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!

bubbles

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Transparent, floating, reflective containers of air that change color and twinkle in the light, then pop into a firework of shiny droplets in the sun.

Bubbles are just delightful, you know?!

I’m not surprised that the delicate, weightless, shining capsules known as bubbles have formed the visual iconography for lots of meditation, goal setting and intention-sharpening techniques.

I have bubbles on my mind today as I msake maps of projects and wrap ideas into their own bubbles…!  so get ready for three somewhat magical ways to use the gorgeous bubble in your life to manifest things you want… to sharpen your intention and even to help others (the best one!) ! Continue Reading…

air plants Airplants defy the limits of gravity, they grow in somewhat magical self-sufficiency, and for all of you who have trouble growing greens at home, these alient-space-creature plants in so many shapes sizes and varieties are for you!

Deeply inspired by the genius of Josh Rosen, the Air Plant Man, and his architecturally streamlined airplant frames (pictured above, you can find them HERE), the airplant can be a piece of art! Continue Reading…

lilly pulitzer happiness

(Lilly Pulitzer) 

This much shared quote from the queen of happy prints, Lilly Pulitzer, hit home a few days ago.  I’ve been surrounded by people on a quest for happiness.  It’s sort of the basic building block of life that everyone wants and needs.  Happiness.

Happiness is a classic.

I happen to love Positive Psychology.  Are you surprised?!  Today, Dan Gilbert’s awesome speech at TED, “Why Are We Happy? Why Are We Not Happy?” is first up to expand the happiness quotient today.

I watch this every once in a while for a jolt of happiness truism.  It makes it clear that we can’t dwell on the past and use it as an excuse to be miserable.  We also *can* create happiness right now!

Pretty awesome, huh?

So, of course, it’s really cool. You can make more happiness.

gorgeous cactus Now, as you are making all that happiness… protect that happiness in a beautiful way!

This week in the Artist’s Way group where we are all doing The Artist’s Way together, it is the week of POWER.  Power is approached in this amazing book by Julia Cameron as a creative force.  Part of owning your creative energy is asserting the power to protect what you love.

Power, here, means, in part: treating your ideas seriously, living with more objects you love and, most importantly, not letting people squash your creative beautifulness with harsh criticism and demeaning “hater” stuff that sadly still floats around.  Power is all about building your positive energy and then protecting it by treating it with care.

Have you not been treating yourself well enough lately?  Does your space look and feel like you at your best? Are people stepping on your creative toes too much?

A small investment in treating yourself – and your ideas and dreams- well can make all the difference!

While I don’t suggest putting cactii inside your home, you may want to try some cactii on the periphery of your house to create an energetic barrier outside windows where you feel exposed to others.  Or, try plopping some selenite wands (my favorite mineral crystal to promote peace) on your active window ledges wherever you feel more exposed to traffic of draining energy.  Or… simply close your curtains and keep your energy high in your home as the sun sets.

And… take your ideas seriously. And your wellbeing, too!

Happiness Building 101 for the day!  

Happiness Building 201: start sharing that happiness! It exponentially grows from there!

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!

solutions

(daily quotes)

I happen to love this quote attributed often to Tony Robbins.

Problems are usually pretty easy to identify, you know?  They are also simple to talk about, complain about, worry about and harp on over and over again in a feedback loop that builds problems atop problems, and then talk about some more.

Problem-talkers hang out in packs.  It’s almost like what brings everyone together is a collective need to complain.

Then, there are solution-minded people.  The coolest people I know have this uniquely gifted way of offering solutions.  I can call any of my solution-friends and say, “What would you do about this?” and I don’t hear a single… “Oh you poor thing… Oh what a shame…” But, instead, I hear, “What about…. ” Or… “Have you tried….” Or… “This is what you do…”

It took a while to find solution-minded friends that are super-spectacular, but I do the same for them, and we value each other in this way.  It’s how we roll.

Complaining is not something to share or to listen to in my life. It takes too much time away from the fun things and offers no real answers, you know?! Don’t get me wrong, I get stuck in problems, too… but I get pulled out of that really fast.

Are you sitting in problems or in solutions? It’s a great thing to ask yourself.  After all, a life without challenges wouldn’t be exciting… but if the challenges become the theme of your life, well, that’s just too overwhelming to be productive!

Solution-mindedness.  It’s super-creative, too!

xoxo Dana

color round up

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It’s time for another Dana- Dana D. – to do the Sunday round-up of links, videos and images….stuff that has me so excited for the week I can’t wait to share it with you!   You’ll learn a new huge benefit of SAGE BURNING, see sone design that is WOW and there’s deliciousness & design in here, too!

It all starts with one quote today:

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“Chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur.

Let’s get you prepared for an awesome week ahead!  Continue Reading…

love your life Are you madly in love with your life? Obsessed with what you are doing and who you are doing it with?

Today, it’s all about the best and often most-overlooked kind of falling in love that we all need in order to thrive: falling in love with every day! Continue Reading…

meditation technique

(mindvalley)

I do a lot of visualization when I am headed to sleep, waiting for appointments… even actively writing in journals… and this morning “vision” that starts the day with lots of excitement and purpose and, most importantly, gratitude and forgiveness, is really simple and beautiful.

Mindvalley publishes the Silva method and this is very much similar to a Silva visualization but the clear steps here in a beautiful layout create a lovely- and energy-enhancing-  simple-to- try visualization right now…!

 

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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!

cherry blossoms

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My reputation as a purveyor of calm and happy is now pretty entrenched in what I do…

But there are times when saying “it’s all good” and turning a blind eye and ignoring big problems for the sake of calm is not what I consider to be healthy.

Are you OK with getting angry sometimes?

While anger as your daily emotion is pretty universally destructive, if you think about it… anger is a human emotion that, at times, is very useful.   Continue Reading…