Portrait of Me (c) Katy Allgeyer
This is my self portrait that I painted about 5 years ago. I think of it as a template that represents what I feel my life purpose is and what I wanted to attract to myself that had yet to happen. Many of the words that I used buried in the paint describe positive traits, feelings, places I’ve been or want to travel to, talents, things I believe in…you get the drill. Creating a self portrait out of words that resonate and have meaning for you can be a powerful self-discovery journey as well as a wonderful feng shui boost. Not only can you choose words and images that already make up who you are, but, you can also use words to bring in what you want to create and attract to your life. Words are symbols and hold a certain vibration energy. You don’t have to be a painter to create a self portrait of words. You don’t even have to put the words into a recognizable form or face. Instead, you can arrange the words on a large poster board. Collect magazines and then just cut out the words and phrases that make up “you”. You can also use picture images of opportunities you wish to manifest. Do not include negative words, negative images. For example, even if pain has been a part of your life, you don’t want to focus on it in your Portrait/Vision Board. You’d want to use words like “healthy” and “pain-free” and “joyful” instead. Remember, you’re very consciously selecting the words that represent exactly who you are and what you want to create in your life.Here’s how to get started–jump to Christine Kane’s blog for excellent instructions on how to make your own Vision Board. I can report that several of the symbolic words I imbedded into my painting did come into being in my life. Like what? I have two art studios now in different states. I am in a healthy loving relationship. And I only allow people in my life who have my highest good in mind. What does your life template look like?
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Idea: Recycle unused neckties into a beautiful quilt.
How to: Select your ties, open up the back center seams, press them flat, merrow finish the edges, arrange them on a piece of cloth of your choice (I used velvet), baste them in place (necessary because most ties are cut on the bias which makes the grain shift when sewing them down later), sew them down permanently (I used machine but some traditionalists might want to hand sew). Back the quilt with another fabric (I used a chenille throw), finish edges.
Quilts are works of art and represent loving hands at home—always great energy and that’s good feng shui!
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Do you know what the most powerful words in any languageare after “I love you”? Here’s a hint: just like the words “I love you”,they are not said often enough but they carry a very powerful punch when they are said with real sincerity. The answer is “Thank you”.
Sending thank you notes should be a part of both your professional strategy and your personal agenda. An attitude of gratitude is a mind set that opens doors, creates opportunities and attracts them to you. The thank you note reminds the recipient who you are as it makes them feel good about something they did for you. This positive reinforcement puts you ahead of your competition since most people don’t make the extra effort. By making a habit of automatically sending thank you notes, you are putting your name out there over and over again–people will remember you. Creating goodwill towards yourself often leads to opportunities.
As a feng shui practitioner, I recommend that you be in a constant state of gratitude in order to attract the right clientele to you and get the word out about your service. However, the thank you note applies to all careers and social situations. No matter what position you are in — boss or busboy — it’s always a good idea to send thank you notes. In business, most employers are seeking applicants who are detail oriented, have great people skills, and are excellent communicators. Sending out thank you notes at appropriate moments proves that you have all those qualities. It’s also the first step in building your network of relationships with people you are sure to meet further up or down that business ladder. In one-to-one client relationships, thank you notes create abundant good will. Yours is the service the client will be happy to refer others to.
Thank you notes need not be fancy or long. Many people stress over what to say. A simple “Thank you for your time and consideration.” is enough. You might add that it was a pleasure to meet them if the situation calls for it. Keep it short and to the point. But always keep it handwritten. A well done thank you note should convey that you are sincere. Handwritten notes make an impression and tell your recipient that this is personal and heartfelt.
Recently, I met an entrepreneur in Los Angeles who’s building her own internet based business selling health insurance from her web site. Most of her client leads are sent to her directly from the insurance companies she represents. But occasionally, someone she knows will send her a referral. When that happens, she sends out a personal thank you note to them but takes it a step further by enclosing a gift card good for one free coffee drink. Her handwritten message?: “Thanks a latte!”
Timeliness is key. It only takes a minute to write a simple thank you if you do it as the same day that the transaction deserving one is completed. Human nature says the longer you put it off, the less likely it is to get done. Make saying thank you an integral part of your strategy for career success. Plan ahead so you are always prepared to send out a thank you note. Keeping a supply of postage stamps and elegant note cards available at all times will give you the edge and allow you to write your thank you note–and mail it!– immediately. Avoid using humorous greeting cards that could be offensive to your business contacts. Plain quality stationary works for all occasions. You might also use personalized letterhead or printed note cards with blank interiors.
Vintage Airstream trailers have incredible design appeal. Even though they were first introduced in the late 1920’s, they still have a cutting edge gleam and a certain sexiness to them. The one shown is a 1974 model that resides in our apple orchard on Deer Isle, Maine. There are two others on the property and they attract a lot of attention. I’ll be blogging more about them as we renovate and update the interiors with feng shui in mind.
FYI: They are available as rental cabins (5 hrs north of Boston, 10 hrs north of NYC) and the island is a perfect setting for an artist’s getaway or writer’s retreat. Contact me!
Check out the cool wall of bookshelves that Apartment Therapy is showing. One of their readers created a floor to ceiling library from several IKEA shelving units–an inexpensive alternative to custom built shelves. TIP: bring all of your books out to the very edge of your shelves to prevent dust from accumulating on your shelves. This frees up your time for more reading. And THAT builds up your Wisdom & Knowledge sector!
Asian cultures make the simple exchange of a business card into an elaborate ritual that raises the gesture to almost and art form. Holding the business card between both hands, taking a bow from the waist, and presenting the card to a new contact in such an elegant manner is their custom. The way it’s done is almost more important than what is on the business card itself. Almost.
Your business card is a direct representation of your company and your rank within it. If you are in business for yourself, or, if you also carry a personal card to distribute to new friends you meet socially, you might have more leeway in creating the design of your card.
Cards can radiate energy, leaving someone a very positive impression of you and your company. On the other hand, they can also be cluttered and difficult to read. Much like your home or working space, business cards can be improved with feng shui analysis. Cards are usually rectangular in shape and it’s easy to locate the feng shui bagua map on them. Your bottom center area is related to Career, the left bottom corner is Wisdom & Knowledge, go up from there and it’s Family & Health, the upper left corner is Wealth. Center top is Fame, top right is Love & Relationship, below that is Creativity & Future Projects, lower right corner is Travel & Helpful People.
Think of these areas while you analyze your current card (and plan your next one). Is your logo well placed for the nature of your product or service? A bank would benefit from having the corporate logo on the upper left side where the Wealth area is located, for example. The upper right side-Love & Relationship– would enhance a wedding planning service or a marriage counselor. Trying to get people to notice you? Front and center will attract fame and reputation.
It’s critical not to cram too much info on your biz card. It pays off to give attention to the feng shui of all your marketing materials, especially in this Bear Market.
Be sure to check out the FITBUFF blog where Feng Shui By Fishgirl is included in the Blog Carnival section under “Dating” tips. There are many hot tips for health (anti-aging skin care for body by Farid Mostamand), exercising (why you want to start yoga today by Kara-Leah Grant), and how to stay positive (written by Jeremy Ulmer) plus many more. Good stuff!
Lupine blooming in Maine. (c) Katy Allgeyer
Enough already with winter! I’ve got cabin fever, don’t you? I realize it’s only 4 days or so until spring is officially here but it still can’t come soon enough for me.
My desk feels like it’s closing in on me. Here’s a quick fix:
1) Stop what you’re doing, breathe in and out deeply 3 x.
2) Drink a big refreshing glass of water.
3) Get up off your duff and stretch to the ceiling.
4) Take a few moments to tidy up your surroundings without going for the full spring cleaning routine (save it for another day).
5)Treat yourself to a beautiful floral bouquet to enjoy for the rest of the week. The color and fragrance will lift your chi (energy). Be sure to display it where you will enjoy it most–your desktop or somewhere in the room you spend most of your day in.
Birdcage set of 5 from Chuck E. Byrd Vinyl Wall Art.
Today while surfing I stumbled upon this cool site that offers wall art in the form of vinyl graphic images that are applied directly to the wall. Kind of an instant mural treatment. This particular design of 5 birdcages is wonderful feng shui. Why? Because it fills in a space and lifts the eye / energy upward, has the activation color red in it, and visually enhances an otherwise dull space. All this for well under $100 bucks. This is an example of how feng shui does not have to break the bank. Check out Chuck E. Byrd for more designs to choose from.