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!

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It’s happening!  If you are reading this post in a timely fashion, you can join me this week on the adventure known as The Artist’s Way!

Julia Cameron wrote an incredible book to help artists unblock their creativity.

And…

WE ARE ALL ARTISTS.

Even if your career and life seem absent of art, everyone is creative in some way.

It’s about to be my birthday, and this Artist’s Way Group is my gift to all of you because you – in large part- are the synergy and the inspiration that moves my life forward!

Here’s why I hope you can join me…and why creativity can and will change your life in unimaginably amazing ways.

HERE is one place you can grab the book.  Or I am sure you can find a copy nearby!

And here’s where to join the group!!!

We start this weekend- September 7th, 2014.

I am sooooooo excited!

xoxo Dana

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…   And, as always, please let me know what happens!

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I spent all night at the disco. Seriously, there’s a disco on Sunset Boulevard at the Standard Hotel on Saturdays called Giorgio and somewhat reluctantly- as I wanted to spend yet another night reading and studying- I called for an Uber very late night to meet friends to dance and dance and dance.

It was the best LA night with friends that could ever be imagined…

I just took a two hour nap after an early morning of Buddhism…

Somehow I have, in the midst of all this, had a more focused and productive day than I could ever have dreamed of having.

We need to rest.  To have fun. To not “think” all the time.  From now on, I am thinking of calling this the Disco Cure. And here’s some recent science  to back it all up…!  Continue Reading…

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I just put on these giant new black glasses and strolled down Westwood Boulevard  today feeling a sort of awesome wave of smartness.  I don’t lean too much upon stereotypes, but big black glasses and a bun are a good start to this new phase that is dawning in my own creative process, a process that is all about you.

I’ve gotten loads of questions from many you as feng shui is becoming far more popular (could it be the new yoga?!) and lots of you want to encorporate it into your business, make it a business or to find jobs where you are more self-expressed.

So, today, a few feng shui’d thoughts about getting smarter  and evolving seem to be in order no matter what your dreams are or where you are in your process!

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gorgeous flowers

The feng shui of the day is all about jumping into the deep end with your passions that are languishing in your life in a frustrating and even stifling haze because you can’t quite hit the “go” button and start living them.

The principle here is one of harnessing your energy- or life force, your brilliance, your chi- rather than scattering it around in a zillion directions. Its a bit deeper than that though, because when you fully commit to something, all in, 100%, there’s a sense of necessity level that you can’t avoid.   Continue Reading…

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Do you keep getting the same things you don’t want… or feel like the same things are out of reach, no matter how hard you try to get them?

While I encourage you to follow your instincts, where things aren’t moving forward you may need to start changing things up. Continue Reading…

wishes

When something is magical, I tend to love it (!) so it’s no wonder that I fell into a spell of magical thinking.

Do you think people— and the universe at large– should be able to read your mind and respond to your wishes? 

Magical thinking here isn’t ” The Law Of Attraction” or “Think And Grow Rich” or “The Secret” but, that is a part of it! There’s definitely power in your thoughts, your intentions and your desires. If you can focus on amazing outcomes, you will likely have much more of them… and this has been tested and proven to be true more times than not.

But… you actually have to do and say things, too, to create your world in your own way… not just think!  Continue Reading…

do it with all your heart

 

(molly jacques)

The true test of whether or not you are doing the right things is how invested you are in what you are doing.

Don’t get me wrong, some jobs are a means to an end. And as such… you can find a way to fully appreciate them- and likely prosper in them- with a great focus on your purpose. That’s another way of being fully invested in everything you do.

I have had many many bizarre jobs.  I was actually one of the the first girls in the box at the Standard Hotel (one box girl  that came log after me wrote a book about it… here) , sitting like a piece of performance art  (this was what I coined and I’m glad the sentiment of performance art has carried on!) and reading books while guests watched… and then they watched me sleep!  And… I loved it so much I always found new things to do in the box- a sleep mask to wear, sparkly leg warmers to compliment my little white shorts and tank top, journals, new braids for my hair… and I was interviewed for press quite a bit as a result of my totally embracing this job that I never expected to have as an award-winning academic from Stanford who was new to Los Angeles… And that’s sort of the way life works, isn’t it?

So, embrace what you are doing with all you’ve got. If you just can’t find it in you, or you know you should be putting your energy in a new place, make that move.  Being engaged all day in your life is a gift we can all give to ourselves!  xoxo Dana

create your world

(this & more gorgeous watercolor at striped cat studios on Etsy) 

My wish for you is that you aren’t haphazardly throwing around your energy to see what and who sticks.  My wish for you is to have really clear vision as to what you want and see yourself creating.  Basically… I wish for you to know all that you love and live with it.

You’ll never know the exact right steps.  You won’t even often know the right opportunities until they present themselves.  There may be a total question mark for a long time as to what you’ll be when you grow up, even if you are ostensibly a grown up.  None of the specifics really matter. It’s super high level confusion to think you need to know exactly what will happen…and to think you can prepare for it… yet more confusion.

So, why not have amazing vision? ! Sit with your vision for your life.  See it every day.  Fill in the blanks as you go. Edit when you need to edit.  And enjoy it fully.  It’s quite possible you are ahead of your time and no one will understand you at first… but keep filling in the blanks anyway.  Everyone’s time comes.  xoxo Dana