In this episode of Zen Money Monday, we explore creating efficiency, sufficiency and simplicity in our life and our business.
Episode in a Nutshell:
Liz welcomes entrepreneur and organization expert, Eileen Reed to the podcast. Eileen is the founder of Simplify with Eileen, an organization that aims to inspire and coach businesses and residential clients on how to simplify their lives and thrive. Eileen and Liz talk about the importance of de-cluttering your life, whether it’s people, stuff, ideas or finances. Eileen shares her belief that through simplifying life, doors open to meaningful and abundant opportunities.
In detail, we covered:
00:48 – Introducing today’s guest, Eileen Reed
01:50 – Eileen's business background
02:42 – An affinity for sales
03:40 – The biggest hurdle Eileen has encountered when starting as an entrepreneur
05:26 – Eileen's current business, Simplify with Eileen
07:22 – The eclectic mix of clients Eileen encounters
12:58 – Advice Eileen would give to those trying to remove clutter from their lives
14:52 – The habits Eileen has noticed amount her clients
19:40 – The value of donating and recycling
21:07 – The challenges of moving from corporate life to entrepreneurial life
23:04 – What Zen Money means to Eileen
25:16 – Eileen speaks to the benefits of the entrepreneurial lifestyle
28:54 – Where listeners can connect with Eileen
29:18 – Eileen's upcoming event, Simplify Business
"I always looked at [sales] as an opportunity to connect with people and to try and solve problems." (03:10)
"What I've learned over the ten years I've been in business is that it's not about organizing, really. It's about helping people discover just how much more abundant, meaningful and joyful a more simple life can be." (05:51)
"The first thing I would say is to really just decide. Just decide that you need to make the change." (13:21)
"Buy just what you need just when you need it." (15:45)
"That message from our culture and the consumer-based world we live in is 'You need the latest and the greatest, the most updated, the best, the newest.' And it's so false." (18:22)
"I'm all about JOMO, the joy of missing out." (18:53)
"I think, for me, Zen Money means a healthy perspective." (23:21)
A big “aha” moment led Eileen to break free from a 25-yr corporate career to create work more aligned with her heart and soul. After simplifying her own life, she created Simplify with Eileen in 2009 with a mission to guiding business and individual clients how to simplify and enjoy fuller, more abundant and meaningful lives.
Eileen empowers her clients with the tools & strategies to thrive in a life free from clutter, chaos and distraction. Over the years, she’s witnessed how transforming your surroundings & space with better systems, workflow, and functionality can absolutely transform your overall life. Inspiring her clients to reshape their relationship with "stuff" and embrace new ways to decide how much is enough, is core to what Eileen does.
My favorite part of recording a live show every week is the conversation we get to have on social media, with comments posted here, and messages I get from listeners.
This week's question is:
Is your physical and/or mental state ready for a good de-cluttering?
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