Daily Archives: January 18, 2010

MONEY MATTERS

Long before Madonna was the Material Girl, feng shui experts knew that accumulating wealth is one way to measure our success in the world. Creating a welcoming space that honors the money you already have is just one of the feng shui secret tools for attracting more money to you.

Imagine that you are already wealthy and you deserve the best. Your wallet and/or your handbag should reflect that image. If your money is living in a ratty old wallet with ripped seams and tattered edges, update it. Spend some of your hard earned cash on a new wallet. Invest in a new purse. Treat yourself (and your dollars) to the best you can afford. It doesn’t have to be expensive or even fancy. The idea is to give your money a fresh and well maintained space to hang out in. Even those beautifully printed paper wallets that you can find in Chinese gift shops serve the purpose (as long as you replace it each time it begins to show wear & tear). Check out this blog that has some cool alternative wallets that are fresh and fun and made from recycled audio cassettes.

Once you’ve got he new carrying case for your money, the next step is keeping it clutter-free. Try to keep the money from being lost in a jumble of other stuff. Make sure your billfold doesn’t have receipts poking out of every crevasse. Tidy up your credit cards (do you really need to carry so many?). Look at the bottom of your handbag at least once a week and remove all the stale gum, candy wrappers, grocery lists, empty mint tins, and spare change that has accumulated there.

Money guru Suze Orman espouses feng shui concepts. One of Orman’s suggestions is that all bills in your wallet should be organized facing the same direction and in order of ones to twenties and so on. Being able to quickly count how much money you have with you makes you more conscious of your personal wealth. Once you become more aware of how to respect and handle money, you open the door for more wealth to come in.

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STEP ONE: DETERMINING YOUR STYLE

Traditional or contemporary, eclectic or minimalist, neutral or vibrant, your style preference does not affect your feng shui. What does? Your choice of colors, placement, shapes, lighting, and elements do influence your feng shui. Also, keeping your things organized and clutterfree. Setting your intentions for clarity of purpose and life direction also improve your feng shui opportunities.

If you’re planning to redo your interior design, Feng Shui By Fishgirl recommends looking at design blogs and magazines and clipping or printing out the looks you are drawn to in order to determine what style you identify with. Keep a folder filled with your favorite tear sheets. Do this for a few weeks or months before you begin your search for the perfect fabrics, furniture, and paint colors.

The photo here is a cool reno job in a Miami Beach condo. See more pics at Design Sponge, a great resource for inspiration. This photo shows once again a terrific balance of yin (feminine, rounded shapes) and yang (squared masculine shapes). The red accents in the draperies and the art work and dining chairs add fire energy to the feng shui.

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GOODBYE, GOOD TREE

Photo courtesy of Maine Today.

This tree, a.k.a. “Herbie”, was cut down today in Maine. Over 110 feet tall and 230 years old, Herbie succumbed to Dutch Elm disease and it was decided the tree was a hazard and could no longer be maintained. The tree’s guardian is 101 years old. Read the full story here.

See also my posts about live oaks and Christmas trees

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