Forget about Resolutions and have a Slow, Self-care January.
Despite its gloominess, I love January. It is a long, slow month. And it's a time when we naturally feel more inclined to hibernate than get out there and make things happen. Many people resent how it seems to drag out and can't wait until February arrives and life restarts. What I've noticed in recent years, is that once February hits, the year takes off like a rocket and we're all chasing our tails trying to meet this and that deadline.Read full story
Why I set New Year Intentions in February, not January.
It seems counter-intuitive, I know. The first of January comes with all the 'new year, new you' hype and it's easy to get carried along with the tide of that energy. But within a week 25% of people have given up, and by the end of the month only 64% are still sticking by their new year resolutions. Six months into the year, that figure has further declined to 46% of us are still sticking with them.Read full story
Pinterest Predicts Interiors Trends for 2022
For the eighth year running, Pinterest has published its predictions for trends that will rise in the coming year. This relates to all parts of our lives, and to date, they've had an accuracy rate of 80%.Read full story
Summer Solstice Meditation to Fire up Our Inner Strength.
The meaning of ‘Solstice’ is ‘sun standing still’ and honouring the sun twice per year is a pre-Christian custom that was celebrated throughout the American and European continents.Read full story
Three Home Décor Trends to Avoid, and What to Do Instead.
As an interior designer, I follow—and sometimes salivate over—home décor trends as much as any other interiors enthusiast. And I don't think trends are a bad thing at all. They help us evolve the looks of our home, and when applied well, they can make an out-of-date space feel more contemporary without the expense of a complete overhaul.Read full story
Easy Rituals to Mark the May Festival of Bealtaine/Beltane.
In modern times, May 1st has been officially deemed to be the feast of Bealtaine. However, the precise date falls halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This year Bealtaine technically falls on May 5th, so you still have time to mark and celebrate this life-affirming turning point in our calendar.Read full story
Harness the Energy of Spring, to Spring Forward in your Life
In astrology, the Spring Equinox is the actual ‘new year,’ which makes complete sense to me. I, for one, always feel much more inclined to shake things up in my life in springtime than in the darkest depths of winter when we’re traditionally encouraged to consider developing new habits.Read full story
A Full Moon Meditation for Healing.
February 27th we have a full moon in Virgo. Full moons are believed to radiate an energy that supports us in letting go of issues that aren't serving us. This energy remains potent for the 24 hours leading into the full moon and the 24 hours that follow. So this weekend is a great time to set an intention to release anything you feel ready to say goodbye to.Read full story
A Feng Shui Primer for Westerners
Many ancient traditions applied sacred space practices to purify the energy of our homes. In the modern western world, though, Feng Shui is possibly the better-known system. And it can be relatively simple to apply — if we don’t get too bogged down in having to do it perfectly.Read full story
Genuine Kindness is a Self Care Practice.
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. That’s kind of cool. And also sad. We shouldn’t really need such a day. Being kind should be part of our daily experience. Not just for the benefit of others, but for our own service too.Read full story
A Valentine's Day Meditation for Everyone.
The Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day can make ‘Love’ appear to be an exclusive club. With membership reserved for those with a romantic partner. This is precisely why the day can be one of the loneliest days of the year…Read full story
Harness the Power of the New Moon with a Meditation to invite love, joy, and purpose into your life.
I have developed an interest in astrology in recent years, but I don’t pretend to fully understand its intricate complexities. I have learned, though, to pay attention to the over-arching themes. And I do my best to be mindful of them as I go about my days.Read full story
Busting Myths that Keep People from Meditating
While the benefits of meditation are no longer doubted, and the practice is becoming more and more mainstream, many people still believe that it’s not for them. And — for most of them — this is probably not the case.Read full story
Feng Shui Tips for the Bedroom, to Enhance Romance.
In Feng Shui, your bedroom is always a romance hotspot. There is a good chance that another part of your home is where Relationships & Romance officially sits in the Bagua – and you should pay attention to that area too.Read full story
Borrowing from the Wisdom of Bob Marley, on his Birthday.
Had he lived, Bob Marley would have turned 76 on February 6th. Only 36 when he died, he bore the wisdom of someone much older. A kind of understanding which doesn’t start to dawn on many until middle age or later.Read full story
Imbolc: What are you Ready to Give Birth to?
In nature, February brings a shift in energy that we can harness for our own personal growth too. Stemming from the pagan Celtic tradition, sunset on February 1st until sunset on February 2nd is celebrated as ‘Imbolc’.Read full story
How to Space Clear: Releasing what doesn't Serve and Inviting in what does.
Both Karen Kingston and Denise Linn claim to have coined the modern term “space clearing”. But the practice it represents is an ancient tradition found in many parts of the world.Read full story
5 Minutes of Daily Meditation is Better than an Hour Once a Week.
Meditation is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, and it has the backing of science for decades now. Even if you’re not a meditator, you’re probably aware of all the benefits it can bring to your life.Read full story
Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger, Without Painting it White.
The most common advice when it comes to decorating a small space is to paint it white. And while this has its merits, it won't always work. White reflects light, and this can help a room to feel more spacious. But if the light coming in is northern (in the northern hemisphere), the room will never be bright enough.Read full story
Treat your Home Like a Temple: Why it Matters and How to do it.
Our homes have always been inextricably linked to our wellbeing. And that is especially true in this Covid era. Required to spend almost all our days within our homes, it’s time to start treating them as temples.Read full story