Changing the world one business,
one home, one person at a time
Thanks, Ronda, for the suggestion to bring back free workshops. We're going to give it a try by featuring one each quarter; BUT reservations are required. If there are less than six participants, the class will not be held. So, if you're like Ronda and want to attend -- reserve your seat.
People have been requesting Your Office and Producing Extraordinary Results again so that's the first one on the docket. It's a great way to start the year since it includes not only Feng Shui for offices (including home offices), but also goal setting and time management principles. Having managed staff in multiple cities, being a former senior project manager, and now managing a dynamic business (and busy schedule) ... this is an awesome class.
Long-awaited case studies are here. We'll present entire projects from start to finish ... their Feng Shui goals and how Feng Shui affected their blueprints (from parking lots to the building, furniture and more) -- all culminating into fantastic spaces that produce results.
Also long-awaited is the ever popular Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory (MBTI) workshop. These sell out every year AND we have a waiting list for the next one. Many class participants took the on-line version and in every case said our class blew it out. We do role playing, provide charts, and take the extra mile so that it's not just information -- you leave knowing how to maximize the knowledge. So, make your reservations early!
We've had multiple requests to get back to basics (Feng Shui 101, so to speak) because people find it confusing that one book says something and another says something else. Thus, the proposed May class.
We're even thinking about a Feng Shui cooking class (maybe a BYOB ... what do you think?). I've been wanting to write a cook book for years so this can be the precursor.
So, please check out the schedule and let us know what you think; and if there's a topic you'd like to learn more about ... let us know that too. We'll be finalizing this by month end (November 30, 2014) so check back to obtain dates and topics you're interested in ... and make your reservations early! Don't loose out because of under or overbooking.
If there's anyone reading this that would like to host a workshop, let us know that too. If you're looking for a speaker, let's talk! That part of the schedule is almost full.
As always, thank you! May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,(c) ~Diana
This month I’d like to share what’s transpiring in my world. Talk about needing to be creative! Didn’t I mentioned 2015 being a year of change?
Well, stuff happens even to the Feng Shui Lady, and I’m a three (hard wood) in a three year so knew it was going to be challenging…but, goodness!
There are some big transformational projects in process:
So what went kaboom? It wasn't July 4th's fireworks, it was Ronda's two-weeks notice. Chaos generates creativity, so even though this month’s theme was developed a year ago…it is unfolding before my eyes. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? Ronda takes care of back-office flow so that I can concentrate on consulting and strategic efforts. Still, she has a great reason to leave rather than bad reason to go, so it’s all good.
It was on a TEDtalk event that Ruth Chang talked about hard choices, and the more difficult it is to choose, the more profound the choice. This was a difficult decision for Ronda, and we both cried; and her choices are profound. For me, it’s the universe’s way of saying, “stop Diana, are you driving or being driven?” This is yet another chance to turn a challenge into an opportunity.
How can one person get all this done? One step, one day at a time. My life has been a series of breakdowns to breakthroughs, so this is another one. TEDxColumbus’ theme this fall is disruption, and timely enough not only as discussed in my video on 2015; but from Wall Street to Main Street to my kitchen table…disruption. It means change, and change is a constant.I choose to be an agent of change (and not a victim of it). Change management, risk management, Feng Shui ... different names, same principles.
It will be a while before I search for staff. Still if you (or someone you know) is looking for an amazing journey, this is a close description (paid but no health insurance).
The public image portion of this month’s theme comes into play regarding workshops. That is one area that I can cut back, so some classes will be postponed to next year. If you have a favorite that you’d like on 2016’s schedule, let me know. I’m also going to cut back on press releases.
This month’s workshop is all about creativity and social interactions. “Feng Shui for learning centers, labs, and classrooms” is being hosted by Workforce Development Innovation Center at Central Ohio Technical College. Participants thus far include professors, deans, facilities managers, and teachers. This is an experiential workshop, meaning we’ll tour from room to room and discuss Feng Shui for each space. It’s free but registration is required to ensure we don’t exceed occupancy (and have enough handouts). You can sign up through Monday, July 13.
And one of my favorite classes, “Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator” is July 23rd. This is likely the last MBTI workshop Intuitive Concepts offers this year, and it is being held at OSU. Talk about creativity, public image, and social interactions … MBTI is a marvelous tool. I hope you signed up because reservations closed July 6.
Last, don’t forget about this month’s special … career strategy session. What do you want to do when you grow up?
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed, ~Diana
Intuitive Concepts’ theme for the 2015 is “It’s All About You.” We chose this theme as a special tribute to our clients, customers, and fan base because you are the most important people to us.
Therefore, each month we share information, tips, and testimonials that will benefit you, and offer suggestions on how to remedy challenges that may be coming your way.
Since Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology are based on monthly shifts, each month we share Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology facts that affect your life, your business, and your home. Our focus for June is “Energy, Vitality, and Wellness for You and Your Family.” As you review this June newsletter, we recommend that you use all of the information we offer to ensure that you have a more empowered life.
June’s Monthly Perspective: June is the last month in the second quarter of the year which means there are benefits and cautionary advice that we want to share with you.
You: There are positive aspects that can benefit you this month, but, there are also negative ones so be vigilant. Feng Shui wise, the energy will be challenging for certain individuals. If you are a metal element person (6, 7) you might want to consider a personal strategy session and/or a personal report. Don't know what your energy number is? Follow this link to find out more for free!
Family: This is a good time to think about relationships … who do you need to attract in order to feel more supported? Who is in your life that challenges you, and how can you make the best of it? Our personal relationship strategy session can help. Also, one of my favorite relationship resources is Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator. Don’t miss out on this fantastic workshop!
Health Wise: We’ve already mentioned the brain. We have a new resource for you – self hypnosis. Also, Feng Shui refers to the energy that flows within us, our businesses, and homes and the land surrounding these structures. Just because we can’t see the flow of energy does not mean that we aren’t being affected by it.
Your health should be one of your foremost areas of concern and Intuitive Concepts offers services that can assist you. We often work on wellness teams and results have even included remission!
Business Wise: This is a fortuitous time for new beginnings so if you are considering a job change, a secondary income, or a new perspective for your existing career, this would be a good month to consider your options and a perfect time to schedule a personal Feng Shui career strategy session. What would you learn in your session? The type of career that would be ideal for you and what it takes to make that change.
June is a great month to recognize your employees and to thank your customers. What you do this month for your staff and clients will benefit you through the rest of the year.
Weather Wise: Get out your umbrellas and rains coats because storm clouds lie ahead. Be prepared for the wind and thunder which is part of the Feng Shui weather forecast for June.
The Feng Shui Tool Box: We felt that in order to assist you in having a wonderful year at home and in your career, we’ll offer tools to help you on your life’s journey. Everyone knows that a toolbox is essential when building or restoring any building. Well, the same applies to the care and maintenance of your life. Every one of our clients receives a personalized tool box!
Have questions? Ask away. Enjoy the month of June!
● The process of maximizing our experience of an environment
● An environment that feels safe and secure.
There are several environments: Mind, body, home, work, relationships, mode of transportation, and so on. When it comes to the mind, body, and relationships - there’s input and output; in other words, positive thoughts and actions attract positive reactions. When it comes to love, being in love, and having others share our experience of it, Feng Shui is definitely a tool for your toolbox.
There are many types of Feng Shui. What most people think of when discussing marriage is the “love” or “marriage” area. That’s Western (Black Sect) Feng Shui. Some of what we’ll cover below applies to Western Feng Shui, and some of it does not.
We’re focusing on classic Feng Shui, which goes beyond a love or marriage area. In this approach, all areas affect love and marriage. As an example, the NW of a church, reception hall, or your home affects the head male. The SW affects the head female. North affects communication, South affects the heart, and so on. Because all areas affect love, and if you are blending a family, certain directions (and the energies there) affect children.
Classic Feng Shui works holistically and is more thorough. If any area is out of balance, love and/or marriage can be undermined. If there’s separation or divorce energy, it needs to be managed. If there’s affair energy, that also needs to be managed.
People have asked me for years how to maximize their engagements, weddings, honeymoons, and homes. This article provides a few useful ideas. The top six tips are listed here. There’s more detail provided later.
As you’ll read below, there are several considerations during your preplanning phase. Timing (date selection) is the number one tip as it has a ripple effect. Events that start on a good energy day are more inclined to stand the test of time.
2 The Wedding Party
Honor people’s personal energies and make the experience a win/win for everyone.
3 The Wedding Experience
Communication equals satisfaction. Create a plan; enroll others to help, then work the plan.
4 The Honeymoon
Select a location that supports both of you (based on tip number two). When you do this, pleasure and relaxation are enhanced.
5 Your Home
A Feng Shui consultation of your home is a gift that keeps on giving. The analysis produces an action plan which then can be addressed with your gift registry (remedies that may be needed). Ask for the right start to support your relationship, health, and success in life. We have hundreds of client testimonies that support this.
Similar to Feng Shui, life is a journey not a destination. You’re starting a life together. Remember to close each day by reflecting on what you’re grateful for. Even when there’s a breakdown, it leads to a breakthrough.
For preplanning, keep these additional tips in mind:
● It is said that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Regarding a date analysis, some people advise just on “wedding” dates. Some advise based on your Western-astrology birth date. Here again, our analysis is more complex and thorough. We consider dozens of factors so you can schedule with confidence (engagement, applying for your marriage license, travel dates for guests, when to have the wedding, time to start the ceremony, when to sign contracts, when to make deposits on services, when to have the reception, travel dates for the honeymoon, moving dates, etc.).
● Your ring’s design can be influenced with Feng Shui. One example is if you are an earth person and your partner is fire; earth is yellow, tan, brown, and square; fire is red, pink, purple, and triangle. You might select a ring with a square diamond in the center and triangle diamonds (or red gems) on the side.
● An eco-friendly approach could be rings with recycled or labor-free metals or gems. It’s always a good idea to have your rings cleansed before wearing them. Cleansing (or clearing) jewelry goes beyond freeing them of dirt. It’s a process of ridding them of energies. A ring that someone else tried on or wore has their energy. If the stone cutter (or person who sized the ring) was upset, that energy is in the ring.
● Ensure the location of the engagement party has good energy. If it doesn’t, there’s usually something that can be done.
● Location-site analyses for the wedding ceremony and reception hall are very important. Even when there’s strong negative energy, there’s typically a simple solution (and temporary since you don’t own the site). Keep in mind that good Feng Shui should be felt not seen. There should not be obvious trinkets or statues around. For more insight on location analyses see my blog All Buildings Fall Into One of These Categories
● Consider having the ceremony and reception at eco-friendly sites (earth and animal friendly). Use eco-friendly materials and decorations. At one wedding, instead of throwing rice we used grass and flower seeds. At another wedding instead of purchasing flowers, guests brought flowers to match the color scheme. Their originality was amazing (added to guests’ forethought and fun) and some were even home grown.
● Establish and follow a budget. Avoid shock and remorse that can diminish the after glow. Local vendors are an eco-friendly approach because they not only cost less, it’s better for the environment.
● Regarding photography, go digital. Upload the pictures to a website where people can purchase the ones that mean the most to them. It makes a difference when people are buying it themselves (versus an open pocket book). You can always choose to ‘gift’ them a picture or two.
● Explore an organic menu with your caterer. Again, that usually means locally-grown food which helps local farmers.
● The cake, like your rings, can be Feng Shui’d according to you and your partner’s energies.
Let’s explore the wedding party in more detail:
● The bride and groom each have their own energy based on birth date, time of birth, and location of birth. We want to honor your energies in everything we do (invitations, wedding colors, wedding attire, site selections, standing positions during the ceremony, food choices, gifts, music, seating selections, location of honeymoon, and we already mentioned rings and the cake).
● The bride and groom’s energy also determines their compatibility. Sometimes we choose partners with similar likes, and sometimes we choose partners that require more work. It doesn't mean it won’t work, it just requires more work. Feng Shui helps to smooth rough edges. In one case, dates were particularly challenging. Their elements were opposite so what was good for her wasn't good for him. The scope of the analysis (because of the complexity) required a search for each day over a two-year span, and then only produced five dates to work with. It was well worth the research!
● Also, when it comes to communication -- strengths and weaknesses are identified with our Friends and Lovers Profile Report. Then we can choose to acknowledge strengths and develop our weaknesses. This is key component for a long-term relationship.
● The bride and groom’s energy determine their individual sleeping directions. If they are opposite, a compromise process begins. Their energy also relates to their choice of home and whether they are undermined or supported.
● The bride and/or groom’s attire is a factor. An eco-friendly approach might be a pre-owned or inherited garment. In this case, a cleansing is in order.
● The wedding-party’s attire is another consideration. If (based on their individual energies) most of the party is fire (as an example), we may want to downplay the color red.
● When it comes to gifts for the wedding party, you can select gifts that compliment their personal energy; or you can simplify it even more … give them environmental donations (trees planted in their name, stars named after them, etc.).
Regarding the wedding experience:
● A wedding or reception location that has an excess of electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) or geopathic stress can agitate people. Tempers flaring or people seeking excess during your special day are not pleasant experiences. Minimize these effects to be present to the joy and harmony this day reflects.
● If you plan to have an outside reception, flow and set up can be enhanced.
On the topic of the honeymoon, you know by now that timing, location, fun and relaxation are a dynamite combination. In one case, we helped a couple overt a typhoon!
As was mentioned, your home can undermine your relationship, health, and success; or improve them. Instead of items that go on a shelf for use once in a while, your gifts could manifest a better future. Now that’s a great gift and our services keep on giving!
There’s nothing like being grateful for your blessings:
● News You Can Use November 2012
● Blog ~ Gratitude
If, at this point, you’re thinking there’s too much to deal with … Feng Shui actually simplifies the process. It is our job to figure out details and present you with a plan of action. We hear, time and time again, this saved clients time, effort, and money. Do it right the first time and everyone benefits.
The first quarter of 2015 is nearing completion, and March is living up to it's reputation (in like a lion and out like a lamb). We experienced 8" of snow in 24 hours, but that's nothing compared to the NE of the U.S. The cold of winter, shorter days, dormant plants, and hibernation are about to give way to Spring, blossoms, new growth, opportunities, and birds singing with joy. Yeah! I'm ready, are you?
We're focusing this month on the North since in 2015 the eight (prosperity) star brings positive energy. When managed properly (Feng Shui), spending time in the North can produce wealth. Since the North's attributes are career and business success, it's a great time to reflect on your career, solidify business plans, and look to the future.Thus, we're thinking about how to support you and your full potential.
One of our slogans is manage your environment consciously, or unconsciously it manages you© which this month demonstrates. When not managed well, the North can invoke trouble with business partners, overwork, hasty decisions, too much alcohol consumed, and drug abuse. I talked about this in the video on the energy of 2015 and have, unfortunately, seen confirmation. Feng Shui helps us be proactive if only more people were aware.
In preparation for Spring, the transition it brings, and to support your full potential, Intuitive Concepts is offering a stellar list of events. This month we're featuring a Myers-Briggs® Personality Inventory workshop. I can't say enough about this tool. As much as we all think we know ourselves, this class gives everyone a perspective that is eye opening and life changing.
In April, we're presenting 8 Feng Shui Tips for Your Home Office for Awesome Women in Business, and our Feng Shui Academy© features another FREE workshop Feng Shui for Medical Clinics. I also encourage you to visit our blog often as we post information about health and wellness, such as the recent study about WIFI ... all to support you and your potential.
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© Your Intuitive Concepts' Family
The month of May brings a celebration for one of the most important women in our lives – Mom. If your Mom is alive, consider yourself lucky, and when you are giving thanks be sure to mention Mom. It took me a long time to realize how much my Mom influenced my life. That was the price of youth, and now I wish she were here so I could tell her what she meant -- all ways, always.
I’m still very blessed. My mother-in-law is also a magnificent woman. She also has taught me many things, and is the essence of unconditional love and grace under fire. So to all the Mom’s out there – Happy Mother’s Day! This rest of this message is to you.
Moms invented TLC (tender loving care) but we get in our own way. What do I mean by that? Think of it this way – Feng Shui is about flow, flow out and flow in. Flow out is the effort we express in the world; whereas flow in is receiving. We’re good at giving but in many cases not at receiving. Doesn’t it feel good to do something nice for someone? Then why do we block the flow when someone tries to do something nice for us? We deny them the gratification that we enjoy. Moms, get out of your own way and accept the contributions of others.
Let’s take this a step farther. How do you take care of yourself? In the past I felt guilty about that, but have come to realize that it isn’t anyone’s responsibility to make me happy – that’s up to me. Somehow today, many look to others for happiness. Instead, happiness comes from within. Moms, get out of your own way and take charge of your happiness.
This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture (like buying a new car), it could be a simple take care of me thought, deed, or action. Positive thoughts, deeds, and actions attract positive thoughts, deeds, and actions so you’re doing the world a favor. Moms, get out of your own way and spread the love. :-)
Here are a few ideas on how to take care of yourself, and I’ve even provided some resources. Take a long bath surrounded by candles and calming music. Treat yourself to a facial, or color analysis. Obtain a massage or Sōmenos™ session. Enjoy a yoga lesson or learn to dance. It can be as simple as enjoying a divine cup of tea in your favorite cup.
Am I walking the talk? You know I am! This week kicks off a chain of events that start with meeting friends at The Breathing Association’s Mother’s Day Tea. Join me? Also, something I do daily is diffuse essential oils. Smell is definitely a pleasure trigger for me, and this month I'm treating myself to Peace and Calming.
And for those reading this that aren’t Mom’s, our wish is that you treat your Mom or yourself by taking care of YOU.
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed© AND Happy Mother's Day, Diana
As you know, Diana Garber has reinvented herself and her career many times. Part of it was to survive (more about that in her upcoming book – announcement forthcoming) but most of it was to thrive.
Before earning her place as one of America’s foremost Feng Shui masters, Garber lived a disciplined corporate life while simultaneously pursuing Feng Shui. As Vice President of a fortune 100 company, she oversaw 65,000 workstations and 2,500 servers. She’s worked command centers for the NY terrorist attack, Hurricanes Lili & Isidore, the Ft. Worth tornado, and more.
So why did Garber leap from corporate America into (her own) business, and how did she do it? Instead of searching for possibilities, she manifested them. Questions the host, Melin Isa, may ask include:
This Month’s Feng Shui Energy