Video Vednesday: Woo-woo feng shui voodoo


I've spoken before of how and why I enjoy fooling around with feng shui. For me, it's one part voodoo, six parts Really Fun Way to Clean and Organize Your House.

Anyway, I've probably spent the most time cleaning and organizing and feng shui-ing the two corners opposite one another in the far corners of the bagua, Prosperity and Helpful People & Travel. The former, everyone goes for first, for obvious reasons, which were the same ones did: "Money? Count me in!" And yeah, within two weeks of feng shui-ing the crap out of my Prosperity corner, two checks that producers had been sitting on for months, $10K each!, showed up in my mailbox. So, you know, maybe.

But really, the main reason I do those corners is because they are my kitchen and bathroom, respectively, and they get fiiiilthy. (And because, hey! More money!)

Some details possibly worth noting:

  • The book I reference is Karen Rauch Carter's excellent (albeit very, very corny) Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life, which I reviewed on the blog, and which I recommend all the time, especially for people going through some horrible life b.s. that have to process. It's therapeutic and game-like at the same time, cleaning and decluttering and moving all that stuff around. (And the "fixes" are called "cures".)
  • The names are written on slips of red paper because it's supposedly "activating." Again, who knows? But the acts of intentionally shopping for red paper, cutting it into strips, etc. focuses attention. You could also use a red pen on white paper. I've done that, too.
  • The iPhone app I reference and use during the video is called Downtime. It's awesome and it's free. Just remember to turn off the sound if you're using it while you give a presentation. I had one hilarious experience with me and the Tarzan yell from They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul, Not Constantinople." Fortunately, it was in front of a group of actors, not heads of state. (What? You don't present in front of heads of state?)
  • Per the comments from last time, I did wear a scoop-necked shirt and brush on some eyebrows. But really, that's all the dolling-up I can muster these days. Sorry.
  • Also, I'm sorry about the sound. It's assy, I know; haven't figured that out yet. I think the mic on the display might just be too sucky to use. It's a shame: I love the Apple LED, and it is so much more energy efficient, it's startling (there was a noticeable drop in my utility bill the month after I got it), but the audio components blow. If you are an audio-head and have suggestions, I'm all ears. So to speak.
  • I'm not sorry about calling it "Video Vednesday" again. For some reason, it reminds me of my dear, departed gramps, who taught me how to do crazy cartoon accents. I think he'd get a kick out of it, so for now, it stays.

I hope you find this enjoyable and/or useful. Again, as I work out the kinks with these, I am actively soliciting feedback: good, bad or mixed. Fire away!