January 25, 2012 · 10:59 am
Here’s a simple idea that can help you attract buyers to your outdoor art fair tent: hang bright colored ribbons to catch the eye and the wind—stimulating your feng shui opportunities.
The ribbons around the tent in the photo above are placed first at the very back covering the Wealth, Fame, and Love areas. If that’s all you can do, that’s the most important. Hang the sides to right or left if you can. Not only do the ribbons signal “Creative Person Here!”, they also serve as defining walls where there are none, separating you out from your neighboring artists.
You don’t need to use ribbons. You could hang bells, chimes, crystals…whatever is appropriate to your merchandise and venue. The point is: use your creativity to raise buyer awareness and to stand out in a crowd. That’s good feng shui!
Filed under ART, Creativity & Future Projects, Feng Shui, Fun, Getting Organized, Qi
Tagged as ART, attracting success, decorating art tent, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, inspiration, Katy Allgeyer, outdoor art booth, outdoor artist, Stonington Maine
January 15, 2012 · 9:06 am
I just discovered this wonderful post on the Malavika Blog. She gives 5 terrific tips on setting intentions for your day. I couldn’t have done a better job–go see:
How to start your day like a rockstar.
Filed under Healing Energy, Health & Fitness, Self Help, Wisdom & Knowledge
Tagged as attracting success, change, Dreaming, energy, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, malavika blog, meditation, personal development, setting intentions, treat yourself
June 23, 2011 · 4:00 am
Do you care who is sitting at your desk while you're on the beach?
It’s sum-sum-summertime! Many of us will be taking our vacations soon. You might be traveling to an exotic island, to Europe, or simply relaxing in your back yard with a pina colada and a good novel in “staycation style”. Whatever you have planned, taking time off from the daily grind is good for your ch’i (energy) and that means it is good for your feng shui.
What’s happening to your space while you are on leave? If you’re lucky enough to have an office, most likely you shut the door to it until you return. Some feng shui tips before you leave town: empty the trash can,clear off the desk top, remove all clutter and sticky notes from your computer, lock away any personal items that you wouldn’t want people snooping into (or better yet, bring them home).
While you’re away the closed office ch’i may become stagnant the longer it is unused. Here’s what to do to revitalize the “dead zone” when you return from vacation. You’ll need a stick of incense. Light the incense and waft it about the space in a circular motion. While doing that, reclaim the space and rededicate yourself to being the best at whatever job it is that you do. There’s no need to use the entire stick of incense.If you work in a conservative office you may want to light a small aromatic candle instead while doing the reclaiming visualization. Snuff the candle after a few minutes whenyou feel you are ready to begin working again.
If you occupy a cubicle or open area you’ll still want to activate your feng shui when you come back from your trip. You might have other conditions to worry about: perhaps your desk was used by a co-worker or temp worker while you were out of town? This is all the more reason you need to clear out their energy and reclaim your space.
The final touch after you’ve smoked out the stale ch’i is to place some cut flowers in a vase on your desk. It can be a big bouquet or a tiny bud vase. Welcome back!
April 14, 2010 · 1:15 pm
Here’s a picture of my Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map for 2010. I’m a painter and a writer as well as a feng shui consultant so for me it seemed natural to simply paint the words of my intentions in the correct colors to correspond to the bagua map. I didn’t need magazine visuals. I didn’t need a lot of time (I completed the project within one hour although I have been thinking about my intentions for days now).
My Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map (c) Katy Allgeyer
The words resonate powerfully for me and I like the way my manifestation board looks. I have it hanging in the Love & Relationship area of my home which corresponds to the Wisdom & Knowledge area of my studio. So, if you’re strapped for time today but you still want to take advantage of Tracy Cook’s astrological timing for creating your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map, take inspiration from me—you don’t even need to paint them like I did. You can simply take the time to write them down on a large piece of paper using magic markers to activate the colors that correspond to the bagua.
Wealth= Red, Purple, Green or Gold metallic
Love & Relationship= Red, Pink, White
Family & Health= Blues/Greens
Tai Chi Center= Golden yellows
Creativity & Children= grey and black and all the colors
Wisdom & Knowledge= greens blues
Travel & helpful people= deep blues/greys/black
I sincerely hope that sharing my own Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map has helped you to realize that you CAN create your own map and there is no such thing as “perfect” or “should be done this way”. Use your own available time, energy, and ideas to create a vision of health, prosperity, and love for your life! Send me your pics of your maps if you’d like to share with our readers. Good luck!
Filed under ART, Creativity & Future Projects, Feng Shui, Fun, Getting Organized, Self Help, Wealth & Finances
Tagged as 2010 treasure map, attracting success, energy, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, feng shui manifesting intentions, Katy Allgeyer, setting intentions, the power of words, Tracy Abott Astrology, tracy cook, Tracyastrolsalon, Wealth & Abundance
March 22, 2010 · 5:53 pm
30 bags of leaf debris...photo by Katy Allgeyer
In preparation for creating our Personal Feng Shui Treasure Maps, we’re asked by my guest blogger Tracy Abbott to clean inside and outside our home space. Most people call that Spring Cleaning. My house has 3 gigantic oak trees out front that spill leaves not only on our lawn but the neighbor’s, too. Yesterday the entire family was in their yard raking up leaves for the pickup tomorrow. It was just the incentive I needed to pickup 30 bags of my own yard debris (see photo above). Some people like to show the before and after photo but I like to show the results of what I discard. Call me crazy but there’s a certain satisfaction in seeing those piled up garbage bags on their way out (so that more opportunity can find me).
I also bought two new “Welcome” mats–one for the front door Mouth of Ch’i and one for my art studio door. This should let the universe know we are receptive to new opportunity and abundance. Home Depot had some great ones on sale.
My next step will be to spackle and paint the ping pong room. We have the color chosen (bright red color called “Grenadine”!) that will work great as the room is located in the Love & Relationship and Fame areas of our home.
What have you been doing to spruce up your home for spring? Do tell!
Filed under Feng Shui, Getting Organized, Plants & Outdoors
Tagged as attracting abundance, attracting opportunity, attracting success, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, feng shui cleaning, spring cleaning, tracy abbott, treasure map preparation, yard cleaning
March 17, 2010 · 2:21 pm
This is an example of a treasure map or vision board or intention board or life map---call it whatever you want!. To align it with feng shui, the creator should have followed the feng shui bagua to place his pics and words in their proper areas.
I’ve got some exciting news! Noted Los Angeles astrologer and writer Tracy Cook will be sharing her method of creating a Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map with us. A treasure map is a road map of personally selected intentions/hopes/goals that you would like to attract into your life.
You may know these treasure maps under a different name: Vision Boards, Intention Boards, Manifestation Maps, Dream/Wish Board (see some more examples of Treasure Maps and Manifestation Boards here)…what’s different–AND BETTER!!!– about Tracy’s method is that she sets up the board in accordance with feng shui bagua areas. And, Tracy also uses astrology to figure out the optimum time to create your board.
The idea is to take advantage of the first four days of the lunar cycle of the first astrology sign (Aries). This year you will begin assembling your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map on April 14th at 8:28AM. Ideally, you should complete your “work of art” (for that is essentially what you are doing, creating a collage on a board that is both visually and energetically attractive) within the first four days of the new moon cycle April 14-18th.
If you need more time, try to finish it before April 28th to take advantage of the full potency of the astrological timing. (There will be Mercury retrograde beginning April 18th so it’s optimum to try to complete your project before then).
WHAT PREPARATION SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
1] DREAM BIG! Start thinking about what you want to manifest and attract to you. What personal treasures do you want to uncover this year? Will you focus on love? Career? Money? Spirituality? Health? Creativity? Fame? Travel? All of the above? Spend some time in deep thought to discover what is important to you so that you can find the visual representation of those visions to use on your poster board.
2] SPRING CLEANING NOW! You must align your space with feng shui. Begin by cleaning and clearing your space in the next 3 weeks. More info on why this is important here at Tracy’s website. Get rid of anything broken, unused, unloved. Make space for new opportunities to find you.
3] BEGIN COLLECTING MAGAZINES with photos that you can cut out pictures and words that will represent your dreams, visions, and goals—the “treasure” you want to map out!—so you’ll have a great supply of visuals to work with come April.
4] GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES– a poster board, glue sticks, scissors, magic markers, art supplies if you plan to draw your own visuals…See Tracy’s website post regarding Treasure Maps for more info and then check back with Feng Shui By Fishgirl for Tracy’s instructional post “Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map Part II: Making Your Map” in early April.
PART II OF THIS ARTICLE IS NOW READY! CLICK HERE
Filed under ART, Creativity & Future Projects, Dreaming, Feng Shui, Fun, Getting Organized, Self Help, Uncategorized
Tagged as attracting opportunity, attracting success, creating a goal roadmap, Dream Board, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, Manifestation Board, Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map, setting intentions, Tracy Abott Astrology, tracy cook, Tracyastrolsalon, Treasure Maps, Vision Board, visualizing what you want
January 22, 2010 · 2:30 pm
Photo courtesy of NASA Hubble Telescope.
Think positive. Think creativity, success, wealth. Think big. One of the most important principles of feng shui involves the act of thinking (specifically, thinking about setting our intentions). Setting intentions means to use our mind to think about what we would like to manifest in this lifetime. Whether that be achieving our career goals, falling in love and starting a family, building a business, owning property, leading a creative lifestyle…all of these future dreams must first be thought out, then articulated. That is how we set intentions for good feng shui.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
When we intend something, we’ve put our mind behind it. That’s the thinking part. A thought is just a thought if it is never spoken. Kind of like that tree falling in the woods with no witness…does it make a noise when it falls if there is no one there to hear it?
In order for an intention to become reality, it has to be put into motion. In order to manifest the intention, we need to activate it. Activating anything takes energy.
Taking action involves body. The action taken in setting intentions is to speak the intention out loud and then to write it down.
So, where does spirit enter the picture? Spirit is reflected in what our intentions are. By setting our intentions with the highest integrity, we set the intention for the highest good of all concerned, not just the highest good for ourselves. In fact, by considering everyone’s highest good and specifying that no harm come to anyone as a result of setting the best intention, one is acting very selfishly because having such high intentions will guarantee that the very best karma will be attracted to us.
We tend to set limits for ourselves, holding our imaginations in check. When setting intentions for good feng shui, try to keep your intentions broad and open-ended. For example, instead of stating “ I would like to get a new job that pays me $5,000 more per year”, you would be better off saying, “I am open to finding a new career opportunity that rewards me handsomely for my talents”. Because, guess what? The universe could think you’re worth more than a $5,000 raise. Think about that! And let us know your own success stories with thinking positively.
Filed under Career, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Office, Self Help, Uncategorized
Tagged as attracting success, Feng Shui, mind body spirit, positive thinking, positive wishes for the new year, self empowerment, setting intentions, think big
December 4, 2009 · 11:38 am
It’s been said that “Clothes make the man”. It’s also been said that “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man”. Whether you graduated top of your class or are simply a fan of ZZ Top, these feng shui hints are about what you wear on your bottom that might just help you get to the top.
Your mom used to warn you to have clean underwear on before you left the house in case you somehow wound up in the ER and met a cute doctor. Well, mom was right (even though she probably never heard of feng shui)! The basic premise behind mother’s warning is that it is a good idea to put your best self out there in the world. Employers can’t see them but you guys know they’re there: holes in your tighty whities. Or maybe you’re wearing yesterday’s boxers (we don’t wanna know!)? And you gals: mismatched bras and panties, runs in your stockings held together by nail polish.
Why is this negative feng shui?Because we can’t project an aura of confidence and capability out in the working world when secretly we know that our foundation is shaky. Just like when our desk is positioned so that our back is to the door we are constantly feeling vulnerable to people sneaking up on us. In this case if our underclothes are really ratty, even the most expensive clothing on top will not take away that feeling of being less than your best.
Here’s a scenario we can all relate to…what would you be wearing underneath it all if you were preparing yourself for a date with a 10 instead of an interview with a 10? You’d be putting on your sexy best because you never know where the date would lead. Well, in doing that, you are putting on your first layer of confidence. I’m NOT suggesting you will be stripping for your new boss! What you’re aiming for is the feeling of knowing you are ready willing and able to go for it (the job). Are you?
(This article by Katy Allgeyer was first published by Working World Magazine)
Filed under Feng Shui, Feng Shui Office, Getting Organized, Self Help
Tagged as attracting success, business, clothes for feng shui, clothes for success, Command Position, confidence building, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, Katy Allgeyer, personal development, what to wear on interview, zz top
December 1, 2009 · 11:21 pm
1) Take an inventory of where you have clutter in your life. Examine your immediate work space, your home space, your car, your friendships. Assess the size of the clean up job and schedule time to handle it accordingly.
2) Start with baby steps. Remember, dealing with clutter is often overwhelming because it brings up painful emotions related to our psychological attachment to the clutter. If you’ve got clutter all over your home or office, start with one small area and clean that up first.
3) Pace yourself so that you don’t get burned out on letting go. Set small goals of one file at a time. Set a time goal of one to two hours per day to clear up the clutter until you’ve got it under control. Thereafter, you should be able to manage it with less than ten to fifteen minutes per day.
4) Fade away. If you’ve got a group of friends that are a negative influence on your life, remove yourself gradually from the group by seeing them less and less over a period of time. Surround yourself with positive people and experiences. Often the people we’ve outgrown will just naturally drop out of our lives once we’ve claimed our authentic selves.
5) Reward yourself for embracing your clutter-free self and removing the blocks to your success. Get a manicure, go to a movie, buy yourself a lottery ticket!
December 1, 2009 · 10:25 pm
Walkways are better feng shui if they are not “straight arrows”. A little curve improves the chi energy. The idea behind the curve is to slow down the chi from coming (and going) too fast. I like this plank walk through the forest, don’t you?