Feng Shui Can Help Sell Your House

Sometimes I look back on my years of traveling and all I can remember are the months I spent preparing to move, and then the unpacking set-up. Every time we finally got settled, either our lease ended and we had to find a new house, or our assignment ended and we were on our way to a different country! I’m so grateful for our overseas experiences, and have no intention of taking away from the joy that comes from being immersed in fascinating, international cultures, but no matter how you slice it, moving is exhausting!!! My ex-husband and I owned and sold seven different properties while we were married, and rented nine properties in the 17 years that we lived abroad. I can rant for hours about the stress associated with moving – but having to sell before you...

Balance is Key to Happy Chi

In an effort to simplify the process of finding your Tao (or path) to peace and harmony, allow me to explain the very core of FengShui: opposite polarities of negative and positive energies, also known as yin and yang, are a fundamental fact of the universe.  Thus, the practice of FengShui, which can be described as the recreation of balance in the space between Heaven and Earth, is an important tool to help you create ayin and yang balance in your home and in your life. Allow me to break this down further: Yin describes a softer energy known as female energy and yang describes a more aggressive, harder energy known asmale energy. This does NOT mean that all women are yin and that all men are yang, nor should they be! Yin and Yang describe attributes.The duality...

Wishing Upon the Stars

So many of you have asked for the most recent stars for this month, April 5 to May 4, 2014. Unfortunately, my books from Kuala Lumpur (that contain this info) have yet to arrive. Until they do, I offer an outline of the main stars and their directions, and a promise to provide a more thorough analysis of their strengths and weaknesses for this month when I have the charts. Thank you for your understanding! When making your wishes, remember to put your back to the specific direction (use your compass) that provides the energy that can aid in making your specific requests a reality. Close your eyes and visualize your heart-felt wishes coming true to the point that your visualizations are palpable. Imagine how it feels when you accomplish your goals and relish in...

Life in the Gluten-Free Aisle

Is it just me, or is the crazy gluten-free diet not so crazy anymore? When I started eating gluten-free five years ago, people looked at me like I was nuts!! “Well, what on earth can you eat?” I can still hear my mother asking. “Really Mom, there are tons of things that I can eat!” I’d lie, with the intention of keeping her from worrying (my mother’s big worry in her old age was that I, as a 60ish year old woman, was too thin. I hadn’t yet accumulated the expected mid-section fat that was believed to hold estrogen, and therefore ward off osteoporosis!) Truth be told, she was kinda right—about the difficulty finding gluten-free foods, not that I was too thin!! It was a struggle to find satisfying gluten-free foods. Chickpeas on a bed of salad is yummy for only so...

Tips to Get Motivated at Work

Research has shown that motivated employees are happier, more energetic, more productive, and better performing than their unmotivated peers. However, even the most motivated employee can experience an occasional slump and need a boost to regain their normal energy levels. Most people struggle with this at some point in their careers, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to  become remediated. Here are six helpful tips to increase your work motivation: Create an inviting work space. Create a space you feel comfortable in by personalizing it with a few items from home or a few pictures of the people and places you love most. You can hang motivational quotes that you find inspiring. Concentrate on one goal at a time. Write down the tasks you need to...

How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

Having a demanding career can take away precious time from your personal life. While you’re probably technically only supposed to have an 8 to 10 hour work day, it’s not uncommon to go beyond that and even work on the weekends. A busy career life can certainly be profitable from a monetary perspective. However, when you take a look at your life as a whole, it can be unhealthy to work too much. If there is no balance between your work life and personal life, it can begin to have an impact on your mental and emotional strength and even be detrimental to your personal relationships. Ideally, you want a life where you can spend quality time with your family, friends, and yourself, while still staying on top of your career. How do you do that? Here are...