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The Unconditional.

Thrifty Thursday Thrills.

Thrifty Thursday Thrills.

One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it is needed whether that is in the form of time, money or love.

 The most difficult time to be generous is when we ourselves are feeling poor. While some of us have experienced actually being in the red financially, there are those of us who would feel broke even if we had a million dollars in the bank. Either way, as the old adage goes, it’s always in giving that we receive. Meaning, when we’re living in a state of lack, the very gesture we may least want to give is the very act that could help us create the abundance we seek. One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it’s needed. Giving money to a cause or person in need is one way to give energy. Giving attention, love, or a smile to another person are other acts of giving we can offer. After all, there are people all over the world that are hungry for love.

Sometimes, when we practice generosity, we practice it conditionally. We might be expecting to “receive back” from the person to whom we gave. We might even become angry or resentful if that person doesn’t reciprocate. However, trust in the natural flow of energy & you’ll find yourself practicing generosity with no strings attached. This is the purest form of giving. Remember what you send out will always come back you. Selflessly helping a friend in need without expecting them to return the same favor in the same way & know that you, too, will receive that support from the universe when you need it.

Besides, while giving conditionally creates stress (because we are waiting with an invisible balance sheet to receive our due), giving unconditionally creates & generates abundance. We give freely, because we trust there’s always an unlimited supply.
Being aware of how much we’re always supported by the universe is one of the keys to abundance & generosity. Consciously remember the times you’ve received support from expected & unexpected sources. Remember anyone who has helped you when you’ve needed it most & bless all situations that come into your life for the lessons & gifts they bring you. Remember, all things given and received emanate from generosity. Giving is an act of gratitude. Plant the seeds of generosity through your acts of giving & you’ll grow the fruits of abundance for yourself & those around you.

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What Does Your Bed Say About You?

Tailored Tuesday: Your bed -------- here ---------.

Tailored Tuesday: Your bed ——– here ———.

Guy de Maupassant certainly has one view of “the bed.” The fact that he died at a young age after ongoing struggles with both physical and mental health kind of makes one think he probably spent a fair amunt of time in bed. Though, in one way, this kind of makes him an expert on the subject.

So, what does your bed really reveal about you? Think nothing? Think again. According to Cosmo:

Less is More?

If you’re into a minimalist look, you’re likely open-minded. Your bed mimics your Zen & unfussy attitude. The straightforward style shows you are direct and say what’s on your mind.

Cozy & Chill?

A style all about physical & emotional comfort shows you’re sentimental and loyal. Items like old quilts say your relationships, especially with friends, are important to you.

Girly & Chic?

A feminine bed suggests you crave feeling pampered & the bold colors say you’re outgoing. The eye-catching details indicate you thrive as the center of attention.

All Jumbled Up?

A rumpled bed indicates you’re a bit disorganized. But your messiness also means you don’t sweat the small details (like matching your sheets) & tend to be spontaneous.

Forget what you’ve heard about the eyes being the window to the soul.  The bed you sleep in is the window.  Your bed shows your personality, habits, hygiene & most of your irritating little idiosyncrasies.   Your bed speaks volumes. Of course, we’re operating on the given that you hopefully have a bed. And, if you’re like us, you probably spend as much of your life as possible in that bed. And, what better way to get to know someone than to study the space they spend their unconscious time in? Whether you smother your bed in nice, fluffy pillows or strip it down to the bare minimals, a lot can be learned about you from your bed.

What is yours revealing?

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What do You See?

The ChicIca Chair rocks by on this week's Modern Monday - HOT!

The ChicIca Chair rocks by on this week’s Modern Monday – HOT!

Recognizing that our past worries only really affect us when we mull over them in the present allows us to cultivate a greater sense of peace & acceptance in our lives. Even though there will always be times when we need to process the pain of the past, it’s much more beneficial for our overall health & wellbeing if we concentrate our efforts on the wonders that exist in our lives right now. For, by doing so, we will understand the past can only really affect us through our thoughts. Remaining in the present will help you to let go of the past by keeping your focus on the marvel of who you are today.

In the meantime, try curling up in your favorite chair, hammock, or zen space and take some time to remember how far you’ve come. After all, recognizing & counting our blessings helps to usher new ones in. Admittedly, Thoreau was dead on with this line. When you look in the mirror – no matter how fabulous it may be – what do you really see reflecteed back?

No manner of lovely possessions can fill any gaping void. Though, admittedly, rocking in this beautiful ChicIca leather based with polished stainless steel framed contemporary rocking chair re·splend·ent with a hand-crafted curved plywood back construction would surely help ease your woes, if only for a few moments. With a US$3500 pricetag, you might want to ease into and out of this with great care. If you haven’t quite “gotten there,” remember, there’s a reason a home isn’t built in a day. Slow and steady win the race.

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Familiar, yet Different.

Swanky Sunday feature; Edgeland Residence.

Swanky Sunday feature; Edgeland Residence.

When we come full circle there is the feeling that we have come to a familiar place but we are somehow different.

Life is a circular journey through our issues & processes, and this is why things that are technically new often seem very familiar. It’s also why, whenever we work to release a habit, change a pattern, or overcome a fear, we often encounter that issue one last time, even after we thought we’d conquered it. Often, when this happens, we feel defeated or frustrated that after all our hard work we’re still dealing with the same problem(s). However, the reappearance of a pattern, habit, or fear, is often a sign that we have come full circle, and that if we can maintain our resolve through one last test, we’ll achieve a new level of mastery.

When we come full circle, there‘s often the feeling we’ve arrived in a familiar place, but that we ourselves are somehow different. We know we can handle challenges that seemed insurmountable when we began our journey, & there’s the feeling we might be ready to take on a new problem, or some new aspect of the old problem. We feel empowered & courageous to have taken on the challenge of stopping a pattern, releasing a habit, or overcoming a fear, and to have succeeded. At times like these, we deserve a moment of rest & self-congratulation before we move on to the next challenge.

Coming full circle is like stepping into a clearing where, for a moment, we can see where we came from & where we’re standing at the same time. Remembering that we’ll be tested again is important, but it’s also imperative to pause &take a look at the ground we’ve covered, honoring our courage, our persistence, and our achievement(s). Then and only then can we begin the next leg of our circular journey with a deeper understanding of where we’re coming from and where we’ve been.

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Striking Saturday Says: The Client is Always Right.

It's Striking Saturday, ya'll!

It’s Striking Saturday, ya’ll!

Well, at least if you want to be paid. In the meantime, for those in design professions, we can all commiserate about the plain old stupidity of some clients. Thankfully, there’s a website that allows us to do just that. The following pearls of wisdom appear courtesy of Clients From Hell:

“The artwork is approved, but we need to replace the skeleton, we think it might be homosexual, and that could ostracize the audience, it’s a very masculine industry.

Make it more good.

I had a client that requested we meet in his kitchen. Halfway through our meeting, he excused himself to go to the bathroom but left the door open so we could continue to talk. I charged extra for that meeting.

My wife really hates blue. So does my secretary.

When I get a business card this size (not 3.5 x 2 inches), I think that that person is a fag.

Can you make the circles a little bit rounder?

It seems to be taking a long time. Would it be quicker if I came down and sat with you guys through it all?

You’re gonna charge $400 for that? Aren’t you from India? What’re you going to do with $400?!

Can you bill your design time in 6 minute increments

I’m pretty broke right now.

For loads more frustrating fun, make sure you check out Clients From Hell (and submit your own horror stories!). Do you have your own frustrating design horror stories?

Original Post discovered on Apartment Therapy. Thank you guys, this one was good!

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Passion, Personality & FLAIR.

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Although some may find it shocking when we don’t hold our thoughts & feelings inside, being ourselves draws toward us those who are of like minds & spirits, and pushes away those people whose ideals we don’t share. When we broadcast our true selves, we act as an example for others, showing them how freeing & rewarding it can be. It is not our job to make everyone like us, only to be our best selves to the best of our abilities, without fear. When we harness the bold, outgoing feeling we have, we can spread light everywhere we go.

The same holds true for our design choices. Take, for example, the above quasi-fourth-of-July-esque stripe paint & zig-zag window treatment. It certainly may not be for everyone, but it sure exudes personality and packs a flair-icious punch! At the end of the day, the only person needing to “love” or “approve” of you, or your home is you and those with whom you share your life.

We tend to spend more time than we’d care to admit seeking the approval of others. Can you imagine if the revolutionaries of the U.S. had this mind set? Dare to inject a little of your inner wild child a la Pink (click for a peek of Pink’s pad), or your Audrey Hepburn(check out some literal Hepburn for the home),or try liberating your inner Liberace (you guessed it, his Sherman Oaks casa) into your home & watch a world of possibilities open before your very eyes! What better time to start than over a long weekend? Happy Independence Day.

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Ridding Yourself from Complications.

Serene Sunday on eyewash

Serene Sunday on eyewash

Regular periods of sleep are key to a healthy body and a clear mind as it is during sleep that your body renews itself.

When life gets busy, sleep is often the first activity we sacrifice. Considered a luxury by many busy people, sleep is actually as vital to sustaining a balanced life as are breathing, eating, and drinking. Getting sufficient sleep can be a potent energizer, just as not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling drained and sluggish. While eight hours is the average amount of sleep for which most adults should generally aim, the right amount of sleep varies upon the individual. Some people may thrive on just four hours, while others don’t feel well rested unless they’ve slept for ten hours. How much we sleep also varies, depending upon where we are in life. Young people often need more sleep, while Elders may need less. However, the benefits of sleep always stay the same. Regular & consistent periods of wakefulness / sleep are key ingredients to fostering a healthy body & a clear mind. After all, it’s during sleep that your body renews itself.

The ability to forgo sleep is considered by some to be an asset. But, while it may seem the nighttime hours can be better used for more productive activities, sleep in itself is extremely productive. During sleep, your body & psyche are both regaining their strength for the coming day. You may even have the unique opportunity to explore the hidden recesses of your personality while you dream. Meanwhile, your long-term memories are reinforced.

Many cultures engage in an afternoon siesta. Taking a nap is refreshing & can increase both productivity and creativity. Author Lewis Carroll is said to have conceived his idea for Alice in Wonderland while dreaming. A good night’s sleep also has been known to bring with it the gifts of clarity, wisdom, and a fresh perspective. Even the ancient Greeks thought of sleep as a gift from the gods. Giving yourself the gift of peaceful slumber, you’ll likely find yourself feeling alert, refreshed & ready for life’s challenges. You may also find yourself feeling more centered, thoughtful, and aware throughout the day so you can live your full potential. No matter what your ongoing complications may be, try and take time to mend yourself this weekend.

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