As the holiday season approaches, life can get hectic with decorating, festivities and shopping. While it’s a time to share joy with family and friends, the approaching Winter Solstice is also a reminder to take time for rest as we approach a New Year.
Here are some Feng Shui tips for a stress-free holiday, home and life:
Create a peaceful environment. Less is more. Too many decorations constrict the energy flow in your home and overcommitting to social festivities can leave you feeling depleted. Balance is key. Take time to rest, rejuvenate and reflect during the holiday season. Let your home nourish you.
Place your Christmas tree in the Abundance area (far left or SE corner of your living room). As you hang each ornament on the tree, think of someone or something you are grateful for. Include a special ornament symbolizing a goal you desire and let the twinkling lights energize your intention.
Clear your clutter before the New Year. Clutter affects your physical, mental and emotional energy. Donate unused clothes, household items or Christmas decorations and you will brighten someone else’s holiday too. Start 2014 with space in your life for new opportunities and experiences!
Looking for some unique and meaningful holiday gifts for family and friends? Consider a “Fortune” wind chime to hang outside the front door for a prosperous New Year…or give the gift of a harmonious home or office!
Whether you are home or visiting family and friends, enjoy the holidays and the new beginnings of 2014!
Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season!
“A brand is more than a word; it’s the beginning of a conversation.” If you don’t believe that’s true, think for a moment about some of the most famous brands in business like Mary Kay, Apple or Xerox. Just reading those brand names evokes an emotional response of some kind, and even if that response is negative, an internal conversation has begun.
Branding yourself or your business identifies you to your potential customers. A positive response to your brand makes people feel connected to you in some way, which leads to deeper networking and more success.
A brand is made up of many elements, starting with your reputation. Women in business know how important maintaining a professional reputation is, and how tricky it can be. Sharing your accomplishments can come off as bragging, while not sharing them can make you look like you lack confidence in your abilities. When you approach branding as an opportunity to tell the story of your business (or skills), it becomes easier to understand.
The career site Monster suggests these steps to identifying your brand:
Nordstom is excited to announce the latest installment of the Pop-In @Nordstrom series which opens this Friday, November 15th at their Downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square stores, as well as online at nordstrom.com.
“4U: Brite Lights_Gift City” showcases a selection of gifts perfect for the person who has everything, ranging from stocking-worthy tchotchkes like science collectibles from New York’s The Evolution Store, to indulgent designer exclusives such as a custom black-on-black Rolex by Bamford.
Other gifts include Keith Haring skis produced by Bomber, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 cameras, Venessa Arizaga necklaces, Louis Ghost Chairs by Kartell with exclusive graphics, OLO Fragrances – custom blends from Portland, AMH city tees, Illesteva eyewear, The North Face Base Camp Duffel bags, exclusive Andy Warhol “So Many Stars” Bugaboo strollers, LSTN Zebrawood Troubadour headphones – the sale of which helps provide services to restore hearing in children, Kidrobot toys, two Fiat models and Jawbone Jambox in exclusive colors such as “Grilled Cheese” and “Ice Cream Sandwich.”
It’s that time of year again — time for holiday travel and holiday parties. Between workplace gatherings, family events, and friend bashes, you’re likely to be attending one or two parties every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
If you’re throwing a party yourself, here are a few tips to help it stand out from the crowd. After all, you want your party to be the one everyone remembers, not the one everyone is eager to leave.
Nothing says “festive” more than lighting, and yet few hosts do much more than turning on the overhead lights and adding a few candles. Read Slate Magazine’s guide to party lighting, and remember their key advice: a good party has lights coming from the side, not from overhead.
Right about the time when people really want to look their best, they’re surrounded by unhealthy, fattening foods. Read our tips for staying fit during the holidays, and follow that example as a host: provide simple fare like cheese cubes, sliced meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables along with the decadent cookies and cakes. This goes double if you’re throwing a party that coincides with the dinner hour — make sure you serve filling, nutritious food along with your nibbles and desserts, so guests don’t have to fill up on candied almonds simply because it’s dinnertime and they’re hungry.
When my sister recently asked me to stand by her side as her Maid of Honor, as she makes the journey from being single to married, I was ecstatic. But I was also a bit nervous—being a Maid of Honor or bridesmaid comes with a lot of responsibility. And, to be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting into.
Understand Your Duties
I’ve come to think of the Maid of Honor as a co-pilot helping make sure the bride reaches her destination. I’m not only my sister’s confidante, I’m her assistant and her emotional lifeboat. I listen to everything she has to say and give my advice when she needs it. If I can see she needs a laugh, I try my hardest to come up with a good joke. You need to provide as much help as you can without overstepping your boundaries.
Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, or Both?
Throwing a bachelorette party and bridal shower is a key duty of the bridesmaid co-pilot. Each event should be held four to six weeks before the actual wedding day. To make sure these festivities go smoothly, you’ll want to start planning about eight weeks before they take place.
There is a fun event coming up this weekend in Puyallup. I’ll be co-hosting Girls Night Out, on Saturday, November 9 at South Hill Mall. The event will run from 4-8pm, guests will enjoy a fabulous array of shopping, entertainment, pamering, prizes and fun! We’re going RED in support of the American Heart Association. South Hill Mall is located at Highway 512 and South Meridian Street in Puyallup, WA.
Pets generate positive energy in Feng Shui and most households in the United States have at least one pet. According to the CDC, pet ownership has many proven benefits including a decrease in blood pressure and feelings of loneliness plus an increase in wellbeing, exercise and opportunities for socializing.
Whether you enjoy the companionship of a furry feline, canine or feathered friend, pets are members of your family who, like humans, are influenced by their surroundings, for better or worse. To keep their tails wagging and spirits lifted, you can use the principles of Feng Shui to consciously design their living spaces.
Here are some tips for creating good Feng Shui to support your pet’s wellbeing:
1. A place of their own. Create a haven just for your pet, a consistent and special space they can rely on for sleep and refuge. Locate your pet’s bed in a corner of the room with a wall of support behind and a commanding view. Choose a cozy bed in a color that complements your room’s decor for visual harmony. Avoid placing the pet bed on the floor beside your bed, which can become an obstacle to accessing your own rest and rejuvenation!
2. Shared spaces: If your pet lounges on your furniture, place a fleece blanket over your sofa to collect pet hair and avoid staining your furniture. Choose a color that blends with the color of your sofa so your seating area looks open and inviting. When guests arrive, remove the blanket to insure they don’t leave with remnants of your pet’s hair on them!
If pumpkin pie, creamed potatoes and an easy chair beckons to you relentlessly during the Holiday season, you’re not alone. Avoiding health-sabotaging behavior and staying fit during the Holidays is difficult, but well worth the effort. So that you won’t have to start your New Year off on a weight-loss program, use these tips and tricks to help maintain your healthy lifestyle during the hectic and tempting Holiday season.
Before attending the multitude of parties, pot lucks and other get-togethers that revolve around food, eat before you go. Eat a light and healthy meal that is high in protein, so you won’t be hungry and will be less tempted to indulge in the high-calorie, fatty foods offered at the get-together. So you won’t feel deprived at Holiday parties and the like, select a small portion of one special treat to indulge in, then nibble on the low-calorie offerings. Be mindful of the beverages you drink, some of them contain a high calorie content too.
Be the Host
Host some of the Holiday get-togethers for family and friends so you can control the menu. Prepare one main food indulgence, then surround it with healthy side dishes and fresh fruit for dessert. Read more
Movember. What is it? It’s women supporting men growing a mustache for the month of November to support men’s health. This may be a difficult thing to do, and lord knows the Northwest needs another bearded man like the 520 needs a toll, but, when it’s for such a good cause, it’s much more bearable. And it will keep you warm at night.
How does it work?
Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
Interested in becoming a Mo Sista? Learn more here.
Check out some Local Movember Events
Everyone knows most of the statistics regarding women in the work place — that they are only paid eighty cents for every dollar a man makes, that they work fewer hours, and that they are less likely to be promoted. What many people may not know is that more and more women are breaking through to the top, with Catalyst reporting that nearly seventeen percent of Fortune 500 board seats belong to women (nearly double that of two decades ago), with some eighteen percent of corporate offices on the Fortune 500 belonging to women. While the glass ceiling may still frustrate women, it is no longer impenetrable. How can you become a successful woman at the top?
Why do men get ahead more readily in the workplace than women? This question has many answers, but one surprising one: because they demand it and women do not. CNN reports that men are eighty-five percent more likely to demand a raise or promotion than women. Instead of being modest about accomplishments, bang the drum and make sure everyone knows that your initiative, suggestions and/or labor created a positive result, so there is no question about your track record or your ability to get things done.