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Options are more important that I thought.

In fact, I just got back from the grocery store when I heard this amazing TED talk incidentally that answered my question — “Do we need so many options?!”

Yes. Yes we do.

Perhaps we don’t need an incredible number of options every single day for every single thing as that can lead to real decision fatigue (you can get tired from making too many decisions!) but by having options available there’s always something for everyone.

For years I’ve gotten my share of sideways glances when I say that I don’t do feng shui classically, or even how it was taught to me. I use a whole lot of the principles which I’ve used the “science” of working with these ideas for 10 years to alter greatly all I do to suit all my own skills and get far more electrically exciting products… and then, there’s an element that can’t be quantified in every consultation:
YOU.

All of you … and your perception…  is uniquely your own. Plus there are a loves and needs and realities of your family, your animals, your plants … and all of this matters.

We all like what we like, even if we can’t express it.  

The most fascinating of this Malcolm Gladwell story is that there’s something for everyone, not everyone can “explain” what they want in words (but we all deeply know…) and there’s not one size fits all.

Diverse options lead to everyone being happy.

I love the analogy of spaghetti sauce provided below. If my grandma were here, she’d be yelling at the screen and rolling her eyes because she had her very own idea of what good sauce actually was, and it didn’t come from a jar!

Here’s an amazing way to look at the idea of choices and how unique we are and what we actually want. I was most taken by the fact that most people (myself included) can’t articulate what we actually want lots of the time even though we deep-down know it when we see it!

On every level, the more we can be ourselves and allow others to have their own options, everyone wins.

Lately I’ve spun this out into options for where to live— and with every exploration I have a broader view of my next steps and a feeling of greater freedom.  I’ve also looked at this from a creative standpoint and more options creatively has made me feel so much more excited…

If something isn’t working as it is, maybe some variety can help make it more right for you?!  I’ve done… beach walks instead of city walks (world of difference, I love the beach), painting with watercolors instead of acrylics, having chewable vitamins instead of pills… Small differences, but… the same walking, painting + vitamins get accomplished… I’m just happier now.

If you’ve gotten into a rut or you aren’t satisfied with things, expand your vision of what’s possible.  Put more jars of spaghetti sauce on the shelves!

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!

essential oils

Given the fact that, with the exception of my skincare routine (which used to be all oils, too!) I use oils for everything from body moisturizer to hair serum (+ even a hair dye additive!) to lashes to nails… all fortified by natural oils!

While my passion for aromathrapy grows and I am learning that art form to share in my own ways, today, super-simple, mostly edible, completely natural oils are a big boost for beauty routines! Continue Reading…

(Elle Decor)

Chances are if you suddenly (or slowly and gradually) slip behind – whether it’s at work, with your family commitments, your finances or even your fitness routine or sleep schedule- it can feel like the bottom has dropped out of life.

I’ve been there in many ways many times that I don’t enjoy dwelling upon but I do enjoy looking at for the lessons:

I’ve always known when I’m off track or slipping in some way.  I can distinctly remember the wobble each time it’s happened, the feeling of things becoming less and less exciting, the self-condemnation that led me further away from getting back on track…the angst… the bubbling up…

The farther things slide, the harder it is to pay attention to them or become present with them. It’s sort of like… “Wow, do you really want to check your bank balance when it’s not a good thing? Or, do you really want to spend quality time with your partner when you’ve held in so much that you feel you could explode…?” Usually it’s been increasingly easy for me to bury my head in the sand when things have slid past a point where they are manageable.

The longer this goes, the more the negative trend becomes a normal thing.  It can be as hard as training yourself to write with your non-dominant hand if you try to force things to go the other way.  Force is all at the lower spectrum of energy and it piles on the feelings of strain and failure and defeat that no one needs…

You don’t need force, you don’t need to hide and you certainly don’t need to sit in a place of stress…

So, if you’ve been wobbly or, at this point, sort of fighting the down spiral, it’s time to do the thing that’s the easiest to do (& now is my life-changing habit even thought it used to seem so useless …)

It’s time to deeply reorganize! Continue Reading…

(@chakrazulucrystals)

Whatever the place is where you come to life fully… that’s your center.

That happy place- whether it’s a yoga studio, tennis court, a place of worship or a place to listen to comedy or watch theater or play with your dogs or kids or see friends or any place else- that one that lights you up and brings you to life fully, that’s the core of all things.

While I’d love to say that every place and every moment should be the happiest ever, that’s not real.

Without contrasts everything goes flat.  Without differences and obstacles and the fully wild ways growth presents itself, things are not really that rewarding, you know?

I’ve been doing morning meditations in all kinds of art mediums and it’s my happiest place.   Not for any other reason than they are so fun, I can’t stop doing them…

It’s where I find my breath and center actively, after I do my Buddhist practice to find that center spiritually?

I have a few core “happy places” like… my favorite puppies Bob and Gordon sleeping on my lap (and sometimes snoring), plus our long walks and naps, art, Buddhism, writing with tea, hiking, anything with friends…

And then, there’s the rest of the stuff and while I appreciate it all, I know that without my core… without my center… the rest of the stuff that’s in life in all it’s contrasts becomes super hard to deal with.

Where is your center? 

What and where is your happy place? 

If it’s far away, bring it home.  I can’t make giant oil paintings in my house because of the fumes but I can make watercolors and pastels.  Likely you can practice your golf putting… or simple yoga… or cooking… or anything… at home in some part.  And that will help you get your center.

If it’s not feeling like there’s time or space to do it- whatever it is-  now you know exactly what you have to clear around. 

Set out and start making that space.

Life won’t make it for you magically most of the time.

We have to- all of us- create room for that altar, easel, desk or whatever else it is-  and make it the most important of all things to not skip out on what plugs us in.

Enjoying life isn’t extra… it’s really everything.

Stick to your center and expand your life incredibly.

It may be emotional, you may have lots to eliminate to get there, but it’s so very worth it…!

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!


If you’ve done it all and nothing’s worked to improve the way you feel, the conditions of your life or to wear saway the glass ceiling overhead… well… you’re not alone and you’re in a great place.

You’ve clearly got the dive, ambition, creativity, persistence and many many tools to better all facets of life if you’ve tried pretty much everything to get what you want and need, and that’s all awesome.  That’s the stuff that won’t just “create itself” and it’s pretty amazing that you’ve done so much.

Now… to the actual greatness “arriving” part.

Where is that love of your life, money in the bank, dream job, solution to whatever it is?

That’s where I’m sure wellness and self-help and betterment fails loads of people. It’s where it failed me quite miserably, and I worked harder than anyone I’ve eer met to “improve my life” while I fell into an abyss of debt, misery and robotic rules.  None of it was well. None of it was good. But supposedly it worked.

Here’s what changed things for me (simple things!) and what may help you get out of need and want and into a flow of progress and creativity and fun again!!! Continue Reading…

Maybe it would be best to title these thoughts: “Why things aren’t working out no matter how hard you work.”

Because that’s what resistance is all about.

It’s that feeling that feels like it’s hard to catch your breath sometimes after you’ve worked so hard and you’ve done all the “experts” say to do and you’ve pushed to the limits and you’ve tried and tried and that magical manifestation of whatever it is you need or want just isn’t there.

And you’re focused on it now that it’s not here.

Where is it? How could it be gone? Why isn’t it here? I must be broken? Are you sure I’m not cursed? How come other people get things so easily? Why are they thriving and I am struggling?

Then soon you may get to…

Why do I even bother? Maybe I should quit and start doing something else? I’m done trying…

And then soon, you might even spiral to a place of self-condemnation that is even less of what you want…

And then… nothing is fun or moving or open or anything but a struggle and in that place it’s really hard to even imagine good things.  

For a decade I struggled with this whole cycle that led me to the most gnarly extreme places of highs and lows and wanting and constantly needing things and always feeling behind, and breathless, then comparing and wanting and waiting and flying into tears and quitting and starting again.

People said I was “strong” and a “fighter” and that I had “persistence” and that I was such an inspiration… but… I was always miserable, always spent, always worried and always, no matter what I could hard-drive my way into making, feeling like it was so much less.

In my experience- and a host of illnesses and meldowns later- that is not a way to live.

But for many of us it’s a habit.

And it’s all resistance.

Today, if you’re ready to go on the ride, lets take a collective deep breath and start letting this go! Continue Reading…

(vim and vintage/ treehouse by peter bahouth)

Sometimes things become so hard, so “high stakes” or overwhelming or you’re just blank minded or in a giant rut… and it can feel really tempting to start to work even harder.

“Powering through” may work for a deadline but it doesn’t work as a lifestyle, and often that’s where I’ve found myself when I know I need help.

It can’t be extremely hard and also extremely sustainable.  We can’t force ourselves through life every day without massive stress.

As kids, when life felt great and there was no such thing as “sticking it out” and forcing our way to do things because they’re “good for us”, we wouldn’t dream of wanting to hang around in life doing things that were hard, painful, stressful and annoying, you know?

Climbing trees, running around, making crafts and seeing friends were way more fun, I imagine, than self-motivated punishment!

And… overall… life was much more fun and much easier.

If you want to make everything much more magical and on the right track right now, you can start here!

Have fun with this!!!

xoxo

Dana

PS: The Catalyst Camp home + life declutter is here to sweep away the blocks and resistance that keeps life feeling heavy when you’re looking for light light! Registration is open for just a few more days. You can learn more and start HERE!!! xoxo!!!

 

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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!

(@jewelrybyserendipity)

These little glittery balls of wonder are born inside holes in lava rocks that incidentally start growing geodes.  That’s a pretty magical thing to happen inside small bubbles in cooling liquid ash, you know?

We have those same little bubbles of opportunity very day to start seding the growth of beautiful things as magical as geodes.  From when you wake up till your head hits a pillow every day there are the moment-by-moment bubbles of time to see things, to smile, to start conversations, to pick up the pile of laundry, to pull out your art supplies, jot down a poem, snap a photo… There are all these opportunities to get away from our setting on “automatic” and become fully present and creating greatness in all these bubbles in the flow of the day.

Today’s feng shui is all about the empowerment in small moments we choose to fill with greatness.  Continue Reading…