simple shui | don’t wait until spring to do this!

if you’ve been around Simple Shui for even a hot minute, you know everything is energy; everything is connected; and everything is ALWAYS changing. so, with your shui eyes wide open, take an objective inventory of your space:

is it giving you a life buzz? are your surroundings congruent with your goals? (if so, a tip of the hat to you!)

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does it feel monotonous and predictable? are you thinking “now what?” as the weeks go by? (ruts happen to everyone!)

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are your surroundings sending mixed signals? (one day, you’re master of the universe; the next, it’s master of none?)


even though most of us resist change, there is one BIG upside i’d like to point out: its constancy means there is usually stuff (things, routines, thoughts) to be sloughed off that will improve our mojo fitness. like, a better feeling; an unexpected opportunity or windfall; or that pinch-me-this-is-a-once-in-a-lifetime experience! every time i clear clutter or shake up my way of seeing things, it guarantees a WHOA and WOW. and simplifying our surroundings is the most economical way to prioritize possibility! so, if janaury left you howling for something better, here are a few considerations for clearing space + furnishing new beginnings:

if you have clutter from past relationships or periods in your life that drums up negative feelings, let it go. good feelings multiply themselves; anything else divides ‘em up. so, do the math and release those barren energies.

if the clothes don’t fit or you’re hoping to fit into them again, give them away. by stealing the spotlight from those *someday* versions of yourself, you bask in the glorious potency of right now talk about turbocharging your force field!

if you’re holding onto stuff out of fear, stop squandering your personal energy and surrender those ambivalent what ifs. clearing, cleaning, and cleansing space is the prescription for physical vitality + mental conviction + emotional momentum. and more space is the first move to claiming back your time and power!

if you’re holding onto nostalgia because of guilt, bid it adieu. it’s the memory of something, not the thing itself, that we really treasure. trust yourself to remember your life, and your home will become a cathedral of LOVE.

if you’re boxing up belongings to sort eventually, that day is now. we tend to live in a “later” state of mind. so, if you can name a time and date for “later”, great! but often, we just don’t know when we’ll have the time or motivation. putting things off until “tomorrow” only corrodes our energy, so make this simple: if something isn’t a HELL, YES, it’s a NO. one decision at a time moves us past short term discomfort and into a life that feels as good as it looks!

if you are loaning precious square footage to your loved ones, ask them to store their stuff somewhere else. take back that leased energy and then hold onto the handle bars, babe! 

if you are tempted to store never-been-used things, find a way to use them now. and if you can’t, explore the fear and worry behind why. when we hoard stuff for years, we kick around the idea life won’t get better. donate the pile, trusting the exact resources will be available later if the need arises. you have permission to luxuriate in the feeling + belief that everything will be all right. 

whenever your attention is being tugged somewhere in your house, follow its lead because that space absolutely corresponds to something in your life you really want to change. lean into your intuition. listen to her wisdom. resist the urge to need logic first. even if you don’t understand the why, your house does + it’s alerting you to a solution. when we live with stuff we don’t LOVE, it contaminates our authenticity. which is why living with what you LOVE isn’t simply a design strategy; it is heart smart living.

xo 

5 simple shui ways to own your ambition

our surroundings are a sensory rich narrative of our lives, punctuated with details and belongings that hold our intentions in place. And because our life story intersects with our work world, creative spaces are equally worthy of mindful design. Consider what words first percolate when you ponder your work space. 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 our energy up. So, if your working hours feel like a rummaging maze, here are a few shui tips to guide you onto a wide-open path:

GET FRESH.

Been working in the same space and 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, or wiping down baseboards will feel like coming out of a long hibernation. This quality of attention to any space jolts awake our senses and energy, priming us for a satisfying stretch into new territories!

LEAVE OPEN SPACE.

Post-purge, only bring back what is useful, necessary, and presently applicable in your space. This is a ripe chance to recycle ruthlessly. Be mindful with every single thing; otherwise, standstill energy and attention vampires will hinge themselves right back into place. Choose a couple places to leave empty – 20% open space is a good goal. When we allow room to breathe, it welcomes new possibilities. Think of something you’d like to see shift in your life – be specific – and watch how accommodating those opportunities become!

SHOW UP FULLY.

A desk is a representation of how well we support our own success. If a desk is too small, it hampers our efficiency. When a desk is too large, it can make opportunities feel out of reach. Consider it a worthy transaction to find a desk that delights you. Remember, even necessity deserves to feel beautiful.

FACE YOUR LIFE.

If your desk currently rests against the wall, does it ever feel like you ‘hit the wall’ on projects or opportunities? In shui, the ideal placement for a desk is to face the doorway – a little off to the side instead of directly in front of the door. However, this arrangement isn’t economical in all spaces. So, to mitigate any work roadblocks, an open landscape print on the facing wall can be liberating. Not only does this bring in nature – a symbol of growth and nourishment – it provides plenty of room to embody and pursue all your big ideas!

MIX WITH THE LIVING.

Living energy is the yin to technology’s yang. Our interior worlds often consist of hard edges and straight lines. Mama nature has all the right curves – she’s supple with flowy lines, textured surfaces, and asymmetrical angles. To soften our man-made interpretations of the environment, incorporate plants, swirling prints, natural elements, and colors to bring balance into your surroundings. Because when your space feels vital, so will you!

simple shui | a new year + new YOU

a closet is about authenticity; when cluttered, self-doubts linger. so, a purge is a perfect gesture for clearing emotional residue + stepping confidently into the real YOU. first, clear everything out so the space is bare + wipe down every corner/shelf/baseboard. vacuum or sweep. once it’s minty fresh, howl your intentions like a wolf! before anything goes back, pay attention to what you LOVE – which is a feeling, not a thought. if something no longer represents/resonates with you, resist the mental negotiation. our creative life flourishes when we honor who we are becoming. align your energy with who you FEEL you are + let go of what isn’t YOU.

and then. . .

if your new year YOU fancies CAREER opportunities, give your closet a VP sweep: what is the attire for the job you desire? keep that or make space for its arrival. what doesn’t match your coveted role? consider donating it. spruce up your VP lounge with wooden hangers. not only will this turn your closet into a well-suited space, the WOOD element is the epitome of branching out + sprouting new growth!

if your new year YOU will be networking like a BOSS, take quick inventory of colors hanging around. black (a staple in many wardrobes) suggests we aren’t as open to connecting. don’t ditch the black; rather, make an effort (in tandem with your intention) to wear brighter colors, like buzzworthy blues, can’t-stop-won’t-stop reds, check-me-out yellows, plucky oranges, or blaze-me-up pinks — anything that fires up yo’ soul! as for shoes, do they all face the same way, or are they shelved haphazardly? get a consistent look — all toes facing the door OR the wall, and your migratory pattern will change, taking you new directions!

if your new year YOU is pursuing better HEALTH, yang (yank) up the energy. hang a crystal in the closet to reflect + radiate whatever light it catches. if you have the wall space, display metaphors of thriving health — whatever that *looks* like to you. it could be photography of lush landscapes; a favorite sport’s equipment in a dedicated space, ready for action at any moment; or a fresh coat of paint on the walls in a color you LOVE.

if your new year YOU is looking for LOVE, dedicate space here for a partner. literally. bring in some hangers + leave them empty; clear out a drawer or two for his/her stuff; make room for your lover’s arrival — the universe will sniff the hint! also, sizzle it up with the FIRE element: spice up the lingerie drawer; bring in fiery colors, like reds + pinks + animal prints (purrrr); or remedy a corner or shelf with something you + your lovah-lovah will do together!

a little effort now, and your previous new years will have never looked as good as twenty eighteen!

p.s. the newsletter resumes this week, so if you want to double the shui fun, get on the list!

xo

simple shui | a thousand thanks, 2017

i feel twenty-seventeen in my bones – like we’ve all worn it differently than years gone by.

which is precisely why celebration of what was pure happiness is so imperative – it is an act of defiant optimism. as i made my list, i realized how my composed moments are really a love letter – and that is a soothing and sacred wrap to the year in my rear view. so, today i am highlight-reeling my top moments from the last 12 months with a little encouragement you do the same!

JANAURY & THE WOMEN’S MARCH. i decided on a wednesday to book a friday flight to Chicago to march with my favorite spice girl on saturday. the crowd estimates were hovering around 40,000, so the location kept changing. when we showed up, our voices joined 250,000 (!!!) other women + men that day, collectively rallying for something better. and whether you understand the purpose or not, this was freedom + expression + history in its purest. it was also the perfect beginning to my 42nd year.

FEBRUARY & 50 SHADES OF SHUI. it’s rather easy for me to slip into highly effective (read: highly boring) mode – meaning, trying new things is off-the-charts terrifying for me. however. i began the year with a commitment to stay on the edge of or outside my comfort zone, and 50 Shades of Shui was my maiden cannonball plunge. for 10 days, i showed up on facebook and posted live videos. i sent daily emails and basked in the company of 300+ souls who joined me for the trip! it was everything i expected – terrifying, exhilarating, and hard to quit.

MARCH & MARRAKECH. africa has been stalking me since college, so i felt the universe had dealt me a generous hand with this retreat. but teaching shui in marrakech? oh, how my heart still beats with love, love, LOVE – thank you, gala and veronica for giving me the space to share the shui; more importantly, thank you for giving me a memory that will forever be golden + glowing!

APRIL & A ROAD TRIP BEGINS and I’M OFF TO HILTON HEAD + PALMETTO BLUFF + SAVANNAH. a road trip into a new-to-me town, flying solo (not my normal form of travel), and meeting up with some of the most intoxicating + delicious women ever? oh my gosh, i still want to leap into my own arms for taking the leap of faith. and to the women who i met + mingled among, you made every second marvelous magic!

MAY & A ROAD TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY. the whole she-bang began with seeing one of my longest girl crushes on record – Danielle LaPorte. and from there, i was swept up by the city’s hallmark bustle + busy, off to every corner and welcomed graciously and gorgeously into the homes of incredible women who are nothing short of dynamite!

JUNE & SIMPLE SHUI HIRES A TEAM. this year gave me a (long overdue) loving shove into hiring a lawyer + coach and teaming with my designer again to protect and polish up simple shui. and while the beginning was hard work and straight up grit, the effort has been gloriously worth it!

JULY & AMAZON + ALEXA COLLABORATE WITH SIMPLE SHUI. i am still giddy thinking about that email somersaulting into my inbox, and how many times i read it before i could believe it. SQUEEE! and if you’re not streaming simple shui tips + news flashes, add that to your new year’s list, m’kay?

AUGUST & THE LOVELIES START HIGH SCHOOL (GULP!). this blog began when they were starting school, so we have laid some track together – haven’t we? there are hesitations, worries, and concerns at the start of every school year, but dropping them off at high school caused a hurricane in my body. 4 months later, i can tell you they’re slaying it; staying peripheral to the unnecessary; getting all the good grades; and most importantly, remaining TRUE to who they are and what lights them up.

SEPTEMBER & MANIFESTING A “PINCH-ME-IS-THIS-REALLY-HAPPENING” INVITE TO PITCH A DREAM COMPANY! so much has yet to unfold, but to be plucked as a possibility to team up with a well-known brand? all my cells are in unison with a YESSSS, and i am unapologetically determined to make it happen! so, 2018, let me say: i’ve only just begun!

OCTOBER & ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST. nothing outshines my wattage being asked to contribute to ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, y’all. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST!

NOVEMBER & AN INTERVIEW WITH WELL + GOOD + SITTING FRONT ROW at a DEEPAK LECTURE. all i can say about November is i gave myself over to its current, and it transformed into a caressing validation of what i am here to do!

DECEMBER & PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON MY NEW SITE + OFFERINGS. bottom line: screams x forever!

above all else, thank YOU! yes, YOU! you’re here, reading this. you’re here, creating the tail winds that keep me going. and your constant company + confidence-eliciting comments keep me dressed with contentment + JOY + perseverance. your words come my way the exact moment i need them most. your engagement becomes creative fuel, and your presence is a LOVE story. so, thank you. and here’s to 2018 – may we turn its volume WAY up and find ourselves feasting on laughter, soul, and celebration! xo

simple shui | pre-party shui with plenty of sway!

if you haven’t been following the simple shui tips + news flashes over on Alexa + Amazon, i would definitely put that on my New Year resolution list because the getting is good and getting even better! this week, i shared a process to de-clutter the living room relatively quickly. in the season of high-spirited celebrations + merrymaking, this simple pre-party shui sweep leaves you plenty of time to put on that sparkly dress! so, you ready, party people?
  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