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What color are you?

oriental throw pillows on bed“Red can have many meanings”, my granddaughter informed me as we drove to the skating rink. “It can stand for love and tell people that you are happy and excited or even passionate. But red can also mean anger.” Her younger sister joined the conversation, “It can also mean danger as in fire engines or stop signs.”

The conversation continued all the way to the arena while we discussed how blue is associated with sad but if you wear turquoise or cobalt blue (like their grandmother) that it can make you feel and look happy. And of course green makes us think of spring and new beginnings.  I don’t remember what triggered our conversation but it was interesting to see how quickly a five and an eleven year old could engage in the meanings associated with color – on both an emotional and physical level.

But children aren’t the only ones to be affected by color. Continue reading What color are you?

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Clutter

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.

From discord, find harmony.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”.

– Albert Einstein

Clutter is an understatement for the chaos in my life right now. So I decided to tackle it head on. And the unexpected moving of my office this month presents the perfect opportunity. But I had no idea that dealing with the clutter would be so difficult. It is so emotional.

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Unexpected Outcome

“Most people who have used Feng Shui have experienced changes in their circumstances. These often correspond to the actual energy around a relationship or situation rather than our desires. The results will ultimately serve our best interests, but the outcome is often unexpected.”

Remember this statement from a previous blog. It could not have been truer this week. My feng shui journey took an unexpected turn. And chaos erupted in my life – once again. Continue reading Unexpected Outcome

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Where do I put my Bagua?

It’s Complicated! I stand ready – with my Bagua and my “intention” – to attack the office first. But then I become totally confused! Where should I put the Bagua?

Which way do I hold it? If I use the door as my starting point, then how do I use the compass directions? If I place the Bagua on the compass directions, how do I deal with the fact that the room is now skewed and North is at a strange angle in Montreal?

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Where do I start my Feng Shui journey?

I cleared a space at the dining room to start my journey. I sat down with The Feng Shui Journal – A guided workbook to bring harmony into your Life (by Teresa Polanco). I added a cup of mint tea in my angel mug – as I know I will need all the extra help I can get.

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My Feng Shui Year – 2016

I need to change my life and I plan to use feng shui to do it…

I am so glad that you’ve decided to join me on the journey to find my new “karma”. Anyone who knows me will tell you that it is likely to be a bumpy ride. You may even find it’s a roller coaster, rather than a speedy highway or a tranquil forest trail

I woke on January 1, 2016 and decided my life would be different! Just how different – you might ask? We will have to wait until January 1, 2017 to really find out – but they say “life is not a destination, but a journey” – so welcome along for the ride. Continue reading My Feng Shui Year – 2016

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Giving children independence skills

Children learn how to make decisions and develop their own good judgement when you give them the freedom and independence to do so. Letting go of the reins to let them do this while keeping them in a safe environment is always a challenge for parents and grandparents.

We want them to learn about the world on their own and to handle awkward or challenging situations. We also want them to be safe and to feel protected. How do we balance these two needs?

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The Answer is within

…when we are ready to make a change in our lives. We need to listen to our own wisdom –rather than that of others when it is time to act – for we are the ones that must live with the consequences.

Advice for Change

Recently I was telling a friend about my solo backpacking trip to Ireland, and she asked: “What advice do you have for a gal who is also making her way through this world? I have some changes and work to do myself and as yet have not taken the steps I need to.”

Firstly, I think advice should be listened to – but not necessarily followed. Nonetheless, I always have advice to give. And what follows is my counsel…

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