Creativity

Everyone is creative. All of life is a creative activity.
Studies are proving every day that creative expression makes every aspect of life dynamically better.
Here are the best in curated feng shui tips, creativity exercises, inspiration, science and even some actual art projects to cultivate your genius in gorgeous ways!

this is now

Today, I am taking a day off.

I am writing this at night, actually, the night before it posts in the morning.

While I love what I am doing every day so much its crazy and I’m really happy most of the time, I realized a few hours ago that I have not taken a day off in… well… almost never since I started this adventure in lifestyle.  But, in this level of intensity and all this greatness of the past year and a half, I haven’t taken a day off… actually… ever.

I had a wake up call tonight that sent me to the most freeing conclusions ever.

I need some soulful Spring Cleaning.

Silence. Art. Love. Time off.

Maybe you could use some, too?

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take risks

Are you takig big enough risks?

Chances are, you will blurt out yes if you know you are, if you really are…

If you are in a place of huge risk, many gambles, lots of challenge… you know it.

If you aren’t in a place of positive risk-taking the malaise can disguise itself as mild depression, boredom, overwhelm, CLUTTER (in all caps because its so prevalent), frequent aches and pains…

Its as though you are keeping your energy pent up in a small box rather than letting it be free, and that energy has a way of getting knotted up, confused and deflated for lack of motion.

If you want to take bigger risks… here are three things to avoid… and one thing you might want to try! Continue Reading…

you can't please everyone

Today I had a revelation.  It actually started last night.  Truly it started about 10 years ago.  But today it all made sense.

It started in an acting class over a decade ago.  I had no aspiration to professionaly act, but this class in Beverly Hills was filled with a magic I can’t explain to transform reality.  I don’t think 80% of the class had a burning desire to be a professional actor, but 99% of the class was there for the growth.

The other 1%… They got removed from the class.

At the time I thought it was brutal to take cynics and give them a chance to break free of their cynicism or else leave.  Why did it matter if they were just sitting there? Did it make a difference if they wanted to do this or not?  As long as they paid shouldn’t they just get to watch even if they didn’t participate?

I had all these doubts about this extreme methodology.

I wanted everyone to be happy. We couldn’t just cast people out, you know?

I spent a long time “chasing waterfalls” trying to prop people up who had no interest in being propped up.  I would go out of my way to show people a better way to do something, a happier side of life… I would bend over backward to take the critic and try to make them the biggest mascot.

My way did not work. Not at all.

Today I wonder: is people pleasing holding you back? Moreover: are you letting dissenting voices drag you off your mission?  Continue Reading…

anna wintour yarn

Are you open to the magic that can happen today, or, are you sort of committed to things being the same-same-same?

Things really changed for me when I stopped saying that I’m open to anything happening and started to actually feel open to anything good happening.

When you really feel that kind of openness to magic, it seems to surprise you everywhere! Continue Reading…

hearts that love are in bloom

On the lawn in Jersey, messages everywhere.

Being in love is different from loving everything.  Being in love is always great.  Loving everything is even better.

Need to feel more open-hearted?

You might want to start by being more present in your body.

Be more physical.

Its sad to admit that my iPhone revealed that in LA for the last few months I’ve been averaging 2000 steps a day.  I mean… that’s sad.  No wonder I never looked at the app before this!

In NYC its been days of 9,000 steps.  It’s no wonder I feel so much more in my body right now.  Lesson learned.  My wild creative streaks needs to be tempered with a lot of exercise.  Not turning back, I’m headed to the best yoga in NYC right now (Strala) and taking this energy home with me in two days!

And of course, there’s feng shui to help you feel more open-hearted.  Some of my favorite heart-opening tips are right here!

xoxo Dana

succulents

Right now, West Elm in Dumbo looks like a Dana-Dreamscape.  Justina-Blakeney-inspired (or Justina Blakeney?) geometric hanging planters (I already put two of Justina’s in a loft office that are like jewels on the wall), succulents everywhere in really plump-leaved glory, mason jar seed-growing kits for Spring, killer glass-and-gold curio cases…

Its the feeling of clay sitting on a pottery wheel waiting to be spun.  So much raw material, so much inspiration… I could get lost in this for a while styling up a storm.

After seeing all this greenery glory in West Elm my first thought was: plants are not an afterthought anymore, they are a part of life. They’ve made it to featured space on showroom floors.

And while I love West Elm- and love that they are promoting this fresh aesthetic- I see local shops in Brooklyn totally advancing this trend with supercharged brilliance.

Embracing the handmade- and more exactly, embracing your own hand in creativity- you can spin really personal decor with artisan attention to detail.  This is where the alchemy sparks in huge ways and your style moves from an abstraction to a lifestyle.   Continue Reading…

jungle home

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Genius.  It’s what makes you uniquely you.  It’s taking your talent and developing it to its farthest reaches.

Genius is not your job, career or what you do all day.  Genius is identified in your approach to things and the way it is remarkably your own.

I solidly believe we are all geniuses at our core.  We are all execptionally talented, able and powerfully gifted in some way.

Sometimes its a trick to take your genius and make it into a career.  But if you are passionately cultivating that genius, I don’t believe its so tricky!

What makes a genius a genius? How can you cultivate more of your own genius?  Continue Reading…

bright flowers

Hyper-bright and conceived by Nature, flowers are always glowing. This is the best of daily art in my opinion. Impossibly beautiful, always perfect be divine design, floral art finds its way into my kitchen, onto shelves, the mantle, bedrooms and yes, the centerpiece of the dining table.

Every time I grab a bunch of flowers- something I thought at one point was a luxury that I didn’t really need- I’m reminded of how vital it is to not just see art, but to live with art everywhere.  After all, art itself seems like just a luxury, even though its a huge necessity!

Do you have enough art in your life?

If you do, you know it.  You’ll see it everywhere you look.  You’ll feel uplifted when you open your closet to find an outfit.  You have views of your home that shine a light on beautiful things.  Even your pantry feels… filled with opportunity and inspiration.

Are you there yet? Do you feel the art in your life? Continue Reading…