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Clearing Clutter

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Time to get personal about my journey with the art of clearing clutter. You see, clearing clutter has never been an issue for me. It’s always been easy for me to move or get rid of stuff, to let go of things I’m no longer using or needing. Prior to six months ago I would have considered myself to be a master at clearing and keeping my space clean of stagnant energy, but life has a funny way of bringing you to a new threshold of learning right when you decide you’ve mastered something. Oh thank you universe for continually humbling me.   Let me share with you how the universe taught me I had more learning to do around letting go. First, I’ve gotta back up and give you some personal history. When I was 23 my mom died unexpectedly. We didn’t have the best relationship, mostly because her childhood was so bad, but regardless of our tensions, I was shocked and traumatized by her death. Super intense. Shortly after her death I decided to move home and be with my dad, or at least that’s what I told myself. Now looking back I think I moved home because I was in a deep depression and wanted to escape from life, retreat home and hide away from the world. And that’s what I did. I spent three years living at home, not really working expect for some odd jobs here and there, not taking care of myself, watching way too much television, self-medicating and really not telling any of my friends what was going on with me. I did a lot of avoiding difficult topics, late nights of self-loathing, and neglecting of my health. It was a dark time that went on way too long. What eventually got me out of that house was a rather irresponsible decision to travel to Europe for three months with a friend from college who was also looking to shake things up in their life. That “friend” is my husband today. Yep, we went to Europe, had a blast, became best friends, became lovers, fell deeply in love, came home, and a year later got married. Going to Europe was exactly what I needed. I needed to shake up my system and get out of my deep depressed rut. I felt different when I came home. I had a new purpose, I was in love with my best friend, and we were starting to plan our life together. We decided to move across the country to the PNW and start fresh. This coincided with my dad’s decision to move out of the house that he had lived in with my mom for the past ten-plus years. This house was oozing with her energy. She had a bit of a hoarding problem. She loved to collect so many things, like beanie babies. She had over five hundred. Glassware – two cabinets full. Teddy bears – hundreds. Stuff stuff stuff, everywhere. And so began the great de-cluttering of 2011. But really, it was a project! And my husband helped the whole way. We had a huge yard sale, we put up lots of ads on craigslist and ebay. Over a couple months we were able to get rid of almost everything that had belonged to my mother. I loved it! Not to sound cold hearted, but it felt so great to let go of things, of my mother’s death and my difficult childhood with her. To let go of where I grew up and to open up space for my future with my new husband and new geography. I promised to never live in an environment so loaded with things, with stuff. I told myself I was going to have a better life with a better home. I was quite certain of that.   And I did create that life for myself – a beautiful family in a new beautiful town with a beautiful house put together exactly as I wanted. It was at the beginning of this new transition that I found feng...

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The Feminine Office

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  Lately I have noticed a trend with my female clients—their offices are not reflective and supportive of their true nature. They are cluttered, dark, over-crowded, masculine and lacking a sense of vibrancy and vitality. I’m talking big hunky dark desks with big oversized office chairs, no pops of color or texture, no art filled with beauty and elegance, piles and piles of clutter and no sense of personal attachment. These offices do not reflect the brilliant personalities that my female clients carry in their work, family and life. They do not reflect a sense of personal self worth, elegance and ease– three things I consider to be exquisite feminine qualities very much needed in the world, especially the world of business. Words like office and business and entrepreneur are synonymous with masculinity. For a long time now women have taken a back seat to men when it comes to forging careers and exploring business opportunities. Not because women are any less qualified or intelligent, but because women have been told that they have to do business like men in order to make in this world. Well, I whole-heartedly disagree with that and I am here to remind all of my female clients that you can create a business or career that perfectly aligns with your inner nature and you can reflect that in your space, in your own office. Your office should look like you. It should reflect the career you are living each day. It should contain the colors you like, hold the furniture you like, the walls should be decorated with pictures and art that makes your heart soar, and you should have it organized just the way you like. I guarantee that you will work harder and produce better work if you are working in an environment that reflects your own inner beauty, sense of style and purpose.   And, I’m not saying that you need remove all masculine items; you may love and thrive in an environment that is typical masculine office style. I’m asking you to take a look around your office and ask yourself “does this space mirror my inner self?” If the answer is no, then ask yourself “what changes would I make to this space?”   Great tools for changing up your office: Color: you can paint the walls, you can paint your desk, you can add accents pieces that pop with the colors you love. Or perhaps you need to simplify and start over with a neutral pallet. Texture: creating a sense of depth and complexity can really enliven your space. It doesn’t have to be a huge statement piece, adding a rustic piece of wood is adding texture in a more subtle way. Furniture layout: ideally you don’t want your back facing the door, you want to be able to see whoever is coming into your office. Imagine a big-shot ceo, would she/he have their backs to the door? Organization: getting your office in order so that you feel productive and in sync with your work is huge. And you can make it fun by choosing organizing features that are suitable to your personal style. Lighting: who likes fluorescent lighting? No one! Changing up your lighting can be huge for shifting your comfort ability and general productivity in your office. Try to create a balance of up lighting and down lighting. Torch lamps are great for shooting light up and bringing energy up and desk lamps that point down are great for focus and detail. Plants: find pieces that personally speak to you and try placing them around areas with electronics, it can help to soften the space. Also try adding fresh flowers to your space every week—the energy of fresh flowers is extremely potent and invigorating. Chinese Five Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. All of these elements can be reflected in your space and when you choose the element that speaks to you most directly and decide to represent that element in your office you will be amazed at how much energy, mental stimulation and...

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Hi everyone!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to my web space! I’ll be posting here at some point…

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