Sue Rasmussen – Book Journeys Author Interview – Feb. 2, 2017
On this episode of Book Journeys, Vice President for The Author Incubator, Jenn McRobbie, interviews Sue Rasmussen, author of My Desk Is Driving Me Crazy: End Overwhelm, Do Less and Accomplish More and Unclutter Your Spirit.
As a child Sue had always been an organizer, always rearranging the clothes in her closet and the furniture the house, but she didn’t focus on what to keep and what to then let go of until she got divorced at around the age of forty. At that time, she remarked, she had a dream house and a lot of “beautiful stuff,” but when she looked at all that she realized she didn’t know who she was. Sue then worked on deciding what, among the things, she wanted to keep and which she wanted to let go of, based on who she wanted to be in the future.
Sue began her coaching career as a career coach in 1998, after which she then shifted, some years later, to becoming a marketing coach, as her clients started their own business. She noticed, as she coached, that clutter apparently played a part in what kept her clients from achieving their goals, and so shifted to becoming a clutter coach.
Sue remarked that people surround themselves with things that no longer serve them, but which they keep because they think the things mean something, and this is why people find it difficult to let go of stuff. For Sue, clearing clutter is more than just clearing the physical items, it’s about deciding what one wants to be.
Sue’s first book, My Desk Is Driving Me Crazy, was easy to write out, and is intended for female entrepreneurs who are finding themselves overwhelmed by all the small, distracting things that they encounter throughout the day. Writing out Unclutter Your Spirit, however, was more difficult for Sue for, as she admitted, she half-wrote three other books while likewise writing out that book before finally settling on what would become Unclutter Your Spirit a bare two weeks before she was supposed to submit a finished manuscript. Unclutter Your Spirit was also challenging to Sue because, as she admitted, she essentially underwent a Master’s program in uncluttering while writing it.
Sue was greatly helped by Angela Lauria’s Difference Process, which she credits to being an enormous help for her to bring her two books out, and she remarked, in particular, on the Creativity Temple process, which enabled her to write down whatever she visualized during that process. Sue also remarked that, like a lot of female entrepreneurs, she had difficulty letting go and just letting things flow, so the Creativity Temple process gave her practice in doing just that. Writing the book was also an exercise in Sue’s trusting her inner guidance and allowing it to give her an answer, even if it wasn’t the answer she wanted.
Sue’s website is suerasmussen.com. She notes that she only works via phone and doesn’t accept all of the people who seek her help, as she notes that there has to be a good fit between herself and any client she works with, since “not for everybody,” which is what she tells any potential client up front.
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