The Most Important R of the Year

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Setting your year up right. image: wooshcare.com.au

How’s your 2015 starting out?

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably just recovering from the year end’s festivities, excesses and project wrap-ups. Sure can have an effect on your adrenal glands eh?

And if you were a conscientious new year celebrator, I’m sure you dutifully came up with your important Rs for the year.

No, I wasn’t referring to Resolutions.

There is something more than Resolutions that will get you going this year.

I’m talking about RITUALS.

You knew that was coming. I’m a Feng Shui gal after all.

The most important part of the day that we have been taught since we were wee tall was that the way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day.

If you start your day off by hitting snooze 15 times, then racing out of bed to the door with no breakfast and are only fueled by a caffeinated beverage, my guess is that you experience moments of fatigue, crankiness and eyes-glazing-over through out the day. But of course, that’s only until you reach for your next boost of energy – cookies or coffee anyone?

These look pretty and harmless enough on the outside, but pay attention what they do to your "inner" home. image: kinfolk.com

These look pretty and harmless enough on the outside, but pay attention what they do to your “inner” home. image: kinfolk.com

No, no, no. That is not how I am going to let you start your 2015.

With my Feng Shui clients and in my own personal life, morning rituals are the foundation of everything, everyday. The energy we create and intend into our day can be the game changer between an awful day and a great day.

If I don’t start my day with my ritual of meditation, gratitude and a green smoothie (and an occasional trampoline dance), my nearest and dearest know to stay out of my trajectory. It’s kinda crazy how simple it can be, yet we don’t do it.

So how are you implementing healthy rituals into your morning to ensure that you have a balanced and promising day?

If I threw you for a loop, here are some easy suggestions from my own repertoire (another R!):

  1. Give yourself enough time. I like to give myself at least 2 hours from the moment I wake up, to the moment I walk out the door. Yup, you heard me right. It’s NYC people, I need to fortify and prep my inner world before I walk out my door. So if  you can’t do 2 hours, try adding on 15 minutes and see if that makes a difference in your day. If you have to trick yourself and set your clocks 15 minutes fast, do it. I don’t know how that really works, but I hear it does.
  2. Meditate. How many times can I get on my soapbox about this? Too many I’m guessing but that’s because I’m a true believer. People don’t realize the meditation doesn’t have to be just when you are sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed. You can bring yourself into a blissful state of meditation while walking, washing the dishes, folding laundry. I kid you not. Read more on meditation. Just starting out? Check out a local meditation meetup near you.
  3. Set an intention for the day. I love this one. In Feng Shui, intention is the most important element in creating what you want. And it’s available to you, all day, everyday! I like to state my intention as soon as I open my eyes. Examples: I will have a peaceful and fun day or My meeting will go off without a hitch. Got it?
  4. Express Gratitude. Oh another oldie but goodie. We tend to see what we are lacking as opposed to what we already have/own/feel. So many riches are being overlooked. It’s only in being grateful can we truly continue to bring more amazingness into our lives. I’ll also bet you that your mood will escalate as a result. Read more about gratitude journalling.
  5. Eat breakfast. You know like the Wheaties box says, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Even if you don’t like breakfast, think like Superman or Wonder woman and think how much awesome energy you’ll have later in the day. Try starting off small like a smoothie or a boiled egg. Just make sure your breakfast treat has healthy protein and not just salt and sugar. Keep it healthy, keep it filling and watch your energy and mood improve. Guaranteed.

So, did I convince you to start a ritual? Maybe your other R, Resolutions, incorporated some of these suggestions. Here is my last tip – in whatever you choose as your morning or any daily ritual, choose the same time of day or same sequence in your day to do your ritual. That is the secret to creating a sustaining ritual.

I’d love to hear back from you – do you already have a ritual in place that rocks your world? Do you need support on starting a new one? Share, ask and inspire me. Looking to hear from you!

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A New Year’s Ritual to Welcome in 2015

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How to avoid feeling like this in 2015. image: deviant art

2015 is like, tomorrow.

I know, it’s kinda overwhelming just to think about, but don’t worry, I got you covered.

Last year I decided to change things up by creating a personal New Year’s Eve tradition. It started with acupuncture, followed by some quick bubbly (sshh, don’t tell my acupuncturist), and a ritual that involved setting clear intentions and vision for my upcoming year.

During my newly minted tradition, I remember thinking it was so cool that I didn’t need to peek at the clock to see when the clock struck midnight. The screams of “Happy New Year” from other homes clearly told me what time it was. 

This New Year’s ritual has changed my year (and life) in a big way. I am more comfortable and confident transitioning from old to new, clearer about what I want to create for my new year, all while feeling extremely peaceful.

Before you start, be sure to read through the following instructions ahead to time so you can prepare all the ingredients you’ll need for a fabulous and conscious Feng Shui New Year!

A Powerful Feng Shui New Year’s Ritual*:

Prepare to say Farewell to 2014:

1) Sit quietly and reflect upon 2014. Think about both the good things and the not-so-good things that happened. Maybe you lost your job, or experienced what seemed like an unfortunate event. Were you able to reframe it and learn a lesson? Did you recognize the opportunity it may have opened up for you? Perhaps you learned how resilient you were or how much support you have within your network. It’s important to remember that even the most challenging situations often bring along huge learning opportunities.

2) Change the energy of your home. It’s important to release the energy of 2014 in a loving and grateful way. Start by burning some sage or incense and walk it through your home while reflecting on what you were grateful for in 2014. Remember - every experience was an opportunity for growth!

Next, open all the windows of your home for approximately 9 minutes to release the old energy. Remember that the intention is to be grateful for 2014 while making room for good things in 2015. All the while, smile and let the year go. Say something that expresses gratitude such as, “Thank you 2014 for everything you have given and shown me. I now release you and welcome in the energy of 2015″.

3) Cleanse your own energy.  Now do the final cleansing – take a bath or shower to rinse away the old energy. Allow the water to collect and wash away all of the thoughts and energy that you need to let go of.

Now time to say Hello to 2015!:

4) Create your intentions for 2015. Sit quietly again and reflect on what you want to feel in 2015. Be clear - reflect not what you want in 2015, but how you want to feel in 2015. For example, if you want a new job, say “I want to go to a work place everyday where I feel appreciated, heard and have fun with my colleagues.” Continue this list until you feel satisfied. Don’t limit yourself. Allow yourself to dream big. Remember that it’s all about the intention so smile, feel happy while you’re writing it and write it in the present tense as though it’s already happening.

Next put your intention in a red envelope and put it in the Benefactors section on your bedroom (see bagua positioning here).

5) Nourish yourself. When you’re all done, I suggest making yourself and your loved ones a nice meal. Nurture yourself with things that make your inner “home” feel good. Remember, your meal doesn’t have to be sinful to taste delicious. Chew slowly. Be present as you enjoy every single bite. It’s always a nice practice to be grateful for all the lovely ingredients that allow you to feel nurtured.

6) Meditate into the New Year. This is very different from the typical champagne-clinking kind of new year. The focus is on sharing an intimate moment with yourself and perhaps, loved ones. Around 11pm, light a candle, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and enjoy the energy shift into the new year.

If you can only do 15 mins, do 15 mins. It’s not a perfect science. If you can’t stay up that late, that’s ok too. We are not grading you on being perfect. But if you do happen to stay up to the midnight mark, you can thank me later when you realize how cool it is to actually know it’s the new year without even opening your eyes. You’re welcome.

* If you don’t get a chance to do the ritual right on the 31st, that’s ok! Do it any time you like in the new year. Again, Feng Shui is all about intention. With intention alone, you can literally move mountains.

Enjoy this ritual and wishing you all a wonderful transition into 2015 and see you in the new year!

Happy Holidays, With a Side of Tough Love

Don't forget to be kind to the most important person in your life. You! image: vibrant beauty

Don’t forget to be kind to the most important person in your life. You! image: vibrant beauty

You’ll often hear me refer to December as the perfect time of year to focus on yourself. It’s counterintuitive as you’re probably running around right now like a mad person, trying to get everything done before 2014 disappears.

Or maybe you’ve already exhausted yourself and entered a catatonic state of denial.

I’ve already visited both extremes this month. Hey, I’m human too.

There’s one important detail I want you to remember before we hit holiday havoc.

This is your time.

With winter being a season perfectly fitting for quiet introspection, it makes me crazy as a Feng Shui coach to see all my clients running around in circles with every end-of-the-year responsibilities you can think of. No self care time whatsoever.

I get it. That’s just the way it goes, right?

Not on my clock! I am putting my foot down. (Gently and lovingly) But it’s down. And it’s firmly planted. I will not lift it back up until you’ve agreed to three simple rules that you must follow to get you through this holiday season.

Or you can just miss the boat on a year full of abundance. It’s up to you.

So here’s how we’re gonna get you in shape for the season.

House Rules. In no particular order.

  1. Show some gentle love. Take a look at a part of your life that’s bothering you, whether it’s an emotional upheaval or just a nagging nuisance. For me, it’s my money section. (Yup, I worry about that too) While it’s generally a lovely area, lately I’m feeling that it needs some good ole TLC. Here’s how I did that: First, a major clean up  to show that area some love. Next, I hired a Money Coach to help me get all my ducks in order. My general rule of thumb: When the going get tough, the tough calls in an expert. What are your areas that need a little TLC or backup?
  2. Know how much is enough. That goes for everything in your life. Holiday parties, shopping and time with family can all take their toll. It’s all about boundaries. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed into things that could drain your energy as it’s essential to gauge when your inner home has had enough. With your outer home, be sure that your areas stay well defined. For example, be sure that your office or tax paperwork doesn’t spill into your Relationship section. It’s not a good mix for obvious reasons so keep it contained folks!
  3. Take time. I can’t stress this enough. You worked on your outer home and created some healthy boundaries, now it’s time to look at your inner home. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to meditate. Replace one task/obligation each week with something relaxing for yourself instead. Or just lie still in bed for 10 minutes before you start your day. Keep your eyes open and focus on your breathing. It’ll feel strange at first, but only while you and yourself get through the courting period.

Take an oath to yourself and follow these steps on a daily basis. Write them on a Post-it and keep them on your fridge or computer screen. Any place that you will look at every single day. Visual reminders are the best way to create habits. So get your Post-its out and let’s start some self kindness habits.

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Dance Through The Winter Solstice

Keep those feet moving this Winter Solstice. image: lack color

Keep those feet moving this Winter Solstice. image: lack color

Winter Solstice.

It’s cold and gray. Everyone seems kinda grumpy all the time. And it’s as contagious as last year’s flu. Oy.

On December 21st, we will have only 9 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.

For some reason, I don’t feel very Feng Shui-ey right now. 

But this happens like clockwork every single December. So this year I’ve decided to tame the winter blues with a handful of Feng Shui.

Winter Solstice being the first day of winter, it’s not only the shortest day but also the longest night of the year. While that’s excellent news for you night owls, some of us can be left feeling like a droopy flower that hasn’t seen enough sunlight.

I’ve put my mind to bunking the funk this Winter Solstice.

Here are three simple ways to make the most of the Winter Solstice. 

 1. Do less. It’s a crazy time of year, but even more of a reason to take it easy. Go a little slower. Spend more time with yourself. We are in the prime time for introspection (winter) and unless you put the brakes on, you’ll miss your most powerful moments for change. Be proactive – cover your TV with a fave scarf to make more space in your schedule (less temptation!) but to also neutralize the over-active energy that electronics can emit.

2. Choose your time wisely. Make no mistake, this is an important time for giving. But not material things. This time of year, it is incredibly important to focus on the people who matter most, like your Helpful People / Benefactors. Giving your time, talents or just a hug is a great way to allow your generosity to flow freely.

Align this with the door to the room to find your Benefactors area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

Align this with the door to the room to find your Benefactors area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

3. Celebrate the greatness around you. Ask anyone that is tuned into their inner being what the best way is to generate good energy and they’ll remind you to be grateful. There’s no way around it. To be surrounded by great things, you’ve got to be thankful for the great things that surround you. Try it. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

Start your practice now. Keep these tips in your back pocket at all times. And always with intention. Throw some boogying music on, and start dancing your way towards the Winter Solstice. You may surprise yourself and miss that funk altogether.

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Year of the Wood Goat

Did you know that each year is ruled by a particular animal in Chinese Astrology? Each of these animals has the ability to catapult you towards abundance and success if you know how to utilize them.

Sometimes known as the Ram or Sheep, the Year of the Wood Goat is gearing up to be very special. Even though Chinese New Year is still a couple of months away, the energy has already started to shift.  You’ve probably already started to feel it without even knowing it’s linked to Chinese astrology.

As we leave the Year of the Horse, it’s important to note that our energy will be shifting away from this very energetic and often exhausting energy that this year brings. If you didn’t prepare for it, you probably felt it big time, right? The upcoming year will be more focused around growth and opportunities which is directly connected to the Wood Goat.

How does that affect you?

Truly understanding the combination of your Chinese Astrology and how it interacts with the energy of the upcoming year, you can unleash your true power and potential.

The Universe holds a specific energy for each person every year.

Find out what energy the Universe is holding for you in 2015!

Susan is offering very special Chinese Astrology readings by phone, so get ready to start your new year off on the right foot.

Your personalized Chinese Astrology reading will:
  • Reveal what your specific “hidden” energy is for 2015, allowing you to set the right tone for 2015
  • Uncover how the energy of the Wood Goat year will specifically affect your Chinese animal
  • Show you how you can use the year of the Wood Goat to your advantage
  • Reveal what activities would best suit you this year
  • Give you specific auspicious dates in 2015 that will be helpful if you are planning special events, meetings, business launches, a wedding or relocation
  • Help you better understand yourself, your natural tendencies and preferences and learn how to use them to your advantage in personal and professional settings
  • Allow you to better understand your loved ones, their energy and how you can use this information to better interact with them
  • Get answers for up to 5 specific questions

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Prepping Your Inner and Outer Homes for the Holidays

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. image: easy.com

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. image: etsy.com

I love this time of year – hanging pretty lights, playing holiday music and any excuse to eat gingerbread, I’ll take it.

While the festive superficial bling is fun and endearing, what I really cherish is what’s underneath.

Yup, that’s right, what’s underneath.

And it’s not always pretty that’s for sure. Especially this time of year.

Festivities can bring up alot of mixed feelings and emotions.

Overwhelm, fatigue, the oh so familiar, “I-can’t-get-myself-off-the-couch-to-do-anything” feeling.

But being the optimist and activist that I am, I feel that this is the perfect time of year to face your “stuff” underneath and really see how things are working (or not) in your life.

Looking at and preparing your inner home especially as the year finishes out, will definitely help smoothly transition into the new year.

This time of year, we are mostly thinking about others – buying presents and making sure that everyone is having fun at holiday parties. Although it’s not the usual thing to do, it may be time to look at what else is underneath that holiday cheer.

We usually max ourselves out through the end of the year, then wonder why we feel so anxiety-ridden and exhausted come Dec 31 when – gasp – it’s time to redirect our energy to ourselves and ponder our new year’s resolutions.

Anyone feeling the New Year’s jitters yet?

Be strategic this year. Get in the right mental and emotional state now so that you’re prepared for what’s already happening and for what’s to come in the next several weeks.

Set the mood in your external and internal homes:

1. Clear for Clarity. How can you look underneath if you don’t know even where to start? Consciously go through your space and say goodbye all those things that have snuck their way into your home. Millions of chopsticks you’ll never use. Those pants you still don’t fit into. They’ve got to go. The area I want you to focus on the MOST is your Knowledge / Self Cultivation area. Make sure that section is open and airy so that you are ready for the year of full clarity that’s coming ahead.

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2. Call In For Backup. Some gnarly things might be waiting for you underneath the surface so make sure that you have stellar backup. Create a steady and flourishing support system by adorning your Helpful People section with healthy plants and flowers. Nothing says strength like upward growth.

3. Make Like Water and Flow. I know TLC tells you not to go chasing waterfalls. So don’t. But I do suggest getting yourself a small water fountain or artwork with water images to remind yourself to go with the flow. Let it remind you that you are fluid and flexible and that you will be able to handle whatever you find underneath. That type of self patience and kindness is the key to making it through whatever crawls out from below the surface.

Roll up your sleeves and get started now. Throw things out. Get scared then keep plowing through. No better time to start making room for what’s to come in the new year than now. Don’t hide. Face your Gremlins (those pesky guys that keep you on the couch) full-on, so you can prepare for a new year and new beginnings.

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Taking Advantage of the Winter Season

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Continue reading to discover what winter, water and opportunities have in common. image: celicreative.com

Winter is officially here. During the arctic dip, I have the tendency to want to hibernate and sip hot chocolate near a fireplace, leaving home chores to warmer, springier months. Totally normal.

But there’s a secret I want to share with you.

It is possible to work on Feng Shui home improvement even when it’s cold outside.

The reason is because every season has its advantages.

Feng Shui practitioners honor and incorporate seasons into energetic evaluations. That’s because Feng Shui is all about mimicking the perfection of Nature and what could be more natural than the 4 Seasons?

Here are some ways to take advantage of the gifts that Winter has to offer:

1. Water for Everyone! Every season is represented by an element and Winter’s elemental buddy is water. Water is complex – it can be still, making it a perfect time for reflection on the deepest of levels. It can also be active, making it ideal for bringing in career activities. Place symbols of water throughout your home such as fish, boats or water (images work well too – be creative!) then infuse the objects with the energy that you hope to inspire for these winter months.

2. Placement Is Key. Now you know what water symbolizes, you can get even more specific to get the most bang for your buck. Placing water elements like a water fountain in your Career and Opportunities will help activate opportunities coming into your life.

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Align this with the door to the room to find your Career and Opportunities area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

3. Time to feel Blue. Colors related to winter, career and water in Feng Shui are dark blue and black – kinda like what it looks outside these days, eh? Incorporate these colors into your decor with accent pillows or accessories to help tap into the powerful energy of water.

4. Expansion and Growth. Because our focus is on water, it is also the perfect time to embrace the possibility of fluidity and change. Each time you look at your Feng Shui water element, let it remind you to be flexible and go with the flow. Recognize that you are capable of shifting shapes and directions.

5. Grow and Expand while being Still. Purposeful stillness can be intense and scary but there’s no better way to really know yourself than to just sit and listen. It’s in those small, sometimes frightening moments that you really allow yourself to open up and hear what you truly need. Read about meditation as a way to stillness.

So here’s my challenge for you this season:

Sit in silence with cell phones and tvs off. Think about what you want your future path to look like. What does your career look like a year from now? Are there new opportunities on your horizon? Write them down and let it sit with you. Reflect. And then reflect some more.

Repeat the process anytime you like. Remember, without water, life stops. Keep energy and chi flowing by keeping the water flowing!

 

Creating an Altar to Invite Abundance

Make your altar a hommage to yourself and what is important to you. image: dharma dude

Let the countdown to stretchy waistbands begin!

In most of the Western Hemisphere, we’re only a couple of days away from an afternoon (or two) of food comas, football and naps galore.

Thanksgiving inspires us to be grateful for the abundance that we sometimes take for granted yet permeates our everyday lives.  

People often associate the word Abundance with money, but there are so many other aspects to its meaning.

Abundance can show its beautiful face in so many ways –  the supportive hand of a loved one, that extra hour in bed on the weekends or the amazing feeling that “things just can’t get any better than this.”

If this all sounds like it’s out of reach right now, don’t be too hard on yourself.

One powerful way to fire up the abundance part of your life is to create an altar. While an altar may have religious undertones, it doesn’t have to be that way.

For me, an altar represents a space that is dedicated to an intention, filled with important, symbolic objects that act as reminders. A sacred space for personal goals.

Altars can be created for just about any reason:  Giving thanks, inviting spiritual wisdom, and creative inspiration, or a deeper connection with self. The important thing is your intention while creating your altar.

While you are the only one who can decide on what will move you to create an altar and what to place on it, here are some tips on how to start creating your own personal altar:

1. Investigate why you want to create an altar. This will give you an idea of what types of colors, images or symbols to look out for. It will also help you to set your intention while you are building your special space.

2. Choose objects with intention. Make sure that every single piece is sacred. If you can’t find the element that feels right, wait until you do. Be selective.

3. Choose images that mean something to you. Whether it’s a photo of a loved one (hommage), an iconic figure (inspirational), or a guiding light such as the Dalai Lama, choose images that evoke positive emotions such as happiness and hope.

4. Use your sacred space regularly. Choose a time each day or each week when you sit in your space and allow it to embrace you. There is no better way to strengthen your intentions than to quiet the mind and remind yourself of what is important to you.

5. Maintain your altar. Remember your space has been created with great care and intention. To attain long-lasting results, maintenance is key. Never allow your altar to become a key holder or dust collector. Such things could block it from sharing all of its awesomeness with you.

Challenge: Use the Thanksgiving holiday to start thinking about what kind of altar you would like to create for yourself.

What would you like to work on or progress with?

What images will remind you of these goals?

Where do you see yourself creating this altar?

Writing down your thoughts to some of these simple questions will get you well on your way to building your very own altar. So this year why not think about creating a sacred altar space that will bear fruit long after the turkey and football have been forgotten.

Just Say No To Holiday Stress & Anxiety

So basic, yet so many of of forget the power of it. image: staging.fionaharlowe.com

So basic, yet so many of of forget the power of it. image: staging.fionaharlowe.com

Did anyone get the memo that November is almost over?

Like clockwork, this time of year brings with it a feeling that life is forging full speed ahead. No holds barred. Life on fast forward without a pause button.

Next thing you know, you’re thinking about the holidays which inevitably leads to end of the year and the millions of things you’ve still got to do. Pick your poison: holidays, gift buying, pressure to wrap up end-of-the-year projects, new year new you, accomplishments (or lack of) are all perfect ingredients for emotional roller coasters.

You might be feeling a little anxious right now, which is completely natural. If by any chance you are rocking the perfect peace, go you!

Year after year, we submit ourselves to self anarchy, leaving our inner being no choice but to go bonkers.

Anxiety sneaks into our lives and bodies, causing symptoms such as chest pressure, difficulty sleeping and irritability. It’s like an annual holiday in itself, sans the cause for celebration.

The good news is that there are tried-and-true ways to say “thanks but no thanks” to anxiety to help reach and maintain a balanced state of inner calm during the most turbulent of times.

In mastering these techniques, you will find that you can surpass any challenge thrown your way.

Here are some of my favorite tools and techniques that can help reset your inner self:

1. First things first. 10 minutes of meditation first thing in the morning, before coffee, emails, or social media is a great way to start your day. Kind of like a date with yourself. Isn’t the saying, put yourself first? Although it’s also important to note that meditation is possible any second of the day. So if you can’t have that date in the am, any time is the right time.

2. Commit to yourself. Mastering anything takes time and dedication. This is no different. No one expects you to meditate Buddha style within a week. But you would be wise to practice on a daily basis, roughly around the same time of day. We’re not looking for perfection, we are looking for consistency.

3. Let your thoughts be as they are. Many folks don’t even try meditating because the idea of “not thinking” seems impossible. And in fact, it is. My advice? When a thought comes into your mind, don’t get frustrated. Just gently allow them to flow out as easily as they flowed in. And if other thoughts enter, just keep repeating. Eventually, your thoughts will get the hint and will begin slowing down. They may never completely go away but the beauty at this stage is that you are becoming unattached.

4. Find your own inner Om. Mantras are the perfect way to work out any tensions in your body and mind to help you focus on the now. While Om is a great place to start, there’s nothing more divine than finding that vibration that makes your heart sing. Find one mantra each week to chant until you meet the one that feels like heaven. Here is a great place to start.

5. Affirmations a-plenty. Ever hear of fake it till you make it? A declaration that something is true will do wonders for inner balance. Tell yourself something enough times and you will inevitably believe it to be true. No matter whether you find one or create one yourself, just make sure it sounds and feels amazing. Before you know it, your thoughts will make it so!

What are you waiting for? It’s the perfect time to start strutting your just-say-no-to-stress stuff. With a little practice and dedication, you’ll end the year looking like a champ and feeling like a million bucks.

Signs Are Everywhere – Just Look For Them!

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What’s that leaky faucet trying to tell you? image: apartment therapy

My kitchen faucet broke last week. It just keeled over.

I was grumbling to have to add this task to my eternal to do list until a friend asked me, what does that mean in Feng Shui?

Great question! I sometimes forget that I can Feng Shui my own Feng Shui.

It turned out that my broken faucet was in my Benefactors/Helpful people section of my home.

Hmmm, I wondered what this could mean. I thought that perhaps I should be paying more attention to possible “help” I could welcome into my life. It was true that I had recently been isolating myself in a whirlwind of work.

Then it started.

My coach (yes, I have a coach too!) reached out to me that same day to welcome me into a 10-week amazing program. Gratis.

2 days later, a friend invited me to a 3 day training. 30 lovely hours. All for free.

3 days later, a colleague invites me into a conversation for a business opportunity.

Oh glory day!

I said yes to every opportunity.

Align this with the door to the room to find your Benefactors area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

Align this with the door to the room to find your Benefactors area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

In that moment, I realized what had happened to my faucet. It literally broke because it couldn’t handle all the goodness that was gushing through. By not paying attention to the opportunities around me, my energy was getting all stopped up and was not allowed to flow correctly.

Less than one week from this realization, my world just started swimming with amazing benefactors. Which led to some really powerful insight. Instead of grumbling (a natural human tendency) when something breaks down for you, how can you turn it around and see the opportunity in it?

Think of the Universe like that prankster, who just happens to act like an older sibling. You think they’re out to get you, but you know in your heart-of-hearts they’ve got your back.

The Universe can’t just speak up and tell you to find your way, so it comes up with all these quirky little ways to show you. Your job? Pay attention to the signs.

Sometimes the signs are packaged in bad news or unplanned changes. Sometimes it comes in the quiet moments when you let yourself relax and reflect. What makes it fun is you just never know!

The important lesson is learning to see every experience with a new set of eyes. To see that every situation (good and not-so-good) is there to help you grow or learn. Once you see it for what it is, things like leaky faucets become more of an investigation or a game. Look out Sherlock Holmes! See how that just became awesome?

So where are the leaky faucets in your life? How are they manifesting in your home? Could it be that those tedious to-dos are actually lined with golden opportunities?

You be the judge. Chances are, they just might be.