“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” ~ Steve Jobs
Last evening, my guest on the Awakening to Awareness Radio Show was Deanne Marie. Deanne is a classic Baby Boomer reinvention story. With an undergraduate degree in Journalism, a J.D. degree, and a successful 19-year career as a litigation and corporate attorney, Deanne finally listened to the voices in her head that were repeatedly telling her to follow her passion and do what she loved. She retired from practicing law in February 2013 to begin her entrepreneurial journey, focusing on interior and “transformational” design.
Based in Las Vegas, Deanne provides virtual downsizing services to ’empty nesters,’ people approaching retirement, and those who have decided that their lifestyle warrants smaller living spaces.
Deanne shared her thoughts on what downsizing means, what some of the signs are that it’s time to downsize, and the importance of being prepared in advance of taking any downsizing action. She talked about the significance of holding onto things with sentimental value, and how to rationalize and cost-justify letting go of other possessions.
I asked Deanne to identify what she believes are key considerations when planning a downsizing and she shared:
- Have a lifestyle vision – for your family, friends, and personal interests. Where do you want to go? After all, this is your dream you’re creating.
- If you’re going for a “fresh start,” get a feel for the type and size of space you want. Measure, measure, measure! And be realistic in what you intend to bring into your new space.
- Give thought to your quality of life needs and wants. What are your social, cultural, weather, and physical requirements? What proximities are essential?
If this topic interests you or you know someone who might benefit from listening to what Deanne shared, download the show podcast for free. You can listen to it at your convenience.