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

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 | a party raid

hello + happy december, m’loves!

MindBodyGreen recently invited me to share a process that people could easily follow to de-clutter their living room relatively quickly. and since this request coincides with high-spirited celebrations + merrymaking in the forecast, i concocted a simple pre-party shui sweep that’ll leave you plenty of time to put on that party dress! you ready, soul shine?

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  1. divide your living space into 4 quadrants. does one look more cluttered or out of balance than the others? if so, begin there.
  2. grab a box, and remove every other thing (not holiday related, if the house is festively dressed) from the shelves and tables. side note: if you’re struggling with fatigue and overwhelm on the daily, keep that little box of goods tucked away for a week. too much stuff in a room can be a slow but steady juice drain. after one week’s reprieve, only return what you would buy again.
  3. sift through those piles of books + magazines. if it unleashes high octane happiness, keep it. but if it barely registers a pulse, get rid of it. when we hoard other people’s thoughts and ideas, we have a murky time discerning our own inner wisdom. so, let it go and your voice will flow!
  4. finally, quickly dust the area.
  5. go back to step 1, and repeat through the remaining 3 quadrants.
  6. BONUS TIP: simmer some orange rinds + cloves + cinnamon while you shimmy around — it’s the motivation brew that keeps our energy percolating!

xo

 

p.s. interested in simple shui coming to your nook of the woods in 2017? read more here! wisco, the big apple, south carolina, and utah are ready to shui party — the question is: are you? i have one more spot. . .

p.p.s. feeling the pull to sift through your things and finally be outrageously open? i couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2017! leap into a head start by buying one, two, or the bundle of simple shui workbooks for yourself — a little work now, and you could rocket to the moon with the energy you discover. because when we keep things simple, possibilities open up! and these workbooks are a perfect guide to get a new story started. . .

 

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simple shui | 5 tricks for creating a statement making entryway

play up the entry of a home, and we experience the world in a whole new way. thresholds blur the boundary between the outside world and our inner sanctuary, making this passageway a powerful influence in how we feel every day. and as an extension of our living space, the entry is a first chance to deliver a good impression; it’s the ideal space for welcoming fanfare; and it’s a home’s signature way of pulling us into its embrace. so, if the foyer could use some tending, here are a few ideas to bring yours into full bloom:

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MAKE AN ENTRANCE.

shui fancies the front door like a metaphorical mouth – it is where good nourishment (energy, opportunity, and prosperity) enters a home. ideally, we want our door to work as beautifully as it looks. so, if you’re having a hard time getting a handle on a situation, check the door knob and keep it in good repair. if the door sticks, it suggests we might be feeling stuck professionally – get handy and loosen it up. if the door doesn’t open fully, consider where you might be experiencing personal limitations and clear some space. these are seemingly simple sensibilities, but they are the details that make a real difference!

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keep reading here.

and happy thursday, lads and lasses!

xo

simple shui | q & a

i’m feeling stuck. i’ve often struggled with loving my space because I do keep everything, but of course that ends up being overwhelming. there’s no natural light and the walls are flat with no space for shelving. most of my stuff still sits in storage as well. i hold onto old clothes and magazines. there is a lot of dead and empty energy that feels stuck in the apartment. i moved around and threw out 27 things, but it hasn’t felt like any difference has been made. how do you make peace with the space you can afford?

i LOVE this Q so much because no matter the budget, the space, the resources. . .we all relate to feeling stuck. we get out of life what we tolerate, so change begins when we let go of whatever reinforces patterns + feelings that leave us feeling bone deep ambivalence. but change demands high energy, doesn’t it? so, how do you find a spark to start?

i have a few As just for you. . .

1. when we have tennis match in our mind – i work the shui // it hasn’t felt like any difference has been made – improvement moves like molasses. every time our mind switches to “it hasn’t felt like any difference has been made,” we step on the brakes and halt the good things our intentions have slaloming our way. simple isn’t always easy, but the good news is we do get better with practice.

2. “most of my stuff still sits in storage.” clear space in your storage. let go of what you don’t need, use, or LOVE to have literal room to receive the things you crave – more energy; a new space to live in; and a little magic for the unexpected. watch for the ‘what ifs’ – what if i need this? what if i can’t buy this again? these squander our precious energy by keeping us stuck guessing. if it’s not a HELL, YES! when you’re sorting through your storage, it’s a NO.

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3. “i hold onto old clothes and magazines.” give yourself a loving shove and get rid of the easy choices first. hold every single piece of clothing + magazine, one by one, and notice how you feel. if you don’t feel anything or you have an immediate negative reaction, let it go. what we allow in our surroundings informs how we feel. start a zero tolerance policy for low vibes, and the universe will respond kindly.

4. “there is a lot of dead and empty energy that feels stuck in the apartment.” unwelcome energy can be held in place by our things, especially when we don’t use // take care of // love them. eliminate dead + empty energy by noticing what’s neglected or unwanted around you. our dwelling influences our consciousness, and this includes every single thing we tolerate around us.

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and if you follow nothing else on this list. . .

5.  do one nice thing for your apartment every week until the end of the year – you might not LOVE the details of its structure, but there is plenty of opportunity to plant things around you that favor happiness. to make up for the lack of natural light, find artwork or imagery that depicts the sun; use the color white in your decor; hang a mirror on the wall to bounce light around your space. and re-frame the no-shelving quandary as an opportunity to be ruthless about what you keep!

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shui won’t work if you don’t. it’s not enough to want change; you have to show up. engage in the process. and trust the work. whenever you notice your mood and energy are low and worry has crept back in, deliberately CHOOSE to think about something that feels good. {this is why having something you LOVE in your space helps BIG!} the more we focus on the downside of our experiences, the more difficult it is for the shui changes to have a positive effect. it’s sort of like putting fresh flowers in a dirty vase – a little effort cleaning the vase makes a mighty difference in how those flowers thrive, right? YOU — your thoughts, your energy, your feelings — are a huge influence in the energy of your space. so, shui now and you’ll be shining later, m’love!

xo

p.s. notice a shift in your momentum after reading this and would like to keep that vibe jibin’? check out my workbooks — each is stacked with plenty of inspo and simple + unexpected ways to show your house some velvety LOVE!

simple shui | 5 tips for a positive + productive workspace

our surroundings form sensory-rich narratives of our lives, punctuated with details and belongings that hold our intentions in place. and because our life stories intersect with our work worlds, creative spaces are equally worthy of mindful design.

consider what words first percolate when you ponder your workspace. are you comfortable inviting people into your busy hive? when we “match” our intentions with our environments, it springboards productivity and well-being – an excellent tonic for keeping energy up and making strides in our careers at the same time.

if your office feels like a messy maze, here are five shui tips to guide you onto a wide-open path, both professionally and personally.

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1. get fresh. 

been working in the same exact spot for over a year? roll up your sleeves and take everything out of your work zone. wipe down the entire space. your elbow-deep efforts cleaning shelves, vacuuming corners, and wiping down baseboards will feel like coming out of a long hibernation. this quality of attention to any environment jolts awake our senses and energy, priming us for a satisfying stretch into new territory.

keep reading here.

and happy monday, loves!

xo