Be Able to Recognize the Good

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This past weekend was a blessing for me!

I was with my mom and she told me a story about how her great-grandmother was a firm believer of the Law of Attraction. Of course, that’s not what it was called back then. However, the main strength of the  message is the same. That message was, “If you think good thoughts, good things will happen and if you think bad thoughts, bad thoughts will happen.” The “self-fulfilling prophecy” or “karma”as others call it as well. There are many different interpretations and sayings but the main message is the best and most important part.

I’m sure a lot of us may (or may not) believe in this in some way or another but do we really remember to play it out on a daily basis?

I know some days it can be hard to turn the other cheek, especially if we’re having an “off” day and I think that’s completely normal. But if we’re continuously beating or belittling ourselves on a regular basis, then it can create serious effects. Being able to recognize the good simply means, being grateful and taking a second  or two to actually look around you and notice your breath, that you have your vision and/or sense of smell. We often take those amazing things for granted and sometimes we have to step back and say, Hey! I am perfectly healthy and happy and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Here are some ways to recognize the good in your life:

  • Think of 3 things that went smoothly in the past 5 hours.
  • Look up at the sky and make a positive intention.
  • Inhale in and feel your chest expand with an abundance of air.
  • Write down some things your grateful for and just be thankful for those things/events.
  • Hang a nice picture up and let it remind you of the good you have in your life.
  • Play with your pets.
  • Think highly of the ones you love.

I am really grateful that my mom was able to share that little story with us, it’s as if she too was awakened to think outside the box of abundant possibilities. For that, I am happy.

awgrat

 

Be Able to Use Feng Shui

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Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a lady from work and she asked me if I followed the ideas of Feng Shui. Being an enthusiast of (Western) Feng Shui, I said, “YES!” Personally,  I’ve read (and continue to read) about Feng Shui since my college days and it’s something my mom and aunts have taught me at a young age. I do it around my house, rooms and office and it definitely works for me.

So she began asking me several questions and it led to an extensive conversation. I had to provide her with a disclaimer though – I told her I’m not an expert, licensed or magician  but I can make several suggestions for you.

Here are some questions she had for me that day:

Her Question: I want togetherness and closeness with my family, how can I do that?

Answer: My first thought was, “pray” and do a short affirmation about you’re family being in complete harmony and love. Then I exaplained that the family section is to the west-side of her front door of her house. I asked her what she had there and she didn’t have much that represented family, so I told her to place a happy picture of her and her family. Adding a live plant can also help because of it’s lush green color and the representation of life.

Her Question: There’s a sword near my husband’s side of the bed is that ok?

Answer: No, especially if it’s the love/romance/marriage side of your room. Swords mostly represent fighting, combat or violence and this isn’t what you want in your relationship.

Q: I don’t have room in my wealth section to add more things, what should I do?

Answer: Make room! Get rid of whatever is there and place the right items that go in the wealth section such as: a fish (or turtle) tank, bamboo plants, lucky Buddha statues, coins, piggy-banks (any representation for money or wealth for you)

Western or modern Feng Shui is the art of position certain pieces of furniture (or items) in a harmonious location either in your house, room or office. Think of is as placing items in particular sections of your house so that better energy can flow through. There are other types as well that go into detail and depth and it’s up to the individual to decipher which techniques are best for them.

Here are 5 basic Feng Shui tips you can do today:

1.  Clean the space: Energy needs to flow smoothly in your space and how can it do that if the room is messy and unorganized? Cleaning allows the good energy to flow smoothly, allowing you to have good opportunities and things to come into your life.

2. Throw Things Away: I learned recently that I cannot keep every momento and note from friends and family. Only keep meaningful things and toss the things you absolutely do not need. Getting rid of old items allows you to have new things in your life that may possess better energy.

3. Google the Bagua: The Bagua is an octagon where each side has a representation of your life. It has 8 sides that include: Your career, self-understanding, family, wealth, fame/reputation, love, children, travel/helpful people. In each of these sections you may place a specific item or furniture piece that relates to one of those sections. For example, on the love section of my bagua (in my room) I can put fresh flowers or pictures of my loved ones. Those items represent love and placing red items or items representing love, will ultimately bring more of that into my life.

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4. Donate Stuff: Consider donating things you don’t need anymore such as old clothes that don’t fit, shoes, electronics that you don’t use or old magazines and books. Helping others and giving is another terrific way to increase better vibrations into your life.

5. Think Bright & Open: Open your shutters or blinds that you tend to keep close to let natural light come into your room. If you’re concerned about privacy, consider putting up light curtains that still allow the sunlight to come in. Open your windows once in awhile to let fresh air come in and circulate fresh, clean air into your room.

Western or modern Feng Shui is the art of position certain pieces of furniture (or items) in a harmonious location either in your house, room or office. Think of is as placing items in particular sections of your house so that better energy can flow through. There are other types as well that go into detail and depth and it’s up to the individual to decipher which techniques are best for them.

If you’re curious about it or never found it interesting, there are many books and sites online to learn more about it. Make sure you pick something that resonates with you and don’t feel forced to do anything that doesn’t feel good for you. Remember to always listen you your intuition before following a stranger. It’s not just a woo-woo thing, religious-based and doesn’t require buying new furniture, it just requires a bit of moving, tossing out and placing items in their respective places.

Hope that helps and good luck!

awgrat

Be Able to Wander (San Francisco & Oakland, CA)

Hi everyone!

Hope your week has been flowing smoothly!

This past week, I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off from my day-to-day activities and go out and wander in Northern California. This time around,  I was wandering the streets of  Oakland (Glenview District), Daly City and San Francisco. I had my really close friends of mine to accommodate me and show me all the nice points of interests. The weather was perfect outside and I was even able to catch  a walk-through and mini-hike around the Muir Woods National Monument  which was beautiful and refreshing. The clean and crisp air was a nice change from the city air.  Admission was $7.00 and the parking was free but somewhat tough because it was a 3-day weekend. I caught the nice and big Lake Merritt which was in Oakland and it was such a nice day out to row boats. It’s $10 for an hour with a $20 deposit for row boats. In the city of San Francisco  there’s a lot of things to do like shop ’til you drop, take gleaming photos of the buildings or artwork and catch fresh seafood at Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf). The possibilities are endless!

 

So as you can see, wandering can be fun and can awaken our senses and surroundings. It’s a great time for when you’re ready to move about! Happy travels!

Here are some points I wanted to share about being able to getaway & wander:

  • When the time is right (and you have to find time), go out of your city and wander around. Eat different foods you’ve never tried and look at plants and your surroundings with an open eye. Let all the beauty and fresh air enter you and be in the moment.
  • Breathe easy and enjoy the plans that are made up. Breathe and enjoy!
  • Walk slowly
  • Be able to laugh
  • Ask people friendly questions.

Hope you enjoy!

Be Able to See Your Vision Board

Some of the vision boards I have nailed to the wall in my room, I look at them every morning. 

Hey everyone!

Question: Have you looked at your vision board lately? Are you having trouble putting one together?

In a nutshell, a vision board is a collage of pictures or words that are meaningful and crucial to your future. It can contain anything you want to see in the near or far future and it should be viewed at at least once a day. Don’t be shy and out whatever that is meaningful to you. It’s fun and it’s easy!

Things you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • magazines of things/events/words of your liking
  • glue or tape
  • a board or frame to put the collage together on
  • a couple of minutes (depending on how carried away you get with the board)
  • positive and humble thoughts

Here are some key things to remember when putting together your board:

  • It’s not silly – It’s 100 % real if you actually put the effort into it and believe it to manifest in your life. Any questionable doubt or hindered feelings will definitely delay the process. You can Google it and find hundreds of great stories that came from vision boards.
  • You must be willing to give back and work hard – You must provide value to others and have a humble purpose for your actions in life. Don’t expect that everything will manifest if you are not out there making a difference.
  • Don’t be afraid – Put up exactly what you want. You are worth it and deserving of all things that are great.
  • Share your vision board with other people – If they think it’s silly, don’t mind them because you don’t need that negativity and doubtful character in your life if you want to get ahead and achiever more. People with the same visions and goals are better to be around.

Once you’ve put the collage  together, hang it up somewhere you can see it every day or even twice a day. A well-lit place is also a great idea to place the vision board(s). The more you look at it, the more motivation and power it possesses.

When you look a it, visualize yourself already obtaining those things/situations/events in your life. Humbly smile at the millions of people you’ve helped, feel the warm water in your infinity pool, smell the leather in that new Maybach. This not only tells the universe that you want it, but it implants a powerful thought, the thought that one day, it will be yours.

I hope that helps!

Be Creative!

[A flower that my cousin made out of blue duct tape! Placed on his ukulele]

Creativity is something that allows us to use  our skills, emotions and thoughts we don’t necessarily use on a daily basis, especially if we don’t practice something creative in our daily lives. I’m mostly a right-brained thinker so I automatically have that urge to do something creative every now and then. I either try and make a vision board, make jewelry, design a birthday card or even organize my room. I need creativity in my life and I think that it’s so important that we find time to do creative things.

The other week, I had a talk with a good friend of mine who recently tapped into her creative side again after a couple of years. She let me know that it was fun, environmentally friendly and so easy to make the simple things that we usually purchase at the stores like candles and chapstick.

Here are some reasons why tapping into your creativity is GREAT:

  • It brings out your inner-child. Our inner-child needs to play once in awhile. If we are too serious and stressed all day, it really takes a toll on our bodies. If you like children, this allows you to connect and bond with them.
  • You can create unique things you can’t find anywhere else and it’s your very own mix, no matter if you see something similar to it in stores.
  • It’s better for the environment when you can make things from recyclable materials.
  • It allows you to think outside the box and ignite create thoughts.
  • You can save money by making someone a gift instead of buying them something that isn’t too personalized.

Hope this helps you unleash that creative side we all know that you have inside of you. Good luck and have some fun!

What are some ways you stay creative or use your creativity on a weekly basis?

 

How to Keep your Indoor Plants Alive & Healthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having safe and common plants in our house and/or office can be highly beneficial to us in various ways. Plants are living organisms just like people; they require water, cleanliness and like attention. Also, since there are hundreds of different household plants, it’s also good to remember that specific plants can bring you specific health benefits. Keep in mind that there are some plants that do no mix well with humans or animals, so it’s important to research some household plants before welcoming them into your home.

So here are 3 basic benefits of having household plants:

  1. They lift our spirits – Seeing a live, lusciously green plant on a daily basis may keep us more calm and relaxed. The idea of seeing a living thing is automatically joyous in our minds.
  2. They help clean our air – NASA studies found that common household plants help to clean our air and remove some toxic emissions such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. There are studies that show that particular types of plants can also negate the smoke of cigarettes and can help with allergies.
  3. They keep you in the present moment – When you water your plant and clean its leaves, you are enjoying the moment and the universe likes to know that you are grateful. Taking care of plants will remind you of how wonderful life is and to slow down.
Here are some tips to keep your indoor plants alive and healthy:
  • Make sure they are in a well-sized pot and they have room to grow.
  • It they require soil and they need to be replanted, keep the soil that they came in and just add more soil to the surrounding areas.
  • Keep the soil moist but not too damp.
  • Water often and clean their leaves of dust so they can grow healthier.
  • Cut their yellow or brown tips with a scissor.
  • Know your plant!  if they require direct sunlight, place them in a spot that gets a lot of light, if they require some or no sunlight, DO NOT place them in direct sunlight. I know my bamboo plants do not like direct sunlight as much as my tropical plant does, so do some research on the plant you’re getting so you know how to best take care of them.
  • Get a water bottle spray and spray their leaves and soil, plants love this.
Here are some sites that talk more about the benefits of having house plants:

Hope that helps you and good luck with your plants!

Be Creative- My Ceramics Class

I’ve always wanted to take ceramics but I never had the chance to in high school or college. So now that I have some time, I get to take a ceramics class! This allows me to learn proper throwing techniques and ways to be super creative. It’s really fun being able to being home things that you actually put together yourself.

The whole process starts with an idea of something that you would like to make. Once you get the amount of clay you want to use, you start wedging the clay and depending if your free-handing or throwing the clay will depend on the next steps. Once you’ve completely finished making your item, depending on the weather or room temperature, proper drying will take 2-4 days.  It must be properly dried before it gets fired in the  bisque (this is where the items go to become hardened so it won’t break in the glazing fire). Once that is done, you can glaze it with any color that’s available. It’s important to be patient here and pay attention to detail. Once you’re done glazing, it is fired again and firing takes a couple of hours.

So ceramics is a week’s process and that makes me grateful for all the ceramics items I have at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!