Green is where the Heart Is for March 29th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:00

“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” ~ Stacy London

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

After spending a week in bed with the ‘crud’ as we call it, Randy and I spent days decluttering our stash of ‘12 years in this house’ in preparation for our big move this summer to the new house.  I think being sick helped me realize I wanted to surround myself with clear, healthy space.  As I touched everything in closets and cupboards, it became easy to toss those items just taking up room.  
One of my feng shui gurus, Denise Linn has a mantra. “Use it, Love it, or GET RID OF IT.”  Every year during lent I have adopted the habit of giving away 40 things in 40 days so the timing lined up nicely.
We do have some fantastic artwork wrapped in bubble wrap awaiting the perfect positioning.  One of my favorite pieces will once again find it’s way into the powder room used by guests, as I have always had people comment and want to find a reproduction for their own home.  The piece I am talking about is a simple matted and framed poster called “Life’s Little Instructions,” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It reads, “Compliment three people every day. Over tip breakfast waitresses. Watch a sunrise at least one a year. Once in your life own a convertible. Sing in the shower. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. Never refuse homemade brownies. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Plant a tree on your birthday. Learn three clean jokes. Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Whistle. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts. Floss your teeth. Learn CPR. Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it. Be forgiving of yourself and others. Take time to smell the roses. Say ‘thank you’ a lot. Say ‘please’ a lot. Avoid negative people. Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards. Wear polished shoes. Remember other people’s birthdays. Rekindle old friendships. Commit yourself to constant improvement. Focus on making things better, not bigger.  Be kinder than necessary. Carry jumper cables in your trunk. Have a firm handshake.  Look people in the eye. Be the first to say, “Hello.’ Use the good silver. Return all things you borrow. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Keep secrets. Sing in a choir.  Show respect for all living things. Plant flowers every spring. Have a dog.  Always accept an outstretched hand. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Wave at kids on school busses. Take good care of those you love. Be there when people need you. Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter. Don’t postpone joy.  Never underestimate the power of love. Drink champagne for no reason at all. Live your life as an exclamation, not a explanation. Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you’d like them to be. Compliment even small improvements. Keep your promises. Become someone’s hero. Marry only for love. Count your blessings. Call your mother.”
Peace be with you.  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 N. 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, over 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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