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“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”  ~the Buddha

How much of your life are you deferring to a perfect future day?

The Buddha reminds us that every step, every breath, every moment IS happiness not the path TOWARDS happiness.

As we navigate this crazy busy world we’ve constructed around ourselves, how much more do we need to be happy?

It’s a question I ask myself as much as I ask you.

With each breath there is another opportunity for busy-ness. What can we do to slow down and not get trapped living at a pace that doesn’t serve our deeper selves? I live in the city that doesn’t sleep and yet I need to. If we let go of the story that tells us there isn’t enough and that if we don’t act now, we’re going to miss out—will we really miss out?

Every day across the world there are things happening that I will never participate in. A hundred years ago, I wouldn’t have known that they even existed. Today, even with that knowledge, how affected by that information do I need to be? Do I want to make choices based on what isn’t happening or what is happening? It really does come down to glass half-full or half-empty.  Which one feeds your spirit and which one hurts your heart? That should tell you something

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.


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