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!

succulent

My  clients always blow their mind with their creative turns. From making art to building gardens, often it’s a few ideas that spark a revolution in both space and life. I’m just a catalyst or an idea…and then the fun gets set off!  I mean, look at this amazing succulent garden!  I’m so proud to be as part of Hilary’s home transformation…even as a tiny part.  It’s total growth, beauty and simplicity that’s blooming.

It’s also a place to rest and contemplate.

Dreamy decor and dreamy habits- like my impending nap- are something to embrace.

Do you want to expand from your day to day life find more creative solutions… and ways to grow?

You may want to shut down the computer and take a real break! Continue Reading…

duck

This magically cool duck lives in Franklin Canyon tucked away in Beverly Hills. This little oasis of green and ponds and sea grass and turtles manages to exist just moments from the materially intense hub of Rodeo Drive and asphalt cityscapes.

It’s a perfect illustation of urban balance.

Balance doesn’t come easy these days. We don’t have mealtimes, we have all-night restaurants; 24-hour gyms replaced the idea of morning exercise; TV programming doesn’t cease at midnight as it used to…it rolls all day, every day, every moment filled with stuff.  Globally, it’s always daytime somewhere so there’s less of a sense that work can just stop wherever you are.

Making balance happen is a conscious choice, you know?  And if you’ve grown used to the imbalance, it’s hard to know where to begin to get it back.

Today’s feng shui is all about finding more balance in the day, anywhere, any time.

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watercolor succulents

Want more power- or, to make power something more defined: a feeling of control, pride and creative electricity running through your body and giving you chills in the best way possible?!

Focus your energy with tons of clarity.

I was telling a friend this morning that I start to feel week and wobbly when I notice that my notes on social media and my emails feel…deeply… impersonal. It’s as if I’ve been drained of my me-ness!

Now, in those wobbly times, instead of trying harder, I regroup much more specifically!

Today’s feng shui a big personal practice for me and many people I know who love to create and love to give… but need more sparkle.  If you are a great “maker” of things but you feel like a little bit of a robot or a…gasp… burned-out creator, this is for you. And if you create like crazy but don’t see a lot of progress, this is really for you! Continue Reading…

stay inspired (amanda raines) 

Can you sense a theme lately?  Creative inspiration, relentless doing, rest, change, stretching…

The more of these awesome tips I gather and experiment with, the less daunting it seems to do years worth of work in days!

Feng shui your process.  What does that mean? Make it more flowing, more balanced, more exciting, more focused, more filled with vitality…That’s where the tips and science and ideas come in.  With some feng shui, of course, you have more magic.  There’s never enough magic!  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!

creative block

Whether you are staring at a blank piece of paper, a blank computer screen or just walking around with a blank-feeling mind, there’s nothing fun about creative “stuckness” when you have something that you want to get done.

It’s especially troubling when you don’t just “want” to do that something… that something may be your job, your duty and your responsibility.

That something that can’t get done may not even be art- like writing a book or making a painting.  It may be problems to solve.  A home to re-organize. A budget to make.  A technical issue to iron out.  A job to find.

All these things are creative. In fact, all things, to some degree that is underestimated, are creative.

All things require some form of synergy, a sense of flow and some focused energy to get them done.  To get them done well, most things require that we wake up, show up and really tackle them.

The block to making, creating, waking up and doing can be overwhelming.  That said: there’s nothing “wrong” with you, this happens to most anyone and everyone who cares to do good work in life at some point, and… it’s usually these blocks that make for big breakthroughs!

Today, let’s look at a few feng shui ways to shake up the creative blocks & blues.  Continue Reading…

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!