Feng Shui 101

Feng Shui in my way is about designing your dream life.
These feng shui basics and tips will help you to personalize your environment and make it feel fantastic while ithey bring your intentions to life!
Here we break down feng shui terms like the bagua, yin and yang, the five elements and other “technical” feng shui lingo so that you can understand and assimilate these big concepts in your life with grace and style.

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The simplest feng shui ever starts with connecting to your space. TAO means CONNECTION.  And whether you connect to objects from your actual home or to objects that remind you of the place you feel most at home (i.e.- bookshelves if you are at home in the library, the beach if your most fond memories were at the shore, etc, etc) you have more TAO.  And that means more power, abundance and creative self-actualization.

Cool, right?

Today I pulled together some inspiration that looks a lot like my childhood house in New Jersey and more is to come! I am so excited to share pictures soon of my actual childhood home, mixed with how I’ve created that feeling in my home in many ways today.  It’s a 70’s remix!  Like the giant antique rug with white sofas- the classic look of my Jersey living room.

Do you know what reminds you of home? Continue Reading…

you have the power

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I love this quote.

I love this image.

Have you seen The Wizard Of Oz?   In this classic fantasy, Dorothy winds up in a far-away fantasy land after a tornado and goes on a quest to find a way to get back home.  She thinks that she needs to speak to the Wizard of Oz who ultimately, through trials and tribulations, she seeks and finds.

It is only at the end of the story that she realizes that, without ruining the story for all of you, she could have used her ruby slippers to go back  home to Kansas.  She actually had the power to do it all along the journey, but her guardian angel, the good witch Glinda, didn’t tell her that at first that she had the power to go home whenever she wanted to.  She didn’t think Dorothy was ready to hear it.  Dorothy seemed convinced she had to work her way out of this magical fantasy land.  So, she went on her heroic quest.

We all seem to have ruby slippers.

We all have the power to do things that are incredible…  but lots of times we just don’t believe it.  At least, I don’t.

Instead, I’ve constructed twisty, turny, awesomely heroic quests for myself.  Have you?  have you made things hard because you thought it should be hard?

But, when you finally break through, isn’t it funny how you can look back and see how much easier it could have been if you believed you could so long ago?

Typically, talents and gifts flow easily from people. I have always known my strengths and because they come easy I felt almost guilty about having them.  You are supposed to work hard to be heroic, right?

That’s what I thought.

The hero’s journey isn’t a waste of time.  Its awesome. Its primal. It creates character.  It makes life exciting…

But, if you think you might be able to be more direct in your business or any part of your life, more simple, more free of confusion… try it.  Use your power.  It’s always stunning to me when simple ideas (the ones that I think are too simple) turn out to be huge successes!!!

xoxo Dana

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I am a champion of your being amazing to yourself.  When I wasn’t amazing to myself I kicked off an illness so severe it nearly devestated my life.  All I needed were more breaks, better food, some time alone, a great de-clutter and some sleep to prevent what was nearly a catastrophy.  So, I have promoted this idea of you have to take care of you with fervor.

That’s not enough, just to share ideas.   Science is usually the thing that switches people on.  It’s what switched me on.

I know that kale is healthy, but when I learned from doctors that it was a powerful antidepressant, I paid much more attention.  We all know sleep is great, but when you realize that sleep affects your genetics… well, its a bit of a push into bed earlier!

I’m collecting more and more facts to help you “switch on” to more self-care.  These facts help me switch on more, too… so consider it a way that we can all become more glowy and dynamic together!

That said, if you haven’t started the free Life Detox Jump Start Course yet, its a great way to switch on to much more self care right now! It’s weeks worth of facts, exercises and inspiration to get you going!  If you have not done it yet, HERE is where you can get started!  xoxo Dana

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At the present moment, I have a giant clock on my mantel and another beside me that is an heirloom from my aunt. In the china cabinet at the other side of the dining room is a very precious clock made of porcelain.  There is also a clock on my stove not far away.

Striking to me this morning when I read this piece o feng shui and clocks by my own brilliant teacher Dr. Gabriele Van Zon: none of these clocks tell the time!  I mean, none are set to tell the correct time and some are just not wound up (yes they wind!) to get them moving.

Do you have clocks? Do you need a clock— (hint: you might!) ?  Continue Reading…

lush retreat

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If you want people to stick around on your patio, in your tree fort (!) or in your living room, this is a bit of feng shui to get you thinking with the geometry of equality and stability to create a Utopian hide-away in your home!  Continue Reading…

design your happiness

When a guru of success makes a statement like this, I smile… because the late Jim Rohn, godfather of self-empowering motivation, used the word “design” to describe happiness.  What a very advanced idea!

You know how I feel about design. Its all of life.  Its what makes us great. Design is everything from your calendar to your clothes, your mindset to your home.  It is all design.  And when it all integrates- from home to schedule to life to friends to art to thought- its the best thing ever.

If you haven’t started your own feng shui yet, my e-guide to feng shui can walk you through the step-by-step to making your home more fluffed up and fabulous using much of what you already have at home.  Typically we have most of what we need to do most anything… but the design, strategy, the what & how blueprint is where everyone gets a bit lost.  Myself, included.  Design is a part of every day in my house!

Happiness by design is very do-able.  Let yourself have it. Lots of it!  xoxo Dana

space

While I am pretty certain there is no rulebook for life, I do know that without the space for what you love and what you want to do, these things just don’t happen.

The common thread is always there when you look at people who truly want things and can not seem to have them.  The overscheduled person who beats themself up for not having time to make art.  The woman very intent on love still clinging to the past where it was once safe. The man who wants a new career but can’t reconcile it with the mountain of responsibilities that make life feel stuck.

All these people- and you may identify in one way or another- are suffering from a lack of space.

Do you have space for the things you love?

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supermoon

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Supermoons are special moons. Huge moons. Profound.  The effects they have on tides are 20% stronger.

The moon affects the planet.

There is no way to deny it.

Every full moon is crazy-powerful.

We are mainly water in our constitution, and we are affected by the moon as profoundly as the tides.

Since feng shui deals with cycles of life and respecting the changing energy of the seasons, the power of nature and the inherent life force in all things, today we are going to do a little bit of “making the most of the full moon.”

If you do this for every full moon in some way, you are flowing with the cycles of nature and respecing the powerful forces that shape our planet.

Full Moons are known to be the best time to cast out the old and bring in the new.

Get clear, get calm and get ready: today you can do a little full-moon intention-setting that can focus your month (and year, and life!) on greatness!  Continue Reading…