy financial security, This is something that I have never had in my adult years. I have, always, worked for myself and constantly catching the next buck, or pivoting business plans because, let’s see, COVID.

As I mentioned, these are just a handful of the “organized messes” I have in my life right now. At the end of the day, these are pretty trivial. You can loose sleep about it, or just continue to remember that this is life. It is a process. It comes with ebbs and flows. You are doing your absolute best every day.

And those home items that are neatly packed and organized in boxes ready for my next move, well, at least they are packed and organized.

Have a fantastic week! If you are looking for additional “Janine Serio” inspiration, make sure to check go HERE for so much more!


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