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“Decide ahead of time who you want to be, the kinds of things you want to be involved in, and the things you want to own.” with Kacy Burns and Dr. Marina Kostina

Being intentional — I (almost) never make a decision based on emotion alone. Decide ahead of time who you want to be, the kinds of things you want to be involved in, and the things you want to own. Intentionally choosing a path for your life is the only way to know if you’re going the right […]


Being intentional — I (almost) never make a decision based on emotion alone. Decide ahead of time who you want to be, the kinds of things you want to be involved in, and the things you want to own. Intentionally choosing a path for your life is the only way to know if you’re going the right direction.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kacy Burns, a professional organizer from Indiana. She helps women organize their homes in a way that allows them to thrive in all areas of their life. She empowers women to turn their focus back to the important things by reducing chaos in material things.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I haven’t always been organized. In the last few years, health issues caused my life to get hectic and overwhelming. I found confidence and peace while organizing my home, and I’ve made it my mission to help others do the same.

What does it mean for you to live “on purpose”? Can you explain? How can one achieve that?

Choose your life intentionally. When you’re faced with decision, you have to think about your future, not your past. If you know who you want to be, every decision you make has to get you one step closer to your goals. That’s the only way to live joyfully on purpose.

Do you have an example or story in your own life of how your pain helped to guide you to finding your life’s purpose?

I have always been prone to depression, but it really hit me hard when I was faced with chronic non-healing wounds. I looked like a young, healthy woman, but my body wasn’t working the way it should. I was restricted to my home for several months, and I was faced with the chaos of my belongings and life. One drawer, one shelf at a time, I put my life back in order. When I was finally able to get out of the house again, I decided that I need to show others that it’s possible to get out from under the chaos and find new life.

The United States is currently rated at #18 in the World Happiness Report. Can you share a few reasons why you think the ranking is so low?

The US’s culture of consumerism is the top reason I think we aren’t at the top of the World Happiness Report. Most of us live in one extreme or the other: constant desire for more or constant guilt for owning too much. We go into debt because we want to have everything we see an ad for. The weight of all our belongings rests on our minds day and night. If we want to find joy in this life, we need to stop buying more just because we want it. We need to be intentional about what we buy. We need to make every decision — including purchasing decisions — based on concrete goals we have for our lives.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I’ve just started seeing myself as a successful human being. Success is having a purpose and fighting to fulfill that purpose. I don’t have money to share, but I have knowledge and experience. I take every chance I can to share that wisdom in a clear, loving way.

What are your 6 strategies to help you face your day with exuberance, “Joie De Vivre” and a “ravenous thirst for life”? Can you please give a story or example for each?

1. Daily meditation — Daily time to focus on your purpose. Because my purpose is directly tied to my faith, this means prayer and Bible study each day.

2. Daily Affirmation — On my bathroom mirror, I have a paper stating my life’s mission and vision. I read this every time I wash my hands and brush my teeth. It’s written in present tense, so my subconscious will help me make it a reality.

3. Having the right influences — I make sure my closest friends are the kind of people who have a thirst for life. I also read, listen to, and watch content from people who lead a lifestyle that reflects my values.

4. Gratitude — Any time something good happens (no matter how small it seems), I specifically state my thanks for it. For example, when I remember I have a gift card for my favorite restaurant, I take a moment to be thankful for that gift card and the person who gave it to me. Any time something bad happens (no matter how bad it seems), I specifically state my thanks for it. For example, when I found out I needed surgery yet again, I took a moment to be thankful for access to incredible medical staff who knew exactly how to help me.

5. Being intentional — I (almost) never make a decision based on emotion alone. Decide ahead of time who you want to be, the kinds of things you want to be involved in, and the things you want to own. Intentionally choosing a path for your life is the only way to know if you’re going the right direction.

6. Practice Willpower — I have started choosing one thing each month that requires a lot of willpower to succeed. For example, for 2 months in 2018 I didn’t spend money on anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. Another month, I limited myself to 3 drinks: water, chai tea, and coffee. A ravenous thirst for life is built on small habits that focus you on joy. You need strong willpower to build those habits, and the only way to strengthen anything is to practice.

Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, or resources that most inspired you to live with a thirst for life?

The Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis

Organize 365 Podcast by Lisa Woodruff

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

Saving Truth by Abdu Murray

Full by Asheritah Ciuciu

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that relates to having a Joie De Vivre? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.” 
 ― Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

I have control in my life. I can’t let other people make my decisions for me. If I want joy, I have to pursue it. If I want peace, I have to build quietness into my life. If I want to make wise choices, I have to seek wisdom. I am responsible for joy in my life.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

I’m currently building my professional organization business to help women take back control of their lives.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

My goal is that every American woman knows that she is empowered to take control of her life, starting with her home. There’s a ripple effect when women get organized. When women have space to focus on what’s important, they’re able to bring joy to the people they love most.

Thank you so much for joining us!

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