Get started on your feng shui career in this two-week, fast-track online & Zoom training!

Working on Zoom.

Interested in becoming a certified practitioner of feng shui?  Join me in the Fall 2022 for a two-week, fast-track online and Zoom course offered through the Western School of Feng Shui.

My life changed; yours can, too!

Many of you know that my life changed when I read The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins. I found my new career and attended the Western School of Feng Shui to become certified as an Essential Feng Shui® (EFS) practitioner. That was over 13 years ago and today, I am happy to announce that I’m facilitating, coaching, and supporting students taking a fast-track Zoom version of that same certification course this October, from 10/9 – 10/22/22. WSFS logo

Now you can learn from Terah and her co-teachers (via video) with me by your side (in your Zoom window) and with other students, all from the comfort of your own home, office, or coffee shop.

Content-rich, in-depth training.

This content-rich, in-depth training features over 100 hours of online videos, audios, and written materials prepared by Terah and her co-teachers.  The Western School of Feng Shui’s curriculum is a culmination and compilation of Terah’s study with renowned acupuncture teacher, author, and feng shui expert, Dr. Richard Tan.  In addition, Terah and her co-teachers have all practiced what they’ve preached for many years and share their experiences as practitioners and consultants.

You’re not alone! I’ll be with you along the way.

And I’ll be with you along the way! Together on Zoom, we’ll meet twice a day to go over the video-watching plan, the curriculum, share insights and then answer questions and dig deeper. We’ll get through the required training in the two-week program, and I’ll make sure you’re ready to complete your certification requirements on your own in order to finish and finalize the certification process. Not only will I be the “coach” in your Zoom window, but you’ll meet and connect with other students, too, so you’ll be sharing the experience and garnering their insights as well.

Zoom window with other students.
You’re not alone! Join with other students in this new Zoom-supported program.

It’s the same great curriculum.

The curriculum for this program is the same whether you choose the in-person, seven-day training with a facilitator/coach (offered several times a year in different locations) or the self-paced, online version of the training. This new format – Fast-Track Zoom — is being offered for the first time for those who want to do the program within a two-week time frame and with other students and a facilitator/coach on Zoom – all from the comfort and convenience of your own space.

Learn more about the program here or contact me directly for more information.

Come join me!

Becoming a feng shui practitioner and consultant is one of the best experiences of my life. I’m so excited to help students absorb and understand the philosophy and tools of this Form School Feng Shui practice and share my experiences as a feng shui practitioner, consultant, writer, teacher, and business owner for over 13 years.  Come join me!

Dear Earth, I promise to work on the crisis in our relationship! Part 1

Our Planet

Dear Earthlings,

As we know, feng shui helps us humans to live comfortably and thrive in and on our home planet in a supportive, coexisting, harmonious relationship.

Alas, that relationship is in crisis. Climate crisis, that is.

I want to hold up my part of the bargain and work on this relationship. And that’s going to take some action. Happily, I’ve got feng shui to help.

Feng shui asks us to do something to bring about the changes we want. Some people believe individual change won’t do a thing to impact the climate crisis, but I respond with my favorite Margaret Mead quote:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.

People working together on a common goal
Together we can accomplish a lot!

Are you with me?

If so, read on for some feng shui principles and their practices to help us reach our biggest goal ever: living in harmony with our planet. I’ll be posting some ideas on how I’m working on my relationship with the planet, and I’d love to hear yours!

Feng shui principle: live with what you love and get rid of the rest!

The feng shui action here is getting rid of that stuff without just throwing it in the landfill. So, what can you do?

Clean out your closet and donate/recycle/sell those clothes and shoes.

Goodwill, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army have drop off spots for clothing, shoes and other household items and often have trucks to pick up large items. If your stuff is not good enough to donate, you can recycle it by using a service like Ridwell, which works with partner companies that turn recycled goods into something new. Ridwell takes a LOT of stuff you might not know what to do with, too. Check them out!

Need new clothes to love? Buy/sell using online consignment retailers (many are upscale!) or clothing creators who have “green” policies.

You can sell gently used (or never worn) clothing on a variety of online consignment retailers. Poshmark, The Real Real, Thred Up and Tradesy are great websites for gently used clothes and accessories.

These brands have eco-conscious policies and commitments to consider if you want to purchase new.

And, finally, here’s an idea that I am embracing:  spend a little more for something truly worthy and buy less of other stuff. Less stuff purchased means less stuff tossed or recycled. Check out this Levi’s ad campaign with the tag line: buy better, wear longer.

Sell or donate furniture you no long want/use and buy used.

I have bought and sold furniture and household items through Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s List and at the local Habitat for Humanity store. Facebook Marketplace and Craig’s List feature buyers and sellers that have local connections creating less transportation waste for everyone.

Re-gift things or give consumables or experiences as you give gifts in the future.

I received tickets for the Immersive van Gogh exhibit as a birthday gift and recently visited the venue: what a treat! This is a giant moving digital display on the walls and floor put to music showcasing this master’s artwork. Truly memorable and delightful.

Immersive van Gogh experience showing Starry Night
A photo from my immersive van Gogh experience.

Other ideas for consumable gift giving include homemade goodies, a new plant, a downloadable book or music and the always well-received (at least by me!) dark chocolate.

Do you know other places or organizations who are doing their part to work on our relationship with our planet? I’d love to hear about them or ways you are making a softer imprint as you walk your path in life and I’ll share them in a future post! Email me!

 

 

Next up:  how I think of refuse management as another way of balancing and harmonizing my life!

Create a Vision (Board) for 2022!

Everything is a miracle.

 Create a Vision (Board) for 2022!

I hope you are healthy and well, coping and emerging into our new normal. This past year wasn’t what we envisioned for 2021, but many of you are thriving. I know because you’ve told me and I’ve seen it. I hope you’ve had some “aha” moments and even experienced what one of last year’s vision board workshop attendees told me: “Everything on my vision board happened!” That’s why we do vision boards; because they work! (Also because they are lots of fun to do!) We’ll be on Zoom again in 2022 to be safe and wise. If you’ve never done a vision board before try it, and join us miracle workers and believers!

Two workshops to choose from live with Zoom:

I hope you’ll join me by taking your vision board workshop via Zoom this year from home on either of these scheduled dates for a live Zoom workshop:

Everything is a miracle.
Two ways to live! You get to choose.

Sunday, January 9, 2022          10 AM – 12:30 PM  (register here)

Saturday, January 15, 2022    1 PM – 3:30 PM  (register here)

You can:

  • Register for your 2022 Vision Board workshop above and I’ll send your pre-workshop instructions. Registration is $35.
  • Host your own sponsored vision board workshop, live on Zoom, for employees, clients, friends and/or family. Contact me for more information or read more here.

What’s a vision board?

A Vision Board is a collection of images that represents the hopes, goals, and dreams you have for your future, often created around the New Year. The images are mounted on a poster board and hung in a place that you can see every day. Vision Boards are proactive, intentional, and fun. And, best of all, they work!

Changes for the 2022 Vision Board workshops:

This year’s vision board workshops will all be happening remotely, on Zoom, with a live chat option so we can talk to each other and you can ask questions.

You will need to gather your materials – an actual poster or foam board (if you choose to create a physical board), some double-sided tape, scissors and magazines or other print material to cut, shape, and affix. (The Dollar Store is a great place for your materials if you choose to shop, or you can easily get everything online.)

If you choose to create your board on your computer using digital photos, you may wish to watch the live Zoom workshop on your phone or tablet so you can use your computer to create it.

I will be leading you through the process with an explanation of our feng shui principles, which help us acknowledge all parts of our vision for the future, and with plenty of time in between segments for you to work on your board and ask questions.  There will be time at the end for anyone wanting to share their thoughts about the process or their board!  (Sharing your board is always a powerful announcement to the universe about what you want!)

Host your own private vision board workshop

It’s easy to host a private or sponsored Zoom Vision Board workshop for your employees, clients, friends, book group, work colleagues or fellow board members.  Contact me if you have questions.  This makes a very unique gift and you have an opportunity to connect with your tribe! I like to have a minimum of 10 participants.

 

 

Livin’ la vida feng shui! Feng shui habits for a balanced lifestyle.

Dancers

Incorporate these feng shui habits—all expressions of yin and yang energy—into your daily routine and enjoy a balanced lifestyle. Or, as I like to call it, la vida feng shui! Yin and yang can be explained as equal and counterbalanced forces that make up chi, the life force energy that exists in all things. They are equally important, can’t exist without the other, and work well together, like good partners, to create wholeness and balance. When we balance these two energies within ourselves and our worlds, we can live a more harmonious life.

Be clear on what you want and let your actions take you there.

A powerful way to clarify and remind yourself of what is important to you is to create a vision board, a big-picture view (literally, a collage of pictures) of your dreams and goals. Looking inward to discover your deepest desires is an expression of Yin energy. Taking outward action to realize your goals expresses Yang energy.

Take care of yourself before taking care of others.

Meditating supports a balanced lifestyle.

This is the same thing as putting on your own oxygen mask first. Meditate, eat breakfast, exercise, write in your journal—do whatever it is every day that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit, and give yourself the gift of time to make it a habit. Everyone else you care for or connect with—your family, clients, neighbors, and fellow drivers on the road—will benefit from your caring for yourself (Yin energy) in preparation for helping others (Yang energy).

Dancers represent yin and yang energy in a balanced lifestyle.

Take stock and be grateful.

Take stock of your blessings, small and large. Being grateful expresses Yin energy. Showing your gratitude in ways that are meaningful to you is a powerful expression of Yang energy. When we are grateful, we open the window of opportunity. I like to think of gratitude and prosperity as dancing partners: taking turns leading and following to create a harmonious dance.

Show up. And make sure that what you’re doing aligns with your values.

Whether it’s to your job, a volunteer position, or helping a family member, if you’ve made a commitment, follow through on it. This is feng shui Yang energy expressed as action powered by your integrity (Yin energy).

Express yourself; e.g., play!

Cooking can be a form of play, so important for a balanced lifestyle.

Dance, make music, create art, write, play golf, cook, read, puzzle, knit—whatever your creative outlet, make time for it and enjoy it without judgment. Creativity is the mind at play, and without it we can become dulled, robotic worker bees (which is an insult to bees). Play brings balance into our lives and expresses both Yin and Yang energies—you need both to power the seesaw!

Be helpful. And accept help when you need it.

When you help others with joy and intention, it’s like getting a hit of oxygen or a B-12 shot—an instant energy boost. The action of helping is Yang energy. The Yin side of helping is being able to ask for help, and then accepting it. This can be difficult, but it’s also a habit that can be learned, to the benefit of all—you get the help you deserve, and your helper gets an energy boost.

Rest.

I saved the hardest habit for last. We are notoriously bad at resting. Even on vacation, people pack their time off with a list of activities. Some people even brag about how little sleep they get (to the detriment of their bodies, minds, and spirits.) Feng shui reminds us to balance our environments. This includes your body. Balance your body by giving it a chance to rest and rejuvenate after a full day of work and play.

Repeat, and you’ll be livin’ la vida feng shui!

 

 

 

Host a private Zoom vision board workshop!

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

A private vision board workshop is a unique gift to give.

Host a private vision board workshop for your group – employees, clients, book group, volunteers, board members, friends, family, or any group you think would benefit. All vision board workshops will be via a live Zoom call — with you and I co-hosting the event.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Create, envision and predict the year ahead!

Have you considered a private vision board workshop in your home, community center or conference room?  This can be a great bonding, fun, craft-y, connecting, and appreciation activity for your group. I have worked with Realtors and retailers to share this workshop as a thank you to their clients.  I have led this workshop as a holiday party activity for groups of friends, for networking groups and board members.  It’s fun and meaningful, a great way for people to connect with themselves and others, whether everyone knows each other or not.  This workshop is easy to do via Zoom; everyone is at home in their comfort zone with their materials and you and I co-host the event, connecting with them via the chat feature.

You can brand the workshop with your logo and style.

As a co-host, you get to welcome your guests into your home (or wherever you Zoom from!)  As host/hostess you can brand the workshop with your own logo and style. It’s all customizable!

The price is $35/guest. I present the private workshops for groups of 10 or more. If you are hosting and want each guest to pay their own registration fee, I set up a custom online registration and payment link for your event.  If you are gifting this workshop to your guests, we will work out a payment option for you to cover all the registrations.

This workshop can be hosted any day of the week or a weekday evening.  I schedule three hours so there is plenty of time for networking while unmuted or through the chat. You can choose the time you’d like for your workshop and if you want to include extra time for other activities before or after; it’s up to you!

I lead the workshop and make sure everyone knows how to proceed. While I can’t spend individual time with all your guests, we can communicate via the chat and I’m happy to offer some time after the workshop for individual contact.   Everyone completes the workshop and has their own, unique vision board.

I’d be honored to help you plan your group’s vision board workshop.  Contact me if you have any additional questions.

Here’s to envisioning and manifesting a fabulous year ahead!

 

 

 

 

Want to know how to become a feng shui practitioner? This book is for you!

Front cover of Yin Yang and Prosper

If you want to know how to become a feng shui practitioner then my book is for you. I’m excited to announce that Yin Yang and Prosper: How to Create a Thriving Feng Shui Practice, has been published on Amazon and through Draft2Digital books. It’s available as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback for your e-reader or bookshelf.  (Those of you who’ve heard me speak at workshops or classes know that in the feng shui world we pronounce yang like it rhymes with song, not sang!  Now, trying saying that title again out loud: Yin Yang and Prosper!)

A call to action.

Front cover of Yin Yang and Prosper
The paperback version can be purchased on Amazon.

The book was inspired by a retreat focused on how to create and run a heart-centered business. Most of the attendees were feng shui practitioners like me, but several were starting their own organizing businesses or therapeutic health practices. I spoke about marketing and quickly realized that everyone wanted more information on how to get established, how to find clients, how to stay energized and how to hone their services. I answered this call to action by writing a book about how to become a feng shui practitioner — or any heart-centered entrepreneur — by using my own practice as the blueprint.

I used my own practice as the blueprint.

As readers of my blog know, I have been offering residential and commercial feng shui consulting services, teaching workshops, and writing about feng shui through my Denver-based business, Thriving Spaces Feng Shui, since 2009.  Using my consulting practice and experience as a guide, I structured the book around the feng shui Bagua—a tool practitioners use to balance, organize, and enhance areas of their homes and offices to create a more balanced, organized, and enhanced life.  The book covers all aspects of creating a heart-centered business, from defining your mission and creating your brand to selecting essential marketing tools and deciding which services to provide. Yin Yang and Prosper: How to Create a Thriving Feng Shui Practice is a book about how to create a heart-centered practice as an entrepreneurial journey of abundance, harmony, and joy.

Options for purchasing my e-book.
You can purchase my e-book on Kindle (through Amazon) or through Draft2Digital for iBooks, Nook, Kobo and more options.

Thrilled and grateful to be endorsed!

I’m thrilled and grateful that my mentor and colleague, Terah Kathryn Collins of the Western School of Feng Shui™ in Solano Beach, California, enjoyed and endorsed my book.  She is also an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, teacher, and best-selling author of several books on feng shui.  About Yin Yang and Prosper: How to Create a Thriving Feng Shui Practice, Collins says, “This book is pure gold! Now, Feng Shui practitioners and independent consultants have the template and expert guidance they need to create and enjoy a professional practice. Lorrie’s business acumen and pure generosity light up every page with clear, concise, step-by-step advice on manifesting a successful practice that harmonizes with your goals and lifestyle. Yin Yang and Prosper: How to Create a Thriving Feng Shui Practice will be your go-to reference book for years to come!”

Front cover of Yin Yang and Prosper
Front cover of my book.
Back cover of my book.
Back cover of my book.

 

 

Contact me if you want to learn more about the book or get the book on Amazon or through this link to other booksellers.

Don’t give up on 2020: Re-envision it! Take my vision board workshop live on Zoom, Sat. 7/25/20.

Re-envision 2020 by making a mid-year vision board.

I invite you to envision the second half of the year by joining me in a mid-year Zoom vision board workshop on Saturday, July 25 from 1 – 3 PM.

Why do a vision board right now?  Because the world needs people willing to envision a brighter future, a healthy citizenry, equality of access, a strengthened economy, an ability to travel far and wide (or to a local restaurant) and much, much more!

If you are ready to take some space and time from the other ways you are contributing during this unsettling time —  (I know you are working from home or office, teaching your kids, volunteering, protesting, donating time and money, wearing your mask, social distancing, and/or sheltering in place, and myriad other ways) — then now may be the time to spend some energy on self-care. When we care for ourselves, we have more energy to care for the world; when we change ourselves, we change the world.

One way to do that is to join me and create a new vision for the second half of 2020. The workshop is only $30. Sign up here.

This two-hour workshop will help you understand the power of vision boards, how to create one that works for you using the principles of feng shui, and how to activate your board daily. We’ll be together on Zoom with the Chat room for questions. We’ll take a couple of breaks because two hours is a long time.  There will be time to work on your board and I’ll reach out to each of you individually to answer any questions you have about the process and help you with your board. Even though you’ll be at home, I’ll still be right there with you.

This workshop is for you if you have:

Re-envision 2020 by making a mid-year vision board.
Re-envision 2020 by making a vision board to embrace the new normal.
  • already done a vision board and it doesn’t seem relevant to your life right now
  • started a board and never finished it
  • a desire to create a new vision for 2020 starting now
  • always wanted to create a vision board and have the time
  • no reason at all; just a desire to try this out.

For this workshop, we’ll be creating a physical board. Click here for a short video on what you’ll need. I’ll send you my handouts, after you sign up. And, bring an open heart and mind – that will help clarify your vision!

Contact me and I’ll be in touch with you – via email and a pre-workshop Zoom call — to make sure you know how to get started selecting images and are ready to envision the second half of 2020. Or sign up here.

Join me!

Remote Feng Shui consultations during Covid-19 are safe, easy and effective

Phone or computer works for remote consultations.

First, I hope you are well and staying safe and sane during this trying time. I am one of the lucky ones, with my health intact, the opportunity to walk in a peaceful open space nearby, and with work that I love and can continue to do while under quarantine. This just touches the tip of how lucky I am; I hope you are one of the lucky ones, too.

I have always offered feng shui consultations remotely, via FaceTime, Zoom or Skype to clients that were not in the Greater Denver Metro area. Today, this is the service that I offer, period.

Remote consultations are safe, easy and effective.

As we slowly move from our stay-at-home to our safer-at-home restrictions, remote consultations may be the service I offer for the foreseeable future. Feng shui always looks to safety first, as a way to remind us that we can’t get creative about our spaces until we feel safe in them.  Now and in the future, I can connect with you while we are both safe at home.

How does it work? Quite easily, I’m happy to report.  And, the results are equally as good!

Already we can feel the new energy coming in …. and we look forward to implementing the other changes. Since we will be spending lots of time at home this feels like the perfect time to set our home up in such a nurturing and supportive way. Many Blessings and Gratitude to You,

Elizabeth and Rob (Metro Denver remote feng shui clients, March 2020)

Are you ready to try it? Here’s how a remote feng shui consultation works:

  • You fill in the questionnaire on my website which tells me about your interest in feng shui, your favorite and least favorite areas and what goals you want to achieve with a feng shui consultation.
  • I follow up with you about what I can do to help you reach your goals with a remote consultation. We determine the scope of the work and set our “appointment” based on an agreed technology.
  • You send me your floor plan, digitally (either a scan of a hand-drawn plan or from architectural plans), photos of your space, and/or videos of your home or office. Start with the outside, and walk through the front door and through the entire space. Sending the videos via Dropbox, or other file-sharing service, works best as these files are usually quite large.
  • I go to work reviewing the floor plan, photos and videos to help me get a three-dimensional sense of your space.
  • I draw the Bagua grid on your floor plan, often including any additional floors you may have. I can show the command position for your desk in a home office, or best placement for beds. I send the Bagua to you in advance of our appointment for you to review. I may have questions about your space, such as location of storage areas and your choices for room usage at this time.
  • I make notes to go over with you after I review your space through the lens of the Bagua. Now I’m ready to share ideas for enhancing with the 5 Elements and balancing with yin and yang.
  • We have our scheduled video call on a phone or tablet, using FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.  Together we “walk” through your space just as we would in a live consultation. You have the choice to record our conversation, stop and take notes along the way, or have me write up a report for you.
  • We determine the best time for me to check back in with you. I remind you that you can contact me anytime with follow-up questions; it’s all part of the consultation package – live or remote!

That’s it!  You have received a feng shui consultation remotely, with recommendations and a Bagua grid you can follow; you’re ready to get to work on bringing about the changes in your environment to help you reach your goals. If you request a report, I get that to you within five days. I have done remote consultations for clients in Oahu, Seattle, Boulder, Aspen, Santa Fe, San Francisco and now in Denver.

I would love to meet you in your space to share feng shui, but a remote consultation is a wonderful option to get you started now on making the changes you may have the time and energy to implement while you stay safer-at-home.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

 

Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

 

Feng shui tips for working at home during the Covid-19 pandemic

Feng shui reminds us to find balance in our work, in our lives and in our spaces to help us stay healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally. Today, during the Covid-19 pandemic upheaval, this is crucial. You can work from home productively, find time to enjoy yourself and get much needed rest to reset by following these feng shui tips. They work for those of you with dedicated home offices and those with temporary workspaces (like the dining table or the couch.)

Tip #1 Start the day with gratitude. 

Fresh flowers and an updated calendar keep the feng shui new year energy fresh in your office.
Write out what you’re grateful for. Gratitude kick starts prosperity!

Writing down what you’re grateful for and affirming what you want in life (in the present tense) is a powerful positive energy boost. Keep your list in notes on your phone, start a gratitude journal, or turn to someone in your home every day and say, “thank you.” In feng shui, gratitude kick starts prosperity.

Tip # 2 Identify your goals for working from home and set up your office to reach them.

  • Decide what you need to accomplish your goals – computer, pad, pencil, workspace, chair, light — and set your tools up in the place you designate as your office.  Or, place all items in a basket or tray that you can carry with you if you need to work from the dining room table or another sitting area. If working in a dining area, clear off items that are normally there for mealtime. Let this be a clear space for your work, or shared space for office and schoolwork. Energy flows where the eye goes: help your eyes to focus on your work wherever you set up.
  • Set your “office” hours and post them where you’ll see them (the refrigerator is perfect). These will probably have to be flexible and may be in set periods throughout the day. Don’t set yourself up for failure by thinking you’ll get 8 hours of work in. You probably won’t – but you don’t need to. Many studies have been done suggesting that 5 hours of work at home is the same as 8 hours of work at an office.

    Setting a schedule helps you feel in control.
  • De-clutter the area where you’ll be working. In feng shui, clutter equals stuck energy which is the opposite of what you need: flowing, positive energy moving in and around you while working. Put stuff in a laundry basket to clear off your space, then, at the end of the day, go through and clear out that basket. (After hours of not looking at it you’ll be able to tell what needs to be filed/put away, used or tossed.)

Tip # 3 Move or rearrange something in your dedicated home office.

This action signifies that your work life has changed, and your office will now reflect that. Moving furniture, art or accessories invites you to literally “see” things differently.

  • Place your desk in the “power” position, where you can see the door. If your desk has to be facing a wall, due to space constraints, place a small mirror next to your computer or in your workspace so you can see behind you without turning around. This command position helps you feel confident and powerful in your work.
  • Erase your white board or take everything off your bulletin board and start fresh – maybe with work goals, funny memes or inspirational quotes.
  • Change out lamps and/or artwork. Go “shopping” in your home for other art and accessories to switch out with.
  • If your home office is also the guest room, make it less guest-ready (no one is coming to visit right now). For example, if there is a Murphy Bed, fold it up. With a dedicated guest bed, you can change to a plain bedcover to lessen its visual impact on the space. If you need more space, push the bed against a wall. This is Your Office now.
  • Spray an essential oil mist or light a scented candle in your space to signify that it’s work time. Select something energizing, like citrus. The sense of smell is an energy trigger; put it to work for you.

Tip #4 Build a “work fort.”

For those of you with children at home and no dedicated workspace, this is an option to separate out your space with a physical barrier. You could also have “school forts” for your children while they’re doing their schoolwork if they need separation.

  • Use a cardboard trifold display board to create your “fort.”(These are often used for science fair projects and easy to purchase online.) It can be decorated on the outside by your kids, if you wish, while the inside is a place for you to post your work goals, affirmations or office hours. When the trifold is open and placed on your workspace (dining table or couch) you are in the “office” and at “work.” Conversely, when it’s folded and put away, work is done.

Tip #5  Drown out distractions with white noise.  

Even for those of us with dedicated offices, white noise can be essential. Use your phone and headphones and plug in to a Spotify white noise selection.

Tip #6  Clean off your desk, put your work supplies on your tray or in your basket and STOP working at the time you specify in your “office hours.” 

Breathe some fresh air every day!

Now it’s time to exercise, go outside, play with your kids, read a book, watch Netflix and relax.

Tip #7 Give yourself permission, and a schedule, to go online. 

 Use discretion with your news diet.

Tip #8 Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning.

This will help you get enough sleep and give you some structure. Whether you work Monday – Friday or some other schedule, take some days off every week. Structure helps us during this unsettling time by giving us some control over our lives.

Remember that this time of sheltering, and working, at home will end and a new normal is around the bend. Being flexible with work, rest and play now will help you to balance your life in the future.

Stay sane and safe!

What I learned from Oprah’s Vision 2020 tour stop in Denver.

I went to see Oprah in Denver this month largely because I had noticed that so many attendees at my vision board workshops had selected her image for placement on their vision boards. [She was an inspiration for many 2020 visions.] The event, labeled Oprah’s Vision 2020: Your Life in Focus, was held at the Pepsi Center on March 7 (before it closed on March 16 due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus) with her tour partner Weight Watchers. Denver was one of nine cities selected for the tour, and this was her last stop. I’m an Oprah fan (isn’t everyone?), but I might not have gone to this event if it hadn’t been such a hot topic of conversation at every workshop I led this year. Everyone was so into Oprah at one of my privately hosted workshops that I impulsively asked the hostess if she wanted to go. She whooped YES and we bought our tickets that day.

Oprah is an inspiration for many 2020 visions!

Hosting these workshops over the years, I’ve seen Oprah’s image placed in almost every area of the Bagua grid we use to organize our vision boards. (Read more about why and how we use the Bagua to organize our vision boards.) Here are areas on the grid where an image of Oprah (to evoke what she represents) might be placed:

  • Wealth & Prosperity (upper left corner) or Career & Journey (lower center): Oprah is a mega-success in business.
  • Fame & Reputation (upper center): Oprah represents authenticity in who she is and how she works.
  • Career & Journey (lower middle center) and/or Creativity (middle right): Oprah is an incredible writer, interviewer, actor, speaker, producer, and TV personality who embodies a powerful career path and mind-boggling creativity.
  • Health & Family (middle left): Oprah has shared her fluctuating weight woes with us like we’re family, and she shares tips with us on how we can stay healthy.

    A graphic of the 8 feng shui bagua areas with symbolic images representing their meanings, for example, a pair of birds to represent the Love & Marriage area.
    Using the feng shui bagua helps to make your vision board work for you.
  • Helpful People & Travel (lower right corner): Oprah makes us feel like she could be our best friend, and she has surrounded herself with people who help her deliver her message. Plus, she travels the world!
  • Knowledge & Self-Cultivation (lower left corner): Oprah is a spiritual seeker and proud believer and reciter of scripture.
  • Center of the Bagua, which holds the central or foundational image for your vision board: Oprah inspires us to live our best life.

It felt like a rock concert, with adoring and well-behaved fans.

Along with 15,000 other adoring fans, my friend René and I felt like we were part of a group of very well-behaved, well-dressed, adoring rock-star fans. Here’s what we did that day:  We waited in lines to have our pictures taken with Oprah. (Well, with a giant image of her.)

My friend and I "with" Oprah on her Denver tour stop.
My friend, Rene, and I “with” Oprah on her Denver tour stop.

We texted said photo to our friends and families. We danced in the aisles to the upbeat music of her opening band, DayBreaker; we made friends with our row seat mates; we stood and waved our arms; and we sat and meditated together. We listened to what her 2020 vision of wellness was for herself and then in our workbooks we wrote what our 2020 visions of wellness were for ourselves. We watched as she interviewed (really just chatted with) her best friend, Gayle King, on stage, inspiring us to reach out to our best friends. We cried when she spoke about her connection to Spirit in a moving story about saying good-bye to her dying mother. We cried again when she thanked her sister in the audience. We danced some more. We left inspired and energized (I say this with confidence since I heard so many express how inspired and energized they were as we streamed out).

 

Here’s my big take-away from my day with Oprah:

She is gloriously human.  Unabashedly herself.  And she celebrates both.  She has mastered being Oprah.

Her message is not: Be like me. Her message is:  Be Like You. Be your best you.

Her books, programs, magazine, even this national tour, are all about helping others to figure out how to master becoming their best self and to live their best life. Which is what a vision board helps you  do.

Oprah’s message inspired me to post my photo with her on my vision board this year, too. Not because I want to be Oprah. But because she has inspired me to master becoming the best me I can be.  I placed the photo in the Center of my board because a central part of my life and work is to continue hosting vision board workshops to help others do the same.