Hi, I'm Sav!
Changing lives through organization. Empowering busy families, entrepreneurs, + small businesses to optimize their space to live stress and clutter-free.
Specializing in Feng Shui Design, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Financial Literacy, and Decluttering; Savvy Solutions provides clients with the systems they need to get and stay organized. Mess does not have to cause stress.
Professional organizing + coaching to let go of physical and mental clutter. You deserve it.
Prior to founding Savvy Solutions, I spent a decade, day in and day out stressing over and bringing home the experienced trauma of my kids, my students. Year after year, I would push myself to ensure that my kids would reach grade-level despite entering my classroom multiple years behind. I would get there before the bell rang and leave well into the night. I thought this was normal. Right?
I was working in inner-city Title 1 schools (the lowest economic status) and in hyper-segregated communities of color. Although I knew it wasn't healthy to have ZERO work-life balance, I felt like my kids' future was 100% my responsibility. Most of my kids spent more time with me, than their real families. I quickly learned and took on the role of "dedicated surrogate parent".
I always found a way to outweigh the cons:
1. ENDLESS HOURS...BUT I am making a difference in so many lives!
2. LOW PAY...BUT I have joy and great satisfaction from teaching! Most people hate their jobs!
3. NO RESPECT...BUT I am a damn good teacher, most teachers can't deal, and my kids love me!
What I had really done was associate my self-worth and identity to my job.
Which meant if you were to take-away my title: Did the pros actually the cons?
time for change:
I began to look at my cons again: "Endless hours" translated to no work-life balance. "Low pay" really meant my own family would suffer the financial instability for decades to come. Most importantly,"little respect" boiled down to a dangerous identity which was based on belittling myself to make others happy. Any other people pleasers out there?!
What about MY happiness?
I was trying to do it all, literally. I would triage school, do side jobs to increase take-home pay, take on leadership roles at school and in the district, support new teachers, *had zero social life*, and was eating protein shakes for dinner because at the end of the day I was so exhausted, it was cheaper, and there was no prep or clean-up. I would curl up in my blankets, avoiding turning on the heater to save money, and tell myself my life was great.
it was a long time coming:
My father Mark Susnow, an executive life-coach, was my biggest cheerleader. When we unexpectedly passed away, the wake-up call got louder. Without him cheering me on, it was hard to carry on. It was time to leave teaching.
My dad (pictured left, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine), my biggest cheerleader, had done it himself. Leave a wildly successful law practice to start over in a more fulfilling and sustainable way. Would it be for forever? Who knew, but the most important thing was my safety, happiness, and health.
My dad's work was designed to guide others through the uncertainties of life, which he had done many time overs from trial-lawyer and stock trader to life-coach. He followed his joy ever second of the day. Leaving teaching was a heartbreaking decision, but I know it was the right one, and that he is cheering me on loudest of all,
"Go Savo, Go!".
the change that never stops:
Stepping away from teaching was my first step in my self-care. Asking for help was my second.
Asking for help can be mind-blowing!
Most of us don't ask for help out of fear, biases we've created, self-critique, or a lack of trust. I began reading a lot more, listening to poignant interviews, and began talking with about my own mental-health, a taboo topic in the US. As for the fear, it was still there, but now the PROS definitely outweighed the CONS.
I got SAVVY!
It's time to #getSAVVY about your physical + mental clutter.