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The Organizational Guru

Gylian Solay can help you handle your mission impossible.

December 8, 2011
Daniel Weiss , The Maui Weekly

Gylian Solay can organize your life-everything from your physical space to a community event. Gylian will help you create a sense of organization that works for you and your lifestyle. She is the quintessential multitasker, working efficiently and quickly to create a pleasurable experience with immediate results.

Dr. Susan Frieder, one of Gylian's organizing and personal assistant clients, is a licensed clinical psychologist. "Everyone needs a 'Gylian' in his or her life!" said Dr. Frieder. "Smiling and spirited, Gylian immediately sets a rapport and begins working with your needs in mind."

For Gylian, it's being sensitive to what makes the client feel comfortable in his or her environment. She encourages her clients to find congruency by exploring their priorities and preferences. The first thing she asks her clients is, "What is the most important thing in your life?"

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Organizer extraordinaire Gylian Solay encourages her clients to find congruency by exploring their priorities and preferences.

"It's like looking into a kaleidoscope," Gylian explained. "When you turn it even slightly, things open up in a new way, allowing you to see your life and potential from a new perspective."

Gylian affirmed, "When a person's environment is messy and cluttered, it becomes an obstacle and distracts them from spending their time and energy on things they would prefer to be doing."

A tenacious Brooklyn girl who has always adhered to the island lifestyle, Gylian arrived on Maui in 2006. She has reinvented herself several times over and is the definition of a single woman "making it."

Gylian, who brings over 40 years of experience, skill, talent and concern for the well-being of others, began her organizing and personal assistant business after a friend asked for help with her office and garage.

Recognizing Gylian's natural gift, her friend urged her to pursue this path. Gylian has now taken her business to a larger scale, helping her clients pack and unpack when moving and handling all kinds of multifaceted projects. She also helps hoarders.

Her professional and educational background reflects her multifaceted abilities as a counselor, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor, organizer, personal assistant and group facilitator. Her attention to detail and knack for keeping things in order also makes her a sharp elementary school substitute teacher.

Gylian, who possesses a B.A. in Education and English and a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, is also a Ph.D. candidate in Social Artistry Leadership.

But when the economy began to lag a couple years ago, so did Gylian's income.

"I was struggling and so was everyone else," said Gylian. "Yoga always brings me to that balanced place of manageability, especially in stressful times, so I thought a free class would help others as well."

So began her free, integral Hatha yoga class outdoors at Waipu'ilani Park every Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 a.m., which is still going strong. The aim of this class is to make it accessible for everyone, hence the title of her aptly named yoga DVD, "Yoga for Everybody." She teaches this free class as a thank you to her teacher, Swami Satchidananda, whose teachings have been applied to her life in and out of yoga classes since 1970.

Gylian is quite fond of his saying, "Truth is one-the paths are many." She encourages her students and clients to find their way to their truth by being an active participant of society.

She smiles when talking about the elementary students she teaches. "They have potential that needs to be encouraged in creative ways." This led her to organize a fundraiser and silent auction to establish the Julie Claire Holmes Dance Scholarship. Gylian's friend, Julie, was a well-known naturopath who passed away a few years ago. With the support and generosity of the Maui community, the July event raised over $5,000 in one evening. Now, children who previously lacked the funding to pursue their dreams of dancing are attending classes at Maui Academy of Performing Arts.

Gylian also offers a free women's book club on the second Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kihei. The group is open for women to share books, ideas and perspectives, and to meet other women without having to worry about paying a membership fee.

As busy as she is, Gylian knows it is important to take time for self-reflection and regularly examines what's going on in her own life.

"I always ask myself if I'm willing to do what I'm asking of my clients," said Gylian. Constantly working on her own self-improvement, she is currently a student in a memoir writing class.

"When I can touch and impact one person to make a change for the better in his or her life, I know I have made a difference on the planet," said Gylian.

If you would like to end 2011 or begin 2012 with a newly organized life, home or office, call Gylian at 344-8068 or email gyliansolay@gmail.com.

 
 

 

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