It has been a tough few weeks here in Ottawa. On September 21st, multiple tornadoes ripped through the valley which caused an enormous amount of devastation. I live in one of the neighbourhoods where a tornado touched down. I have seen the damage first hand and it is incredibley scary.
When I was finally able to get back into my neighbourhood the evening of the storm, I went straight in my front door and grabbed candles to create light so we could see. We did not have power for over 60 hours. In the days that followed, I have asked myself, “How can we all be better prepared for an emergency or crisis?”. Mother nature does not send out a memo warning everyone when she is about to strike but we can all make sure we have the necessities we need on hand to help ourselves and our families during an emergency.
I encourage you to take an hour in the near future and assemble your own home emergency kit. Here are my suggestions of what to include:
*This list is a guideline. You know your family best so pack what you feel is appropriate. Always double check labels and storing instructions before packing items away.
Hello! My name is Clare and I am the 25-year-old Queen Bee at Busy Bee Organizing. I am here to help you get organized and to teach you the skills you’ll need to stay organized. I focus on customizing solutions that fit not only your budget, but also your lifestyle.
I fell into this profession after years of frustration in a job I disliked. I bring experience in administration, marketing, event planning, and social media management. Bring it in, come a little closer, and let me tell you how I got here…
I spent 6 years in post-secondary school and landed a job straight after graduation. The job wasn’t in a field I had studied, but I decided to go for it anyway. What could go wrong, right? At first, it was a dream come true: I was 22 years old and could afford a mortgage, all my bills, and still have enough cash at the end of the month to go to a movie or two with my boyfriend. As time passed, what I thought was a dream job turned out to be more like sleepwalking. I began to feel like I had put my real dreams aside and that I spent all my time working towards someone else’s dream. I was working insane hours, but not actually enjoying my life or the work I was doing. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach about my job, and then I had some health issues come up that I couldn’t ignore.
After 2 seemingly endless years of feeling like I was a zombie and spending long nights thinking hard about what I wanted my future to look like, I came across Professional Organizers in Canada. Cue the angels singing! I felt like I had found my people and my niche. I had always been an organized person; showing up 5 minutes early, colour coding notes and folders, and living without a lot of clutter. I started taking classes through their Trained Professional Organizers program. I was absorbing so much information I felt like a sponge that was about to burst. It was amazing! I had never felt this much energy or passion for anything before.
I had a tough decision to make. Would I stay in a steady job that I hated going to or would I take the leap and start my own business? At the end of the day, it was obvious what I should choose. Now here we are!
I have been honing my skills over the past few years and I will continue to expand my knowledge and skill set in order to serve you. It’s incredible to help others in a way that lets me see my work come to life right before my eyes. But the best part of working with any client is seeing the smile on their face as we make progress and they see their space come together. I feel so lucky to work with individuals who feel empowered to make a change in their homes similar to the change I made in my life when I decided to make my passion my work.
I encourage all of you to take a step back and think about what makes you happy and how you can do more of it. I promise you, you won’t regret it!
How did you find your passion? Please feel free to share your stories in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
I am the Owner and Queen Bee at Busy Bee Organizing. Join me on my journey of helping other declutter and refocus their lives by organizing the space they call home.