Fabulous Feng Shui for Your Holiday

Here we are amidst the holiday season once again. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all, we can find ourselves moving so quickly, we are not even aware of what is happening that we may miss the joy connecting to the moments, what can one do?

Feng Shui principles create support in our life, wonderful tools to help us stay organized and grounded so that we may enjoy this festive fast-paced time of year.
Here are a few Feng Shui tips to get you started:

Your Front Door:

  • Do you use it? Make sure it is easy to open.
  • Make it inviting. Add some color and sparkle and light.

In many cases our front door is our face to the world, a metaphor for how we are moving along in our life journey so create a joyous welcoming experience.

Create Your Fabulous First:

  • The first thing you see upon entering must be Fabulous!
  • Create ample space around furniture and objects

Movement should be effortless throughout your home, meandering as if you are a stream of water flowing easily from room to room with ample space around furniture and objects. We are coming into the season of winter, the element of water, the energy of adaptability & flow, it is a perfect time to dream of our hearts desires and make plans for the coming New Year. Connecting to the feelings of our thoughts and dreams, we find we can make it so!

Energize with Life!

  • Your space comes alive with greenery
  • String little strands of lights through your plants and trees

Plants, flowers and trees bring life into our space, we use them to remind us how blessed we are to be alive. Embrace the sense of unconditional giving, how good it feels to show kindness to others. That which we give away with compassion, without expectation, is what we reap 1,000 times over. The energy of life brings forth an enthusiasm to do, nourishing our ideas, supporting our ability to go-go-go!

Let there be light!

  • If you have a fireplace, use it
  • Light your candles, even battery operated ones to create shimmers of light
  • Decorate with objects that bring you joy and sparkle

Tis the season of parties and celebrations, filling our spirits with joy and excitement. Keep your fires burning from within, by surrounding yourself with items that create a sparkling festive mood. Choose the method that works for you, decorating with objects which bring you feelings of joy, or donning your holiday gear. A sense of whimsy is always welcome here to help us when we find ourselves too serious. Be spontaneous! Laugh, dance and sing!

Grounding Comfort:

  • Use comfy pillows and snugly warm throws
  • Square shapes and earth tones
  • Cinnamon scents in the kitchen, lavender in the bedroom

Earthy comfort helps us remain grounded and bring life into our space. Create your personal space to feel cozy, warm and nurtured.

Refine and Define:

  • Designate an area for holiday items
  • Take 15 minutes a day to maintain organization

Refine yourself; define yourself; the energy of metal can help us with focus. If you find yourself too scattered from all the activities and excitement taking place, or feeling all over the place like a spilled glass of water, take some time to create a sense of order and control. Stop for a moment to take a breath, allow yourself 15 min to begin to organize your space. Designate an area for gifts, holiday items and other paraphernalia that seems to be cropping up all over. The more time we spend shopping, visiting, celebrating, the less time we have to keep things in their natural order, and for some of us this can be very daunting & distracting.
Choose the space where you can tolerate the temporary chaos and enjoy it!

The most important tip of all is feel the LOVE. LOVE everything in your space, if it feels good – then it is perfect for you.

Fire and Waves…

Elemental Expressions Movement – Opposites Unite
I See Fire, I See Waves…
The swirl of the blue jewels of water
The vibrant flames of fire

fire and waves

You Can Be the Magic

 

Sitting and dreaming and hoping is not going to make it happen if we do not get involved in the process.
Expect the unexpected, Participate in the process.

 

Look Inside and Breathe…

“He who looks Outside…dreams, He who looks Inside Awakes”
~ C.G. Jung

Begin with your dream, breathe into your essence, awaken…

solo buddha head in Quy Nohn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unleash Your Inner Child

When we connect to our inner child, we are unlimited.
Our inner essence shines so bright, there can be no other option!

Take a lesson from this brilliant child!

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Enjoy The Experience!

JT WOW (2)

TRANSFORMING OUR INNER ESSENCE WITH STYLE

Ready for transformation? All that you need is right there before you. Remember on SNL the skit where the “suave playboy” character would say something like “It is better to look good than to feel good”? Well as silly as it may sound, we can transform our inner essence by purposefully creating and aligning with our outer essence.

What we wear definitely affects how we show up in the world.  For example, when we want to disappear, we dress to blend into the background which in turn pulls our energy inward, hence; we become invisible. What if we want to change that decision? What if we are tired of being invisible but are not comfortable stepping into the center of the spotlight, is there a happy medium?

We can turn to Mother Nature, my mentor – in all her divine wisdom she is always giving us guidance, all we need to do is look around. The 5 elements in Nature are speaking to us all the time, these elements in our physical environment are also in our person, a very important part of who we are, our inner voice of expression, the core of our inner essence.  Let’s take a look how we can tap into these elements to put some cha cha into our chi!

Spring has sprung, we are surrounded by lush green and the blooming of May flowers!

We are optimistic, feeling renewed and refreshed after a long winter. We are feeling “sporty” “adventurous” ready to go go go. This is the element of“Tree.” Tree is the element that actually has a life of its own. Colors of bright greens and florals reflect this springtime energy. Vertical patterns, ribs, columnar and of course natural fibers. Always practical, this element will choose the right athletic gear when going out on a hike, a run or to the gym. No skimping on style or performance, it has to be right to ensure the best results!

Can’t seem to get moving, take a break and go outside, breathe in a fresh spring day and embrace this vibrant energy the Trees are offering!

Feeling a bit bored? Rigid? Serious? Add a little “Fire” to your life! Fire is transformational, the one element which takes the tree and creates ash to nourish the earth. Fun, eclectic and dramatic style will soften up any serious mood. Douse yourself in the brilliance of reds, yellows, orange and fuchsias. Angular shapes, whimsical details, such as feathers, sequins, animal prints, whether separate or combined create fun with an unexpected eclectic statement. Follow your curiosity, get inspired and tap into the passionate element of Fire. Not too comfortable in full-fledged drama.. A red accent (socks, tie,  scarf) a fun spiky shoe or a dash of bright red lipstick will do.

Need some comfort and grounding, connect to the energy of “Earth.” Nurturing is the number 1 quality of earth, supporting us through life, creating a solid foundation on which we stand. Earth is sturdy and strong yet comfy and cozy. Whether your favorite sweater or yummy throw, everything feels better when wrapped in earthy comfort. We feel safe and grounded embraced with the colors of terracotta, chocolate, ochre, khaki and warm sand. Comfy and easy dressing, boxy shapes, traditional style and accents of plaids and checks, horizontal patterns and nubby textures support this earthy element.

Feeling scattered, out of control? Metal is your element of choice. Metal brings clarity precision and focus. Clean and refined, less is more. Elegance is key, from the sound of your voice to the simplicity of your style. Silk, shimmer, polished and lux are the fabrics of choice as the “feel” is almost more important than the elegance of the style. These clean refined lines breathe an essence of confidence and control. The colors are monochromatic, whitened tints of color and of course the accents of diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, silver and refined metals. Shapes are clean and linear and curved.

Are you ready to express your free spirit, embrace your flowing essence? Do your best ideas come from your daydreams? You are the spirit of Water. Connect to your inner water with flowing style, handkerchief, asymmetrical and bias cut. Fluid and abstract, printed sheers flow over a solid base. Colors of rich turquoise, aqua, blues and blackened jewel tones. Movement is key here, restrictions do not apply! Feel the flow of the patterns, the colors and style, allowing your creativity to flow with the ease of a stream meandering along a wavy path. This reflective energy accents with shiny style, mirror palliates, beading and of course fringe to capture the movement and flow. Allow you spirituality to rise.

We have the ability to enhance or direct our energy to what is best for us on any given day. On a cloudy dark day we may choose to align with the watery element connecting to an inner energy of thinking, planning, writing – “inner doing” or light our fires with bright vibrant colors of fun and light,  “shake it up to wake it up”!  Find the expression of your inner essence which you resonate and wear it proudly for all the world to see as you shine from the inside out.

Think Green!

Green, the color of Spring, the brilliance of the sprouts just peeking out from a long long winter sleep.
I cannot help but hear Ed Sheeran singing in my ear, although a love song between two, I feel this is a metaphor for a song within myself.
“Ever Green” more powerful than “evergreen”
I can feel the ability to awaken each day, brand new, fresh and “green” filled with the essence of new beginnings, like  a sprout smiling up into the morning sun.
Can you feel YOUR Ever Green ?
Feel your emerging sprout smiling with the breath of spring.

 

Gung Hey Fat Choi!

Chinese New Year’s Day
I love these traditional tips, and we don’t have wait for Chinese New Year to implement, in fact if you are reading this and are saying to yourself, “Oy! I missed the date!” Erase that thought –
It is never to late to begin anew.. Doing something always feels so much better than doing nothing.

Enjoy these traditional tips for celebrating Chinese New Year’s Day and begin to incorporate the principles you resonate with into your daily life.
I have shared my thoughts below each tip, I would love to hear your ideas for each.

1.The first words we speak should be sweet and filled with love to insure each day will be such.
We can do this every morning, begin with our first thoughts before we even open our eyes..

2.The first thing we eat should be sweet, (yes ok to brush our teeth first) to ensure we will have only sweetness filling up all days of the New Year.
We can also approach this from a nourishment point of view, be sure we take care of ourselves with a healthy breakfast to begin the day filled with energy and sustainable vitality.

3.Wear new clothes; include something red, whether it is seen or unseen – it is still auspicious!
Red is an auspicious color, associated with the element fire, our passion, our inspiration, our recognition. As we connect to this energy we are confident, express from our hearts, we exude excitement, so having this element as a part of us from something we are wearing, to something in our wallet or purse, whenever we connect to this red power color, we FEEL It!

4.As all the preparation has been completed, there are no chores to be done on New Year’s Day to ensure we will not be burdened with hard work this year. We will prosper smooth and easy.
We should choose one day each week to embrace enjoying the day without the distraction of chores or burdens, and plan do what makes us feel good. If we cannot find a full day, begin with putting aside some “me time” even just for a few hours. Reflect on all that is full and joyful, planting the seeds to cultivate an infinite garden of love, peace and joy.

~ “Gung Hey Fat Choy” ~
“Wishing You Prosperity & Wealth” or “May Your New Year Be Fortunate”

~My Favorite Wish for All ~
“Wan Shi Ru Yi” “May Everything Go As You Wish, May Everything Go Smoothly”

“May All Your Heart’s Desires Be Fulfilled Swift and Sweet”