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Photo Friday – Step To It

“I can’t do it,” is a phrase I encourage my clients to abandon and yet that’s exactly what I said when my husband suggested I do a half marathon with him.

The idea seemed overwhelming and impossible. I actually laughed at the thought of it.

And then I thought about it more.

I tell my clients they can do anything they set their minds to. The key for them is finding ways to break down the seemingly insurmountable task into smaller steps.

The key for me was following my own advice.

I looked at what it would take to complete a half marathon and charted a series of smaller steps that would help me accomplish my seemingly insurmountable goal.

I started with short walks, built up my endurance, took longer walks and developed the muscle memory to complete 13.1 miles. I engaged the help of my friends and my husband to walk with me, encourage me, and cheer me on as I trained.


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On race day, I didn’t care how fast I completed the race, I focused on the finish line. My training paid off. The small steps made a big difference. The encouragement of others along the course gave me the energy and drive to keep churning through the miles. I completed the half marathon and have gone on to finish 10 more.

It’s an emotional journey each and every time that starts with the same first steps, and a reminder that “I can’t do it,” shouldn’t be in my vocabulary.

Inspired Life Action:

Small steps help you reach your bigger goals. It’s true when training for a marathon and when organizing your photos. If the initial task seems too overwhelming, break it down into smaller steps. Write out those steps and chart your progress along the way.

It’s also helpful to find someone to cheer you on and support you along the way. Photo organizing can be an emotional journey. I’d be honored to come alongside you and work to preserve your memories and tell your life story. Send me an email linda@unclutterednw.com to set up a consultation.

This image is one of the more than 92,000 digital images in my personal photo collection. My love of photography and preserving memories is what led me to develop customized photo organizing services.

Linda Deppa

Linda Deppa has seen more clutter than you could make in your lifetime - and found a place for all of it.

As a Certified Professional Organizer, Linda has helped hundreds of clients experience the joy that comes from reclaiming their space, and the relief of bringing their shoulders down from their ears when they realize they no longer feel stressed walking into a cluttered home or office.

Linda’s success in working with clients goes beyond her ability to organize their possessions. Her own life experiences, including a life-altering car accident, gives her a deep desire to help each of her client’s live life to the fullest. What starts as an organizing project with Linda often leads to mindset shifts that impact other areas of their lives.

Linda is a member of the National Associate of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and current President, past Vice President, Treasurer and Membership Director of the Seattle-based NAPO chapter.

A skilled presenter and motivational speaker, consider hiring Linda to speak at your next conference or event. Contact Linda via email: linda@unclutterednw.com

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