Archive for November, 2008

Holiday Colors

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Would you like to change the way you decorate for the holidays? Some people have the habit of using every possible color …red, gold, silver, green white, purple…you name it!

 If you wish to update the look for a more modern time, limit the colors to three. Feng Shui loves the three color combination. For example; red, green, and gold creates a beautiful look. Blue, silver and white also creates a unified look rather than the mish mash of random color everywhere.

Deck Those Halls!

Food for the Holidays

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Tis the season for lots of parties and tons of food. Every place you go there are plates of cookies, petit fours, chocolates, pies of every imaginable kind, ham, turkey, gravy, etc. For those of us who find it hard to resist the goodies, here a a few suggestions to help you to maintain some slight control.

First, drink as much water as you can stand. A big glass before a party, before dinner, and between each alcoholic drink can help you eat and drink less. Second, walk every day. Two laps around the Mall can do wonders. Instead of sitting and watching TV, stand up and march or dance, stretch or do Yoga. Third, if you are cooking, take the time to do a little research and find low fat alternatives to your favorite recipes. Use more fresh fruits and vegetables, less sauces and gravies, and limit the dessert choices to two.

Most of all…ENJOY!

Holiday Clutter

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

As we get out those Christmas decorations, weed out the ones that are shabby or no longer hold any meaning. More is not better!! People appreciate the simpler, more meaningful, more elegant decorating. Don’t put up a tree just because everyone expects it. If you love it, fine. If it is just a chore, go for a large wreath of greens decorated with a few cherished items. Perhaps a mantle or table covered with ribbons, greens an fake snowflakes are all you need. A beautiful centerpiece created by your local florist can make a room look festive without overwhelming it.

If this is a year that you are cutting back on extravagant spending, wrap presents in reusable containers, and try to choose gifts according to their usefulness. Going in with family members on large ticket items is a great way to save money. Don’t be afraid to sit down with family members and talk openly about cutting back. Now is NOT the time to spoil your kids with whatever they want. Teach them about value and appreciation!

Wise spending and meaningful holidays is good Feng Shui!

The Spirit of Saratoga

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

As a Feng Shui consultant, I have been entranced with Saratoga Springs and the surrounding communities for a long time.

First, the architecture is rich with charm, character, and history. From the historic Old Bryon Inn, multitudes of Victorian and craftsman homes, modern mansions, and beautiful churches, there are feasts for the eyes everywhere.

“The residents of Saratoga take great pride in their surroundings and it shows.”

I have found over the years that the residents of Saratoga have, as a rule, as much charm and character as the landscape. They take great pride in their surroundings and it shows. Whatever the season, there are decorations like lush flowerbeds, hanging planters, and mini gardens outside each business, and even uniquely decorated horses in themes to fit the sponsoring business.

All of these things speak to how much these people love their town.

Every holiday is richly celebrated and care is taken to have themes that reflect history. The house tours, Victorian street walks, holiday open houses, and the fabulous First Night on New Year’s Eve are just some of the ways this local pride is celebrated. (more…)

Staircases

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Do you have a spiral staircase? If you do, have it inspected by a Feng Shui consultant. Unless properly arranged and lighted, it can create a huge energy drain in your space…like a mini tornado drawing energy up and away. There are many other stair issues that occur in a variety of settings so it pays to be sure!

Get Moving

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Lots of people are worried. Whether it is about financial things or environment issues or emotional upheaval, it is NOT good feng shui! Remember that good feng shui is about health and harmony. The best thing to do is get the energy that is dragging you down to start moving. How? Take a brisk walk. De-clutter your desk. Clean out your kitchen drawers. Wash all of your windows…inside and out. (windows bring in chi!)Put on your favorite music and dance! Clean out the garage. Throw out anything that you do not love or use. SMILE…it is the curve that sets things straight. Help someone! It takes the focus off your own problems. Be thankful…there are so many worse off than you. And finally, notice the beauty of the world around you.

Plant RX

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

At this time of year I encourage everyone to have some indoor plants. Certain plants like spider plants and pothos actually clean the indoor air. BUT…make sure you take proper care of the plants. Always remove yellow or dead leaves. Mist the plants to help them stay healthy and to add moisture to what is too often dry indoor air. In feng Shui, we revere life force energy which is what plants add to a space. If you know what areas of your home or office are the wealth areas, add a plant to that area as it stimulates growth of your finances. Finally, purchase your plants at a greenhouse where they grow their own product. You will get a healthier plant and have access to the best advice on caring for the plant.

Negative Neighbors

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Did you know that your home or business could be negatively affected by whatever it is next to? Cemeteries,hospitals, funeral homes, a stagnant pond, power lines, and tall buildings are just some of the possible negative influences. These overpowering influences can have an effect on the occupants of your home or business and can directly influence them. In Feng Shui we have many constructive ways of counterbalancing these influences and creating a positive shift in energy.

Corpses

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Dead body parts are bad Feng Shui! I am talking about stuffed animal heads mounted on the wall, furniture made of antlers and hooves, etc. These are items that belong in museums or science labs or classrooms…not homes! If you or your spouse are a hunter, and you need to show off your trophies, make a room in the garage or basement for such things.