“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.” ~ Swedish proverb
Holiday decorations are put away. The past two months have been a whirlwind with moving, decorating, cooking, hosting and continual sorting and organizing. My friends are in conversations about the best diets, exercise routines and decluttering strategies.
I generally think about New Year’s resolutions to eat better, move more, and create my space to support me in my goals and dreams locking in my intentions to be healthy and happy. Like many others something interferes with my best-laid plans before the annual Super Bowl party commences.
There was the year I joined a gym and hired a trainer. I was given rigorous exercises I was able to do at home with the help of this stretchy, rubber band piece of equipment that had handles on each end. The instructions said to insert the plastic center disc inside a closed door and to vigorously pull each arm separately like you are boxing. What did NOT occur to me was the door I chose to use (in the privacy of my own bedroom) was a bi-fold door and the strength of my muscles not only opened the door, but also un-tethered the plastic piece. Like a scene out of David and Goliath, it dislodged, hurling directly at my face and hit me between my eyes on the bridge of my nose. “Randy,” I called. “I think I have broken my nose.” Randy gets queasy at the thought of blood but he was a real trooper that day as he carted me off to the emergency room for stitches by a plastic surgeon. I was really lucky that I did not damage an eye. That was my last workout for that year. Who can blame me? Exercise can be dangerous to your health.
Every year I also make a plan of attack for every hidden space in our home, floor by floor, room by room, drawer by drawer. I begin with drawers, cupboards and closets and take everything out putting back only the essentials. Of course, the word essentials is a huge variable. It amazes me how the space WANTS to be filled up. Several years ago after going through the kitchen cupboards and feeling quite pleased with my big pile set aside for Island Cottage, Jeremy walked into our home with a few last minute gifts he transported from relatives in Ohio. He spied the dishes and coffee mugs I had stacked for give-away and helped himself to the bowls he has always loved. The gifts he brought back from Ohio were a set of new coffee mugs that say, ‘The Beach is MY happy place.’ Out went the old Pottery Barn mugs and in came the new.
Cycles, I thought. Life is all about the cycles we move through. When chi becomes stagnant and cycles get stuck, we experience pain and hardship. ‘Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong.’ Where there is pain, there is no free flow. Where there is free flow, there is no pain. Here’s to moving cycles in 2018. Bagua Blessings, xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
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