3: How editor Assisi Chant has created happiness from nothing more than belief, gratitude and ruthless decluttering.
"My office is on a veranda and it looks out onto the gardens, a beautiful 6 acres of gardens basically, and that gives me an outlook. What I found particularly interesting when I moved my office to that location, where I had a view of the outside; I opened up my client base amazingly. Within 3 weeks of shifting my office and having a view, I ended up with 4 new clients."
In this episode, I’ll chat with Assisi Chant, editor, word whisperer and gratitude master.
For a couple of years now Assisi, her husband and their two kids have been living in a tiny cottage whilst building a house.
In this interview, Assisi will share the challenges she faces having almost no space to herself and how she still manages to kick goals despite of this. Assisi talks about how, with a few small mindset changes, she has not only managed to greatly increase her income earning potential, she has also started to attract the authors and clients that resonate with her on all levels. All by manifesting, decluttering her house and life of unwanted energies, and by constantly remaining grateful for the everyday things in her life. Make sure you stick around to the end where she gives you her #1 best self-care advice.
Today Assisi is busy writing and editing for Conscious Entrepreneurs in many of the helping professions and looks forward to a long career of helping present these kinds of positive messages to the world.
In this episode we talk about:
• Book: The Life - Changing Magic of Tidying U, By: Marie Kondo
• Book: One Moment Please, by: Martina Sheenan and Susan Pearse
• Book:Paperwork Is Not Your Problem, By: Helen Joy Butler
• Book: Flight Plan, by: Brian Tracy
Get in contact with Assisi:
• Website: http://resourceswithresonance.com/
• Website: www.intuitiveassisi.com
• Email: email@example.com
• Instagram: www.instagram.com/assisichant
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Interview with Assisi Chant , January 2016 at the Noosa Beach House.
YENNY: Hello everyone!
ASSISI: Hello, Yenny!
YENNY: Today, we're sitting at the Noosa Beach House on Hastings Street. I must say both me and the person, what's your name?
ASSISI: I'm Assisi Chant
YENNY: Hello. Welcome. We were just saying how wonderful it is, we can't believe we live here, and it's like everyone comes here for holidays to Noosa and we live here around the corner, but I think we tend to forget where we actually live, you know.
ASSISI: It's very beautiful part of the world.
ASSISI: Come and visit!
YENNY: So we're sitting here with a cup of tea, and some coffee and I'm going to start my interview, and I was wondering if you... because we've been friends for a couple of years and since I've known you... I think the first time I we met you were talking about you-- the challenges living in a very, very small house, at the moment. So can you tell me a little bit about that because I think what you've done is quite remarkable. You've been able to work you know lucky—So what's happening? You're building a house?
ASSISI: I'm building a house. We are essentially own a building, so that's every task that needs to get done is being done by us, just about. We're living on our property in what I like to call a postage stamp. So a tiny little cottage which is actually a studio.
YENNY: Like 6 x 6 meters or something.
ASSISI: Not quite. There's one room with veranda tacked on, 2 children, 2 adults, and there's much of our stuff as we can fit. So that comes with it's own challenges.
YENNY: So and how is that, because you know you have 2 kids to go to school, like I see you and you husband, and you work from home.
ASSISI: Yes, I do, for a moment.
YENNY: I know it's hard to do that. I have no clue how you do that, because I've been at your place and I'm like, "Wow! This is amazing!" and it's always so clean there, like you know, it's a very tidy and it's that something that you have to keep in mind everyday just to be able to be productive.
ASSISI: That is something I have to keep in mind, and something I do quite naturally anyway is to be organised, but when you're in a space that's small you don't have a choice; a) You don't have as much stuff as in a normal house; and, b) You just... you have to. It only takes 2 or 3 things to be out of place and the whole place looks like a shambles and I get to the point where I can't concentrate, and so I get a bit angry and then I'll have a big tidy up and then I can start again. But we've shuffled the furniture around as much as we can, and we finally have something that works well. My office is on a veranda, so it looks out onto the gardens, beautiful 6 acres of gardens basically, and that gives me an outlook and what I found particularly when I moved my office, my desk to that location where I had a view of outside, I opened up my client base amazingly within... within 3 weeks of shifting my office and having a view, I ended up with 4 new clients.
YENNY: Oh my goodness! Oh that's amazing! So it's a little bit of Feng Shui. It's good!
ASSISI: Yeah, yes. I do... I do believe in the Feng Shui and...
YENNY: Wow! What's that... what's that like you could look have a view or something like that?
ASSISI: Yes. Yeah. Previous to that, my office was stuck in a tiny dark corner. It's a very small cottage, and all the walls. It's a 117 years old and the walls are wood and masonite so it's so brown. And so, there's not very much a lot bouncing around.
YENNY: And there's probably cracks…
ASSISI: Yeah, there a few cracks on the floor. So that comes with inherent challenges, yes.
YENNY: And maybe you should tell the listeners as well. This is actually your mom's workshop really.
ASSISI: Yes. She does really want my house built so she can move in. The house was originally a wool shed or hay shed on a property, so my husband pulled it down and then put it back together in the form of a studio, and my mom is a fibre artist and paper maker, so she will run workshops from there.
YENNY: What's her name?
ASSISI: Her name is Pauline Chant and she works on the Sunshine Coast in the Hinterland.
YENNY: We can put that in the notes as Barbie does, because she's got a beautiful work.
ASSISI: She does have beautiful work. And so yeah, she'll make baskets from there in paper and craft and all those sorts of things.
YENNY: So if you could maybe share with the listeners, do you have any like 5 tips what to do everyday to actually be more productive, or you know, to be able to breath better [laughs] because I live in the small space as well. So I need to know these, although I come from the IKEA country you know, and I think we kinda need to get reminded of that because when it's clutter, for me, like I can't breath either, but then I... procrastinate...
YENNY: So do you have anything that you do on a daily basis and weekly basis?
ASSISI: Look, because in my cottage you can see everything. You can see the beds, you can see the kitchen. You don't have to go very far and you can see everything. So what I like to do is keep it visually tidy so things like making the beds and picking things up of the floor, the kids have their own set jobs which usually they do, and just you know if you're not going to do the dishes stack them neatly. You know just, just... and I think this goes for any kind of house whether it's large or small. When you... when you can see the visual clutter, part of you know energy goes towards that, and that energy is then not available for you in your working sort of arena. Now, of course things get busy and we get to the point where we just don't have time for everything, and you can ignore things to a certain point but I think most people will find as soon as they've had a good tidy up, their head becomes clearer. So yeah, I would suggest make sure the visual clutter is out of the way. I keep a lot of stuff in plastic or cardboard boxes so you can actually see what's in there, so we have racks above our doors so that we can store things basically in what would be roof space and those things in... in boxes that can't necessarily see through so it can, it looks tidy even though there's a lot of stuff there and have as much light as possible. I've got a few plants in the house that gives a little bit of life. Yeah, and...it's a... I don't know, I like candles and I do a good smudge every time things get a bit... maybe a bit having favour of kids that plays a smudge with white sage. I burn incense regularly just to keep the energy flowing through. Yeah.
YENNY: Maybe you could do a to-do list for us that could put on a door... like you know just a small...
ASSISI: I could... I could to a to-do list.
YENNY: Would that be okay?
ASSISI: Yep! Yep! Absolutely! Absolutely!
YENNY: Just a small like everyday...
ASSISI: Yep! Yep! Yeah. Absolutely!
YENNY: Like a couple of points to-do list. Oh that would be awesome! I think I'm going to to pull that one myself. I intend to forget. So on a weekly basis, do you have anything that to do on a weekly basis?
ASSISI: In terms of the house?
YENNY: Yeah, you know flow in your life you know like to enhance your life.
ASSISI: Look, there's something that I do daily is a little look at what I'm grateful for as a family. Every night we sit down to dinner. We sit down at the end of the day and we took about one thing that we'd grateful for and our best favourite. So the best thing that happen that day. So even if you've had a really crappy day, it makes you search for there must be one good thing and even if it's just the sun came up and it was warm, or you know, whatever it is. So as a family, we do that and also what I do every morning before I open my eyes, I just think about something what I'm grateful for. So today, it was that I got to see my friend, Yenny.
ASSISI: So before I open my eyes I went "Oh my goodness!" I get to go to Noosa today. I get to be child free. I get to see my wonderful friend and yeah do something that I enjoy doing. So yeah.
YENNY: That's a good thing. Yeah, every dinner you know talking about something positive...
ASSISI: Yep. Absolutely! Absolutely!
YENNY: Telling what's happened and you're grateful for.
ASSISI: Yeah. So even if you've had a crappy day, you really do stop and you go, "I know that I can find something," and that's really good training for our kids as well...
YENNY: Yeah, sure.
ASSISI: 'Cause they... they need reminding about that, so, that's very helpful. Something else I do in terms of my business is I have... have an invoicing system and I look back each week and see you know what, what jobs I've done that week what money has made me, so if a voice got an idea of what things are working well for me, but more than that is I look at what I've done that week, and have that made me feel. So yes, I'm paying the bills, but what did I enjoy most? What could I tweak more? When I sit down and have a look at what jobs are coming up, I like to project into the future and say, "What kinds of jobs do I want?" "What kinds of clients do I want?" and if I did that once a week or so, that helps me stay on task and I think that puts out the vibration that those are the people I want to attract and hopefully that keeps on coming. So, if I'd to sit down at my desk for you know 5 minutes or so, and just scan over the week and say, "What did I do?" "What did I not do?"
YENNY: And for, for people that don't know about you, can you tell them what you do?
ASSISI: Yes. That's a good idea. I'm an editor. I'm an editor and I'm a writer, so I do a bit of my own writing. I do have my own blog, but I also ghost write. I write content for other people and I edit which is the one thing I've been doing most of recently, and loving a lot is I get to be involved in the work of so many people and I can see that my part sitting at home in you know, in my comfort chair with my lovely view doing something that I love gets to help touch the lives of loads and loads of other people through... through other people's writing.
YENNY: This one we'll put that in the show notes as well...
YENNY: Like what you do, because if we leave that just a little bit now, because I will like to touch on 2 years ago. It's been... yeah 2 years since we kind of start to meet up weekly...
ASSISI: Yeah, yep.
YENNY: You and me and then other friend, Kristy, like we kind of have these entrepreneur kind of meet up you know pep talk......once a week which has been amazing! But, when I met you... when we started to meet, you were such a different person that you are now, like in terms of like you... it's just amazing to see the progress, because now you... you have another voice in how you like and visualise a future like, you know you did that then as well, but I think you... you didn't really believe that you...
ASSISI: Yeah. I've said and I didn't share it.
YENNY: Yeah. Yeah, you didn't share it and I think that's important, so can you tell us a little bit about that the stage where you were in then, because we kind of like "Oh, you know how like a..." "Oh am I might try to start doing this and this, and this, and get a full time job." and...
YENNY: And then I really like you kicking goals that you know, pick up these amazing clients around the world that you write for and edit for, you know.
ASSISI: Yeah! Absolutely! And look I think that happens to a lot of us from time to time. I was in a position where we had just moved in to this tiny postage stamp cottage.
YENNY: Tiny. Absolutely tiny. Yeah.
ASSISI: We expected that our build would tight between 6 and 12 months was what we'll prepared for, and I think the time when we started to meet was towards the end of that 12 months, and I was just... it was a lot of work. It physically was a lot of work. I was... not only my... my, I'm working rising kids in a living in a tiny house, I also do the paper work for my husband's business and manage his bookings. So there was a lot going on and I guess I had the expectations that my house would be pretty well finished and it wasn't. It was a long way of because that's what life does to us [chuckles]. Life throws us some curved balls and sometimes expectations are just premeditated disappointment and I can put it all into perspective now, but I guess when we first started to meet, I was still building the house, still heavily involved in that and basically just looking at the bank balances, looking at you know, what I could do what I was doing of what I might of being expected to do and that was...
YENNY: Just like a lot of panic in your eyes...
ASSISI: Yeah. I...
YENNY: Like you know with that comes fear and yeah.
ASSISI: Yeah. And it was you know my kids are at school, perhaps it's time I go back to full time work in a regular cents. Now, I'm an ex-teacher, but every time I thought about going back to teaching, it would raise a panic in me, and I think the moment that turned around was when I took responsibility for what was going to happen. Now, I'm very good at taking responsibility for what is happening, but I think I just decided that you know, if I'm going to go back and be a teacher, I want to give my last ditch effort to what I really want to do first, and if that proves not to work then, yeah, okay then I can accept going back and I'll go back and I'll do a great job and all will be well. [laughs]
YENNY: Alright, good response. Oh no, it's just amazing because what if you had taken that part...
YENNY: I think you would have pretty miserable in yourself.
ASSISI: Yeah. I think so.
YENNY: Not that I think-- like I think a teachers say, are I like my idols but I... but it's with most of what resonated with you.
ASSISI: No. And funny you mentioned the word resonate, because that is what I do. My business is Resources for Resonance, and I...
YENNY: Put it in the show notes.
ASSISI: Put it in the show notes, yeah. I... my big thing is resonance. I just on the side, I study Quantum Physics 'cause that's what I enjoy, and you know it's... it's sounds really cliche to say good vibrations, but we'll know what feels good and what doesn't and whether it's my work with somebody else's work, when I hear their message it's like I line up with that message and that's what I look for and like I said, when I go over my weekly notes to what I've done, I'm saying, "What felt best? what resonated best?" And yeah, I think that going back to the teaching wouldn't have resonated as well, but what I do now really does that's makes me happy.
YENNY: So at what point did you start to feel like you know, it's happening like I'm starting to get work, and like you know, it was when you started to believe in yourself or take action or visualise like, because a lot of people will say like "Oh you should make a vision board," and people think, "Oh, everything will happen." No, that's just a part of it.
ASSISI: Yeah. I think it was all of those things put together. I meditate regularly, I do vision boards, but the action is... is the most important thing.
YENNY: But all the other things that make you...
ASSISI: And it works as well, but when all those things come together, yeah that... that feels good and that's when I know I'm on the right path and that's what I want to do more of that.
YENNY: Yeah. So you started to believe in yourself?
ASSISI: I don't think before I didn't believe in myself, but I believe that I got to the point where I went that's what I'm going to do. So I took the responsibility. I had the belief, but I took the responsibility and started acting on it, and when in a day or two the first job comes out, you go, "Oh, yeah. Hang on. This is already working." and that just keeps it flowing. Yeah.
YENNY: And how important do you think networking is?
YENNY: Like everything... yeah [laughs].
ASSISI: Very! Absolutely. If... if you're feeling cold to go in network, whether it's just having coffee with somebody you've just met, or going to an organised event, get yourself out there. I know this is different for everybody, but I know most of my work comes through face-to-face conversations. I'll have a conversation with somebody and then next week they're sending me some work and... and I think you build your trust, you build your rapport, and its not... I guess it's not possible for everybody, because not everybody can get out there and meet people face-to-face, but have a Skype call a lot do something what you can see the other person, and I think that, that really... that build set resonance and that trust.
YENNY: That is so true.
ASSISI: And it's fun.
ASSISI: Get out. Get out of the comfort zone. Get out of your tiny cottage build a big life.
YENNY: Yes. So when is the house going to be finished?
ASSISI: We're hoping very soon [laughter]. The plan was that it was finished in the next month. We'll see what happens. We'll see what happens.
YENNY: Maybe when this is broadcast, then...
YENNY: Yeah. It would be, oh!
ASSISI: Include a couple of pictures if it's finished .
YENNY: Is there anything else? I was wondering you told us about what to... to do in terms of organisation, but I was wondering-- and you have mentioned a little bit back to meditate, but I was going to ask you if things that to do on a weekly or maybe daily basis in terms of self-care to take care of yourself like going to... to the Noosa Spa today?
ASSISI: That works.
YENNY: Yeah, yeah. Come day to day, things you do just for yourself not the family, that if you could share it with the viewers?
ASSISI: I think the biggest thing I do is manage my attitude, because I don't have it well now, I've just got a big bath tub, but normally I would take myself for a bath and have a glass of wine, or read or something like that, because I've been quite busy and haven't had the time necessarily to do those things. I'm managed how negative I am. So my biggest self-care...Sometimes it gets negative. It... life just happens, like the kids argue or whatever. So in my self-care is to just step aside for a couple of minutes whether it's outside or just shut my eyes doing the dishes, whatever it is and just go, "I choose not to react to this." So when I can't take myself to the beach because of whatever else is happening or when I can't, 'cause when it is not appropriate to have a glass of wine or I can't go and have them.
YENNY: Like a ten o'clock in the morning?
ASSISI: I got have a bath or... or, I don't want to buy a magazine because I want to save that to buy a tap or whatever it is. The best thing I can do for me and to feel better, is to not let myself get negative and... and it can happen, I have the expectation that my house might get finished, and one day I go, "God it's not finished yet.". So I have to choose in that moment to go, "What will make me feel better?" "Okay my house being finished will make me feel better, but I can't snap my fingers and have that happen, but I can go look at all the lovely things we've done while with not being doing the house-- look we all went out in a boat today or we... or we kick the footie around-- and that's... that's just as much self care as having a pampering day at the spa, because it makes... makes me feel better.
YENNY: Oh, lovely! I'm just sitting here looking at the view now as well, like it's so many people here, and this is something you can do as well...
YENNY: And just... just go out in and relax, and have a chat as well. And so yeah, is there anything else that we might have to go then that you would like to add for the listeners?
ASSISI: Look, I think something that helps me.
YENNY: Sort of tea? Yeah, yeah. Just said like... No, no not in a shell like, It can be long as well as you want.
ASSISI: Something that helps me is to keep accountable.
YENNY: Accountable. Yeah.
ASSISI: So I know that you and I do that occasionally, but just getting together for a coffee and going, "How you're going, what do you up to? Oh, I thought you were going to do that already," or anything or whatever you might be. Yeah, just sharing the what you're up to. I also have an accountability partner, and so we did that some little worksheets that we write our goals for that week on, and then we... that we have a Skype at once a fortnight just to say where you up to, what do you have in troubles with, and I mean it has to be 10 minutes every fortnight it just... just gives you something to touch base with and then you've got... then you can tweak it from there it doesn't have to be right, you don't have to tick everything off, but it lets you know where you're at, and gives you an opportunity to say, is this where I want to be or do I want to extend myself or can I have next week off or whatever it might be.
YENNY: How do you deal with like if you don't manage to do it on time, like you know, like 'cause speed up-- I guess like a lot of people would think that that... that was former me kind of thing, "Oh what if I don't do this?" ASSISI: "If I don't do it?"
YENNY: Yes. What if it doesn't happen? I can't say, if I'm not going to do it.
ASSISI: Oh, I think... I think the thing is, unless you push your comfort zones you won't push to do some of the things that are bit scary, or that you just don't like doing, and but the other thing is just to not... don't do the guilt trip-- guilt doesn't help anyone...
YENNY: No. but use-- manageable things.
ASSISI: Use it... Yeah. Yeah, use it as a guideline, and look if I've got a really big project on and I want to get it done quickly. I'll set myself a deadline.
YENNY: A deadlines.
ASSISI: But if I don't make the deadline it's... it's only me, I am to blame and me who has to live with myself. So if the... if that makes me feel uncomfortable to not meet the deadline, I work harder, I'll stay up late or just get it done, but if it doesn't have the ramifications, it's like, "Well, that's okay look how much I did do up until that deadline, now it's only got little bit to finish," or something like that. So I think everybody finds their own level which they're comfortable, but I don't... I don't mind a good deadline 'cause it just... it's when you work for yourself, that's fairly helpful.
ASSISI: Yeah. Or pretend somebody is about to turn up or make a coffee day and just go I must have this done before I go out for coffee or I can't go like you do with kids. So I find that useful
YENNY: Oh, that's amazing! Thank you so much on this beautiful day in Noosa.
ASSISI: Oh my goodness!
YENNY: Thank you so much for letting me interview you.
ASSISI: Lovely. Thank you, Yenny. Thank you. I feel very privileged.
YENNY: And we going to go off to the spa now, Oh! it's going to be awesome. Anyway, thank you.
ASSISI: Thank you.