Meet VIRGINIA BARKLEY
Organizing People, Projects & Priorities
Virginia says, “Clutter is a state of mind that manifests itself in paper piles, calendar chaos, and empty distractions that leave us feeling overwhelmed and under productive. As 21st century women, we are constantly bombarded with the message that we can do it all. Yet, it is our responsibility to define what ALL is for US! Thatʼs when we need to get realistic with ourselves about what we consider to be the priorities in our lives; otherwise, our lives are going to be driving us in circles instead of toward more purpose-filled destinations.”
Virginia honed her skills as an organizing strategist managing people, projects, and priorities, across several industries. Sheʼs worked in film and television, special events and promotions, and licensing, all of which include hard deadlines, “a key ingredient,” she says, “for organizing oneʼs life and affairs.”
Career highlights include developing the Athleteʼs Plan for the Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games, managing the movements of more than 12,000 people from 196 countries while directing 500 volunteers; it remains the largest Athleteʼs march in Olympic history. Following the 1996 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company entrusted Virginia and her team to develop a new division of Worldwide Licensing, Event Merchandising, of which Virginia managed the North American business. Three years later, she was then asked to manage its $120 million licensing division for Europe and Eurasia.
Her successful coaching business was born out of the devastating situation in which she found herself following Hurricane Katrina, that hit her hometown of New Orleans. By using her 4-fold C.A.L.M. blueprint, she was able to rebuild her own life and now she shares that strategy with her clients, both individuals and groups, who are seeking to replace chaos with calm. She believes that the root of all clutter is mental confusion which needs to be addressed first in order to see results in all areas of our lives. Her clients unanimously report that eliminating clutter, produces greater CALM, generating more time and energy to focus on priorities, follow through, and find greater purpose and satisfaction.
“There is an inextricable link between mental and physical clutter,”she says, “something has just gotten stuck.”
The clutter is not about the clutter; itʼs about confusion clouding clarity and unsupportive beliefs about what we think we can and cannot handle. A phenomenon then occurs that she has coined “conscious blindness”: when some-thing, or things, distract us to the point that we fall out of touch with ourselves and our surroundings. Exercising our awareness muscle is the first step. Being open and compassionate with ourselves in the second step. “All possibilities begin within us; the key is allowing ourselves to begin.”