Four Steps to Improve Cash Flow

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Do you want a bit more money in your purse or wallet?  A healthier bank account?  Here is a new feng shui cure for you to try.  All you need is a metal bowl!

Step One:  When reading Davinia Mackail’s Feng Shui, a Hay House Basic*, she revealed an excellent cure that I cannot wait to try!  First, locate the Helpful People/Travel area of your home.  It is in the font of your house when you enter, all the way to the right (see begua map below).

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Step Two: The helpful people and travel gua is ruled by the metal element.  Locate a metal bowl and place it somewhere in this area. It can have any metallic finishes such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper. Any additional circular details on the bowl will simply enhance the metal element and maximize the benefits.

Step Three: Now that you have an empty metal bowl in the Helpful People gua, it is time to fill it up! Every time you have loose change, place the coins in the bowl.  The coins are made of metal and round, so the effect of the coins is doubled.

Step Four: Once the bowl is filled, donate the money to a charity of your choice. This area is not only enhanced by metal, but it also represents Spiritual People.  “There are many spiritual ideology that advocates the practice of tithing– giving away 10 percent of earnings to help others.”  Therefore, this cure is all around perfect when practiced in this area of your home!

According to Mackail, you should find that as a result of this practice, your general cash flora will increase.  Your bank account will look healthier.  And you will find ways to save money or reduce your costs. Plus it just feels good to give back, doesn’t it?

Please give this a try and let me know how it works for you!  I am going to locate a bowl and give it a try myself. I also invite you to “like” my Facebook page!

Until next time,

Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

*Mackail, D. (2016) Feng Shui: Create Health, Wealth, and Happiness Through the Power of Your Home. Hay House. Carlsbad, CA.  

50 Shades of Red: How to use red wisely in feng shui

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Red is a very vibrant and powerful color.  It can be used in your home to increase passion, gain more recognition for accomplishments, or create more motivation. However, if used too much, it can cause aggression and stress.  Red represents the fire element.  Along with candles and the shape of the triangle, fire can be represented by all shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. I recently bought a new red accent rug for our living room, and it just did NOT feel right.  Knowing how powerful the color is, I did some more research on red to get a better understanding on how to use it.  Here are three quick tips when considering red decor: the dos, the don’ts, and the exceptions!

DO:

  1. Red represents the fire element, so it is best in the fame and reputation area of your home (directly to the back and center when you enter your front door).  Fame and reputation is all about how the world views you.  If you don’t have any red or fire energy in this area, you might be feeling like your hard work keeps going unnoticed.  Perhaps you are feeling left out– did your invitation get lost in the mail? An easy way to fix this situation would be to add red in the fame and reputation area. The night before a job interview, light a candle in this area.  You want your future employer to see you in your best light, and this will help. It’s really hard to overdo the red in this area, so have fun with it!
  2. Is your relationship lacking passion and intimacy? Have you been feeling indecisive?  Are you feeling tired and lack of energy? All of this could be helped by adding a little red to the following three guas: the relationship area (to the back and right when you enter your front door) and the wisdom and knowledge area (to the left and front when you enter your front door), and the health area (the center of your home). These guas are all ruled by the earth element.  Since fire burns wood and creates earth, the fire element helps the relationship, wisdom, and health guas!  I would not recommend painting the walls red, but accent of red or other “fire colors” suggested above, would work great here.
  3. Did you know that the master bedroom, kitchen, and bathrooms are the most important rooms to feng shui?  A little red can be helpful in your master bedroom. Some red accent pillows or artwork will add passion into your life.  In addition, adding shades of red in the bathroom is a GREAT idea!  No matter which area your bathroom is, it is always a draining water energy.  Adding red helps slow down the water energy and keeps you feeling more stable.

Don’t: I will keep this one shot and sweet.  With all the benefits of red, you want to avoid too much red in any of the other guas such as wealth, career and helpful people.  For example, the wealth area is represented by wood.  If you put fire in the wealth area it will “burn up” your finances.  In addition, the career area is represented by water.  Too much fire energy will weaken your career.

Exceptions: Feng shui is all about intention!  If the red pillow, rug, or picture FEELS right to you, then go ahead and keep it.  However, if something feels off in that area, try removing the red.  You would be surprised how quickly the energy shifts.  In addition, if you want to “activate” your wealth and finances that you could add a little red to your wealth area or light a candle.  If there is no fire energy in the room, then that area of life may be feeling dull or low energy.  A little red can always give it a boost!

So, what happened with that rug I bought on clearance at Home Goods?  I originally put it in my living room, which is the helpful people/travel area.  It felt way too heavy. So, I moved the rug into the dining room.  The dining room is located in the relationship area of our house, and coincidentally it just felt so much better there!  The red energy of the rug nourishes the earth element, so it work well and just feels right.  In addition, the dining room table represents wealth.  Therefore, adding red to that area will hopefully activate our wealth! For now, I feel good about the new rug, but I am always moving things around.  Just as our lives are different everyday, so is the energy in our homes.  Feng shui is an ongoing journey that supports us through all of life’s peaks and valleys.

I hope you found this post helpful in your next decorating endeavor!

Until next time, Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

 

The Feng Shui Mom: 3 Tips that will benefit you & your kids

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I love being the mom of a little toddler girl! But as we all know, kids can be very energetic and, well, tire you out!  So, I believe that feng shui is very necessary when you have kids. Feng shui has helped me so much when it comes to arranging our home and making it more functional, enjoyable, and, most importantly, peaceful. If there were only three feng shui tips that I could give moms and dads that would help make their living environment feel more harmonious, these would be it:

Tip #1: Crib/Child’s Bed Placement

Just like your bed placement is important, so is your child’s.  Let’s face it, if your child is not sleeping well, then neither are you!  So, here is what you need to remember.  Just like you, it is best for the child’s feet to be facing the door (but NOT in line with the door). Also, it is preferable that the crib is NOT under a window.  Windows drain your energy when you sleep, and you need to “recharge” your energy when you sleep, not lose it.  If you cannot avoid putting the bed under a window, I would recommend getting thick curtains that you can draw at night. Finally, just like your bed, it is best that your child’s is not pushed up against a wall.  If the bed can be accessed on both sides it is ideal; this way, the energy can circulate around the bed throughout the night, providing a rejuvenating rest.

Tip #2: De-clutter

Your home is a reflection of your life.  Even your closets tell a story about what is going on inside of you.  So, even though it is tempting just to throw the toys under the bed, and toss the outgrown clothes into garbage bags that pile up in the closets and garage (guilty!), you and your family will feel so much better if you organize.  “Everything has a place.” (And please don’t let that place be under the bed! Remember the energy needs to circulate around the bed. See Tip #1). If you can’t find a place for something, then donate it to Good Will or have a little garage sale.  Don’t let “things” take over your home.  You might not realize it, but the energy of clutter drags you down.  Clutter attracts more clutter and it becomes overwhelming and stressful.  Start with one room at a time, or one closet at a time.  Take out 9 items everyday to organize, throw away, or donate.  If you do a little each day, you will feel better little by little.  I feel like I am ALWAYS de-cluttering.  In a way it is never-ending, but that is how feng shui works. Since life is always changing, we always need to take some time to improve our environment.

Tip #3: Display Artwork Thoughtfully

The third and final tip is one of my favorite!  In feng shui your home is divided into 9 guas, or areas, that represent your life.  One area is designated to “children and creativity.”  It is located all the way to the right and center when you enter your home.  This area is best activated when you decorate using the metal element, circular shapes, colors of grey, white, and pastels.  In addition, since it represents children & creativity, it is an ideal location for a play table and to display artwork and pictures of your children.  My daughter goes to daycare while I teach, and she does at least one art project daily.  There is no way I could display ALL of her artwork (and if I did, it would be covering at least five walls by now).  I recommend selecting a few pieces and rotating them throughout the school year.  Your children feel so much pride when their work is on display, and if placed with intention, you are sure to attract more creative ways of thinking and expression.  And if you want more kids— you can always decorate this area with that intention too!

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As always, I hope these quick tips help you to feel better in your space!

Until next time, namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

 

Making a Vision Board Using Feng Shui

A vision board is a popular tool that people use to reach their goals and manifest the life they desire. I never tried it until this year, but I have found amazing results so far. The purpose of this post is to help you create a vision board in order to improve all nine areas of your life using the feng shui begua map.

If you are not familiar with the begua map, check out my previous blog Feng Shui 101 for more details!  However, this post will outline very clearly what the nine areas of life are according the the feng shui begua map. In addition, I will share with you how my vision board has been a work in progress and has truly helped me reach my goals.

I created my vision board using the FREE Wishboard app, but I am sure there are others out there.  I love how you can change parts the vision board as your goals change, and it is easy to post on your phone’s lock screen as a constant reminder of what you aspire to be and what is important to you.

Now that you have downloaded the application to your phone, you are ready to create a vision board using the begua map. The nine areas are listed below. It starts with the upper left corner of your screen and goes clockwise.  #9 is the center gua.

  1. Wealth:  This area of the bagua map correlates to what makes you feel wealthy.  For some people that is their dream home, for others it could be a sparkly diamond or a new car.  It’s OK to think of the material things you desire in this gua!  Wealth is represented by the element of wood.  You can even put an abstract picture here to represent “your finances growing.” So a picture of a lush tree  or plant would be good. I already reached my first vision using the board posted above, so I replaced the picture of a diamond ring with a photo of the front door of my dream home.  I always think, “this or something better,” when I look at it because you never know what amazing things are in your future!
  2. Fame and Reputation:  This area is at the top center.  It represents how the world sees you.  If you want to be seen as beautiful, successful, or stable, put a picture of what that looks like to you.  Keep in mind that this gua is represented by fire.  You could put a picture of a candlelight or a yellow star in this area.  Any picture that “lights up” the way you are seen by employers, family, friends, ect.
  3. Relationships: This area is in the top right corner.  As you can see I have put a picture of a shining heart.  You could put an actual picture of the one you love there (a happy picture of the two of you would be best).  Perhaps you look up to your grandparents and their unconditional love is what keeps you going.  Put whatever image you want to see in your love life.  I know for some ladies it might be a picture of that dream engagement ring that you’ve been hoping for.
  4. Children and Creativity:  What is it that you are hoping for or wanting more of in this area?  I put a picture with my daughter because I want a constant reminder of her on my phone.  She is my heart.  If you want a child, even pictures of your nieces or the kids you babysit would be good here.  On the other hand, some people are longing to have more creative expression. This gua is represented by metal.  Anything circular or metallic colored (white or gray) will represent your ability to communicate, write, and express yourself.  I know you can get creative with this one and find a way to represent that which you want to express.
  5. Helpful People & Travel:  The bottom right area is also represented by the metal element.  In my vision board I have a picture of a beautiful colonial home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.  Since I live in Chicago and my husband’s entire family lives there, I wish to go back there as frequently as possible.  That is my dream place to travel as often as I can.  In addition, I find his family incredibly supportive.  Who do you rely on to help you?  A picture of an actual person or spiritual figure such as Jesus or Buddah would be great here.  If there is a beautiful beach or country in Europe you wish to visit, place a picture of that here.  Once you go there, you can always replace the image with your next destination!
  6. Career and Life Path:  The bottom center is represented by water.  Water also represents the flow of money.  It is my hope for you that you can find financial security all while doing your life’s purpose and passion.  Maybe you have a dream job that you haven’t tried yet.  Don’t be afraid to dream and put an image that inspires you!  All you need to do is open up your heart and imagination and the universe will take care of the rest.  You have a purpose that only you can fulfill.  Listen to your inner voice and put an image in the career area that makes your heart sing.
  7. Wisdom & Knowledge:  The bottom left corner is represented by earth.  Earth can be represented by anything square or earth colored, like tan and yellow. This area is where you can put a picture of something that makes you feel grounded.  It could also be an image of what you wish to know more about.  Perhaps you have a book that you can’t seem to get through, but you know you want to finish it.  Here is a great place to remind yourself of its value to your personal growth and development.
  8.  Family & Friends:  The middle left area is represented by the wood element, which could be the shape of a vertical rectangle (as pictured above).  This is a great place to place a happy image of you and your family, or an image of what you dream your family could be like.  Trees represent wood, as well as the stability and strength of family.  This would also be a helpful image.
  9. Health:  The middle area is the health gua, but it is actually a reflection of all of the areas of you life combined.  In order to be truly healthy, happy, and peaceful, we need balance in all areas.  I placed a quote that is very inspiring to be, “If you can dream it, you have the capacity to fulfill it.” I love quotes, and I personally think they can be placed in any area of your vision board if it really speaks to you and keeps you going. I also placed an image of someone working out as a reminder of the physical and emotional health benefits it gives me if I stick to my goals and have self discipline.

I hope after reading this post you feel inspired to try your own vision board.  I truly believe that we are all here to accomplish our goals and grow into our best selves. I hope this method helps you look at ALL areas of your life that you wish to improve.

Have fun, and until next time, namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

*After writing this post, I learned something about visualization tools that I had not heard before, so I must share. I am taking Doreen and Grant Virtue’s Abundance course. I want you to feel successful and live all your dreams, so here is what they suggested…

What I learned somewhat contradicts my feng shui vision board theory! Now that you’ve created a board with images for each area of your life, create a board that focuses on one goal at a time. For example, if a new home was in your wealth area, make a whole board dedicated to that. The universe will hear you loud and clear and you will achieve it faster! Then you can make a whole board dedicated to travel, one for work, ect. Do as few or as many as you like. I just did one for my phone’s lock screen so that I look at it several times a day. Happy visualizing! 😁

 

Feng Shui 101

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Since I have been an elementary school teacher for nearly a decade, I am truly a teacher at heart. That’s why after years of implementing the feng shui design principles in my own home since 2012, I have decided to teach this amazing knowledge to others!  My husband and I had an apartment in Chicago, which is where I started my feng shui journey.  I later applied the principles in our first suburban home. I have found that not only do rooms look better with feng shui, they FEEL better too.

I have a laundry list of blessings that have come into my life because I simply used feng shui and set intentions with every adjustment I made. But this blog post is really not about me. It’s about YOU and how you too can transform your space very easily with what you already have.  This post is intended to introduce the basic principles of feng shui.  So let’s get started!

In order to get started you need to have a basic understanding of begua map.  I have attached an image so that you can see the nine areas, or guas, in which feng shui focuses on (thanks to ezyfengshui.wordpress.com for the image). In the Western School of Feng Shui, which is what I study, you are to lay this map on the floor plan of your house based on the front door.  So, for example, if your front door is in the center of your home, you would be entering in the career gua.  If your front door entrance is all the way to the right of your home, you are entering in the helpful people/travel gua.  Once you know how to lay the begua map onto your home, you can get started making adjustments and decorating according to the elements!

Each area of your home connects to different elements, which are represented by different colors and shapes.  This research and practice goes back over 3,000 years ago when feng shui was first practiced in China. Feng shui is based on the belief and understanding that all things are made of energy, which is supported by studies of quantum physics. Everything vibrates at a certain frequency, and some areas of your home will respond better to certain elements. For example, fire energy gives off a different energy and feeling than the water element.  If you make design choices based on the elements in the begua, you will feel more at peace and your environment will work for you so much more efficiently.

Although it is exemplified in the begua map image above, here is a list of the 5 elements and the shapes and colors that correlate with the element.

  1. Earth:  Square:  yellow, sand colors, beige
  2. Water: Odd shapes (waves): blues and black
  3. Fire: Triangle: red, orange, yellow
  4. Wood: Rectangle (vertical/up and down): browns and greens
  5. Metal: Circle: grey and white

It really is THAT simple.  Use these shapes and colors in the coordinating guas, and you will see and feel a difference almost immediately!  You’re going to be a feng shui expert before you know it.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and I welcome you to “like” my Facebook page Simply Feng Shui Designs.  Enjoy rearranging and redesigning your space.  You really can design the life you deserve with feng shui.

Until next time,

Kristina Hollinger

Namaste!