Image courtesy of Fay Wolf
Not many people can say they have had their original tunes featured on hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill and The Vampire Diaries while also serving as a declutter and organization guru to the masses. It’s all in a day’s work for the talented singer/songwriter, actress, (admitted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup junky) and organizational expert Fay Wolf. As a musician and stage/television performer, Fay is no stranger to accessing inner truths, which might also explain her Zen-like approach to her organization/declutter business New Order. Fay is committed to helping her clients rid themselves of “inner clutter,” the detritus of memories or experiences that hold us back, that keep us mired in stasis, as much as outer clutter. “Letting go can be such a release,” says Fay. “It’s so freeing having a clear space in front of you. It’s not about perfection, it’s about letting go of the things you don’t need.” Next up from this talented and inspirational gal, a book based on her New Order principles, a potential television or webinar series, more music with new collaborators, and, of course, the occasional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup indulgence.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Awed, Thorough, Curly
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My neighbor Sylvie rocks. She's 5 1/2 and is coming up with the most incredible songs on the spot. It's eerie and lovely to watch. She's pretty much a songwriting genius.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
To live in the now as much as possible, and to keep taking action. I really believe that if I can continue to do those two things, then I am continually living my dreams, goals and ambitions. That all said, I've got a lot of projects I would love to work on after finishing the current ones. But one step at a time.
What are you most proud of?
I'm proud of trying to take care of my health, and realizing I deserve healing -- whether that's exercise, meditation, massages, vitamins, doctor's visits, or the more expensive better-for-me food. I recently became much more of an active participant with this stuff, and it's making a huge difference.
What piece of advice changed your life?
So many. What springs to mind is my friend Josh telling me "What other people think of you is none of your business." I think about it all the time.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
All I know is there will probably be dogs involved. And music. And delicious food.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Oh my -- there are so many things I would love to do, when the time is right. For example, learning how to play chess and mastering the Los Angeles public transit system.
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
My gut today says Tori Amos. I'm just not sure what my life as a musician would look like without her.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
Probably quitting my job and starting my organizing business in 2006. What did I learn? To take risks.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
Because we all are. That's what I feel like this whole movement is about. If we all have innate worth -- which we all do -- then we're all the same, we're all awesome, and we're all born to live out our lives as That Girl.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor