An Attitude of Gratitude Enhances Our Life and Creates Balance, Just Like Feng Shui Does in Your Home

Gratitude Attitude

Gratitude Attitude

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, cultivating an attitude of gratitude can transform our existence, infusing it with a profound sense of peace and fulfillment. Gratitude isn’t just about saying thank you; it is a deep spiritual practice that aligns our energy with the abundance of the universe.

Embracing gratitude invites us to appreciate the small blessings that often go unnoticed. It’s about recognizing the beauty in the mundane and the magic in everyday moments. This spiritual practice helps us to shift our focus from what we lack to what we have, fostering a sense of contentment and inner peace.

In the ancient art of Feng Shui, the flow of energy, or chi, is essential for creating harmony and balance in our environments. Similarly, gratitude enhances the positive energy within us, transforming our inner landscape. By expressing thankfulness, we open ourselves to receiving more blessings, as like attracts like. This aligns perfectly with the principles of Feng Shui, where the placement and arrangement of our surroundings influence the energy that flows through our lives.

Consider creating a gratitude altar in your home, a sacred space where you can reflect on your blessings. Incorporate elements of Feng Shui by using symbols of abundance, like crystals, plants, and water features, to amplify the energy of gratitude. This practice not only enhances the positive chi in your living space but also serves as a daily reminder to cultivate an appreciative mindset.

In essence, an attitude of gratitude is a powerful spiritual tool that aligns our inner world with the harmonious energy promoted by Feng Shui. It invites us to live in a state of grace, appreciating the richness of life, and attracting more of what we cherish into our existence. By practicing gratitude, we not only elevate our own spirits but also contribute to a more compassionate and harmonious world.

Transform Your Home with the Core 4 Organizing Method

Living in an organized space isn’t just about aesthetics; it significantly impacts our daily lives. From reducing stress to saving money, the benefits are vast. However, the process of decluttering and maintaining order can feel daunting. That’s where the Core 4 organizing method comes in, simplifying the task into four manageable steps: Clear Out, Categorize, Cut Out, and Contain.

Photo from mDesign clear containers & baskets

Photo from mDesign clear containers & baskets

Although I try to keep things organized, there is always more to do. What I think is actually happening, the more I organize the more I want to create still more order. That often includes downsizing to have less to maintain.

As many of you know we had water damage in December from a cracked water faucet in our laundry room. It turns out it had been leaking for months and there was mold. Without telling the whole story, let me say EVERYTHING had to be taken out of the laundry room and Great room because the subfloor had mold.

The Great room had 4 different cabinets/armoires filled with entertainment, cooking, and serving pieces. It had to be moved IMMEDIATELY for the remediation company to get rid of the mold. All these things were put into the few boxes I had. The rest got put on any and all flat surfaces in, out, and around the house.

The last phase of the repairs was carpet, which was finished on Friday. Now I’m starting the process of returning items to their rightful places. BUT… I’m using this process as a time to downsize more.

The first of the Core 4 steps was already done – take everything out.

Here’s how the Core 4 steps are listed:

Step 1: Clear Out – The first step is to empty the space entirely. Whether it’s a closet, garage, or pantry, removing every item sets the stage for a fresh start.  I’ve tried to embrace the temporary chaos knowing it’s the precursor to tranquility.

Step 2: Categorize – With everything laid out, start grouping similar items together. Utilize containers and labels to streamline the process. Using Post-it notes for labeling can keep the process organized and focused.

Step 3: Cut Out – As you sift through your belongings, be ruthless in discarding what you no longer need. Keep trash bags for rubbish, designate a box for donations, and consider selling items you no longer use. Ask three crucial questions: Keep, Sell, Donate. This mindset not only simplifies decision-making but also fosters a sense of generosity.

Step 4: Contain – Finally, store your remaining items in designated containers. I use baskets and clear bins for organization. Clear bins offer visibility, making it easy to locate items when needed. And don’t forget to label everything—it’s the key to maintaining order in the long run.

The Core 4 organizing method isn’t just about tidying up; it’s about transforming your living space into a functional and serene environment. By following these four steps, you can conquer clutter and enjoy the benefits of an organized home.

Are You Comfortable With Your Home Interior Design Choices?

Have you ever made a poor choice in decorating your home? If you did, was it your choice or someone else’s opinion you followed?

Design Mistakes

Blue, single-cushion, extra-long sofa

Blue, single-cushion, extra-long sofa

It was 1970. The sheer draperies recently were installed in my living room when a ‘friend’ said, “What were you thinking when you chose that color?” I thought the color was fine. Afterall, it was basically white!

The interior designer from the big chain store told me they were a great choice based on the other furnishings. My friend proceeded to tell me they were “too grey” with the other yellow-based colors I had in the room.

I was so embarrassed! I’d spent a huge amount of money on those draperies and knew my husband would be furious if he ever found out “they were wrong for the room!”

That wasn’t my first design mistake. It was one in a series. Buying a 95” sofa was one of the worst since it didn’t fit anyplace. My then husband, who was 6’5” tall, insisted on it in order to stretch out on it.

Design Classes

My friend’s comment was the last straw. I looked for a class to teach me about interior design. I found one through the parks & recreation department being held in a church and taught by a teacher from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. What a learning experience!

I became fascinated with the many guidelines of design. Many were totally impractical since I had a 2-year-old daughter and was going to have another child later that year. I made a new life-long friend who helped me put things into perspective.

She said, “If you want your home to be a showplace, you might want to follow the rules. If you want to have a comfortable home where you can raise a family and not worry about the mishaps that happen with children, use your common sense.”

She was a wise woman who shared lots of sage advice on numerous topics throughout our 40-year friendship. Sometimes the most valuable lessons learned are not from “teachers,” but from friendships.

Design Business

Within a year I had started an interior design business with several neighborhood ladies. We all were taking interior design classes at the local college. Our company was called, It’s About Design.

Each one of us had specific qualities we brought to the company. I was great at teaching classes that brought us clients. My focus was on the PRACTICAL SIDE of design. If you had children, pets, and/or didn’t like to clean house, I was your gal!

Now I do know the difference between yellow-based and grey-based whites. I’ve trained my eye. I also know, life is too short to focus on material things. It’s family, friendships, experiences, and the beauty of nature that means the world to me.

But if you have design questions, I love to share the pros and cons, the practical, and what truly matters in life. I’m glad to share my stories, experiences, wisdom, and sage advice. Just ask me!

Interesting Connection Between International Woman’s Day & the Number 8

In learning Feng Shui nearly 40 years ago I learned about the energy of numbers, especially the power behind the Number 8.

Number 8

Number 8

The odd numbers are considered masculine, and the even numbers are considered feminine.

In many of the Asian cultures the pronunciation of the word for wealth and the word for “8” sound almost the same. There is just a slight difference in the intonation. Hence, 8 (eight) is considered the MONEY NUMBER!

Yet the power of eight goes far beyond money. It is a double container of creation. Most of the numbers are “open” when you write them numerically, except for 6, 8, and 9. With 6 and 9 you only have one closed circle. The number 8 has two closed circles or containers to hold potential.

Taking that one step further in relation to the feminine body, think of a pregnant woman with her enlarged belly, which holds a new creation. It is DOUBLE the life force!

Infinity

Infinity

Another interesting aspect happens when you turn 8 on its side. It becomes the symbol for infinity! (∞)

A fascinating tidbit in my Feng Shui training was the power of the numbers energetically in correlation with the yearly dates. This is aside from the Zodiac Animals and Period timeframes. It goes back to my statement about masculine (odd) and feminine numbers (even)

The whole of the 1900 century was “masculine” because the first number was a “1” or odd, masculine number. When 2000 started, the energy slowly started to shift to a more feminine quality. I’m not going to go into all of that right now, and I will say the shift does take time. Yet you can start to see nuances toward feminine-based ways of doing things happening if you pay attention.

Add that the larger the single-digit number, the more power it has. The year 2008 was considered the beginning of “the Feminine Millennium” according to my Asian-cultured masters.

Knowing about these qualities or facts regarding the number 8, I find it interesting that International Woman’s DAY is observed on the 8th day of March because March has been designated as “National Women’s History Month.”

Let’s take this one more step –

What if all the symbolism I’ve listed about number 8 brings those energies to life, like:

Women growing their wealth

Women sharing their female qualities

Women being the Creatrix of new ideas

Women stepping into their power

Women honoring their intuition (a quality often suggested as more female oriented)

Women growing in positions of power

Then we add this year (2024) is a year with 3 even-based numbers (2-0-2-4 – The number zero isn’t assigned a masculine or feminine quality), and you have a potentially very powerful year for women.

As I said, just interesting thoughts.

Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?

Back in 1999, during a course with the esteemed Karen Kingston, a guru in all things space clearing and energy work, a tale was spun that stuck with me for years. It was a story about a bed, of all things.

Bed in hotel room

Bed in hotel room – © enginakyurt, 123RF Free Images

Picture this: a client, uneasy in her own bed with her new flame, invites Karen into her home. And where does Karen sense the energy? Yep, you guessed it – the bed. Turns out, that bed had seen more action than a Hollywood blockbuster, with a slew of men leaving their energetic mark, while the lady of the house remained the sole woman. Talk about a story that gives you goosebumps! It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but with a twist – it’s not about the porridge being just right, it’s about how YOU feel in that bed.

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – or should I say, the bed? Have you ever stopped to ponder who’s been cozying up in your bed before you? It’s enough to make you think twice about your next hotel stay, right? I mean, what if that bed could talk? The stories it could tell!

Speaking of stories, let me share mine. Back in ’63, I unwittingly stumbled upon the ability to feel the energy of a bed. Trust me, it’s not as glamorous as it sounds. It all started with a teenage tantrum and some regrettable words exchanged with my father. Little did I know, those words would be the last he’d hear before a heart attack claimed him. The guilt weighed heavy on me, but what weighed even heavier was the realization that I had been sleeping in that very bed for years, soaking in the residual fear and pain of his final moments. It was like living a nightmare in my sleep.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I found myself using that same sensitivity to help others. Take one client who, post-breakup, was desperate for an energy overhaul. Armed with nothing but a broom and some serious determination, she set out to banish the old vibes from her bed. And wouldn’t you know it, a few months later, she’s walking down the aisle with her high school sweetheart, blissfully married for a decade and counting.

So, dear reader, I pose this question to you – who’s been leaving their mark on YOUR bed? Could it be time for an energy shift? It’s worth considering, don’t you think? After all, a good night’s sleep might just be the sweep of a broom away.