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EXTERIOR MOTIVES

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If you are fortunate enough to have outdoor space–whether it’s a small balcony, patio, or larger yard–it’s good to know that you can improve your ch’i (energy) by organizing and beautifying the exterior of your home. Often while concentrating on the inside of our home spaces we neglect to tend to the outside. Where to begin?

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Take baby steps.

1) Begin with general maintenance and clean up. Rake up those leaves. Pick up those sticks. Organize and clean any objects that may be stored outside such as trash toters, garden tools, flower pots, barbecues, outdoor furniture.

2) Study the outdoor space and come up with a plan for improvement.

3) You can create a small potted garden or a wall garden or a windowbox or simply hang a planted basket. Take a moment to notice if your spirits feel brighter from just one simple addition of color or greenery.

4) If your budget allows, get your landscaping done by a professional.

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LOVELY GIFTS OF LOVE

3 Love Messengers paintings by Isabelle Bryer

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m focusing on the feng shui of Love, Love, Love for the month of February. Art improves feng shui and supporting artists lifts your spirit, too. Check out Isabelle Bryer Paintings for some adorable love themed work like the 3 Love Messengers shown above. Think you can’t afford art? Many artists like Isabelle offer their images as printed reproductions to give more people access. That’s good feng shui!

Mozelle Art Studio Jewelry has gorgeous silver earrings

Lots of moms out there would love to get some jewelry for Valentine’s Day. For fine handcrafted jewelry, Mozelle Art Studio has a wonderful selection of earrings and necklaces. Artist Maureen Farr will also custom make an exclusive piece for your Valentine. How cool is that?

A Subscription to Feng Shui By Kindle for Your Kindle!

And while you’re at it, why not love yourself with a subscription to Feng Shui By Kindle on your Kindle Fire? It’s only 99 cents a month (99 means infinity in feng shui) and that’s a whole lot of love for a little bit o’ money. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and this blog operates entirely on your support (think of FSBFG as the NPR of feng shui!).

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OUTDOOR ART SHOW? Attract buyers!

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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!

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GIVING THE GIFT OF TIME

I’m reposting this because even though Colby is now a Big Girl (she’ll be 12 next spring) and I am 7 years in to my relationship, the spirit of this post is still relevant and uplifting. Enjoy!

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“Cupcake Car” from Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog…just in time to save the world from war, hunger, and poverty……

Rampant materialism is all around. It can only mean one thing:
’tis the commercialized holiday season where the loudest silver bell
ringing is the “ka-ching” of the merchant’s cash register. Lest
anyone think I am a Bah Humbug kind of gal, let me explain that
I am 100% behind the idea of giving. And apparently, so is my
little friend Colby whom I visited a couple of years ago over the Thanksgiving holiday in Downer’s Grove, Illinois.

There was a Christmas parade there culminating in
Colby’s first meeting with Santa Claus. The line to sit on Santa’s lap
was a long one and it was very chilly winter weather. Naturally,
Colby had her list of requests ready to whisper into jolly St. Nick’s
ear. What charmed me most was that Colby also had other people in mind. She asked me what I wanted from Santa and she promised to ask him for me. When I told her to ask Santa to bring me a handsome rich boyfriend for me, Colby giggled and said, “Are you sure?” since her own sights were set on receiving a Barbie Princess Playhouse and she couldn’t quite imagine a boyfriend being more fun than that!

On the way home, she asked her mother if we could make a present for Santa Claus,too. Not just the usual cookies and milk for Santa
and some carrots for the reindeer, either. Colby wanted to make
a very elaborate piece of art for him. Although this little girl
was excited about what she might be receiving from Santa this year, she was equally–or even more!– excited about giving to others. And it is when we give to others that we actually give back to ourselves. What goes around really does come around in unexpected ways.

I have found throughout the years that the one thing that people most appreciate getting as a gift is your time. Time is a luxury in our hectic world. The gift of time can manifest itself in various ways (here are a few ideas):

* Sending holiday greeting cards? Take the time to write
a little personal note in there. Even one sentence pertaining to
the unique relationship you have with the person you
are sending the card to will make such a difference.
This serves to strengthen your relationships both professional and personal.

*Take the time to make some phone calls. Reach out to people
you have not talked to in years. It need not be a long one–you can
even set your timer to match your budget. With cheap cell phone
plans and discount phone cards or Skype online phones readily available, it’s easier than ever to stay connected (do I sound like Catherine Zeta Jones for Cingular Wireless, or what?!). One of the feng shui methods for creating opportunities is called “The Water Method” and it involves making phone calls to just about every contact you
have ever had without expectation of anything in return. The idea
is to reconnect. That simple act can bring abundance into your
life in unexpected ways.

* Make time to play with a child–your own or someone else’s
if you don’t have any. Children’s energy and joy is contagious
and a real mood booster if you’re feeling stressed this season.
You might even consider bringing your child to visit an elderly
family member at a nursing home and brighten someone
else’s day by visiting some of the other residents. By the way,
many hospitals, hospices, and senior homes have programs
by which people can bring their pets (usually dogs or cats)
in to visit with patients. Check with your local facility to see if
this might be a way for you to give your time.

* Volunteering your time to serve food to the less fortunate
is one sure way to get out of your own head if you have holiday
depression. Check with the Salvation Army, your church or temple,
or your community action center to find out where the volunteer
soup kitchen is in your town. Giving this gift of yourself is sure
to make you feel great.

*Make your own “gift certificates” of your time. For example, you
can give someone you love a night off with their spouse by handing
them a gift certificate that says you will baby-sit their kids for an entire evening. Another good one is to think of some senior citizen you know who is in the predicament of not being able to drive anymore– the gift certificate you give to her might be to offer to drive her to the mall or grocery store. Get creative!

As we wind down the old year and ring in the new one, this is the perfect time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself to clean up and clear out any unfinished business so you can go into the new year with a clean slate. Set aside some time to take care of yourself and to set some intentions for what you would like to manifest in your life next year. By the way, Santa did bring me that boyfriend— good work, Colby!

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GET YOUR FENG SHUI ON KINDLE

Feng Shui By Fishgirl blog is now available for Kindle!

If you’re like me, you love the convenience of your e-reader device (in my case, it’s a Kindle). I love the feng shui of it…that no trees / paper waste is involved, I don’t have to waste energy heating a library full of bookshelves, and most importantly aspiring writers and authors can self publish and gain exposure for their work. This alternative to the establishment publishing world opens a lot of opportunity for the little guys like you and me. What I’m most excited about is that now Feng Shui By Fishgirl is available via Kindle! Just click this link to go get my blog over at amazon.com. Priced at only 99 cents per subscription with a 14 day free trial period, you’ve got nothing to lose. Amazon.com allows you to purchase kindle items (like my blog or any of their books) as gifts for others. All you have to do is go to the Kindle Store and if you know your friend or loved one has a Kindle and you know their email address, you can purchase a gift for them. That’s what I call simplifying my holiday shopping. But sssssssh! Don’t tell my friends and family they’ll all be getting Feng Shui By Fishgirl Kindle Edition for Christmas this year 🙂

 

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FENG SHUI VS. THE FRENCH WAY: Hidden in France Interviews Feng Shui By Fishgirl

I was recently interviewed by author/blogger Corine Ganz about the nature of feng shui on her blog Hidden in France. During the interview Corine coaxed me to reveal my 5 Top Feng Shui Tips for Romance so do be sure to go read the entire post here. And see if you can find one “feng shui no-no” in Corine’s bedroom above–be sure to post your comments. Thanks, Corine for making my day brighter!

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