"Thank you so much! I really appreciate all aspects of your coaching style--being direct, but gentle and non-shaming, the Coach Hello that sums everything up, being able to listen so intently and reflect back to me what I am saying, and today, especially for the prioritizing tools. The visual of Big Rocks as A, gravel as B, sand as C, and delegating to others as D really helps me understand the process and importance of prioritizing. Thank you for everything!" - Lisa Johnson, artist | Fisher Johnson Studios www.fisherjohnsonstudios.com
"My work with Debbie has been absolutely essential to create room for my new business growth. Her applications of Feng Shui are superb, and I have particularly appreciated her abilities to listen, to encourage, and support my progress in a way that is unflappable, intentional and non-judgmental." - Shary Raske, Career Strategist, Courage to Change Enterprises
"Debbie Bowie is my coach and I have come so far with her help. I have learned so much about myself and how my ADD traits affect my life - and the life of others that are close to me. She is very knowledgeable with ADD, very professional and a great communicator. As she and I have become closer in coaching, I have come to realize she sincerely wants to help people and is just a good, fair, genuine person. I really value our coaching time and I believe you will too." - Lisa Girdley, Mary Kay Representative
"After working with Debbie for the past year, I have seen my own awareness improve. In the past, I might think about an issue, but then it would go by the wayside. Working with Debbie makes these thoughts concrete. Her questions probe my being in a way that I could not do it by myself. Her listening skills are phenomenal! Basically, working with Debbie has increased my awareness about myself, what I like, what I don't like, and it has given me the opportunity to really let me be me. Thank you, Debbie a million times!" - Dale Keator, professional artist and designer
"Debbie’s strong ability to hear the “story” behind my words and reflect back with perceptive clarity has been invaluable to me. Feeling heard and validated in the coaching process helps anchor me in my own self-knowing. Debbie has been a gentle but solid guide through a sometimes murky path to a clearer perspective." - Diane Thomson, Creative Organizing, Inc.
Feng Shui Organizing Testimonials
"I was fortunate to attend Debbie's fantastic program at Reunion and it was so motivating! I bought her book, came home and have been a de-cluttering whirlwind ever since -- at least eight lawn & leaf bags gone so far, and that doesn't count things taken to our local Clothes Closet or returned to their rightful owner. I've reclaimed my home office and moved my furniture so I can sit in a "power position" instead of with my back to the door. It's now a place I love instead of a place that feels heavy. Thank you! Lots of other hot spots in the house to go, but this felt like an amazing victory. If any of you need a great speaker, Debbie is terrific!" - Elizabeth Cottrell, Heartspoken
"Debbie helped me understand the concept that brains work differently and that I wasn't lazy (when I did NOT want to deal with pieces of paper that would piled up again on my desk after I had taken the time to clear them off--repeatedly!) or stupid (when I didn't 'get it), but that my brain simply works a particular way. Isn't that a wonderful perspective!! Thanks to Debbie I now focus on accepting how my brain functions and I work WITH it, including having patience and compassion with and for myself, rather than beating myself up. It has also helped me be more compassionate towards my husband who's a wonderful guy, but whose brain simply does not function the way mine does." - Fiona Marissa, Better Edit
"I hired Debbie to work with my husband and me on "THAT" room, the room that we couldn't come together on. Debbie was beyond wonderful. She listened to both of our needs and was focused, calm, and strong. She knew just how to connect and communicate with enough tough love to get us moving forward again. In two hours she accomplished more than I thought possible; we could see the floor! All of it! The second visit was even better. She noticed a project in the room and asked what it was doing there. The object was an unfinished doll house that my husband started building over 20 years ago. When Debbie explained that the unfinished project represented an unfinished home could cause frustrations in our marriage, the doll house was gone the next day! After that we were ready and able to start new projects. Over the next few weeks, we rebuilt our deck and shed. Prior to working with Debbie we were frustrated with the condition of our home and with each other. Since then we've done a 180 in all three areas of our lives. I doubt a marriage counselor could provide a quicker result!" - Christine Walters, Lessons of Laughter
"The first few days since our session have been very good. I was not giving enough credit to the physical world and what impact it was having on me. Cleaning up my work area also cleaned up my mind. I am very surprised at the strong effect that my new office has had on me. I feel like I have better control over calls, paper, people intrusions, etc. What was most helpful, I believe, was the philosophy aspects of what you told me. These thoughts have carried over at home, in my yard, and in my car. The space around me has a different meaning and feeling to it. The ramifications of the change are significant for me. It has given me confidence. This was a significant event in my life. I have just started to explore this."- Rick Hinchberger
A Client's Journey... "Debbie stays on point when it would be very easy to get sidetracked. I was amazed at her energy level—2 hours non-stop. She asks thoughtful questions - Do you need it? Do you love it? How old is it? Like the Everready Bunny, you don’t stop." - Dale Keator
Day 1 after clutter clearing session "I changed my space and yesterday the phone rang for the first interview. Debbie, I am and have always been a believer! Thank you for all you taught me."
Day 2 "Today has been a very productive day as well. I think my improved space has opened up creativity channels!"
Day 3 "Debbie the phone call turned in to a fantastic interview then when I returned home there was another voice mail message from another company for an interview. It's amazing the power that changing your space has!" - Theresa Laimie
"Debbie Bowie's work as an organizer and feng shui practitioner has enabled me to operate with greater freedom in my home and work environments. My work is very intense (and rewarding), and when I have "down time" I can now simply enjoy being in my home instead of feeling that I SHOULD be straightening up piles of clutter. Debbie's work helps me clear away blocks in my physical environment, which impact the mental and emotional aspects of my life as well. Here is a small example of the profound benefits I have gained from her expertise. More than a year after my mother died, I still had all of her jewelry sitting in boxes. In one afternoon, Debbie sat beside me and took each piece of jewelry out for consideration. The criteria she suggested was - Do I love it? and/or Will I use it? With Debbie's help, I was able to sort through a lifetime of beloved memories and make good decisions about letting go of things which would no longer enhance my life. I now have some beautiful and sentimental pieces which belonged to my mother, instead of a pile of boxes sitting in a corner. What a healing experience!" - Kathy Grace
"I’d like to thank you for getting me started and moving again in my room. Progress, though slow, is being made. Goodwill has been given the first load of several boxes, bags and the trash has also been taken away. I still have a way to go, but chip away at it for an hour or two as my schedule and energy allow. It feels much brighter, lighter and happier in my room already--which helps keep progress moving forward." - Lorrie Lincoln
"Yes, at first I was skeptical. No, I was not confident that the practices that Debbie Bowie teaches would work, much less become a positive doctrine by which to live and manage my practice. However, I kept an open mind. Fortunately so did my assistant and branch manager. I started working with Debbie my second year in the business and now that I am finishing my ninth her practices have become a fixture for my practice. I have far exceeded my peers in assets under management and gross production by following her guidance. Debbie has taught me how to get organized, stay organized and adapt to inevitable change. Moreover, utilizing her feng shui expertise I have created a work environment that is a delight to myself and the many clients who regularly visit. My assistant has also embraced her teachings and my branch manager, who has been in the business for decades, revamped his approach to managing time and paperwork. He also made numerous modifications to his workspace using feng shui techniques. I can’t thank Debbie enough!" - Martin Miller, Investment Broker
"Since the seminar, I've taken another 5 bags of recycling to the curb, a bag to Goodwill; all my laundry is done, added new things to make the cottage my own; and a motorcycle ride to shake up the status quo... you did an awesome job!!" - Coleen Kenny, Professional Speaker
"You are a mover of mountains. Thank you for opening our front door so that all the "stuff" is moving out. Talk about a feel good experience! Manny’s always been better than I, at getting rid of things. I'll tell ya what, I'm movin’ now! All of your little pieces of wisdom deliver such a "can do" message. Thank you for opening the door!" - Dottie Klammer
"Very organized, succinct presentation! I already subscribe to her emails. I got her to come to my house. On Debbie’s recommendation I took everything out from under my bed including suitcases. After that I stopped having continual dreams about not being packed for a trip." - Laura Brown
"I came away from Debbie’s 20-minute teleconference presentation with one powerful tip that helped me regain control of my office. I now know that when I feel overwhelmed by the papers on my desk, if I first focus on moving things (file folders, books, magazines) instead of papers, almost magically the papers take care of themselves. That one tip helped me create a new office and it works every time!" - Paul Manieri, Coach
"Thank you so much for the information presented to us during our Lunch & Learn. We loved having you as guest speaker. All who participated truly appreciated learning how to reduce clutter! The easy steps to identify what to clear away, and how to assess what to keep, will truly make life here at Paychex and at home easier. You explained the impact that being organized has on our life, and then gave us practical tips for organizing our space, which made everyone eager to start clearing away clutter. Then you showed us how the simple rule of "Love It, Use It, or Lose It", can make a crucial difference to being more successful and happy in our everyday lives. Thank you again for sharing your beneficial tips and knowledge on organization. I would highly recommend your presentation for any business or individual." - Leslie Lumpkin, Paychex
"I thank you so much for your seminar. It was a shot in the arm to work on my cluttered apartment. Literally, my life has come to a halt in the last few months. When I left, I was upset I had to go to work. I SO wanted to go home and CLEAN. The best part was that on Sunday, I didn't lose any steam! I went home and finally was able to let go of a bag of clothes that I couldn't bear to part with last week. These are clothes that I have considered letting go for some time. I think the clincher was you reminding us that clutter attracts more clutter. And the fact that you literally can't think in a cluttered home. Thank you!" - Dawn Hamrick
"I was instantly engaged. My mind started working on my home before she finished her presentation." - Amy Meghanaki
On Debbie's Book...
"I've known Debbie Bowie, organizer and feng shui expert, for many years now. As a pretty organized person, though, I've never taken the time to hire her. Silly me. This past weekend I started reading Debbie's new book, "Rock, Scissors, Paper - Understanding How Environment Affects Your Performance On A Daily Basis." It's a fast read so I finished it one sitting. I was so moved by her words that I got off the couch, packed a few items in the car and drove to my office at 4:30pm on a Saturday evening. I spent the next three hours redoing my office, throwing out junk and moving furniture. I even was inspired to tackle the dreaded storage closet that was stacked with piles of junk. Since then, I love my office. I'm more efficient and I've closed two big sales since then. Can environment affect your performance? You bet it can. I can't recommend Debbie's book highly enough. I loved it so much I bought copies for all of my new strategic planning clients. Business people NEED this book!" - Laura Posey, Profit Consultant, author of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets
"What a great book. This book is a must-read for any business owner wanting to increase their effectiveness! It's compact and an easy read but it packs a punch. The author writes about how environment affects our performance on a daily basis! She directs the reader to pay attention to and evaluate the effectiveness of our environment. Every thing in our physical space makes a difference because of the mental associations we attach to those things. If we're not careful, those associations can be negative and can severely undermine our effectiveness without us even realizing it! As a business owner, maximizing my effectiveness is critical to the health and well-being of my business. I highly recommend buying this book and following the author's recommendations. After reading the Energy Affects Outcomes chapter, I took a look around the space I was in and began to review my associations with the objects in that space. I dusted, rearranged and purged. That's all it took to feel a renewed sense of energy. I now read a little bit of the book every day to remind myself to pay attention to the energy of (aka, my associations with) the things in my space and that my physical environment has an impact on my performance on a daily basis!" - Fiona Marissa, Better Edit
"I began reading Rock Scissors Paper as a person discouraged with the un-togetherness of some of my stuff. I have closets that are waaaaaaaaaaaay too full. I was also a little skeptical that anyone could tell you how to pull it all together and prevent it getting back into an un-together state. I was wrong. Debbie Bowie tells you why your stuff is not together (very helpful) and why you need to get it together. She provides a process to accomplish the goal and a process to avoid having to do it all over again. Wonderful book. Quick read. Easy to understand. I highly recommend it!" - Pam Rambo, Research Consultant
"Debbie Bowie writes eloquently about a subject which has been near and dear to my heart for 30+ years--helping individuals and organizations create and sustain a 'productive environment™' so everyone can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. If you're feeling overwhelmed, find a place you like to be, with a copy of Rock Scissors Paper, and you'll be on the path to a life you can love!" - Barbara Hemphill aka Paper Tiger Lady, Founder, Productive Environment Institute
"I was so impressed by the book's simple approach to organizing. The chapters and sections are organized in a manner that keep your interest and are easy to follow! Once I started reading this book I could not put it down until I finished it and then I proceeded to start clearing out one of my rooms that holds all my bills and papers! I was so motivated that I spent several hours late into the night clearing and organizing. Once I completed my task I felt like I had accomplished so much. I have repeated these steps in other areas and I know it has kept me moving forward by removing those stumbling blocks which we are so unaware of. Debbie Bowie's book can help anyone become more successful at home or at work. Her stories will strike a cord with you. I highly recommend this book to anyone working in the home or outside the home--in other words-everyone!" - Nina Newton, Long & Foster Realtor
"As an owner of a tire and auto repair shop I am constantly bombarded with mess. I had no idea how until I read Debbie Bowie's book. Once I saw the connection I could not wait to get started. So often you become blind to your surroundings but you are being influenced by them whether you know it or not. So read this book and free yourself and the people around you from the meaningless and counter-productive stuff you don't need anymore and fill those spaces with what you love. Your life will be better for it. I highly recommend this book. I bought a copy for my parents as well. It may just be the motivation and direction you've been waiting for." - Will Cordle, Buffalo Tire Richmond
"Rock Scissors Paper is a jewel of book. Its small size is not reflective of the wealth of information found among the pages. Ms. Bowie's organizational skills have obviously served her well in its planning and lay-out. Her use of clear headings, bullet points, and chapter placement make the book easy to read. I believe that the design of a book is as important as placing furniture in a room. Of course, no matter how visually attractive a book is, the quality of the content is what really counts. Rock Scissors Paper does not disappoint. Ms. Bowie's paramount hypothesis is that our environment affects our performance, and she successfully supports and illustrates this throughout the book. It is a wonderful combination of ergonomics, psychology, advice, and a touch of Zen Buddhism. What impressed me the most about the author is her sensitivity to the emotional needs of her clients. Just as psyche and soma are directly related, so are our emotions and the environment. A change in one may affect the other. The practical and simple suggestions found in Rock Scissors Paper can be incorporated by all of us. I hope Ms. Bowie is planning a second book as a follow-up; I will be the first in line to purchase it." - Frederic Tate
"Debbie Bowie's book Rock Scissors Paper may well be the answer to your organizational needs. Many find that as their schedules get crowded they are unable to cope with the pressures of growth and find themselves paralyzed. This in turn prevents them from being successful. By following the simple techniques that Debbie outlines you can break free of the mental and sometimes physical blocks that keep one from moving forward. In an easy to follow, neatly laid out fashion Debbie provides you with the tools to keep moving forward. I have used her principles for years and my income and self satisfaction continue to grow. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to enhance the quality of their lives.: - Thriving in Virginia