Happy Wednesday! This week we have Sage Grayson, Life Editor in the hot seat!
I love that her work is about editing out what no longer works as you know I am a big proponent of decluttering and letting go what no longer belongs in my life. In this interview she share great tips and nuggets that you can apply into your own life today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Sage Grayson, and you can find me at SageGrayson.com. I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home. I’m a Life Editor…and so are you!
I live in the suburbs of San Francisco with my husband Chris and pit bull Skyla. When I’m not helping folks edit their lives, you can find me reading my 32 magazine subscriptions, loudly singing dance hits from the 90s, and watching Disney cartoons.
What inspired you to become a Life Editor? What does that mean?
Life editing is a form of life coaching that follows a specific step-by-step process for cleaning up your life, much like how a book editor would edit a manuscript.
I gained more than 10 years’ experience as an editor in the publishing world before I became a life coach. It was then that I noticed I was using the same techniques to help my clients improve their lives as I did back when I was an editor.
Sometimes our lives can feel like a rough draft. Our days are jumbled, there doesn’t seem to be a flow, and we’re not living the story of our dreams that’s inside of us.
That’s where life editing comes in.
Life editing includes creating a foundation, deleting bad influences, adding good habits and routines, rearranging everything into a perfect flow, and making white space for personal self-care.
What advice would you give to women who crave living a richer/full life?
In my experience, to create a fuller life you must find ways to make your life…less full. That means clearing out things that don’t add value to your life, ending toxic relationships, getting out of harmful situations at work and home, removing clutter, and ditching mindsets and beliefs that hold you back.
Another easy way to have a richer life is to focus on the good things you already have. Expressing gratitude and focusing on abundance will boost your mood and help you move forward on your goals without getting overwhelmed.
In my Life Editing Process framework that I use with my clients, this “attitude of gratitude” is called creating a foundation. It’s what holds you up and keeps you stable.
What’s your go to Morning Ritual (Routine)…
I’m definitely an early bird, and I wake up around [5:00] or [6:00] every morning. I’m more creative and have more energy early in the day, so I try to take advantage of that time.
First, I make a cup of black tea (or 3…) and run through my morning stack (http://sagegrayson.com/my-daily-stack-how-to-build-your-own-morning-ritual/), which is a collection of mantras, affirmations, and positive images on 3×5 notecards. Flipping through these cards puts me in the right creative state of mind to do my work for the day.
Then I meditate for about 5 minutes, listen to one of my uplifting music playlists , and study my vision board. I realize this probably sounds a bit “woo woo,” but I definitely notice a difference in my mood if I don’t give myself time in the morning to reconnect with my intention.
Finally, I review my to-do list and the 3 main priorities I chose the night before. And then I’m ready to dive into my work!
What are your go-to self-care tools and experiences that restore you to your best self?
I’m a big proponent of journaling and writing by hand. I make all my worksheets un-editable PDFs because I feel so strongly about putting pen to paper. When you write down what you want in your own handwriting, you take ownership of your results. And that’s something you can’t get by simply tap-tap-tapping on a keyboard.
Time and time again, my clients reach their desired results when they see their intentions written by them. This is especially true if they sign their names on the paper or in their journals. Writing by hand is a way for you to make a promise to yourself because there’s no denying that you wrote it.
My favorite tool is the aspiration journal. An aspiration journal is where you write AS IF everything you want to happen in your day, week, month, year, or life has already happened. If you want a new job, don’t write “I wish I had a new job.” Instead, write “I love my job as Marketing Manager, and I feel so good to be sitting at my big desk in my corner office. I’m respected and liked by all my colleagues.” It’s fun to re-read my old aspiration journals after what I wrote down actually happened.
For my free printable worksheets (including your own aspiration journal) plus dozens of free ebooks, videos, and resources, check out the Editor’s Toolkit.