simple shui | give your place a feng shui makeover

i am a ban.do devotee. i LOVE their agendas – every single one has mapped my forecast, fortressed my dreams, and retired as a snapshot of everything that happened in my life that year. naturally, i turned my lovelies onto them, too. which is why you’ll understand how it felt like kismet when – in our different corners on an ordinary day – we all noticed the last weekly inspo in our 2018 planners:

GIVE YOUR PLACE A FENG SHUI MAKEOVER.

it was a sign sewn with sequins, and i happen to adore both veryvery much!

so, dear ban.do, i am sharing the shui behind 11 of your wildly inspiring and winning 2018 prompts!

adopt a pet. living things are one of the best energy enhancers in the game, so find a “you-complete-me” fur baby, keep her good and healthy, and her good cheer will be a happiness fertilizer!

buy a disco ball. pleasepleaseplease do! but if you can’t, hang a man-made crystal in a window so it can sparkle in the sun, scattering light like a disco ball. light changes energy in an instant, and it feels like a jolt of va-va to the voom!

try a new lipstick color. i am especially fond of bright red lipstick. with a kaleidoscope of options, there is a hue ready to rekindle your spark in a snap. so, strut a new shade of daring pink lippy or find another feverish color to brighten your smile. what i know for sure is once you take the spectrum plunge, your mood will marvel!

donate those clothes you’ll never wear. if the clothes don’t fit or you’re hoping to fit into them again someday, give them away. you deserve to live in the glorious potency of right now.

perfect a family recipe. the kitchen is synonymous with wealth. why? the universe perceives us abundant when we feed and feast with others. and prosperity and luck find that arrangement mighty attractive. i can already hear the wolf whistles. even better? any good-spirited gathering kicks low vibe tail out of your space. bottom line: happy faces equal happy spaces.

add some plants to your décor. plants + flowers do all sorts of fancy talking in a home, improving the quality of our well-being and harnessing ultra-replenishing energy. and when they are well taken care of, plants are the gift that keeps on giving. so, grow a green thumb and go for it!

play the drums. sound shepherds perky energy into our space and keeps it from wandering away. so, whether you put the playlist on repeat; hum while busting through those ordinary chores; or play those bongos – just because you can – good energy will follow the beat in her feet right to you!

make your desk look extra cute. a desk is a representation of how well we support our own success. so, consider it a worthy transaction to find a desk that delights you. and then, my pretties, please remember this: even necessity deserves to feel beautiful. buy the blooms weekly, splurge on the fancy stapler, make that lamp a love light; and above all else, keep it clean.

plan that trip you’ve always wanted to take. once upon a time, travel wasn’t in my forecast. i didn’t have the budget. free time wasn’t sitting around in wads, begging me to use it. and the opportunities weren’t necessarily presenting themselves either. when i look back at pictures of our home now, i see subtle changes in how i anchored the possibility of travel into our environment. i loaded up the belief travel would happen through a careful selection of things — travel books, maps, globes, and canvassed art. eventually, the desire merged into my reality, and i traveled to Paris. Madrid. London. Copenhagen. Prague. Marrakech. and… those metaphors still do the heavy lifting, satisfying my wanderlust every year.

go through some old photos. we like to nurture our nostalgia, clinging to it like it’s the only proof of our experiences. memories are what we carry with us, and it is only the memory that bestows meaning on our things. so, hold onto what you really love. but if the memorabilia is stored in the basement or a shoe box, consider why you’re keeping it. and if that answer doesn’t bring you joy, give yourself permission to make space for new memories.

make a list of what you’re grateful for. we experience the world how we perceive it, so we cannot possibly create more good things in our lives without an awareness of our blessings. gratitude will always be a cornerstone of a prosperous life. and a daily gratitude chat helps sweep away the accumulation of mental clutter that might be blocking you from seeing all the good things right in front of you. make a list of all the people and things in your life that bring you joy. add to this list your talents and strengths. give thanks. every day. revere this list as your real wealth portfolio, and as life brings you more of anything swell, add to it!

xo

simple shui | cue the life refresh

metaphors.

they are all around you – especially in your home – and they are rather revealing about what is happening in your life right now.

this is why i am unflinching about shui not being something you choose to do; if you have stuff + space, shui is happening all around you.

and because environmental metaphor is an uncomplicated way to use your voice in a complicated world, it’s like having a marquee declare your intentions.

here’s how it works:

  1. your house is the narrator, so what does each thing say to you?
  2. you are the observer, so what are your first impressions?
  3. if you feel aligned with what your things say about you, revisit this exercise when you are ready to change or improve something in your life. if you aren’t swept off your feet with what’s happening around you, it’s time to play with some better metaphors.
  4. what do you desire in your life? find something that matches that idea or goal, and give it good geography. now, here’s the magic rub: every time you are in its vicinity, your subconscious is reminded of your intentions. and what you think about, you bring about. so, shui is about giving your house a piece of your mind now so it brings you peace of mind later!

and because a little visual inspo can make all the difference when you’re first improvising, here is a look inside a few metaphors at play in our home:

with so much to digest on the daily, simplicity is the only way to begin and end my day. work + demands + noise live elsewhere. what we see when we wake up and before we go to bed is sacred space – it bookends everything else in our lives. so, for me, nothing excessive or burdensome is allowed here. as for the prints, there are two – the number that nourishes relationship energy. and the feathers? they remind me help is always in the wings, and they send me into the world trusting my own wings work, too.

 

rose quartz + Buddha + orchids + hahahha equals love, life, laughter. we like to keep all 3 on steady tap around here.

 

ghandi once said, “our contribution to the progress of the world must consist in setting our own house in order.” this evokes all the amens from me. i don’t think world peace is lurking around the corner, but i do believe there is proof of its possibility in ordinary moments every day. so this metaphor reminds me to not seek all the answers, but rather remain open to what i don’t know – the possibilities, the potential, and the purpose of being here on the planet right now.

 

one of the things i LOVE most in our home is the representation of voices that hold space on our shelves and in our conversations. we are all voracious readers, but important books deserve prominence. all the validation i will ever need came home with a lovely the other day. “we watched a TED talk in class, and our teacher asked if we knew the speaker. i raised my hand and said her books are all over our house.” yes, chimamanda rules around here along with an entire palette of voices and opinions for progress and peace.

 

finally, you know my LOVE for rituals – they are the thread and needle of my day. every morning, i light 9 red candles + set my intentions + light some palo santo + pull daily inspo before writing. all of it weighty in meaning. the metaphor here, though, is the hand – it nudges me to ask for cosmic help and reminds me the source of spirit is unlimited.

 

ideally, we want to look around us at any given moment and say “this house is SO me/us.” there is always an invitation to hit the refresh button in the spaces we live and work, so whenever you feel the call to plant new intentions and rally cosmic support, find a metaphor you LOVE and let it live with you!

xo

simple shui | fiercing forward

want to know the best part about what i do?

it’s the company + conversation i discover around every corner.

from the blog to my travels to social media and each of you – i am always surrounded by grace and generosity.

i LOVE hearing fresh perspectives on shui, and i LOVE how beautifully it cross pollinates with other people’s passions. so, when ashley commented on this post, i was intrigued by her invitation to collaborate. and when we met for a conversation, holy love! here is a woman contagiously centered in her being – not only is ashley fierce, she claims and armors herself in ambition daily.

like ashley, i believe our lives ultimately consist of the daily decisions: the ones we think don’t matter immediately; the choices we habitually postpone; the commitments we put off until “next monday”; the decisions that would inch us toward something better but require mounds of courage. and yet, these seemingly small decisions are the portals to our creativity, energy, love, and genius – they are invitations + the embodiment of fiercing forward.

so, it is my pleasure and privilege to be featured over on Fierce Forward today, where we are talking about ways shui can get you out of a rut and shape your future. and if you haven’t met ashley yet, hurl yourself into her high octane world. whether you join her movement, follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or like her tweets, here’s what i know for sure: she is inspiration + motivation + empowerment all in one – a tour de force who really does believe in YOU.

read the whole article here.

xo

 

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simple shui | a trip like never before

you guys.

i am sitting here this morning in wide-eyed gratitude, delighting in + appreciating fully + reflecting on one of the most wonder-filled, reassuring, and powerful experiences of my life – the simple shui road tour.

and my LOVE is running deep: for the women + men who said YES and made it all fall into line like magic. for the cities + sanctuaries + homes i was graciously welcomed into with wide arms. and for the conversations and stories and delicious company around every corner.

perhaps the biggest takeaway from my road tour is that the only bad question ever is the one that goes unasked. because each trip – and the darlings i connected with along the way – happened when i plunged forward into the unknown with a mighty BIG ask: let’s meet up in your town and talk shui, shall we?

it was the boldest Q i have swung out into the world in a long while, and my little adventure turned out the most incredible invites + insights. but instead of me wrapping my words around what i experienced, here’s a sliver of what i’ve been hearing ever since…

“i had a wonderful time last week and i’m SO thankful you came to visit – i wish i could replay it all over again!”

“thanks again for taking this leap of faith! it was well worth it and the result has deeply touched many people. i hope you are feeling more certain than ever that shui does matter. it matters very much just as your beautiful unique contributions to the world matter. keep at it!”

 

“it was pure magic welcoming you into our coven! thank you again for making the trip!”

“just, wow. what an absolute joy to have you over yesterday and then to get to meet over drinks! we feel BEYOND lucky to have you in our corner and had the loveliest time with you last night. we could have gone on for hours, but instead i’ll put out big time vibes for a fall visit!”

 

 

“i had a great time, and my head is spinning with excitement – thanks again! wowed by your knowledge!”

“i just spent five days with amanda gibby peters and she BLEW MY MIND.”

i feel the same way about YOU!

your words + kindness give me all the feels. so, to each of you + the universe + all that space between, thank you. thank you for embracing the shui. thank you for opening your worlds to me. and thank you for making me feel at home wherever i was. i am grateful. i feel abundant. and every minute of this experience was always more than enough.

so, we should do this again, yes?

xo

a thousand thanks | marrakech on my mind

it’s been a week, and still, Marrakech is on my mind and the straight up magic of it all. like. . .

the endless twists and turns inside the souks. . .the stray cats. . .and the barrage of bold colors and noise refusing to be ignored.

 

the finesse of a good haggle + my celebratory squeals from the steals of deals i brokered! {it also sadly and forever rendered any sale i ever get here at home now lukewarm and flat.}

 

the square filled with spices + incense + oils + soap + dyes – a symphony of seduction to the senses. and every single thing that came home with me carries the vibrancy of this magical city.

 

the textiles + blankets + rugs + lanterns + baskets. and my mind + heart swamped, trying to decide what dangling treasures and evocative gems to squeeze into my suitcase.

 

afternoon meanderings through the pink-ish maze of the medina, possibly lost and hypnotized by the beauty while always (luckily!) hopping out of a zooming motorbike’s path just in time.

 

the ritual of prayer 5 times a day – a call echoing from towering speakers, quickly becoming an invitation to reconnect + recommit to gratitude. {although, truthfully, i never warmed to the 5:30-ish a.m. call. . .}.

HOT mint tea poured magnificently into beautifully etched glasses alongside sweet, savory treats.

jardin majorelle + yves st. laurent + all that blue. and i am only half-joking when i say it may be the tipping point to my own blue period. because my mind is whirring with ideas about saturating my walls, draping fabric, throwing down rugs to pop my world with cobalt.

 

 

 

our visit to the hamman and being led through a series of rooms, rituals, and relaxation. i was rubbed down with black soap, steamed, scrubbed thoroughly, covered in clay, and doused with water – followed up with the pampering of a fluffy robe, an enchanting room, and a cup of mint tea. ummm, yes, we could all get used to this.

and the doors. ALL THE DOORS. visual poetry and puh-lenty of inspo.

 

and then. . .

to be there among the sisterhood + soulful synergy of high priestesses. where we began each day with gala darling and guided meditations + cavernous soul journaling. . . and bid the day farewell with veronica varlow and her ancestral stories + candlelit rituals + personal revivals. . .

 

and to teach shui in a gorgeous riad where water was flowing, candles adorned the room, rose petals floated, and birdsong was swirling among a radiant femme squad. truly, this is a feeling i will savor forever. . .

 

and finally. . .

on our way home, an overnight stay in Madrid.

and chocolate and churros – need i say more?

walking the city late into the evening, people everywhere and the energy so becoming of us all.

honestly, i feel so luck struck. and with every trip i make, i think of shui. because it is how i aligned my wanderlust and reality. it is when these juicy, dripping-down-my-chin travels truly began. and it is why, should you ever wonder what shui will do for you, i will tell you it has the moxie + muscle to trigger capacious opportunities and sprinkle them all along your way. making your story the real love affair of your life.

xo

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