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Top Five Tips for Home Improvement during COVID

If you’re like most everyone on the planet, the year 2020 has given you a slightly different relationship with your space!
It’s either working or not working for you and those who live there at this point!
Whether it’s updating your outdoor seating or creating a work space for you that actually works, COVID-19 has made us all take a fresh look at our homes.
Enter: Feng Shui
It’s functional. 
Sure Pinterest may be full of pretty interiors that make you want to buy stock in West Elm, but if the home isn’t functional, it ain’t “shui.”
So how can you keep your home lovely YET PRACTICAL for today’s times?  After all, we are all spending more time than ever in our homes.  Don’t we owe it to ourselves to make sure it’s a nurturing environment for our physical and mental health?
Here are my Top Five Home Improvement Tips for COVID:
1. I think the most important tip is this:  You know that thing you can’t stand that you’ve been living with for way too long?    That One (Big) Thing That’s Been Driving You Nuts Needs to Go  Whether you’ve been living with a poor choice of paint colors or some drapes that were too long and not the right style (hand raise here!), it’s time for it to go.  One client had been sleeping on a bad mattress for years!  With my encouragement (and a great deal), she bought a new one, and she says it’s making a huge difference.  Another friend decided to move out her apartment that she had lived in for twenty years — she’s never felt so free.  (And she found mold upon leaving! — she’s finally at the root of some strange physical issues she’s had off and on for years!)
2.  Outdoor Upgrade.  Always wanted a hot tub in the back yard?  Had your eye on a fire pit?  Need a sofa and chair arrangement that is actually comfortable and low maintenance?  I think we can all agree that isolation — while nice for a little while because it had us all unplugged a bit — is not that great for our mental health.  Having somewhere outside to have people over — yes, even when it’s cold — is going to get us through the winter.  So, invest.  Then you won’t be tempted to risk spreading COVID by having people indoors.  Gloves, boots, a hat, a nice fire, and hot chocolate (spiked or not) sounds just about right to me!
3.  Clean Consistently.  I admit, I don’t love cleaning.  There are a million other things I’d rather do.  And I’d rather have someone else doing it for me.  But we are home so often, that we found ourselves needing a new system.  I think this woman has it figured out.  Whether you have a family or not, having this simple popsicle stick “chore” system (I labeled sticks by the day!) keeps everyone on top of tasks without the nagging.  It really does work!  But it’s important to our health, especially with that nasty old coronavirus floating around.  Oh, and the little self-reward system actually feels a bit decadent — like a happy little pat yourself on the back for doing the things that you kind of have to do!
4.  Be Honest With Yourself on What’s Not Working — and let a solution arise!  So many of us tolerate, tolerate, tolerate — when the TV is on, a parent can’t concentrate on work because there is no door; a kid has to find room at the dining room table every night and be pushed off for dinner, making sitting down at the computer a huge chore; the dog door is broken; the plumbing is a mess.
This is no way too live.  When you jump through hoops in your own home, it represents having situations that aren’t easy in your life.  Don’t you want to be able to kick back and enjoy your space? And your life?!
If you can’t figure out how to make it work, no worries!  Call your local or virtual (haha!) Feng Shui consultant or ask a friend who is savvy with space.  It’s worth it to get another set of eyes and to figure it out.  It may be a much easier solution than you’re realizing.
5.  Declutter.  If I didn’t put it on this list, I would not be a good Feng Shui consultant, now would I?  I know I’m a broken record on this, but IT IS HUGE in creating a space that is functional and that FEELS GOOD!  Ask me about my Declutter Accountability Programs or sign up for my COVID Declutter Your Way to Clarity eCourse.  Marie Kondo was right when she said that tidying up was life-changing magic.  Start today, and you’ll be reaping the benefits immediately!
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Is Karma a Lie?

The answer is “yes,” the concept of karma is a lie.  A.k.a., false, hooey, nonsense, not real, not happening.

I know, I know, if you’ve been delving into spirituality at all, you’ve come across the notion of “karma” in certain circles who readily accept it.

In truth, “karma” has become a household word.

But it’s not what’s going on.

Here’s what Wikipedia says on it:
“Karma (car-ma) is a word meaning the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the cycle of cause and effect. According to the theory of Karma, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions. It is an important part of many religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

In terms of spiritual development, Karma is about all that a person has done, is doing and will do. Karma is not about punishment or reward. It makes a person responsible for their own life, and how they treat other people.”

While there is some nice sentiment on how to live within that definition, and while some of you may claim, “But Katie, I’ve seen karma at work! I’ve witnessed it!” I can tell you that it’s actually the Law of Attraction that you’ve witnessed! The concept of karma falls short when you learn about this other “Law,” that I’ve found to be foolproof.

For more on the topic, listen to what Abraham-Hicks says about it. Then keep an open mind! Minds are meant to be challenged and changed.

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Top Five Interior Decorating Tips

Alongside with decluttering and “straight-up Feng Shui,” for a space to really find its potential, interior decorating usually needs to come in to play.

It’s a great honor (and a lot of fun) to help clients bring out their personal expression in their space (sofas! pillows! artwork! rugs! tiles! countertops! oh my!) so they can truly enjoy it.

In the spirit of guiding and inspiring you to make changes in your home or office, here are my

TOP FIVE INTERIOR DECORATING TIPS:

  1. Defining the room. I like to have a somewhat lengthy discussions on how the client sees the room functioning. Sometimes it’s obvious, such as dining or watching television, but I do like to get a feel for the lifestyle the client and his or her family in order to figure out what a room should be for them!   Your home can be utilized to create the life you are looking for and wanting, and when you get intentional about function, it’s a great starting point!

This client’s kitchen had the perfect corner for a large dining area for the whole family, plus some.

Questions to ask to start:

  • Who will be spending time in here?
  • What will those people be doing, ideally?
  • Will it be mostly for personal use or for entertaining or both?
  • If entertaining is an aspect of this room, how often would you like to entertain and in what ways?
  • Are you needing a space that is more inspirational or invigorating or more restful and quiet?
  • What have been the problems with this room (or a room like it) been in the past?
  1. Assigning a “jumping-off piece” + figuring out what stays and what goes. While I’ve done rooms from scratch, a lot of times clients need some basic updating and rearranging and an idea on what stays and goes. What’s nice when you start redecorating a room is to find an item that can be used as a jumping off point. It can be the bed, or a grandmother’s chaise, a piece of artwork, or even a piece of fabric! The important thing is that what stays, is honored, and it may just be the inspiration that the entire room revolves around!

    A very special piece for this client: a classic Eames chair.

On the other hand, if there are items that don’t “spark joy,” (thanks, Marie Kondo), then one should seriously think about letting them go because they could clog up the entire design process! A gentle reminder that “everything has a home – even if it is in someone else’s home” and “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” can help with this process as far as donating or selling or giving away goes.

3.   Choosing a color palette. How I love a deck of Pantone cards! On occasion, I’ll lay out those cards in front of a client, simply so they can just pick at random to see where their taste lie and to remind them that this is a fun and creative process, not to be taken too seriously! This is not the only way to figure out a palette; sometimes the “key piece” defines the color scheme. I also remember famous designer, Emily Henderson, looking through a client’s clothes to see what colors they tend towards and like. Very nice idea!

Different client, different colors! Blues rule in this dining space.

Regardless, deciding a range of colors for each room can bring focus, clarity, and excitement into the project. I’ve worked with rooms that were primarily neutrals, in bone, deep taupes, and off blacks with gold accents, as well as rooms that burst with color, including magentas, turquoises, yellows, and more. The key is to find a few core colors and stick to them, using neutrals to balance things out when necessary.   One can flip through a paint deck or choose a great fabric or simply go on-line and look through Pinterest to get ideas for color schemes.

Again, it’s important to keep it playful! That joy will influence the project and the final result immensely.

 

  1. Measuring thrice.   I’m neurotic when it comes to measuring mostly because if I mess that up, it’d be a real pain to fix, and I’m a preventive type of person. I love to get a floor plan to scale and play with furniture ideas at their exact measurements in order to find the best fit for the space. I’m a big fan of blue tape on the floors to mark out the dimensions so the client can feel what it would be like to have something that size in that room. It works! And it’s worth it! Especially for big ticket and big size items! The extra pre-paving is worth it!

Make sure your barstools are the right height before you purchase!

5. Creating cohesion and adding personal touches. Once you’ve placed and decided on key larger pieces, it’s important to keep going! Things like drapes or rugs or lamps or side tables or even decorative items such as candles, plants, or books can warm up a space immensely. I especially love to implement and “honor” items special to the client. Personal photos and souvenirs from vacations and family heirlooms (if liked!) will add tremendous personality and individuality to the space.

Consider it like this: Imagine that a stranger came to your home when no one was there. You do not want them to leave feeling like they’ve walked through a West Elm or Restoration Hardware (or any) show room! You do want them to leave feeling like they gotten to know you and those who live there.

And if you’re really doing it right, they’ll feel so great in the space, they won’t want to leave!

While the chair was the jumping off piece to this midcentury-modern “music listening” room, the record player and speakers were sentimental to the client.  Add some fun custom drapes, a shag rug, and a sputnik light fixture, and walah!

 

To see if you and Katie are a fit for an interior decorating session, call her at 205.983.0888.

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Year of the Metal Rat ~ Predictions

YEARLY PREDICTION FROM KATIE:

Every year at New Year’s, I do a meditation for what we can expect for the upcoming year in regards to the element and animal ascribed to it, according to Chinese lore.  This is in tradition with Feng Shui, and it’s a fun way to channel your energies and set intentions for the year to come.

2020 is the Year of the Rat.  It begins on January 25th,  the “lunar” new year.

Rats are controversial creatures, no doubt.  But they are survivors.  Clever in their own right, Rats do not play the fool.

They scurry, they burrow, and they are active in the dark of night.

They protect their young.

They are resourceful.

Oh, and did I say that they were clever?

Add the element of Metal, which brings to mind the word, “sharp,” and you can expect some brilliant ideas to surface in 2020.

2020 brings innovativeness and from that innovativeness, fortune.

Who can forget the animated version of Charlotte’s Web, and that scrappy rat, Templeton, when he discovers the county fair?  He’s literally rolling in his loot, more food and fun than he could ever imagine.   You too will be rolling in the dough, my friends, if and only if you heed those ideas that the Metal Rat so quietly whispers into the dark corners of your mind.

More on Metal:  While Fire brings action and sociability; Earth brings comfort and groundedness; Water brings introspection and adaptability; and Wood brings growth and expansion; Metal brings refinement, clarity, and again, resourcefulness.

As I write, I’m getting more and more excited about the Year of the Metal Rat!

Because, again:  RATS DON’T PLAY THE FOOL.  Make the Rat a Metal Rat, and you’ve got a sword-wielding, beady-yet-clear-eyed Mighty Mouse who will shred to pieces Doubt, Confusion, Nonsense, and Noise from our lives…….if given the respect it deserves.

As far as numerology goes, traditionally 2020 would be a 4 year, which brings a sense of stability (think: a table with four legs and the solidness of a square or rectangle).

Yet, the number 2020 is special.  We can’t ignore the symbolism of “clear sightedness” shouted out by this number.  Ahhh, clarity.  I like to say that one of my most favorite and powerful prayers is to ask for clarity.  With clarity, the path is lit, the way is open, and there is a KNOWING.

So set your sights in 2020.

And although this year looks promising with it’s zero BS and it’s wide open eyes, there is something you need to be aware of ~ there is an aspect of allowing these energies to take place in your life.   The Rat is too smart.  His won’t waste his gifts on those who would squander them.  He knows that too many of us would rather walk around half-blind, or settle for the noise and nonsense rather than put our intent on something more worthwhile, than heed the calling of what he has to offer — a more fulfilling, rich path that again, takes no fools.

Stay tuned on more write-ups on how best to welcome the Metal Rat.  To begin, of course, I will remind you to take the days up until January 25th to declutter, declutter, declutter.  If there was ever a year to declutter, it would be the one of the Metal Rat.  I mean that.  

Again, rats take no fools…and neither should you, especially if YOU are the one fooling YOURSELF.  Decluttering and Feng Shui can truly help you access the positive energies of 2020, so I hope to see more of you this year!

Cheers and chi and blessings galore,

Katie

It’s not too late to join Katie’s Declutter Your Way to Clarity eCourse, which ends on Jan 25th.  You’ll be privy to the private FB page where people will support and share on their own declutter adventures!  JOIN TODAY!

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Animal Totems and Other Messages from the Universe

I used to have a deck of cards called Medicine Cards.  These cards each had a picture of a different animal along with a lengthy “meaning” of the animal that one could use for guidance on their life path.  I bought them because I had been traveling around the American West, and I had become a bit obsessed with Native American culture.

I especially loved how most tribes had a “special” connection with nature.  They had to obviously.  Their lifestyle was wholly dependent on hunting, gathering, and relating to the elements.

What I found especially interesting were the rituals, such as the sweat lodges, and then the notion of “medicine,” which was more about communicating with Great Spirit than buying something over the counter or via prescription.

In short, the Native Americans relied on symbolism.  They may not have called it that, because they were that close to nature, but that’s what it was.

As far as animal totems, one way they used this “medicine” was to pay attention to the animals that crossed their paths that day.  Buffalo represents Abundance, Hawk represents Perspective, Snake represents Healing, Bear represents Introspection.

Furthermore, individuals were known to carry specific animal medicine, as part of their personalities and in the ways they contribute to the community.

In today’s world, we may not be in a situation when we could come across an actual Bear.  But I remember once when I kept hearing the word, Bear, in random conversation from strangers when I would pass by.  And then, Bear would keep popping up in my card drawing.

The message was clear:  Time to take a step back and look within.

Native Americans also had a medicine man or woman to help decipher some of these messages from Great Spirit.  They had to ability to translate these symbols for the person– because that’s how blind we can be to our own path sometimes!

Today, I use animal medicine, numbers on license plates, the I Ching, some occasional card drawing, but mostly, relying on my subtle feelings to help navigate the times when life gets sticky.

Furthermore, I take symbolism into my home, as a conscious, ever-present reminder of the medicine that Great Spirit (or God, the Universe, Source, etc.) is constantly offering to us in order to have and create a more fulfilling and inspired life.

(For more on animal totems, check out books by Ted Andrews!  It’s actually a pretty in-depth study, and it’s fascinating, fun, and helpful!)

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How to Deal with Depression & Anxiety the LOA Way

Depression and anxiety SUCK.  There is no way around this.
TOTALLY SUCK.
If you’ve been following me a while, you know that I usually like to keep these emails upbeat.  Some of you may think I have sunshine and rainbows coming out my eyes and ears. (Admittedly, I sometimes do.  🙂 …and I prefer it that way!)
But I want you to know: I personally am susceptible to both depression and anxiety as much as anyone.  I do experience both from time to time.  And they SUCK.
That being said, I’ve also learned how to deal with it when it appears so I don’t get swallowed whole…at least not for long anyway.
(I use those words purposefully — “Swallowed Whole”  — it’s what depression feels like to me.  I’ve often thought about an artist’s rendition of depression as a huge faceless octopus monster coming up from below, who has quietly wrapped its heavy, slimy tentacles around me and is slowly, tortuously dragging me down, down, down; I’m totally helpless and powerless.  There is no struggle, just a sort of suffocation and heaviness and darkness).
I have a low tolerance for feeling badly anyway.  So if one of the intensely negative feelings creep up, I can barely stand it.  After all, I don’t even like the way I feel after having a piece of cake, so intense bad feelings are almost crushing…
But what do you do when it’s there?  What do you do when that Octopus Monster has arrived?
HERE IS WHAT I DO:   
(It’s deceptively simple, so hang with me.)
I (try to) give myself a DAMN BREAK.  I try not to make the Octopus-Monster a big deal, (at this point, it’s impossible to ignore, but I don’t want to give it more power)….mostly because making it a big deal will just add to the bad feelings.  I just let myself feel it, painful as it may be.  I just let myself be, as best I can.  I don’t make it a THING, best I can.
When I’m ready, I look for tiny little ways to feel better…without TRYING to feel better. I say, “I’m willing to feel better.”  I don’t force it.  I just say that I’m willing.  Sometimes it’s crawling back in bed.  Sometimes it’s going for a walk.  Sometimes it can mean ice cream for dinner and Netflix (I know it’s cliche, I’m just saying.)  Sometimes it’s writing in my journal.   Sometimes it’s making sure I eat something healthy. Sometimes it’s showering and putting on lipstick. Sometimes it’s making myself do something I don’t feel like doing, like cleaning the kitchen.  Sometimes it’s letting myself do nothing at all and just stare out the window.
The point is:  no matter what it is, I GIVE MYSELF A BREAK (again best I can) for whatever I’m doing or not doing.  I don’t ADD to the yucky feelings, if possible (sometimes it’s not possible) by judging myself for ANYTHING.
Abraham-Hicks says that when we go to sleep, we stop momentum.  This is great news.  They say that all negative feelings are a momentum of energy in a direction that we aren’t comfortable with.  We’ve let the train get moving fast down a track that’s not fun.  In order to go the other way, we gotta give ourselves a break (brake?) but it doesn’t just happen on the turn of a dime.  It’s a TRAIN, by golly.  So let yourself get a few good thoughts in, here and there, (or go to sleep), and you’ll start to slow that train down, so you can build up a tiny bit of momentum the other way.
A friend of mine went to see the Toni Morrison documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend — I only heard good things about it.  What she got out of it is:  “Do what you can with where you are now.”
That’s basically all we can do, People.
I’ve also learned that those not-fun depression/anxiety/anger spells can actually be resistance to something greater brewing inside us that we haven’t let ourselves be up to speed with.  Once you’ve got the momentum slowed down and turned around a little bit, you may be surprised on how fast you get up to speed….and feel much, much, much better…with only a teensy bit of feeling good.
So be easy, my friends.  Let yourself be.
Be easy on you.
Reach out to folks if you need to.
Or pet a cat or a dog.
Cry your heart out,
or eat that pint of ice cream.
And know, this too shall pass.

 

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Are Spirit Guides Real?

For a while, I was obsessed with the notion that there are invisible helpers floating around us, intervening in our lives for the better.

I mean, when you stand back and think about it, it’s really crazy.  And COOL.

Angels. Totem animals. Deceased loved ones. Ascended Masters. Whaaaa???

 Let me put it this way: When I saw The Sixth Sense, I was sort of mad, because they left the good guys out of the movie! What a missed opportunity!

Because I have trouble taking anything at face value, in my early 20s, I embarked on my own quest to discover the truth or nonsense of these phantom-like beings.

After all, if you look at the bagua, the Helpful People section is also known as the Travel AND Angels and Spirit Guides section. So I figured I better know a little something about them, not only for myself, but so I could know what I was talking about for clients. (But if I was being really honest, at that time, it was mostly for myself because, COME ON, so cool and crazy.)

What I have discovered is YES, there is an entire unseen world out there.

And YES, they are helping us (or at least trying to) as much as we will let them!

And YES, they’re cool and awesome and, well, extremely helpful…to say the least?!

I’d like to give you the “in a nutshell” lesson on how to find out more about your own spirit guides.

Ready? Here you go:

Be open to it.

How to do that?

  1. Meditate on a regular basis. (I do 15 minutes every morning. Meditation is not necessary to connect with them, but I highly recommend it because it helps you get in a receptive space to tune into them.)
  2. Acknowledge them every day. You can do this in your own way. “Yo, Angels!” or “Dear Angels, I’d like to get to know you better. Will you please give me signs of your existence (i.e. your knowledge, your presence, who you are, what you are?)” or “Help!”
  3. Get yourself in a good feeling place. Trust what you are receiving. Connecting with angels can come in many forms:   a) “signs” from the Universe, b) feelings and hunches and sensations, such as chills or an unexpected breeze, c) images in your mind that may feel like imagination, d) words that may feel like your imagination, d) strong feelings of knowing, and e) other ways I may not know about.

Once you learn to “trust” your impressions of your spirit guides, you will be able to go deeper and ask more specific questions. This is mostly play. If you try too hard, you’re gonna miss.

If the above even sounds too serious, try asking them for parking places. Try asking them for green lights. Try asking them for ease and flow. Try asking them to help you pick out the best restaurant for a fun evening out. Try asking them for something – ANYTHING – especially if it feels like “not a big deal.”

That will get you to trusting in their presence, so when you have the “big deal” questions, you’ll be more receptive!

BOTTOM LINE HERE: There is non-physical energy focusing specifically on YOU, and is GREATLY tremendously interested in YOUR WELL-BEING. This is really, really, really good news. Know it. Lean on them. And watch your life jump a few notches up in the awesome category.

 

**For more on this, I’ll be teaching a workshop on August 3, 2019 at Birmingham Yoga studio in Birmingham, AL. I’d love to have you there!

 

 

 

 

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What to Store Under Your Bed

NOTHING.

The End.

 

No, for real.  You really don’t need to have anything under there.  Okay?

Why?

Because the bed is super-duper crazy-important in Feng Shui, and you want the best energy possible!  You spend 1/3 of your life in your bed, for Cupid’s sake, so don’t cheat on this!

Freely-circulating chi/energy.  That’s what you want under there.  Translation in this case:  air.  (Okay, okay, and maybe a simple Feng Shui cure from yours truly for those special circumstances.)

Do you know that I’ve found taxes under clients’ beds?  I’m talking big piles of taxes and receipts and unopened mail.  Is that conducive to sleep — or sex, by golly — UH NO it is not!

And tennis rackets and skiis and other sports equipment.  All that active energy!  Yikes.

Your psyche “sees” — or feels, rather — everything!  Don’t think because you forgot that it was under there that it’s not having an effect.  It’s ALL having an effect!

“But what about people that live in NYC in a shoebox apartment and really don’t have storage?”

Okay, okay, there are SOME exceptions to this rule, but trust me, you are probably not the exception unless you truly live in a tiny 400 square foot apartment in NYC!

If that is the case, I do not want to be exclusive to you, and I will offer you this.  If you absolutely positively must store under the bed — and this is after a FULL Marie Kondo “spark joy” treatment of the entire space — then you may store something that has a “quiet” energy, like neatly folded sweaters, or a small suitcase, hopefully towards the foot of the bed.

Okay?

But the rest of you, I gotta say, if it’s under the bed, it probably shouldn’t be.  Feng Shui-wise, I mean!

THANKS!  And let me know how much better you’re sleeping (or how much more sex you’re getting) once you get that stuff out from under there!

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Plants in a Space — Real vs. Fake

Did you know that real estate agents, when staging a home, are actually doing a little Feng Shui in there to raise the vibration, and “up the feel,” so that the home is more desirable to buyers?

I even heard of real estate who did zero staging to an empty house except one thing — she put a nice plant in the corner of each room!

It’s no wonder plants make a difference in a space.  From a “chi” perspective (the Chinese word for “energy”), since plants are alive, they do bring a lot of fresh, good chi into a space.

HOW PLANTS HELP:

  • positive, life-giving chi/energy
  • provide oxygen
  • clean the air
  • green is lovely
  • bring in the Wood element, representing growth, expansion, and forward movement
  • pretty
  • recall a connection to nature…and that feels good

NOTE: Some plants that bode better in a space than others.  You’ll want the plants to be healthy, well-maintained (watered, dead-headed, potted in the appropriate size pots, etc.), and exude friendliness.  (This eliminated pokey, spiky, and pointy plants in most cases — sorry, Cacti-lovers!)

All of this begs the question:  what about fake plants?

Well, obviously because they aren’t alive and they aren’t emitting oxygen, a live plant would (most of the time) be more ideal, chi-wise.  However, that doesn’t mean that fake plants don’t have their place!  Maintenance of live plants aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and fake plants these days are looking more and more real!

I say YES, in SOME CASES to fake plants.  If your fake plants give the illusion of “life-giving, happy, and fresh,” then they are Feng Shui approved!  But if your fake plants are looking tired, cheap, dusty, or just plain ugly, please get rid of them.

West Elm; fake plants

West Elm store in Birmingham, AL knows the power of plants — even if they’re fake! photo credit: Emily Cone Creative

Check out this array from West Elm —  no one can deny the liveliness of these!

So, for all you Non-green-thumbs, there is hope for you to have some green in your space yet!  Get creative and make sure to wipe the dust from them every once in a while, and see how some plant life can add so much to your home or office!

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Family: What Sort of Beliefs Did You Pick Up?

This week in my 9-week Feng Shui Journey workshop, we are discussing Family and Heritage, the families we are born into.  Good timing with Mother’s Day coming up!

It’s one of my FAVORITE lessons because I see so many people “feeling resistance” in this area, and just a little bit of focus on this area and clear a lot of energy up!  In short, our parents have passed on some awesome things to us…and also some beliefs that aren’t serving us, a.k.a.  limiting beliefs. 

What is a limiting belief?  

Abraham-Hicks explains a belief to simply be “a thought that you keep thinking.”

That’s it.  It’s not programming.  It’s not ingrained.  It’s not buried in the subconscious.

A LIMITING BELIEF is a thought that you keep thinking that doesn’t feel good.  

Period.

Here are some limiting beliefs we have discussed that people have picked up from their Families:

  • You gotta work hard for your money because it’s hard to make money.
  • It’s not okay to be too happy all the time.
  • Women should look as pretty as possible.
  • Selfishness is really, really bad, and if you’re taking care of yourself first, you’re selfish.
  • Marriage isn’t fun.

Are these thoughts fun?  No.  Are they even true?  No.  And do you HAVE to believe them even if your parents did?  NOOOOOOO!!!!!

This should be great news for all of you!  Because it means that if you’re doing your best to keep your vibration high (a.k.a. feel as good as you can every day), then you can catch these bad-feeling thoughts pretty darn fast.

And no, you don’t need months of therapy to un-do them.

You just have to either:  1) Distract yourself by thinking about something else or 2) Clean up your energy around that topic (Check out the Focus Wheel process by Abraham-Hicks for an awesome, easy way to do that.  Takes 5 minutes!)

That’s it.

So if you’ve been trained to think that your DNA needs rewiring and that your cells need to be reprogrammed, well, Newsflash: those too are limiting beliefs you’ve picked up along your trail!

It does not have to be that hard.  The Universe will bring you the experiences you need in real time that will help you shift your energy around anything that you and your Family may have picked up along your life path.  All you have to do is pay attention to how you feel.

In other words, if you’re taking care of your emotions on a daily basis, you’ll be able to spot a limiting belief before it spins out of control.

How to use Feng Shui for this?

Check out the Family area of your space.  What’s there?  If there are a lot of Metal items, consider removing those and using items that represent Wood instead.  If you have family heirlooms (that you love), this gua is a good place to have them.  Consider photos of your ancestors and a display of your family tree.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!  While there may have been some limiting beliefs passed down through the generations, there are also some empowering and wonderful ones too!  Be sure to share your appreciation of these this Mother’s Day!  

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