April 2015


         45th Annual Earth Day Celebration


     *Did you know, that “Earth Day” is Celebrated

    in over 175 Counties World-Wide?

 

 

  • ·       Take a Walk at Night 

 

         Bundle up and take a walk outdoors at night. Walk your pets. Talk about your day. Look for          animals that are nocturnal and gaze at the stars. 

  • ·       Think Globally, Act Locally

 

Work with the city or county where you live to hold a household hazardous waste collection. Organize your own clean up of a local site that needs some extra help. Get the community involved by giving out “Environmental Awards” to those people who have contributed to helping the environment in the past year. See if you can get local news coverage of your events to make the next year an even bigger success

  • ·       Recycled Art 

 

Making art out of recycled objects is a great way to get creative juices flowing while showing kids how valuable “trash” can be when put to another use. Some ideas include making pencil holders or herb pots out of tin cans, reusing boxes to make treasure chests, and using stick-on magnets and paint to turn used CDs into refrigerator magnets.

  • ·       Indoor Plants

 

Take some seeds and starter soil and get a jump on nature by starting a garden in a sunny windowsill. When the weather warms, transplant the seedlings outdoors and enjoy your plants all summer long.

  • ·       Go for a hike

 

Be sure that as you enjoy nature, you leave no trace of yourself behind. Take in the views. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

  • ·       Plant a tree

 

Find one that is suitable for your climate and soil, dig a good sized hole, plant the         tree, and watch it grow.

  • ·       Disconnect from Technology

 

    I encourage all of you to take some time to look around at the world you live in, and marvel at it's beauty. Leave your gadgets behind. Spend time outside, and while you're taking time to step outside and disconnect, do a little good for this Earth. How? It's Easy - I put down my phone.    

 

 

January 2015


Happy Chinese New Year! Now is the time to make some Feng Shui adjustments to your home and work place to make this, Year of the Goat, lucky for you, after all who couldn't use a little extra luck. Here are some general idea’s, from Allessandra (Ali) Bogner; a feng shui expert for your home and workplace in 2015.

Home

1. The wealth corner is the southeast area of your home.

If you hire a consultant, they will do a more detailed identification of the spot based on the year your building was built, the layout and some other items, but you can use the southeastern area as a rough guide. Here, put symbols of money or real money (tape it behind a piece of furniture or a picture).

2. Put something "active" and red in the areas you want to activate.

You should also put active elements in your wealth area. Examples of active things are a computer, printer, a working clock, a fan, a TV, a fish tank, a fountain—something that is used and has energy.

3. Remove dead flowers or branches.

Dead or dried flowers or branches represent dead chi—they are the worst thing to have in your home. Ali tells me that she used to have lots of dried flowers around her apartment, and it was one of the darkest times in her life.

4. Put some live bamboo in your career area (this is generally the northern area).

"Left to its own devices, bamboo will grow like crazy," says Ali. Bamboo is a lovely sustainable plant that represents money and natural, creative growth.

5. Close the bathroom door.

Keep the bathroom door shut at all times. Otherwise, the energy of the house will flow into the bathroom and "down the drain."

6. Fix anything that isn't working properly.

In feng shui, everything should work as it's designed to, so there is good chi and flow. A leaky faucet? Money leaking out of your life. A clogged drain? Not letting things go. A clock that has stopped still? It can symbolize time stopping. A burner on a stove going out is bad—the oven is the hearth of the home. Fix whatever you can, and get rid of the rest.

Work

1. Keep clutter at bay.

The most important thing you can do for your career is to perform well but some physical changes to your work area can help. Make sure your desk is neat and organized—take some time every week to go through your desk and make sure everything is neat. Ali points out that your boss will notice a re-organized work area, whether consciously or not, and it will send a message of effectiveness and organization.

2. Make sure your pictures are inspirational.

Look with a fresh eye at what images you have around your work area. Make images positive, future-oriented and inspiring. Replace old ticket stubs or old vacation photos with pictures of where you'd like to go in the future. "I had a client who had a giant picture of the Titanic hanging in his office," says Ali. "He liked to remind himself that nothing was ever a sure thing, so it reinforced his cautious nature. I told him to take it down, and instead he put up a photo of Mount Everest.

"Within a month or so of doing a little feng shui in his office, he signed the biggest deal of his life. He started focusing on international deals, with emphasis on the Far East. (Yes, near Everest.) Within two to three years, he managed to build up his business and hire enough people that he could work from home."

3. Evaluate the papers on your desk.

"What papers do you have on your desk that are positive or negative?” asks Ali. “An executive I worked with had piles of paper and half of them were dead deals! Why would you want that negative energy around you? Store them somewhere if you have to keep them, but don’t keep them out and around you.”

4. Keep family photos to a minimum.

Work is for work, according to Ali. Keep images to those that will inspire you for work, so you can stay more focused. Have just one spot for your family or personal photos—don't spread them everywhere—or you will be less focused.

5. Don't have your back to the door.

Never work with your back to the door or to a room. If you can't change your seating, put up a mirror near your work area so you can glimpse people who are coming up behind you.

 


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Happy Chinese New Year! Now is the time to make some Feng Shui adjustments to your home and work place to make this, Year of the Goat, lucky for you, after all who couldn't use a little extra luck. Here are some general idea’s, from Allessandra (Ali) Bogner a feng shui expert for your home and workplace in 2015.

Home

1. The wealth corner is the southeast area of your home.

If you hire a consultant, they will do a more detailed identification of the spot based on the year your building was built, the layout and some other items, but you can use the southeastern area as a rough guide. Here, put symbols of money or real money (tape it behind a piece of furniture or a picture).

2. Put something "active" and red in the areas you want to activate.

You should also put active elements in your wealth area. Examples of active things are a computer, printer, a working clock, a fan, a TV, a fish tank, a fountain—something that is used and has energy.

3. Remove dead flowers or branches.

Dead or dried flowers or branches represent dead chi—they are the worst thing to have in your home. Ali tells me that she used to have lots of dried flowers around her apartment, and it was one of the darkest times in her life.

4. Put some live bamboo in your career area (this is generally the northern area).

"Left to its own devices, bamboo will grow like crazy," says Ali. Bamboo is a lovely sustainable plant that represents money and natural, creative growth.

5. Close the bathroom door.

Keep the bathroom door shut at all times. Otherwise, the energy of the house will flow into the bathroom and "down the drain."

6. Fix anything that isn't working properly.

In feng shui, everything should work as it's designed to, so there is good chi and flow. A leaky faucet? Money leaking out of your life. A clogged drain? Not letting things go. A clock that has stopped still? It can symbolize time stopping. A burner on a stove going out is bad—the oven is the hearth of the home. Fix whatever you can, and get rid of the rest.

Work

1. Keep clutter at bay.

The most important thing you can do for your career is to perform well but some physical changes to your work area can help. Make sure your desk is neat and organized—take some time every week to go through your desk and make sure everything is neat. Ali points out that your boss will notice a re-organized work area, whether consciously or not, and it will send a message of effectiveness and organization.

2. Make sure your pictures are inspirational.

Look with a fresh eye at what images you have around your work area. Make images positive, future-oriented and inspiring. Replace old ticket stubs or old vacation photos with pictures of where you'd like to go in the future. "I had a client who had a giant picture of the Titanic hanging in his office," says Ali. "He liked to remind himself that nothing was ever a sure thing, so it reinforced his cautious nature. I told him to take it down, and instead he put up a photo of Mount Everest.

"Within a month or so of doing a little feng shui in his office, he signed the biggest deal of his life. He started focusing on international deals, with emphasis on the Far East. (Yes, near Everest.) Within two to three years, he managed to build up his business and hire enough people that he could work from home."

3. Evaluate the papers on your desk.

"What papers do you have on your desk that are positive or negative?” asks Ali. “An executive I worked with had piles of paper and half of them were dead deals! Why would you want that negative energy around you? Store them somewhere if you have to keep them, but don’t keep them out and around you.”

4. Keep family photos to a minimum.

Work is for work, according to Ali. Keep images to those that will inspire you for work, so you can stay more focused. Have just one spot for your family or personal photos—don't spread them everywhere—or you will be less focused.

5. Don't have your back to the door.

Never work with your back to the door or to a room. If you can't change your seating, put up a mirror near your work area so you can glimpse people who are coming up behind you.

 


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