simple shui | what’s new, alexa?

back in july, an email hit my inbox:

“we’re excited to announce that we just launched the first FENG SHUI tips for Amazon Echo — Alexa Skill. our intuition is you are likely to become the MARTHA STEWART of feng shui given your mainstream approach to what is a complicated learning process, and we have a passion to share your message!”

[cue me happy dancing and all-the-teeth grinning.]

a couple conversations + a few months later, and it’s FINALLY official. simple shui™ is now featured over on amazon’s echo via alexa!


if you want to check it out, go to your Amazon Echo Alexa app –> enable AYRIAL news –> ask Alexa for your flash briefing –> VOILA!

and if you want even more (and i hope you do!), go to AYRIAL on iTunes to hear yours truly on their latest featured podcast!

in the coming weeks + months, you’ll hear simple shui holiday tips + articles + more podcasts, so get your Alexa ready and simple shui will stream your way like magic! 


simple shui | Q & A

with school back in sesh + september swaying this way, how about a little shui Q and A for your monday musing? i particularly LOVE this question because it personally resonates deeply. as someone who likes to be ‘doing’ instead of ‘being’, i am constantly stumbling into something my first shui mentor, Ellen Whitehurst, told me. “the universe is only seeing you give so it gives you more things to do. you must take care of yourself, and it will send a message to the universe ‘I LOVE MYSELF’ and i am open to receiving more LOVE.” ahhh, so that’s how it works — noted. until i forget again. . .

so, if you relate or this is you right now, today’s Q is a must-read.

Q: i have some resistance to receiving and like to do everything the hard way – more “do it myself” rather than ask for help. i’d like to explore a more receptive, soft, feminine approach to life and just see what happens … any ideas for rituals or practices to use around this? anything that’s worked for you?

we use metaphor to nurture and co-create the experiences + changes we’d life to manifest. so, look for ways to incorporate feminine (not girlish, necessarily. softer, quieter but equally powerful, receptive) accents in your surroundings, especially in the bedroom. perhaps splurge on luxurious sheets – we spend enough time in bed, it deserves to be a favorite feeling. and a bed is all about surrendering to stillness, sleep, and sensuality, right? i simply cannot say this enough — the closer we are to something, the more important its influence! so YES, the sheets are worth it!

another possibility: the left side of a home {if you are standing at the door looking in} represents feminine energy, and it is a great place to anchor that divine energy. consider adding a goddess or feminine deity here – this could be a statue, image, or book. any one of those would boost feminine receptive energies. personally, Quan Yin reigns the left side of our yard!

one last thought: display a photo/artwork of a vast landscape – this speaks to Earth energy, and Mother Earth shows us how to receive + nurture + support life. if any of these suggestions resonate, try it – each one embodies Earth energy, and Earth energy is the connective tissue to trusting + accepting LOVE + receiving everything we deserve.

happy monday, loves!



simple shui | your creative genius starts here

let’s talk creativity. specifically, how to craft space for it; how to curate a ritual around it; and how to commit to the work that creativity inspires + requires. lucky for me (and you!), i work with many writers + creative artists, so i know these shifts + suggestions make magic sizzle and spark! don’t feel the need to hustle + do all of these – this list is for you to graze on, pick a few to get you started, and come back to as you need the shui LOVE!

+ when we begin any new endeavor, it is mission critical to create open space for inspiration + flow. so, clean your desk completely. take everything off + out. wipe it down, top to bottom, and hold the vision of your creative intentions steady while you clean. only put back what you need, use, +/or LOVE. secondly, clear a small space {if possible} and leave it empty. it could be a shelf or drawer or a section of work space. intention here is key — you are leaving open room to receive. resist the pull to skip this step, okay?

+ if you like to pile things, give yourself ample horizontal space. if you like to file things, allow yourself plenty of vertical space. this will help feed your creative flow + momentum early in the process.

+ what inspires your creativity? find one way to anchor a talisman as you begin — personalizing your work space is like working from the inside out, and it will help pull out the stories you are ready to tell +/or the work you’re here to create. when we honor our space, we are also honoring ourselves.

+ bright yellow flowers invite clarity while writing, and orange flowers inspire + connect us with new ideas. and if fresh flora aren’t a possibility, print a small picture of some blooms you LOVE + place it in a white frame on your desk or wall.

+ the sound of water playing softly in the background creates a nourishing + ‘in the flow’ feeling. {most important, though, is that you LOVE the sound.}

+ hang up any letters, notes, or words of encouragement to boost + corral energies for future recognition of your work.

+ light a candle at the beginning of your creative session. set the intention that you will hold focus until you blow out the candle. it is more ritual than magic, but it sets the tone and quickly communicates to our subconscious that we are ready to craft + curate + create. and getting our conscious + subconscious aligned makes the process so much easier.

+ quartz crystals improve our luck with creativity and helpful people {think: connections, networking, timing, word of mouth, etc.}. the pyramid shape is representative of the fire element, specifically helping us reach for something that feels beyond us + encourages us to joyfully accept and acknowledge what is. on a quick side note: triangles, pyramids, and diamonds send energy out + up and keep things moving. so, if you come across a quartz pyramid serendipitously, take that as a sign + bring it home with you!

+ use a mirror in the decor. mirrors expand space, bringing it to life. and the more active a space is, the more stimulated we feel. a simple prescription for lassoing creative vibes.

+ finally, as a writer myself, i can’t possibly emphasize this enough: show up somehow every damn day. for me, this clears the cobwebs + makes me more relaxed, which strengthens my voice. our best stuff will come to the surface if we get all those tight spots inside us open, so write. make lists. journal. commit to the craft, and your creativity will follow. xo

simple shui | gimme some new moon shui

it’s a new moon Monday, and with school starting for some + eclipse energy in the air + the world right now, how about a head start on ways to use this energy for you + your home’s highest good?

if you’re ready to re-connect to your inner wild child and let your creative genius loose…

if you want to invite more happiness + humor into your home…

if you’ve been plotting ideas + sowing inspo for the fall forecast, and you’re eager to make something outta nothing…

the CHILDREN + CREATIVITY area of your house is THE space to spruce for the LEO new moon. {i shared a shui map a few days ago here, so grab yourself a quick looksie + HOW TO!}

CHILDREN + CREATIVITY relates to our offspring + their well-being; it represents our creative reservoir + projects; it speaks to our soul’s joy; and it is home to *future* endeavors. when we use this space, the energy we engage helps us metabolize that real strength + beauty comes from within. and when we LOVE up on this space, it has a profound impact on ALL our relationships. so, let’s chat a few ideas for spreading your wings in this space with the new moon, yes?

:: place original artwork or imagery here to encourage you to dip into your imagination more.

:: keep a few toys/games in this space as a reminder to not take yourself so seriously.

:: buy white flowers or an orchid OR place something white here as an offering to this space — white is a LOVE light for creative energy.

:: play music + stimulate those creative juices.

:: gather a few books on creativity and let them live here.

:: display poetry magnets to prompt spontaneous self-expression.

:: keep a bowl of crayons or art supplies out.

:: light a white tea light candle daily, with the intention of nurturing your energy — and prepare yourself for creative bursts of energy + insights!

:: clear space (this ditty will always be on my simple shui™ lists!). whenever we clear out space, we clear our head. and a clear mind is creative catnip!

don’t rush to do it all; instead, choose one idea that resonates. let that idea get you on the dance floor, and remember, this new moon shui should feel drenched in pleasure + fun. 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.