Hello. Remember Me?

It’s been a while, so it’s quite possible you actually don’t.

And if you joined my email list recently in exchange for the Home Reference Binder mini class or download, then it might not just be a case of not remembering me, you might actually have never really gotten to know.

Whether you remember me or not, I’ve been quiet for a very long time. So, I’d love to reintroduce myself.

Hi, I’m Aby.

And yes, that’s with just one b, and no, it’s not short for Abigail. I’m just Aby, with just one b.

I’m a former full-time small business owner, professional organizer, online organizing class creator, blogger, coach, and author.

Back in 2014, I decided to hang up my label maker and move out of my basement office in exchange for a cubicle at an in-house creative agency for a well known St. Louis pet food company.

Four years ago when I made the move, I was ready for something different. After co-authoring a book and writing over 800 blog posts, fourteen online classes, and an e-book, all mostly on the topic of organizing, I had run out of things to say. And not just on the topic of organizing, but on, well, just about everything. I was out of words and out of passion.

If I’m being honest, I was completely burnt out.

I landed a job at a dream company leveraging the digital marketing skills I had honed during my years as an online business owner. The friendly coworkers, interesting and challenging work, and steady paycheck was exactly what I needed.

Best of all, I didn’t have to string together words into sentences to create books, blog posts, or classes. Nope, my writing pretty much consisted of emails only, at least in the early days, because this place I work at has a whole team of professionals whose job it is to write! I was totally off the hook in the words department, and to be honest, it was a total relief.

But that was four years ago.

Since then my son has graduated from high school and is in his second year of college at The University of Alabama (which might as well be a million miles away from my home in Illinois). My daughter is a senior in high school and will soon be heading into the next chapter of her life.

All of this has left me wondering what’s next for me.

I’ve been doing a lot of self-exploration to try and answer that question. I keep asking, what’s next? What makes my heart sing? And aside from little kiddos running around my house, what’s missing? One of the things I keep coming back to is writing.

I miss writing.

Four years ago I wouldn’t have thought that was possible. But today, it’s clear. Walking away from the label maker was one thing.

Walking away from my blog and my online community was something completely different. It left a hole in my heart and a longing in my soul.

It’s time to patch up the hole and feed the longing.

I have much more to say on this and I will do so in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, I simply wanted to say hello, remember me? Because I remember you my dear reader, and I’ve missed you.

I’m glad to be back.




P.S. If you’d like to say hello, please post a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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