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Natural Awakenings SE Michigan May 2014

May 01st, 2014

I’m delighted to have been interviewed and quoted by this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. Check it out on page 36!

May 2014 issue of Natural Awakenings

 

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Images

Creative Pursuits

February 13th, 2014

Just For Today

 

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Healthy Living, Recipes, Simple Recipes, Trader Joe Recipes

Easy Peasy Asian Style Chicken Soup

January 03rd, 2014

 

Asian Chicken Soup1 container of hearty veggie broth (I like Trader’s Joes)

1 -2 organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces

2 -3 green onions, chopped

1/4 t of minced fresh garlic

1/4 t of minced fresh ginger

Dash or two of rice wine vinegar

Dash or two of Worcestershire sauce

Poach chicken in veggie broth, garlic, ginger and Worcestershire about 15 minutes.  Add sliced green onions and season with soy sauce, tamari sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos. Yum!

 

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Healthy Living, Simple Recipes

Feng Shui And Food: Cabbage Soup

October 25th, 2013

 

What’s the connection between feng shui & food you ask? As you know, the chi in your surroundings and in the food you eat either nourish or deplete you. How you prepare your meals adds to the vibrancy of the food you eat and serve to others.  For those who know me well, know I love to cook. My love of cooking adds joy to the food I eat. And that’s a good thing and good things are good feng shui!

 

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup

 

Approximately 1 quart of high quality beef stock*

1 head of cabbage, cored and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced**

1 14.5 oz can of organic tomato sauce

1 14.5 oz can of organic diced tomatoes

Juice of 1 lemon, or 1/4 c of apple cider vinegar

1 T of brown sugar

Dash of cayenne pepper, salt to taste

 

Sauté the onion in olive oil. When soft add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple hours. If you are making this a vegetarian version, I recommend sautéing the cabbage in a generous pour of olive before adding the liquids.

* A good beef stock makes this soup rich and yummy. I make my own by simmering a beef shank and a couple of beef bones covered with water, 2 bay leaves, 2 cloves of garlic, 5 whole allspice, 3 -4 peppercorns and salt to taste in a crock pot for several hours. I put the spices and garlic in a tea infuser for easy removal when done.

** If using my beef stock recipe, omit the garlic.

 

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Recipes, Simple Recipes

Feng Shui And Food: Homemade Tomato Soup

October 03rd, 2013

 

Tomato Soup

What’s the connection between feng shui & food you ask? As you know, the chi in your surroundings and in the food you eat either nourish or deplete you. How you prepare your meals adds to the vibrancy of the food you eat and serve to others.  For those who know me well, know I love to cook. My love of cooking adds joy to the food I eat. And that’s a good thing and good things are good feng shui!

Roasted Tomato Soup

2 14.5 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes, drained (save juice)

2 organic carrots, peeled & chopped small

2 stalks of  organic celery, chopped

1 small organic onion, chopped

1 – 2 heads of garlic, minced

1 32 oz container of organic chicken stock

1/2 cup organic 1/2 & 1/2

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 450. Add drained tomatoes with a generous pour of olive oil to a roasting pan and roast in the oven about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, saute the carrots, celery and onion until soft. Add the garlic, chicken stock, reserved tomato juice, and roasted tomatoes. Simmer about 20 minutes. Add 1/2 & 1/2 and pulse with a hand blender. Season with sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Done!

 

 

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growth, Inspiration

Teachers And Mentors In My Life

September 20th, 2013

 

One of the themes in my life based on my Human Design is the richness that comes from my focus on gratitude and dedication. As I reflected on these words, I was reminded of  the many teachers and mentors who assisted me in growing and learning. These are a few of them:

Jeff Moskow: The controller of the department where I worked at ADT Security Systems. He encouraged me to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program and was instrumental in all my promotions. I started out as a typist and ended up a Sr. Financial Analyst. In addition, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business & Administration.

Fr. Lovey: A Jesuit priest at the University of Detroit who prepared me for the sudden, unexpected death of my father when I was 26. His class called Aging, Illness, Death, Dying and Beyond laid the ground work for my deep loss and profound grieving process.

Reggie Linebarger: My District Finance Manager at Digital Equipment who opened my eyes to racial stereotypes and pushed me to do my best. His no nonsense approach kept me on my toes.

Dan Glisky: My Sales Manager at Digital Equipment who saw the potential in me and supported my move from finance to sales through Digital’s retraining program.

Kathryn MacKenzie: A friend I met selling my fiber art at fairs throughout the Midwest. She introduced me to the metaphysical world and taught me to hone my subtle energy sensing skills. We traveled regularly to Ashland, Oregon for meditation seminars during the late 1990s.

Terah Kathryn Collins, Becky Iott, Karen Carrrasco: the lovely and talented ladies at the Western School of Feng Shui.™

Denise Linn: My introduction to creating sacred space by incorporating indigenous principles in my work. Her Interior Alignment® practitioners course, Master Teacher of Interior Alignment® and Master Educator of Interior Alignment® training was life changing.

Gail Straub and David Gershon: Founders of the Empowerment Institute and salt of the earth people who taught me a thing or two about really being empowered.

Nancy Emmert: A local friend and meditation buddy who turned me on to the Human Design body of work. I’m currently deep into studying this powerful modality.

Each in their own way stretched me, encouraged me, and challenged me to be my best. To each of them, I am deeply grateful.

What kind of list would you create?

 

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living, Images

No Yang Chi in the Bedroom

September 11th, 2013

 

 Infographic Bedroom

 

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growth, Healthy Living, Images, Inner Feng Shui

Discomfort Continued…

August 20th, 2013

 

Once again. I’m finding myself in an uncomfortable and strange place that started showing up last fall with regularity. It was so noticeable, I wrote about it here. Because I’m finding myself agitated lately and especially today, I decided to stop everything and do a short meditation.

The best meditative practice for me is listening to reflective music and being outside or near water. So I was delighted to discover a cool site called Calm.com  through a friend on Google+.  I took a few minutes to shift through the various images of nature and soft, quiet music. I focused on deep, rhythmic breathing while playing the selected song and image. Within seconds, I noticed my agitation softening. Ten minutes later, I found the agitation didn’t go away. However, it didn’t take up so much real estate in my energetic space. And that I can live with!

 

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clutter, Feng Shui

Symbolism of Interior Clutter

July 29th, 2013

Home office

Do you notice a pattern in specific areas where clutter accumulates in your space? As you may know, clutter creates stuck energy and blocks the flow of good stuff coming your way. In addition, the location of clutter may represent the following based on it’s location:

  • Front Entrance – restricting the flow of opportunities, keeping others away
  • Attics – limiting higher aspirations
  • Basements – living in the past
  • Behind Doors – restricting the flow of opportunities
  • Out of sight – over emphasis on appearances
  • All over – self loathing

 

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Feng Shui, Healthy Living, Quotes

Enlivening the Front Entrance

May 28th, 2013

addressWhat Does Your Entrance Say About You?

In the world of feng shui, the entrance to a home, building, office or room is called the Mouth of Chi. As the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a good first impression.”

The entrance is your opportunity to offer a good first impression and sets the tone for the entire space. In the world of business vernacular, the approach is your marketing brochure and broadcasts your brand to others.

Because the entrance is so important, it makes sense to pay attention to it. The experience you and others have coming in will be “carried” into the space. In addition, the experience others have passing your space is also important. Ideally, your front elevation produces a pleasant experience for neighbors, visitors and even those dreaded solicitors!

Give your visitors something to enjoy like pleasant sounds and interesting things to experience. For example, our home has a fairy garden near the front door. The miniature plants and accessories are whimsical and magical. Tapping into the wonder of the world is important to me and I’ve stated that by the location of our fairy garden.

Do:

  • Use a unique color on the front door harmonious with your home’s exterior color scheme. To give the front door more oomph, make the trim, shutters, eaves, garage and other doors recede.
  • Invite welcome with pleasant sounds like chimes and fountains.entrance
  • Repair uneven steps, sidewalks, and broken concrete.
  • Offer safe illumination of walkways, steps and entrance doors.
  • Trim hazardous tree branches and obstructive shrubs and bushes.
  • Make sure the address is clearly visible from the street.
  • Ensure doors open completely and lights, door bells, knobs and locks are in good working order.
  • Add symbols of welcome with statues, garden art and accents.
  • Use vibrant colors with plants and flowers.
  • Balance extreme yang elements with curves, shade and textures.
  • Balance extreme yin elements with movement, straight lines, and brightness.
  • Keep the approach clean and trimmed.
  • Keep all vegetation healthy.

The effort spent creating a healthy, vibrant and pleasant experience for yourself and others comes back to you. Make it good!

“Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination.” – Tycho Photiou

 

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