The ABCs of a Child’s Bedroom

Children need Feng Shui too! image: aura home

Sometimes, my brain just..shuts off.

I love writing on my blog and sharing Feng Shui knowledge with you, but I sometimes don’t have the brain cells to write (grammatical case in point here).

A recent project had me delivering a certain idea just through images. I LOVED this project. It was so fun, it made my heart sing, and it didn’t feel like work at all.

Upon hearing about my writer’s block, a brilliant friend of mine said,“if you don’t feel like writing, just post your photos. I love looking at your photos.”

Yes, an image speaks a thousand words.

Therefore, since it’s the beginning of the school year, I am going to share some Feng Shui tips for children through images.

Here we go!

Tip: Keep the room creative, yet serene.

image: brit morin

Tip: Keep the feeling of safety by draping or giving a sense of “cocooning”

image: boliggplus

Tip: Use organic materials as much as possible to keep toxins at bay

image: camomile london

Tip: Allow ample space for a workspace to permit unlimited imagination and learning

image: honestly wtf

Tip: Lighting is everything. Keep it bright for reading but subdued to promote calm energy and sleep

image: rebecca diy

I hope you enjoyed this version of my blog. Less reading, more seeing. Yay all around.

Use Feng Shui to Rock Your Fall Season

Forging your way to an awesome Fall season!

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

And it’s on its way out.

(record needle scratch)

Days get shorter and chillier. Motivation lags. Kids need school supplies. Moods become moodier. All makes you want to scream, “under the covers!”

Not to fret. Help is here.

You can avoid getting an unnecessary Summer Hangover.

This exact moment is the perfect time to prepare and set your intention for the impending change of season.

Feng Shui can help you do that.

Being prepared is the secret sauce for any circumstance. When you are prepared and armed with intention, your actions are 100% more powerful.

Currently in the US, we are in the Summer season which in Feng Shui is represented by the FIRE element. Fire is a very yang element – very visible, active, direct, full of vitality. This is why you probably spent the last couple of months outdoors, seeing friends and family, moving non-stop.

As we move into the beginning of the Fall Season or METAL element, there is an immense shift in energy which is also very yang – powerful, direct, precise. But instead of going outward, Metal has a contracting or pulling-in energy. Metal focuses. This explains why we all instinctively want to go inward, reflect, slow down or “contract” in Autumn.

To prepare for an awesome Fall season, use Summer’s lingering FIRE to shape Autumn’s METAL to create what you want.

Think of a sword that is ready to be forged by a red-hot flame. Or pieces of silver or gold that are ready to be hammered into whatever you desire.

Here are 5 Ways You can use FIRE to Shape Your METAL for an awesome Fall season:

  1. List your Goals – Sit down and write what you would like to accomplish for the remaining of 2016. I like to first do a brain dump – free writing for 10 minutes and putting everything and anything down on paper. When done, spend another 15 minutes whittling it down to your top 3 goals. Be sure that your goals are not just external ones – lose 10 pounds, declutter the hallway closet – but also internal, personal goals such as “feel calmer” where you may start implementing mediations or other modalities. My mantra – always Align Your Outer With Your Inner World to achieve complete balance.
  2. Use the next 5 weeks to prepare – The Fall Equinox falls on September 22, giving you about 5 weeks to prepare and set your intentions for the rest of the year. If your goal is to eat healthier, take this time to start researching recipes and getting your kitchen stocked with the proper kitchen tools.
  3. Slowly transition – Start scaling back your fiery summer activities and begin weaving in some of your deliberate actions for the Fall so when the temperature starts to dip, the change doesn’t feel so abrupt.
  4. Enlist Help – Metal is all about communication and Helpful People. Reach out to a friend or family member and share what you are up to, asking them to help keep you accountable. Who knows, you may inspire them to join your intentional transition. Also – don’t forget about the help we can’t see. There are helpful energies all around us – it can be Universal help or ancestral help. Tap into this free and powerful energy by activating your Benefactors/Helpful People section of your room. Place your list in a red envelope in this section and love it up with intention.

Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room (facing into your room) to find your HELPFUL PEOPLE / BENEFACTORS area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

5. Have a Visual Reminder – If you’re more of a visual person, you can remind yourself of your inspired actions by literally adding something that is made of metal in your home. Place your metal jewelry in this section, buy a metal lamp to help energize and activate Helpful People. You can also use gray accent pieces since gray is representative of Metal in Feng Shui. For added oompf, place a beautiful plant or bamboo to signify growth and vitality.

Your turn!

What are your goals for the Fall? What actions will you take in the next 5 weeks to avoid your Summer Hangover?

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Simple New Moon Ritual

Tonight is going to be a good night. It’s the new moon.

And I have an easy peasy, simple ritual for you.

On special nights like tonight, I start my clearing my home and myself with sage. I then light a candle and start writing my intentions for what I’d like to create in my life from that night moving forward. I’m very specific and joyful, already seeing what is already being created for me. I then place the paper (in a red envelope if you have one, but if not, it’s ok) in the Helpful People section of my bedroom and watch it unfold.

Yup, it’s that easy.

It works. So go do it.

Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room (facing into your room) to find your HELPFUL PEOPLE / BENEFACTORS area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

When the Moon is dark, dig into the moist earth of your spirit, full of possibilities. Plant your seeds, plant your intentions. Nurture your life and let it grow.

– Goddess Spiral


Getting Naked


Sitting in a hip outdoor venue, watching a movie under the starry sky with my dear friends, it occurred to me.

We were naked.

But we had our clothes on.

Here we were, rubbing arms with seated strangers in the dark, in silence, anticipating something.

Without knowing it, we were united. Open. Ready to receive.


I know this is an usual concept.

Not usually seen this way, but in the summer, we are naturally peeling off layer after layer.

First the coats, hats and scarves. Then the long shirts and pants in exchange for tees and summer dresses.

On the internal (cause you know I love me some internal introspection), something becomes liberated in us as the temperature rises.

A certain freedom reminiscent of grade school is evoked, usually followed by an internal release and giant sigh.

The recent turn of world events can understandably make us want to turn inward and put up our walls to protect ourselves.

But here is what I am proposing to you.

Get Naked.

Allow yourself to peel away the layers.

Allow yourself to be seen.

Allow yourself to speak your truth and not apologize.

Allow your heart to be free.

Allow yourself to cry in front of others.

Allow yourself to love and be loved.

The season of Summer in Feng Shui is represented by the element of FIRE which represents FAME and REPUTATION, aka putting yourself out there to be seen, heard, known.

Summer also represents the HEART – no coincidence huh?

If you haven’t started getting naked yet, it’s time.

Start by finding a safe environment. Find friends and family who love and support you unconditionally (because they do). And start slowly peeling away.

It is safe.

Allow all of you to be seen, heard and cherished.

Your heart was meant to be free.

You were meant to be free.

Get Naked.

It’s Summertime after all.

Your turn!

How will you get “naked” today? If you have already started, what has it revealed? Share it here!

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I See You Hiding

Being seen is the most beautiful feeling in the world.

Being seen exactly as you are can be one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. image: elephant journal

I’m just like you.

I am scared to do certain things.

On this particular day, I was so nervous that my hands were cold and clammy.

I didn’t know what to expect and even though I had prepared, I was still feeling the butterflies.

I mean, this place is an institution in New York City.

Yet here I stood, petrified.

Last month, I co-taught a Feng Shui class at The New York Open Center and it was an all day event. Like 8 hours.

It was a big deal. I was co-teaching the class with Barry Gordon, not only my professor from my 3 year certification program, but one of the leading Feng Shui experts in the USA.

Besides being petrified, I also felt exposed, seen, and strangely… exhilarated.

Many people are usually surprised when I say that it’s not easy for me to be visible since I seem to be a very easy-going extrovert.

But I’m just like you.

I hide parts of myself for the same reasons you do. I am scared to be judged. I’m scared that I am not good enough. I am scared that I’ll screw up. I’m scared to show you these parts of myself because then you may not like me.


But this is why I do the work that I do.

I am fully and wholly dedicated to not hiding and to creating an authentic life where I can can be truly myself, to be seen and heard, flaws and all.

I am fully and wholly dedicated to help people like yourself come out of hiding so you can finally, fully and wholly be yourself and been seen, heard and loved, exactly how you are.

Well that exhilaration that was talking about, was the biggest surprise to me. Although I didn’t feel it until about 30 minutes into the class, I realized that that was my prize for facing one of my biggest fears and doing it anyway.


So what part of YOU are you hiding?

What part of you craves to be seen but at the same time is raw, vulnerable, scared?

If it’s not obvious to you where you are hiding, maybe these things can help jog your memory:

  • Is there a script, half-written book, or artwork that is hidden away in storage, a drawer or deep inside a closet that has been “forgotten” there?
  • Do you watch tv and think, I’m just as funny? (closet stand-up comic?)
  • Do you know alot about a topic but don’t dare talk about it as to not come off as snobby?
  • Do you have a desire to take a class – dancing, learning a new language, adult education – but are too worried about what others may think or say “you don’t have enough time?”
  • Are you in a job where you feel you can move up but are too scared to take the first step?
  • Are you in a relationship and are not able to share the deepest, most vulnerable parts of yourself or can’t even find the words?

Well then, I think we may have found where you are hiding!

Life is too short. Here today, gone tomorrow. (Cliché, I know. But oh so true)

I beg you to dance in your vulnerability.

I encourage you to first, be aware that you are hiding. Secondly, take this one Feng Shui step to make yourself more visible and put your energy out there into the world.

The “HELL YES!” I WANT TO BE VISIBLE Feng Shui Remedy of the Day:

1) Find your RECOGNITION / FAME / REPUTATION section of your bedroom or office (use bagua below to help you)

We use your bedroom because this is the most important part of your home and the place to get the most powerful, and fastest, results. Office is great too!

2) In this area, place something representative of the quality / thing you would like to be seen or known for (like the subtle change in language? Psst – you are no longer hiding!)

If you want to be known for the book you are writing, you can display your tentative book title in this area. If it’s a new language class you’re undertaking, place the workbooks here so you can see them. If you would like to share your feelings more openly, you can place flowers in this area and set the intention that the lovely fragrance will infuse your relationship with beauty, grace and ease.

The goal is that each time you see this area, you are activating this intention and bringing energy to it, and are ultimately inspired to be VISIBLE.


Align the bottom of this chart with the door of the room to find your RECOGNITION area. Image: Feng Shui Creative

The good news is after my teaching debut at The New York Open Center, I was inspired to continue teaching. I have some classes lined up to teach in the Fall, so stay tuned!

Your turn!

Where do you want to stop hiding? What do you want to be seen or known for?

Our biggest gift in this world is to be seen, heard and understood. If you can get over the fear of rejection and judgment and allow yourself to be visible, I promise that another world will open up to you and your life will begin to unfold in ways that you could never have imagined.

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Feeling Like a Scatterbrain?

You are need to prioritize to dive. image:

In order to dive, you need to prioritize. image:

Oh boy what a week I had last week. Besides almost every important planet being in retrograde (Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto), it seems like all my projects either sped up or came to a screeching halt last week.

Things that usually worked like a charm like Google decided to go haywire. Yes, Google!

I was aware that my energy was totally scattered and that I had to make some decisions before I lost my marbles.

When I get to that place of overdoing, over saturation, or just plain overwhelm, I luckily have some tricks up my sleeve to shift my energy.

If you’re feeling the same way, here’s one trick that is a super duper priority focusor that will get your chi flowing back right again.

It involves a big, nice white piece of paper. The bigger, the better. Partner that with post-it notes, a pen or sharpies and about 45 minutes of time.

6 Steps for a Massive Brain Dump that will Free your Mind – and Soul! :

1) Catch it – Get a blank piece of paper or posterboard*. This will be your foundation or catch-all.

2) Divide it – Draw some vertical lines to separate different categories such as Personal, Household, Professional, and any other category you would like to add. Just be sure that you keep your categories to about 5. Any more than that, guess what happens? You get overwhelmed by your simplification process!

3) Post it – On separate post-its, write down things that you have to do, that is on your to-do list or on your mind, from each category. If you are using a letter sized paper, you may want to use smaller post-its. Go at warp speed and brain dump. Don’t think about it too much and make what you write on each post-it short and concise. It may look something like this, “write my bio”, “go to Costco”, “buy mom a birthday gift”, “create spreadsheet for event.” Keep writing. This is not the time to edit. Remember, brain dump.

4) Sort it – Now we get to the hardest part for most people. It’s the time to review, classify, maybe even toss what’s in the pile. Put all the post-its that pertain to Household in one pile, Professional in another and so on. No judgement, just a quick sorting. You’ll find that many of the post-its won’t seem that important anymore and, seriously, can be tossed.

5) Organize it – Look through what’s left in each category pile and take out the ones that are most time sensitive. Maybe your mom’s birthday is this week and you need to get her a gift asap. That stays. Maybe you have a business launch in Sept and you need to brainstorm with your copywriter. It’s important but perhaps that can wait till next week. As you are working through the post-its, stick the more urgent ones up in the categories and leave the others in their pile.

6) Use it – First, take a minute to stand back and take a look at your masterpiece. Aren’t you proud? If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may need to break your post-its down into smaller steps. Or you may need to take off some post-its all together. The purpose of this exercise is to simplify. Then, get going on your categories!

This process should be fun, inspiring and downright liberating. If it’s stressful to you, you may want to light a candle beforehand, make a cup of tea and set an intention for the process.

*If you’re more of a digital person, you can also do this using a program such as Evernote, Google Keep, etc. I’ve never done it digitally before but I have found that paper and pen really gives me that feeling of satisfaction.

Your turn!

How did this exercise help you? Do you make your own tweaks to it that worked for you? 

Share it in the comments below. Would love to hear where you are in the process!

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How to Create Big Change in Your Life

There is such beauty in releasing. image:

There is such beauty in releasing. image:

This past month has been a doozy. No joke.

As I’m a reasonably sensitive person, the swirling energy of the recent Spring Equinox (new beginnings), the flurry of planetary dancing (eclipses/new/full moons anyone?) along with my own life situations have come together to create this magnificent, perfect doozy.

And boy did it show in my space – newspapers and books piling up, a million unfinished projects lingering, leaving my desk looking like a war zone by the end of the week.

In the past, I would have gone into go, go, go, fix, fix, fix mode, not even taking a minute to breathe.

Eventually my “plow through it” attitude would take me down – either by getting me sick, or launching me into full blown overwhelm, sending me to hide under my covers.

It was an exhausting cycle that kept me in a holding pattern.

I’m sure this doesn’t even sound remotely familiar to you.

Thankfully, over the years, I have developed some pretty decent tools that have helped myself and others move through during these challenging times.

To start creating change in your life, you must cultivate the expert sniffer-outer in you; detecting the first signs of sneaky patterns as soon as they rear their little heads.

You may notice that you are regularly forgetting your keys or you have developed a dull pain in your shoulder that is annoying but not enough to get it looked at. If you allow yourself to really see, feel and to be in the moment, you will notice that catching these early signs is easier than you think.

Experience has shown me that your outside world is totally telling you what is going on in your inside world.

Almost all discomfort, pain, and unease is a result of not being able to let go. And developing this awareness in the early stages can potentially save you a deep dive into overwhelm or paralysis.

Ask yourself the simple question, “What am I holding onto that I need to let go of?” 

Forgetting your keys may mean you may need to let go of overcommitting yourself to allow room in your schedule to breathe.

Having a dull pain in your shoulder may mean letting go of the idea that you have to “work hard” to get the results you desire.

Get the picture?

So first step is awareness, second step is asking, what do I need to let go of?

Third step then, is to let go.

Be patient with yourself as you learn these new skills.

The process of change takes presence, practice and most importantly patience.

Remember my messy desk? The zone of combat, reminded me to let go of overdoing and take care of myself. It really is that simple.

Your turn!

What are the small signs that are begging for your awareness? What are the things/emotions/thoughts that you can let go of today? 

Share it in the comments below. Would love to hear where you are in the process!

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Coloring 101

Go back to your childhood activities image:

Go back to your childhood activities image:

It had been years since I colored for recreation, not work. I think I was probably in pigtails.

The coloring book trend was subtle at first. Now, every where I looked, someone was asking me to color within their lines.

I wouldn’t conform. I wouldn’t be so easily converted.

I had spent years of my life in front of color for professional reasons, and felt uninspired and colored out.

But the day I picked up my first coloring pen, something magical happened.

I messed up.

And there was no eraser, no “undo” command.

Realizing this, I was somewhat relieved. I allowed myself to let go. I let myself be inspired. I let myself have fun.

There was no turning back.

Inspiration struck at the glimpse of each nude page. New possibilities, new opportunities, just…new. I chose colors that made me smile, letting myself be led by whimsy.

When I started coloring – usually with reckless abandon, I sometimes escaped outside the lines. Then my analytical side wrestled its way in: Color similar objects the same colors to keep symmetry and ease of production. Ha, production. But unfortunately, my “reasonable” self listened. I quickly discovered that production was too automated and I got bored. In a coloring book!

With my laser focused coaching eyes, I realized that how I was coloring is how I did everything in my life, punctuating the familiar saying that I am annoyingly fond of:

How we do ANY thing is how we do EVERY thing.

I’m so glad that when I messed up, I was compassionate and forgiving of myself. That speaks volumes to the rest of my life.

What I learned in my production process is that if I don’t keep things varied, I get bored and nothing was ever completed. So I have to keep shaking things up to keep projects rolling.


My work in progress, my teacher. Don’t worry, it WILL get completed!

Here’s a little Feng Shui challenge for you and it doesn’t require a coloring book, just your awareness.

For the next week, pay attention to how you move through things in your life and where it applies to other things in your life.

For example, you may love learning new languages. You may love meeting new people. Bored at work? Request to be taught something new or take a work related class to learn something new. Not only will that stave off boredom, you will increase your value at work.

Happiness on the outside is happiness on the inside and vice-versa.

I got alot out of coloring, right? I’d encourage you to try it too. It’s fun, helps reduce stress and, in my experience, improves awareness and focus.

Your turn!

What do you recognize as a tendency in your life that applies to various other aspects of your life? How can you learn or benefit from it? 

Remember, when we are aware, anything in life is possible. So put on your Feng Shui glasses and share your experiences this week!

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Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!

Let's get this party started!

Let’s get this party started! image: kids guide magazine

Woot woot!

It’s Chinese New Year, yo!

If you’re a NYC public school teacher or parent of a public school child, you may have the day off so be sure do something fun!

I hope you are celebrating like I am today, sporting your red outfit in your clean home!

By the time you read this, I will already be in NYC’s Chinatown, watching the 500,000 Firecracker Display Festival – hello excitement!

Whether you are at work or have the day off today, here are my suggested ways to spend this first day of the Monkey year:

1) Chill the Fire – It’s the start of the Fire Monkey but today is a day meant to chill out. It’s a holiday for Chinese folk so we spend the day doing fun things that we love. That could mean seeing a parade, hanging with friends and family. Just be sure that you are relaxing and enjoying yourself because that is the energy you want to bring into this year – Ease and Joy!

2) Chow Down – Food is of utmost importance to the Chinese, so tonight, do it right! Prepare some simple yet favorite dishes for your friends and family. Had a long day? Order from a restaurant that has noodle dishes and sweet desserts to welcome in longevity and sweetness into your life and the new year.

3) Lift your Chi –  Can’t get to any firecracker or celebration dances? I’ve brought them to  you! A caveat: Lower or turn up the volume on your device depending on what you and your surrounding friends want to experience! They may scare or entertain your office mates. Viewers beware! Firecracker display to scare away demons (or your office mates!) Next is a Chinatown Dragon Dance. You know what they say, if you can’t join them, watch ’em on you tube!

Thanks so much for joining me these last few weeks prepping for the Monkey Year! Stay tuned for more Feng Shui tips next month as per our usual schedule, second Wednesday of each month!

Your turn!

How are you spending your Chinese New Year? We’d love to know!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOI! (learn how to pronounce it here)
Wishing you Prosperity and Abundance!

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Chinese New Year Chow Down


This guy is gonna make sure you have a great year! Watch him make noodles here

Earlier this week you found out that one great thing to eat for Chinese New Year is long noodles.

That’s because long noodles symbolize long life. I know you knew that.

And I promised you that if you weren’t so kitchen savvy, that I’d help you out this week.

I’m not backing down on my promise. I’ve got that down pat as well as some other Delicious goodies that begin with the letter D.

The Fire Monkey is just 3 days away and he’s getting hungry!

Here are some things to eat (and places to feed you) to help you tame the hungry beast.

1) Hand Pulled Noodles – I will repeat. Long noodles = Long life. Eat long time.

This guy is gonna make sure you have a great year!

Bonus: Recommended noodle spots with some great reviews:

  • Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles: 1 Doyers Street, New York, NY 10038
  • Sheng Wang: 27 Eldridge Street, New York NY 10002
  • Lam Zhou: 144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

2) Dumplings – These little packets of happiness symbolize exactly that, packets of happiness. Most often eaten during the Chinese New Year, it’s associated with happiness and celebration. Even the shape of Chinese dumpling is auspicious – the ample forms resemble  gold and silver ingots of ancient China’s currency. In modern day, people squish them in this shape to welcome in fortune and wealth.

Think of them as little money pouches.

Think of them as little money pouches.

Bonus: Recommended dumpling spots with some great reviews:

  • Prosperity Dumpling: 46 Eldridge Street, Chinatown
  • Tasty Dumpling:  42 Mulberry St, Chinatown.
  • Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House: 4801 8th Ave, 48th/49th Streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Pacificana: 813 55th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

3) Fish – Lastly, we have the food of the wealthy – Fish! The Chinese love eating fish since the word sounds like ‘surplus’ in Chinese (I’m sure it’s because fish is yummy too). According to the Chinese, it is encouraged to have an extra sumthin’ sumthin’ at the end of the year, since that little sumthin’ means that it’s possible for you to make sumthin’ even mo’ in the following year. So yeah, ditch the idea that fish only makes you smart. It will also make you rich!

The food of the rich and brainy.

The food of the rich and brainy.

Bonus: Recommended seafood spots with some great reviews:

  • Ping’s Seafood: 22 Mott St, Chinatown
  • China Pearl: 8222 45th Ave Elmhurst, Queens
  • Lucky Eight: 5204 8th Ave, Borough Park, Brooklyn

So remember, plan to prepare a wonderful meal or to have the meal prepared for you on Chinese New Year. Include a couple of these dishes to make sure that the Year of the Monkey starts off on the right foot.

Your turn!

Do you have a favorite Chinese restaurant that just kicks butt on these foods or another dish? Share it in the comments below and until then, happy eating!

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