Those of you who have been following my work know that I am a huge believer in using Feng Shui with vigilance around how we "spend" or "manage" our precious life-force and energy.
As a female business owner, a lot of the old-school time management ideas never really worked for me. I have, however, learned a tremendous amount over these last years from millionaire entrepreneur Ali Brown. She's brilliant!
I’m definitely going to be on this call! Hope you'll join me...
Sign up here for Ali Brown’s "Millionaire Time & Productivity Secrets" complimentary call on January 27 at 5pm pst (with free mp3)
We're about 19 days away from the Lunar or Chinese New Year which begins February 3rd this year and it's not too early to start getting ready! Here's a check-list for making preparations--it's really great fun and such an intentional holiday to celebrate the return of spring and hope!
1. Give your home and business and fabulous spring clean! Clear away dirt, clutter and old stagnant chi to welcome in new energy for the New Year! As you clean, imagine you’re sweeping away all illness, obstacles, bad luck, negative attitudes, and anything causing grief, stress, anxiety or frustration to members of your household or office. Dispose of anything broken or with unhappy memories. Everything should be sparkling!
2.Pay down (or off!) any debts you have and pay all of your current bills so you go into the new year with an intention to be debt-free.
3. Treat yourself to a brand new red or black purse and wallet and fill with lots of cash (27 brand new uncirculated bills best of all plus 27 gold dollar coins). Add to this money from a rich person, 3 Feng Shui coins tied with a red ribbon and a Lucky Dollar.
4.Fill your (clean!) fridge and pantry with lots of food and begin to prepare favorite dishes as there's no cooking on New Years Day.
5. If you keep a rice urn, add to the bottom a new red envelope with currency and coins and then fill to the brim with rice. The rice urn is considered as the “stomach” of your family representing your savings and wealth abundance. Make sure to fill your rice urn to the brim and never leave empty as that symbolizes your money and food draining away—make sure it’s half-full at all times.
For those who are already practicing this ritual, this year just add money divided into denominations of 9 inside the red packet that was kept at the bottom of your rice urn last year.
6. Cut your hair or get a new hairstyle.
7. Make amends with anyone with whom you’ve had a row or falling-out.
9. Take care of your Feng Shui cures! Deep-clean your aquarium and water features and fill with sparkling purified water. Put your crystal spheres overnight in salt water and wash under strong cold water in the morning. Refresh any weary red ribbons or stings on your cures. Refresh the chi of your Feng Shui cures and retire the ones from last year. It’s more powerful to have new ones with clean energy.
10. Buy new red clothesand new red shoes for the celebrations (or even just a new red accessory!) as this portends auspicious luck and expanding business. Try to wear something new and red every single day of the festival.
11. Move your furniture placement even if just few inches, especially your bed (however, do NOT move if you are pregnant!) and desk. Feel free to also re-arrange your furniture for fresh chi. PLEASE NOTE: THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE FEBRUARY 4TH, THE FIRST DAY SPRING.
12. Toss any cracked or broken crockery or china.
13. Prepare to host a special meal or celebration to occur during the two-week Lunar New Year (February 2nd as New Year's Eve through the Lantern Festival on February 16th) as joy and laughter are most excellent Feng Shui. Have a noisy, uplifting and happy party with an abundance of food, music and laughter!
14. Give your door way fresh paint (or, at the very least, a power-washing!).
15. Decorate your home with…
Vases of pretty spring blossoms and blooming plants to symbolize rebirth, new growth and re-awakening of nature. Tie little red ribbons on chrysanthemums.
Kumquat plants decorated with red ribbons and red envelopes filled with real money. Place one at each side of your front door, as well.
Decorating with The ‘fu’ or “fook” symbolhung upside down (“fu dao”) to symbolize that luck has arrived (“upside down” and “arrive” sound similar in Mandarin); red lanterns and fake firecrackers
Buy nine large and beautiful oranges (the word for orange sounds like “wealth” in Chinese) and put in the center of your kitchen table. Have trays of tangerines which sound like "good fortune".
Gold ingots to symbolize prosperity and wealth
I'll be back early next week with details for my annual free call with customs, predictions and forecasts for the Year of the Metal Rabbit...
Lotus Antiques is hosting a Feng Shui Happy Hour event at their beautiful store at 5:30pm for wine and nibbles and then at 6:00, I’ll present “Feng Shui for a Sparkling 2011: Be Happy, Healthy and Prosperous!"
I’ll share easy-to-implement (and affordable!) tips to bring shine and sparkle for you and your environments, as well as beautiful ways to activate your New Years wishes. We’ll also have a quick sneak-peek at the Year of the Rabbit.
The presentation includes a participatory Feng Shui practice, champagne toast and wee goodies.
Feel free to invite your friends and then RSVP (no later than January 5th) to info@10KBlessingsFengShui.com
Here's a pic of my brand new wallet for 2011 all set up to receive new money--don't you love the sheen of the lucky red?! Activated with 3 coins on red ribbon (I sell these if you need some), a brand new uncirculated $100 bill and 9 shiny gold $1 coins.
The Year of the Rabbit is short on the Water Element again, so a black or blue wallet would be great, as well. The year also short on Earth Element so a gold wallet would be great, too!