Your Life Begins Today. Really. No, Really

The time is now. This weekend. Today.

The time is now. This weekend. Today.

Ok I lied.

I told you that my newsletter was now monthly and if you follow me, I usually send them out really early on the 2nd Wed of the month. Today is Friday. Afternoon.

What’s up?

Something happened to me this week that couldn’t wait until next month.

After I recorded the last vlog (if you missed it, view it here), so much kept swirling through my head.

What else was I not giving myself permission to do?

When I took an honest inventory, I came up with a short but powerful list. 

Then I wept.

I’m a Feng Shui coach but I am FAR from perfect. People think that coaches don’t have problems. Wrong. The reason we are coaches is because we have worked through and are still working through the issues that you want to work through. We teach and serve through real-life experience. Reality TV for life improvement if you may.

Now back to my weeping.

I realized that even though I adore my work, there were other parts of my life that I didn’t love but had convinced myself that there could be no other way. Things could not change. I was stuck. I had no choice. Any other way would hurt so many people. First round of weeping and “woe-is-me”ing commenced.

It was a good weep. I sat with it. Then sat some more. What I realized in hindsight, I was in the process of hurting, accepting and healing – all at the same time. When my weeping subsided, I had a new perspective on my issues. Something had shifted. 

I started seeing my issues in a completely new light. I saw that I DID have a choice, actually choiceS. I was not stuck. Things could change. Things could be different. I just needed to give myself permission to make different choices. The choices were very, very difficult. People would indeed get hurt. But there was no other way. I needed to make the choices, no matter how difficult they were, to take back responsibility of my own life.

Second round of weeping.

The reason I am writing about this is because it was a friggin’ major moment for me (thank you new moon and Mercury), but also because many of you may be feeling this way going into this Memorial day weekend. Tons of obligations and must-do lists abound. Choice seems like a foreign word.

How many of those things on your list is for you? How many of those things really make you happy, and I mean truly happy?

I invite you this weekend to do one small thing toward your flight to freedom. Because that’s what happens - 

GIVING YOURSELF PERMISSION IN YOUR LIFE SETS YOU FREE. {TWEET IT!}

I was set free this week and damn did it feel good. 

NOW, join me in the discussion in the comments section. How do you plan to give yourself permission this weekend or this month?

  • Will you give yourself permission to not work, go offline and free yourself to just relax?
  • Will you give yourself permission to let go of some things in your basement/garage/attic/closet that you don’t love and free yourself of guilt?
  • Will you give yourself permission to let go of your “skinny clothes” and set yourself free to be who you are, and love yourself just as you are?
  • Will you give yourself permission to tell your (mom/dad/partner/sister/enter person here), “thank you for your advice”, then free yourself to do what you really want to do anyway?

Let us know right now what what you will give yourself permission to do to set yourself free. IT’S TIME.

Start Living a Life of No Regrets

Life can actually be a walk in the park, if we decide it to be.

Life can actually be a walk in the park, if we decide it to be.

If you were on your deathbed today, what would be the number one thing you wished you had done in your life?

I know, not a super cheery way to start a post, but I wanted to get your attention!

Many of us wait for “later” or “one day” to do the things that we really want to do. We wait our whole lives to REALLY live our life, our dreams. And then we wonder why we are always tired, overwhelmed or in a persistent bad mood.

If your bucket list is loooong, this is a MUST see video! Learn the simple secret to taking the first step to living a life of no regrets.

If you found this video helpful, please pass it along!  I would also love to hear in the comments section what you are giving yourself permission to do TODAY so regret is far way!

Wishing you a peaceful transition into the Summer (yes I said it!) season!

A Simple Spring Makeover

Geez Spring, took your time, huh?

It’s finally here and it’s time to take action, to take advantage of the “new beginning” energy of Spring!

Clearing out that “stuff” that clogs your external and internal world will allow fresher and better things into your life. And who doesn’t want that?

Watch my video below for two easy tips to get you on your way to creating a harmonious, Feng Shui happy environment, both inside and out!

Looking forward to hearing what actions you are taking toward your Spring Makeover!

PS: I’m aware of my slight wardrobe malfunction but I heard my Grouchy Gremlin and posted the video anyway because nobody is perfect!! Take that Gremlin!

Spring Makeover from Susan Chan – Feng Shui Creative on Vimeo.

 

How to Beat the Perfectionist Gremlins

Shaking it up!

I’ve taken my monthly newsletter to a video format (deep breath).

As I explain in my video, starting something new can sometimes be challenging and bring up alot of inner dialogue (mostly unsavory).

What’s important to remember when approaching anything new, it will most likely be an uncomfortable process.

I know, not exactly what you want to hear, but trust me, those of you who have gone down this road know that this is a necessary path.

If you stick through the process, you will soon see that this path will get smoother and brighter with each step you take.

On a lighter note, Spring is almost here in New York City – thank goodness – and in Feng Shui, Spring is all about growth and expansion. Layer the growth of the Chinese New Year of the Wood Goat on top of that and it’s expansion explosion!

Watch my first ever video below for inspiration and learn what to do when those pesky Gremlins start cropping up and steer you from your goals.

Perfectionist Gremlins from Susan Chan – Feng Shui Creative on Vimeo.

Leave a comment about this topic of Perfectionism and please share - what are you willing to commit to in this time of growth and expansion? What actions are you willing to take and how will you allow room to NOT be Perfect?

Looking forward to your responses!

Geng Hai Fat Choi!

Are you already feeling the slower tempo and milder temperament of the Wood Goat?

Are you already feeling the slower tempo and milder temperament of the Wood Goat?

Geng Hai Fat Choi is a Chinese New Year greeting which literally means “Wishing you the best of wealth” or “Good fortune is coming your way.”

We Chinese really know what’s important.

All kidding aside, in Feng Shui, as a general rule, we say that you can only have wealth if you have good health (you can only work if you are healthy and that is how you make your money). Therefore, wishing you good wealth implies that we are also wishing you good health.

So when I say Geng Hai Fat Choi, I am wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and most Prosperous Year of the Wood Goat!

What the Goat wants you to Know

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The Year of the Goat promises to be very different than last year.

2014 was Year of the Wood Horse – lots of action, energy, ups and downs. And if you weren’t prepped and well strapped in, you surely felt that saddle. Ouch.

This year’s goat energy is going to be friendlier although not without some twists and turns. That would be boring, wouldn’t it?

As the goat’s energy is a feminine yin energy, it will feel more peaceful, harmonious and move more slowly than its ground thumping predecessor. There will definitely be growth and progress this year, but again, patience will be needed.

This year, emphasis is also about getting back to the basics. If there is something that you want to achieve, you may need to think outside the box and look at scenarios differently.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Truly understanding the combination of your Chinese Astrology and how it interacts with the energy of the Goat year, you can unleash your TRUE POWER AND POTENTIAL.

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  • 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
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Traditional Chinese New Year Prep

Everyone can celebrate Chinese New Year. image: britannica.com

Anyone and everyone can celebrate Chinese New Year. image: britannica.com

We are officially 6 days away from Chinese New Year.

Since today is Friday the 13th, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about rituals to help prepare for Chinese New Year.

It’s not that I’m superstitious, but there’s lots that goes into preparing for Chinese New Year if you are a “real” Chinese person.

What I mean by “real” is a Chinese person who knows and adheres to Chinese traditions. I was not born in Asia and grew up in the States, so could I be considered “really” Chinese?

Of course!

My parents have fiercely held onto Chinese tradition especially since they had left China at an early age and whether I liked it or not, these traditions stuck (ahem, I am a Feng Shui Consultant).

Preparations for Chinese New Year are steeped in years of tradition.

For Chinese New Year, I practice very sacred and pride-worthy rituals that I imagine my great-grandfather also performed – he was a Feng Shui Master in China.

Here are some guidelines to prepare for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Goat:

1) Toss out the old - Declutter or clean up the part of your home that is nagging you. I know, I’m hearing a lot of groans. Don’t let this first task deter you. Set a timer for 30 minutes, tackle, take a break and repeat. The trick here is to find the balance between letting go of objects that don’t work (symbolic) and being gentle with yourself (OCD peeps, I’m talking to you).

2) Settle old debts - Do you owe someone money or do they owe you? Do your best to pay back any loans or give back things you have borrowed. Someone owes you money and you haven’t been able to get reimbursed? If you’re able, forgive the loan and wish this person prosperity in the new year. That’s the best energy you could wish for this person and yourself to allow you both to move forward.

3) Bring out Mr. Clean - Once you’re done letting go of the old, thoroughly clean your home and sweep your floors BEFORE 2/19, Chinese New Year day. Sweep every corner, dust every nook and scrub every surface (without being too OCD of course). A fresh and new beginning is represented by a clean home. Again, do it before the New Year not on the day, since the Chinese believe that you can sweep away your wealth.

4) Hang up red things – Red in Feng Shui and Chinese tradition signifies luck, prosperity and all good things. Get yourself some traditional Chinese lanterns or be creative and just switch out artwork or pillows to add lucky accents to your space.

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Buy your red lanterns here. image: getdomainvids

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Need some ideas? Check out this guy for some quirky fun.

5) Decorate with nature - During this week before Chinese new year, fill your space with fresh flower and fauna. Red or pink colors are best. Just avoid white as it is an unlucky new year’s color. Tie red envelopes to the stems or branches to signify an offering to the Wealth God for a prosperous year. Evergreens are orchids are wonderful choices.

6) Buy new clothes - I know you are loving this one. The Chinese believe that the best way to welcome in the new year is in your best garb. If you can’t afford a whole outfit, wear your best outfit – no holes or loose hems please – and purchase a small item that is new. A new scarf or socks perhaps? Just be sure they are clean, pressed and worn with joy. Oh and be sure not to wear black or white but red to signify – you guessed it – luck and fortune!

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Got Goat?

Isn't this little guy just so cute? image: Feng Shui Creative

Isn’t this little guy just so cute? More of him in 2015! image: Feng Shui Creative

There’s something about being Asian, especially Chinese, that creates some anticipation around this time of year.

I was on the phone with my parents the other day and the conversation went something like this:

Parents: So what’s your plan this year?
Me: What do you mean?
Parents: Aiyah! Chinese New Year is coming up. You need to have a plan.
Me: (half rolling my eyes) Of course I have a Chinese New year plan (Asian children of Asian parent unite here). I’m a Feng Shui consultant, remember?
Parents: Ok so what’s the plan?
Me: Why don’t we start by making Chinese New Year’s dinner plans (slight food distraction always works)
Parents: Okay.

Whew. I dodged that bullet yet again.

But in their parental wisdom, they did bring up the important question that comes up for all of us at some point during the year:

What’s the plan for the year? (not a rhetorical question)

What do you want to accomplish before 2015 is over? (not a rhetorical question)

So here’s my plan that can help your plan – Chinese Astrology. Boom.

Didn’t know that Chinese Astrology had anything to do with Feng Shui? Actually, astrology is a huge part of Feng Shui.

If you’ve been following any of my work or philosophies, you know that I’m a big proponent of aligning your outer and inner worlds.

Chinese astrology does just that. For each one of us, there is a specific external energy that each Chinese New Year brings in (outer world) which affects each one of us (inner world).

It’s like a cheat sheet to help guide you for what’s in store for the year. What you should be focusing your energy on for the year. It’s that easy.

Stay tuned for more info in the next couple of posts where I will share with you how you can prepare both your outer and inner worlds for the Year of the Goat.

Susan Chan is the best!! I just had my “Year of the Wood Goat” astrology reading with her, and all I can say is “WOW”!!!!

I feel so prepared for the year ahead, with a deep understanding of what to focus my energies on, where to pull back and be cautious, and how to feel my best in the coming months. She’s a rock star!! Thank you so much, Susan. I can’t wait to do another reading with you!!

I highly recommend a reading for everyone — it was AWESOME.

Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to me at susan@FengShuiCreative.com. Ready for a reading? Find out more here on how to sign up.

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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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!