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Maintain the festive flow by setting healthy holiday boundaries

A detail from my christmas tree (yes I’m a mermaid at heart)

During the holidays I find it’s important to set a few healthy boundaries that will allow me to maximize the fun and good vibes, while preserving my sense of peace and serenity.  Feng Shui is all about balance, and here are a few things I recommend to preserve yours:

Season and Space: while you might like to set up holiday décor throughout your house, you can also avoid overwhelm by keeping your personal space free from too much festive clutter. Make sure there is at least one area of the house where you can restore and reconnect to the spirit within you.

Size Matters: with the exception of kids toys, less really is more when it comes to gifts. In this age of Amazon, everyone buys what they need and get it the next day. So there really isn’t any need to go all out on an oversized or overpriced gift.  My motto is the gift should ideally be small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking. (If it needs to be a little bigger, then it ought to fit beneath a dwarf Christmas tree 😊.  A small, well considered gift is usually the most appreciated. It shows that you truly thought about that person’s unique style or taste, and also didn’t want to add more clutter to their space.

Size does matter (as this bad boy who wondered through my yard confirms)

Days and Times: set your holiday hours and honor them. As you receive invitations, really think about how each one works with your schedule and sanity. You don’t have to accept every single invite. To those you politely decline, remember to send your love and well-wishes, and perhaps make plan to spend quality time with that person in the new year.

Kid Around: Do you remember what you loved about the holidays as a kid? Mine was making cookies with my Italian grandmother, using her cherished family’s recipes. Make a commitment to do one or two of those things this year. You might visit the tree in Rockefeller Center, or tour the neighborhood decorations, or wander a toy store, and though you’ll probably be doing these things for your kids…really do it for yourself. If nobody in your family wants to accompany you, go do it on your own! I promise, you’ll have plenty of cheerful company around you.

Make quiet space away from the holiday frenzy a priority (personal alters like this one to Laxmi, goddess of abundance, helps me pause and refocus)

Intending Magic: it’s a powerful practice to pause before heading into a holiday gathering, or anytime you remember, and make an intention for how you’d like to see that activity going. Do a quick visualization of the warm, smiling faces and overall great vibe you are about to enjoy.  Essentially, you’re creating the magic inside yourself before you even arrive. Then you can take a deep breath and easefully step into the next action, knowing you’ve put that energy into the space, and into the world. It’s amazing how often this simple practice can manifest wonderful experiences that far exceed our expectations.

And finally, let me intend this for you:  May you have a delightful, magical and thoroughly well-balanced holiday season, where you maintain both your joy and serenity.  With a little healthy boundary-setting, those two things can easily go hand in hand. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2019   No Comments

Your Feng Shui Tips for 2019 the Year of the Pig

Dear Friends, I’ve been excited for this year to arrive! In the numeric cycle of Feng Shui, this is an “8” Year, which holds the most auspicious and abundant of all energies…

What does that mean? This year has the potential for great forward motion in all your endeavors. Will it come easily and effortlessly? Not necessarily. But if you work for it, it will come.

In Feng Shui, an “8” year is associated with the element Earth. Specifically, earth in the form of a great mountain, which is ultimately positive. Earth can take many forms. For example, it can be like mud, which feels slow and slogging. Or it can be like solid earth, which serves as a strong foundation for building a grand palace. The earth of this year is steady and still.

This is a big improvement over last year, which was the Fire element. That explosive energy lead to lots of conflict, as well as a record year of destructive forest fires (as I predicted in last year’s tips newsletter). Unfortunately this prophecy hit a bit too close to home for me, as my mother’s lovely house was a victim of the horrific fire in Paradise, California which destroyed the entire town in November 2018. Thankfully, she made it out safely.

This year will be calmer (although that is a relative term, given our political climate) and because of the abundance associated with the “8-Earth” energy, it will gradually prove to be a better financial year for many.

So, how do you make the most of 2019? By launching new endeavors!

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone. If you’ve been toying with the idea for a new business, a unique product, or your first book, start the process now. Although at first you might feel like you’re trudging uphill (this is one aspect of the mountain energy) by later in the year, you’ll see your efforts paying off.

Another great way the strength of the mountain serves us this year is in our spiritual practices. This steady stillness of the earth element permeates not only our environment, but also ourselves. Take a little more time to get connected to your inner strength through meditation, yoga, prayer, or whatever practice resonates with you.  From that space of tranquility, clarify your vision for yourself. It could be a life vision or a goal for just the year ahead.

Then, go forward into your days, making choices large and small that support your vision. The energy of this year will help you manifest your dreams in powerful ways.

“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”  Tony Robbins

Another way to make the most of this year’s power is to align your physical environment so that it supports your specific goals. For the best results, see the Feng Shui Tips below and apply them to your space…


Each year the feng shui energy on our planet shifts slightly. In order to maximize the best energy and neutralize any weak areas in your space, I offer you these general suggestions for 2019…

To make the most of the tips, determine where each direction falls in your home or office, then place the recommended natural element in that area. Ideally, add the actual element. If you cannot, then add the color that corresponds to that element.

EAST: Good for money. Add Water.   

The East section of the home or office can be very good for generating wealth in 2019 if you add a WATER feature. Possible water features could be a small water fountain, a nice little gold fish in a bowl, or at least a fresh bowl of water with some floating flowers. Best colors in this area are blue and black.

SOUTHEAST: Good for romance. Add Water

You can use this area to attract or strengthen your relationships. If the SE falls in your bedroom, you’re doubly lucky! Adding WATER will support you further. See water suggestions in the East section.

SOUTH: Good for career and positive press. Add Fire

The South section can be strong for business and growing your reputation if you add the FIRE element (a fireplace, lit candles, or the color red, hot pink or purple). If this is your office, just be careful of possible theft and take common sense precautions both in your physical space (have a good lock on your door, etc) and online (update your passwords, etc).

SOUTHWEST: CAUTION – Protect health. Add Moving Metal

This area is particularly weak for heath in 2019. There is a chance of illness or accidents. If your front door or bedroom is in this area, make sure to add the remedy right away. You can protect health by adding MOVING METAL. Some examples are a clock with a swinging metal pendulum. A hanging metal mobile, or a metal wind chime. Also consider adding furnishings and accessories made of metal (chrome, brass, iron, stainless steel, etc.) Good colors are gold, silver, white or gray.

WEST: Good for finance and romance. No remedy needed.

Overall, the West has a wonderful energy for all activities. You can use this space to work, to play, or to be with your sweetheart.  No remedy is needed.

NORTHWEST: Great for power and money. A risk of conflict. Add Earth/Plant.

This is a powerful area. A great space for launching new ventures, requesting money, negotiating contracts, etc. Just keep in mind it is also a highly charged area, so there is the possibility of arguments or push-back from others. Add soothing energy with EARTH and PLANT elements. Earth can be crystals, items made of marble, stone, etc. Plant can be living plant or fresh cut flowers. Good colors are earth tones of tan, brown, orange or yellow and green.

NORTH: Best area for creativity. Good for all artists. Also strong for finding/developing new romance. Add Plant and Water.

This year the North is the strongest zone for all artistic activities (writing, painting, making music, etc.) Enhance it with a WATER element like a fountain (see the East area for ideas) and a PLANT element like living plants and flowers enhance the creative vibes. The best colors are blue and green.

NORTHEAST: Good for investments and real estate. Might be a bit weak for health. Add Metal.

The NE is a mix of energies. It’s a nice area for work around finances, so a great place to trade stocks or research real estate. Just be careful of health. If you find that you feel drained or are getting run down, add some METAL element (furniture or decor made of iron, chrome, brass, stainless steel). Good colors are gold, silver, gray or white.

CENTER: Great for abundance of all kinds. Add Earth or Fire.

The center of your space is particularly auspicious this year. Use it for any or all key activities (work, play, sleep, etc.). The best element here is EARTH or FIRE. Earth can be crystals, items made of marble or stone, and colors tan, brown, orange or yellow. FIRE element can be a fireplace, lit candles, or the color red, hot pink or purple.

“Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made.

If you want a different result, make a different choice.”

– Anonymous

Wishing you a productive and prosperous year of the Pig!



February 4, 2019   1 Comment

Year of the Dog Overview

Welcome to the Year of the Dog! A dog year represents intelligence, protection, and loyalty. Since this year is technically an “Earth Dog” year, tendencies towards stubbornness can also dominate. For people with determination, this can be a positive aspect, since the year will be supportive of a “never quit” attitude.

In the political arena, we may see stubbornness manifesting as strong conservative elements resisting change. However, this is likely to lead to rebellious countering forces, demanding balance and equality. Therefore, it will probably be a turbulent year politically, but one that ultimately allows our country, and the world, to clarify what it needs to move forward.

Financially, we may see a setback. There could be an economic crisis or, at the very least, money luck will be up and down. Be very careful with risky speculation, such as cryptocurrencies and other related investments.

On the positive side, because of the intelligence and protection of the dog year, we are likely to see some significant scientific breakthroughs. Most of these developments will help humankind, with major medical progress possible.

All in all, the Year of the Dog is forecast to be a tumultuous time, but one filled with opportunity for advancement. If you apply good Feng Shui remedies, it will help you to come out ahead.

Feng Shui energy and tips for the year 2018


Getting a little more specific about our physical space, this year the Feng Shui energy in the center of our homes and offices is that of Fire. Like all the elements, fire can be positive or negative. A crackling fire in the hearth on a cold winter night is warm and nurturing. But a wind-driven wildfire can cause untold harm to forests, homes and communities.

So, how do you make the most of this year? The key: handle with care. This year can be productive, but it must be approached with caution and preparation. This will mean different things based on the situation, however as a governing principle, do your due diligence. Check documents twice, sleep on an important email before you send it. Weigh all the pros and cons of a big decision before you make it.

Economically, a Fire year can hint at inflation, which affects every home. We’ll see how it unfolds.

Socially, this is a great year for parties and celebrations. Important contacts and powerful connections can come from going out and being seen. It’s a year for getting back in touch with friends from your past.

Feng Shui is based on the different directions of the compass, which corresponds to the energy in your home or workplace. In order to make the most of the following recommendations, try to determine where the various compass directions fall in your space.


This is the weakest area in 2018. There is the potential for legal issues, as well as some health challenges.

Remedy: METAL element. Metal can be made from materials such as brass, chrome, steel or iron. Or colors silver, gold, gray or white.

Metal elements in a dining room designed by Reiko Design

North East

This zone can be good for wealth and real estate, but only if the remedy is added: FIRE.

Remedy: FIRE element. Candles, stove, fireplace, red lamp. Or colors red, purple or fuschia.

Fiery colors in a lounge designed by Reiko Design



The East area can be good for making powerful career moves in 2018, but only if you add the remedy. In this case: WATER.

If you have a door in the East part of your home or office, be careful of possible theft in this area. Place the water element (fountain, etc) near the door.

Remedy: Water element. Such as a fountain, aquarium, images of water in artwork. Or colors blue or black.

Water element in a teen’s room designed by Reiko Design

South East

A great area for all activities! Use this space for career, creativity, and money. Add FIRE element (a red candle, a lamp with a red shade, etc) to take it to the next level.

Enhance with: Fire element. (see NE for suggestions)


A wonderful area for romance. If you have a bedroom in the south, you’re doubly lucky.

Enhance with: Wood element. Such as living plants or flowers, images of forests in artwork, or the color green.

Plant element in a foyer designed by Reiko Design

South West

Good for career and money. Nice area for a desk or home office this year. Especially good for small business owners and freelancers. Enhance with METAL items. Also electronics, which are considered metal.

Enhance with: Metal element (see North for suggestions).


A bit weak for health, and possible legal issues or arguments. Protect health with METAL.

Remedy with: Metal element (see North for suggestions).

North West

Can be good for power, money and raising status this year. Also good for new romance. However, there can be a power struggle or issues with authority figures. Be careful to maintain good relationships with supervisors and others in a position to help you. Enhance power and promote harmony with WATER.

Enhance with: Water element (see East for suggestions).


If you make the above adjustments to your home or office, you will have done a lot to help the Feng Shui energy. Of course, if you would like a more advanced and personalized analysis of your space, please feel free to contact me. I wish you all a wonderful New Year. May the Year of the Dog bring you boundless prosperity, inspiration and joy!




February 14, 2018   No Comments