Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A great way to save money while traveling is to rent a short term stay apartment. We're staying in a fabulous flat in Le Marais that's about half the price as a hotel, yet far larger. Plus we get to experience what it would be like to live here. I took the photo above out the window this evening. Not bad, right? Believe me, I'm visualizing a mid-term stay for some point in the future!
More sight seeing tomorrow, but for now, it's time for much needed sleep. We powered thru today to avoid sleep irregularities. I'm on hour 29zzzzzzzzzzzz....
Monday, March 29, 2010
Mention to friends that you're traveling out of the country and folks start sharing horror stories of outrageous cellphone bills. Two of my friends were forced to pay thousands of dollars for phone usage during recent vacations.
Being an avid iPhone user, I knew this was an important part of my travel plans. Plus, I need to be able to blog from the sidewalk cafes, oui?
Here's what I discovered.
Set up international cellphone usage.
A simple phone call to your carrier before you leave will avoid all problems. There are all sorts of plans depending on your length of stay and estimated usage.
Turn Data Roaming "OFF": When you go on an international plan, you are charged for all data usage including sending & receiving emails, web browsing, and apps that require web.
Turn Fetch New Data "OFF": Check email and sync contacts and calendars manually instead of having the data pushed to your phone automatically. This way you can control the flow of data coming to your phone.
Purchase an International Data Package: Purchasing an international data package can significantly reduce the cost of using data abroad. Additional fees apply to sending and receiving texts abroad.
Reset the Usage Tracker to Zero: This will enable you to track your estimated data usage.
Cancel the plan when you return. Set a reminder to cancel the monthly international rate once you're home.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
- a brass box containing foreign money and helpful people's business cards
- a tray of an angel's wing with an angel's touchstone in it
- an oil painting of the French Alps
- a few books on manifesting my goals
- and a statue of the Eiffel Tower ('cuz I've got a touch of the Francophile)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Does the artwork in your home and workspace reflect your goals and passions? Take a look around to see how your art is influencing you.
One client requested a consultation because his work environment was so stressful. In the Career Area of his office was a black & white photo of Philippe Petit walking on a tight-rope between the World Trade Towers.
How about you? Are you feeling frustrated by the lack of helpful people in your life? Maybe the sad clown prints in your Travel & Helpful People Area aren’t helping. Looking for love while surrounded by paintings of empty beach chairs?
I recently saw a large collage that included sheet music of Gershwin hits including “Nice work if you can get it,” “Brother can you spare a dime,” “Let’s call the whole thing off,” and “It ain’t necessarily so.” Now imagine if this piece were to hang in Wealth Area of your home. Hey, it would drag down pretty much every area! At first glance, it was a very attractive collage. That’s why art requires a second look. Ask yourself, “Does this piece support or hinder me.”
Look around your home and workspace to see if the artwork is supporting your goals or reflecting just the opposite. Sometimes moving them to another location is all that is needed. For example, a watercolor of a man alone in his field might create loneliness in the Love & Marriage Area, but it could be great in the Career Area.
To locate the Career, Wealth and Love & Marriage Areas of your home or office, visit the Feng Shui section of my website www.space-lift.com.
Friday, March 26, 2010
If you love inspiring art, look no further than artist Sandhi Shimmel Gold. And if you're interested in being green, cutting down on clutter or are just plain feed-up with junk mail, well, Sandhi's your gal for that, too.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Whenever I write or create anything new (my website, the Feng Shui tips, the ebooks, this blog etc), I always approach it by first thinking "what would I want to know if I were learning it for the first time." See, when I first became interested in Feng Shui and Green Design, I was a sponge for the information...but I couldn't find what I was looking for all in one place. I had to piece it all together like a huge puzzle. So that's what I continue to put together to share with you.
With that in mind, I'm really proud to say that the recording of my last tele-seminar is now available for instant download. I had a blast doing it and am so happy to provide a jam-packed hour full of great Feng Shui information. So here's the scoop...
How To Be A Money Magnet
Attracting Wealth The Feng Shui Way
A 58-Minute MP3 Audio Recording that you can
download onto your computer, load onto your iPod,
or burn onto a CD to listen in the car.
Plus as a bonus, you'll get the transcript notes to read, too.
If you're looking to 'get into the flow,' this recording is filled to the brim with all sorts of ways to help you tap into the financial flow of Wealth Energy by creating a home that acts as a Money Magnet.
It also includes essential information about the non-physical aspects of attracting wealth such as Intentions and the Laws of Attraction and Prosperity.
If it seems like you're in a constant struggle paddling upstream against the current, applying the tips I share in this audio (and in the 12 pages of notes) will help you turn your boat around and head downstream.
And you know the zinger? Everything you want is downstream. Everything.
How To Be A Money Magnet will teach you how to:
•Locate the Wealth Area in your home or workspace
•Cure a “Missing” Wealth Area
•Rid your personal surroundings of negative energy
•Identity items that block financial flow
•Add items that increase wealth energy
•Draw positive energy into the home
•Balance other areas essential to attracting money
•Start attracting Wealth Energy immediately
Listen to the MP3 Audio Recording and read the bonus notes anytime you want, as many times as you want, to get inspired and stay motivated.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tomorrow starts WestWeek 2010 at the Pacific Design Center. It's the time of year when all the big furniture, fabric and accessory manufacturers reveal their new product lines. Basically, it's a big party for designers.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Back by popular demand, more videos from OneMinuteShifts.com.
It’s easy to get lost in the complexity of our fast paced lives. Here are three videos, each only one minute long, but containing very simple solutions for delivering important kernels of wisdom. Enjoy.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The other night at one of Marianne Williamson's lectures, a guy asked her what she thought of Vision Boards. She told him to go ahead and use them if he likes, that yes, they work...but with a Vision Board you are telling God/The Universe exactly what you want and you could be missing out on something much better that He might have in mind for you.
"You know," she added, "you can go with the Divine Intelligence that created Man and all of Nature, or you can do it yourself. Don't you want that Intelligence to bring you that which is for your highest good rather than what you can come up with in your limited vision?"
Marianne said it was the difference between Magic and Miracles. Yes, the Magic (such as Vision Boards) works, but why not invoke the Divine to create a Miracle?
She told a story of a guy who spent all sorts of energy asking for a small walk-on part in a television show. She wondered if perhaps God wanted to arrange a great part in a Scorsese film but he missed out on it because he was so focused on getting a few lines on 'CSI.'
From a Feng Shui perspective this is why adding your personal intentions to your cures is so important. Without your intentions, you have simply moved furniture, added color and placed items that represent your goals. And yes, Magic can happen from the energy shift of this physical aspect of Feng Shui.
But once you invoke the Divine by adding your intentions (the non-physical aspect of Feng Shui), you then get the Miracles. That's when the Universe realigns itself for your highest good to bringing things, people and events beyond your imagination.
If you have "tried" practicing Feng Shui, but not much has happened, add your sincere Intentions. Aim high, and call on The Universe to swiftly manifest your desires for your highest good. Then sit back in amazement as your wildest dreams unfold.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Americans spend 90% of their time inside. Modern buildings are tightly sealed to conserve energy, and indoor air quality is often poor because many conventional building materials (not to mention other products in our homes and workplaces) contain toxins that off-gas into the air.
1. Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and particulates that build up indoors; be sure to change vacuum filter bags or clean dirt cups often, to ensure that the dust and dirt doesn't end up back in your home.
2. Use the power of nature to help clean the air indoors – buy some plants! Plants remove chemical quickly from the air, and can actually thrive on substances that can be harmful to people.
3. Use materials that and furnishings that are non-toxic – including wall finishes, caulks, adhesives, upholstered furniture, and carpeting.
4. Use natural cleaning products, which contain no volatile organic compounds or toxic chemicals.
5. Invest in good HEPA air filters to help purify the air in your home, and be sure to change filters often.
6. Remove your shoes when you come indoors, and prevent a host of dirt, dust and other particles from spreading throughout.
7. Never smoke indoors.
8. Check air and furnace filters at least every two months, and replace or clean regularly.
9. Encase your mattress and pillows to protect against dust mites.
10. Take steps to ensure that your home remains mold-free.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I love double-duty items. I guess it comes from living in Manhattan apartments where everything needed dual or triple function in order to fit in the limited space. So I just about flipped when I was the photo above. What an awesome way to add a table to a small area, and conversely, to store away a table when you need more room for guests. You just gotta be sure no one sticks gum under the table!Here's the info from Lifehackers...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Most of us here in Los Angeles were awakened yesterday morning at 4:40am with a hardy shaking by a relatively mild earthquake. Having experienced the Northridge Quake in 1994, I was so glad to realize that my earthquake auto-pilot responses are alert. As I cleared the brain fog from a deep sleep, I found I'd already grabbed my glasses and slippers (which I always keep bedside). Thank goodness, this quake was a just healthy reminder and nothing worse.About the only upside to 'the big one' coming is that this time I'll be prepared.I'm a big believer in having things set up just in case, because I've experienced a 6.9 quake without an ounce of preparation. Trust me, not having a flashlight in the pitch dark when you're disorient and scared is not fun, especially when you're barefoot walking on broken stuff and you can't find your shoes. Or glasses.
After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable.
Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location.
Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily.
Your basic emergency kit should include:
- Water – one gallon per person per day
- Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
- Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
- Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
- First Aid kit & instructions
- A copy of important documents & phone numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
- Heavy work gloves
- Disposable camera
- Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
- Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
- Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
- Any special-needs items for children,seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.
A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.
Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.
- Radio – battery operated
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife
- Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Local map
- Some water and food
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
- List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
- List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
- Copy of health insurance and identification cards
- Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
- Prescription medications and first aid supplies
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Extra keys to your house and vehicle
- Any special-needs items for children,seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.