50 shades of shui | it’s a FREE simple shui series!

February 3, 2017

happy FRIDAY, darlings!

there’s something i want to tell you that’s kinda a BIG deal to me.

next week, i am launching a FREE series called 50 Shades of Shui, and izzz’ all happening on Facebook Live!

oh, baby — we are going to have some wild FUN!

this course is a 10-day day dive into the feng shui elements + all their superpowers. and i am talking ALL about it in my new video, so have a listen and then sign up here.

if your energy is ready to make a comeback. . .

or you’re thirsty for a tall pour of shui. . .

come right this way. . .

and join the shui squad.

see you next thurday!

xo

 

simple shui | it’s not my clutter!

January 19, 2017

i hear it often. “i’m not the problem; it’s my spouse//my kids//my parents//my roommates. they’re the hoarders, not me.”

it usually continues with, “i have systems. i keep things clean. i try, but she/he/they won’t listen.”

which leads to this question: “can feng shui help?”

listen, i hear you + i feel you. i live with 3 other people who all have their own systems + ideas of what tidy looks and feels like. and it doesn’t always jive with my preferences.

so, my answer comes from personal experience + errors. i’ve both earned and learned (the hard way many times) to trust the shui and get outta its way.

and here’s what i know for sure:

you cannot ‘shui’ other people without their permission, even your kids if they older than 10. this is why shui and organizing are very different practices. shui is an intentional + intuitive process, and you can’t set intentions for someone else. capice?

if you live with a clutter bug, shui your own personal spaces – again, this isn’t about organizing. it is about mindfully upgrading the energy around you, so clear the clutter + work your shui + set intentions + give gratitude. it feels like a small practice, but it’s crazy powerful for improving the energy around us and the experiences we attract. and that one undeniable change is highly contagious and influential to those watching you. and believe me, you are being watched.

 

clutter is about boundaries. and sometimes the neatest people can be emotionally cluttered. so, if you are well-organized but live with a clutter bug, my suggestion is honestly explore if the ‘mess’ is a reflection of something cluttered within you – disappointment, weak boundaries, indecisiveness, or lingering issues. when we resolve our own emotional clutter, the ‘outside’ begins to match how we now feel on the ‘inside’.

not all clutter is created equally – which is why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. our things represent emotions + thoughts + memories. women tend to explore and expunge emotions more frequently – let’s call it familiar curriculum for us. men, however, hold those same emotions in their things. this is why men sometimes resist letting things go. how do we help? talk about your expectations as you purge your excess, and then patiently let the results speak for themselves. meanwhile, ask him about the things he holds onto. listen to the stories, if he opens up. oftentimes, that emotional release is a turning point so he, too, can edit his things comfortably.

xo

 

p.s. if you’d like the gab + guidance to get your life clutter free, check out my workbooks. you are what you see, so if you want to see change inside twenty-seventeen, don’t wait a single second longer!

also, i am thinking about offering a course or online group mid-year for those who’d like to incorporate shui into what they already do — kind of a shui 101 for coaches, teachers, leaders, and all other supernovas who put LOVE into the world. i have NO details yet, so tell me: does this tickle your brain? if YESSS, send me a quick note!

finally, my simple shui road tour trips to North Carolina in April and the Big Apple in May are stretching at the seams — and love beams, i am SO excited! thank you for inviting me into your communities + homes, and i can hardly wait to make shui magic with you. if you are in either city and would like to have a consult or schedule a meet-up, let me know ASAP and i’ll get you the details!

 

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simple shui | a thousand thanks + happy new year!

January 13, 2017

hello + happy new year, sparkle rockets!

pardon the late post, but my celebration was interrupted with a strep-gone-rogue infection. thankfully, i am finally feeling closer to whole.

and now that sick isn’t hanging thick in the air, how about a quick catch up + a round of a thousand thanks?

i am grateful for the voltage + alchemy of the lovelies’ creative world – movie-making is their heartbeat, and it’s held them captive for almost 10 years. when Golden Globes nominated Houda Benyamina was asked recently why she became a film director, she answered “to speak up, to speak out loud. i thought i wanted to be an actress at first but no character had enough energy.” and this mama glowed, thinking these two, my two are kind of a big deal. (this is a casting shot from their latest movie.)

i am grateful for music, especially bishop briggs + maren morris + holly williams who careened around the house, keeping me company these last few weeks.

i am grateful for the mutual JOY unleashing over my simple shui road tour. what began as a simple meet-up in 5 cities is surging into 1:1 consults, too – every request + opportunity feels like a LOVE match, and i am wildly excited to show others how to fly by the force of shui. i will be shimmying into spring!

i am grateful for sunrises + full moons + fresh flowers – the colors always seduce me and remind me just how lucky i am to be alive.

i am grateful for the muses that danced in my head while i was sick in bed. because this february, i am launching my first ever facebook live series called 50 shades of shui. i know, i know – but the sound of it rolls off my tongue so easily, i can’t help myself. more importantly, i’ll be talking about the 5 elements and how to use them in your home to play up certain energies. each element gets 2 days + 10 tips – so, there will be plenty of ideas to drink in + breathe into your house!

i am grateful to be featured in gala darling’s 2017 radical self love almanac. it’s plush full with rituals + inspo + guidance for the year ahead, and i’ve shared 10 ways to set up your bedroom for more LOVE + abundance + JOY. the high priestesses i am alongside bring their best, so don’t miss out!

and, i am grateful for a looming birthday. i’ll be 42 this weekend, and i barely have words. however, methinks i’m in good company with my word for the year: POWERHOUSE. which is about showing up like i belong wherever i am. taking up my space fully + intentionally. empowering people through their own living spaces + houses. releasing the exhaustion from second guessing myself. and tossing the paper weight of generic that insists i hide my powers + squelch my voice. in a nutshell, it’s about getting along famously with this insane courage to truly be me.

while the year ahead has a very unpredictable vibe to it, here is what i know: we are in this wilderness together and we can make the impossible present if we are unwavering with our attention + LOVE. so, hiya 2017 and here’s to steady gratitude, bright torches, and bold acts of LOVE. you in?

happy new year, loves!

xo

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simple shui | gift well #4

December 14, 2016

i am a reader. i love being swallowed whole into the pages of a good story.

so, what makes a good book in my world?

one ::  i don’t want to put it down. which is to say, i often find myself muttering, “one more chapter and then i’ll go to sleep…” only to still be awake while the world around me slumbers because the story is worth sinking into like that.

two :: i am wooed by the sentences + phrases + beautiful language, making my soul drool…

three :: i am compelled within only a few pages to text someone and say “GET THIS BOOK. NOW!” {you know who you are!}

four :: pages are dog-eared. i’m writing in the margins. and i’ve highlighted a pathway of passages.

five :: there is always a before and after demarcation with a good book.

finally :: a good book lingers. like, the voices and story and experience stay with me in a way that years might pass, but when i pick up the book again and inhale its scent and flip through the pages, it all comes back.

so, what made my good book list this year?

here are a few to get you started. . .

 

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY | fredrik backman

this book gave me life over the summer. i can’t remember why i picked up this book, because i knew nothing about it.

it took over the rest of my day.

since reading it, i peruse the pages often, trying to memorize the universal wisdom woven into this unforgettable story.

these pages house so many of my favorite sentences to ever read — ones that caught my breath and made me pause  — but this. THIS sentiment was a revelation.

‘we want to be loved. failing that, admired; failing that, feared. failing that, hated and despised. at all costs we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others. the soul abhors a vacuum. at all costs it longs for contact.’

remember this. because i suspect it will be a faithful servant in the years ahead. . .

 

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR | paul kalanithi

there’s a conversation from this book that hitched itself to me as i read it:

“will having a newborn distract from the time we have together?” she asked. “don’t you think saying good-bye to your child will make your death more painful?”

“wouldn’t it be great if it did?” i said.

i often remind myself that adversity shows true character, and this book rattled me to my core. the best teacher for life is death, because in its grasp, we become authentic + real + vulnerable – which is to say, fully alive. paul’s story is both beautiful and painful, and i believe a necessary read for everyone. making it one of my favorite reads ever.

 

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD | gloria steinem

i know the word FEMINISM gets in the way for so many, but here’s the thing about people’s stories + migrations: lives lived deeply + widely give us a chance to see the world twice. once, from our familiar perspective and comfortable, orderly understanding. and secondly, they tinder new insights because we can’t possibly see + know + breathe into every life possibility out there. we will always find ourselves in good company of the collective experience if we pay attention. and learning something new is the only way our brains grow, people, so stay open.

her journeys + conversations + lifelong loyalty to making the world a better place for women and men is reassuring and inspiring. and if nothing else, it rallies to life a universal truth: one person can make a mighty difference.

‘if you want people to listen to you, you have to listen to them. if you hope people will change how they live, you have to know how they live. if you want people to see you, you have to sit down with them eye to eye.’

a one-size-fits-all piece of advice, yes?

whether you grab the stash for yourself or bundle a few as a gift, these stories share one star-worthy quality — they open up our capacity to accept + LOVE. and that is a gift in itself.

xo

p.s. if you want a few other good reads, check out my best design books gift guide here!

p.p.s. if you want to read my previous gift well guides, look here and here and here. all the ideas are still guaranteed happy makers!

p.p.p.s. feeling the pull to sift through your things and finally arrive back in the zone? i couldn’t think of a better way to shimmy into twenty-seventeen! consider one, two, or the bundle of simple shui workbooks for yourself — because a little work now, and your year will bode of beautiful things. when we keep things simple, life opens up! and these workbooks are your map to living out loud in the new year!

 

 

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simple shui | be our guest!

December 9, 2016

there’s something to believing in possibilities you can’t see. . .

on a whim, i launched a road tour for 2017. and within a wink, 5 cities had hitched themselves to the idea!

holy smokes, right?

and because i want to spin a little shui magic for my locals, the one-and-only kristen finch and i whipped up our first ever retreat.

say whaaaa?!?

so, dallas people and anyone wanting to come to the big D. . .

have we got something splendid for you!

here are the minxy deets:

this retreat is a mix of self-love. magic. strength. it’s about taking up space. and showing up FULLY no matter what. and we are delivering it simply + soulfully.

it’s all happening at a sweet little house tucked into the trees — so, mama nature will be there to help us spread our wings.

on thursday april 20th, we will meet + gather + dine for a delicious feast, maybe howl at the moon, and celebrate everything we’ve concocted for our next 2 days together.

friday and saturday april 21st/22nd, we will workshop + dream + play all day.

sunday april 23rd, we will indulge over a farewell breakfast and off you go — lighter, fresher, and stronger than you came!

the cost will be between $800 – $900 {we are waiting on a few more quotes}, and this will include *everything* {food + snacks + drinks + accommodations + treats + 2 full days of workshops}. you simply take care of your flight + transportation, and we’ll cover the rest.

there are only 5 spots. and rumor has it they will go quickly.

so, if this sounds like a YES, reserve your spot now for $175 {non-refundable} here.

i’m feeling like twenty-seventeen has so many miracles + magic to unfold, and this retreat is going to be the perfect springboard to cannonball into it all!

xo

and if you have Qs, i’m all yours.

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