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When I first moved to inner city Philadelphia, I felt suffocated. Everything was brick, concrete and asphalt. There were no trees, no yards, and few accessible parks.
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So I garden my windows. This east-facing window has a lace sheer, to filter the morning sunlight so the tropicals don't burn. Orchids and staghorns get soaked once a week, and I even have a small fountain to boost the humidity of my microclimate.
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It's taken years of fiddling to get the balance right, visually and horticulturally, but that's just gardening.
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I made breakfast beautiful, because why the hell not?
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In her podcast, 'Happier,' Gretchen Rubin recommends doing tiny things that boost your happiness, such as creating a hidden pleasure. Stick a favorite photo inside a cabinet, paint the inside of a drawer, paper your water closet with drunken monkeys.
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Our brains focus on threats, because threat awareness helps us survive. But when the threats are global and chronic, our immune systems become exhausted, and we lose our joy in living.
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Shifting our focus, in the smallest ways, can bring it back.
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Sticker never liked his drinking fountain. No matter how often I cleaned it, he never drank from it.
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But I have always wanted an indoor water feature, so last week cannibalized his fountain for the pump, put it together with a hand-made ceramic bowl, some stones, and this trash-picked wooden throne.
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It really improves the feng shui of this corner.
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And all of a sudden, I hear lapping.
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DON'T MIX BUSINESS WITH POLITICS: Why I break that rule.
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Inclusiveness is the reason Practical Sanctuary exists. It's much harder than diversity. It's worth it.
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Also, superpowers.
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Link in bio.
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HOW Y'ALL DOING?
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This weekend I realized that although I was ACTING as though there was a future, for the last six months, part of me didn't believe it. At my worst I was numbing out--wine, sugar, Netflix, doom scrolling.
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But at my best I was more fully present. Alive, appreciative, grateful, aware of every miraculous detail
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Because the present is the only guarantee.
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May we never forget that.
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How are y'all doing?
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I'm thinking about what's beneath the waterline, and it's not pretty.
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So I'm cleaning my basement.
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You?
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Really struggling this morning. Heartbroken that such an enormous swath of people still support an individual who has shown nothing but pettiness, cruelty, indifference, ignorance, incompetence, treachery, greed, stupidity, malignance, and spite. For four interminable years.
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I just want to cry and cry and cry. I want to be part of a species which is better than this. One which doesn't draw energy from others' oppression. One which seeks wisdom, growth, love and understanding.
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I took this photo of the late afternoon sun making a momentary still life in my kitchen. A few days later, I was informed that a three-story building will be standing in the path of that sunlight by next summer.
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All we have is now.
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Chop wood, carry water, know hope.
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When we are down in the weeds, it can be hard to see anything BUT weeds. It's hard to believe that anything unfolding outside our line of sight will bring anything but more catastrophe.
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But each moment is not catastrophe. Lots of times, it's sunshine and air, trees and water and connection. It's okay to appreciate those things. The world won't fall apart if you're not holding it together.
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Vote, and care for yourself. It matters.
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YOU matter.
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INCLUSIVITY IS NOT DIVERSITY. It's much, much harder.
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Preaching 'tolerance of diversity' is bound to blow up in our faces, sooner or later. Because 'tolerance' implies there's something offensive about another person that you're gritting your teeth about, in order to avoid conflict.
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And that rarely ends well.
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A truly inclusive culture requires mutual UNDERSTANDING. And understanding takes time, empathy, and labor.
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So why put in the effort?
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Curiosity.
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It's shocking, how many of us behave as though showing curiosity is rude. Or that it makes us weak. As if it's a crime to admit that you don't know everything. As if people will be offended if you take an interest in them.
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When the opposite is true.
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What do you wish people were more curious about? How do you want them to show it?
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If you can't imagine a thing, you can't create it.
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So many times, we are afraid to dream big--or to dream at all. It's almost a superstitious fear of hurting ourselves. If we don't allow ourselves to imagine what we want, we won't be disappointed.
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But it doesn't work that way.
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Imagination is a NECESSARY first step to any transformation. Because if you don't know what you're going for, you won't recognize when parts of it show up.
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Come join us in imagining our dreams into being, this week in Sympathetic Magic. Sign up at link in bio..
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MARIGOLDS, cloying, dusty, late-blooming: Day of the Dead flowers. Their fragrance is believed to create a bridge for the spirits of our loved ones to visit us.
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(A perfumista friend of mine says that marigold notes are 'sophisticated' to those in the know, 'bubblegum' to the untutored. Which...huh.)
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These marigolds were grown guerilla-style, seeds thrown over the fence and watered with the power hose, on a vacant lot that isn't mine.
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So do we conquer new territory. And this is what we are doing this week in the Sympathetic Magic Challenge: conquering space, connecting with our spirits.
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You can still join us! Sign up for exercises and Facebook group at link in bio.
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This is Sticker. He is a wild creature who chooses to be friends with me.
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Sticker observes me more closely than any other person. He knows my habits, my moods, my energy levels. He senses my emotions and attends to them.
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During the Dark Ages, when women gained enough power to threaten the patriarchy, they were accused of witchcraft. Their cats were said to be a bridge between the powers of nature and those of the witch. The cats were called 'familiars.'
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This was thought to be a BAD thing. 🙄
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Our Sympathetic Magic Challenge, which starts this Friday, will act as a bridge between your mind and the power of the natural world--which is yours BY RIGHT. We will be doing a series of interior design exercises to align our spaces with our spirits.
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Sign up for this FREE event at link in bio. Sticker is interested to meet you.
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WALKING A YELLOW BRICK ROAD?
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So often, we are made to feel as though fussing with our homes is FRIVOLOUS. Impractical. Unnecessary. As long as it keeps the rain off, why bother?
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At the same time, the media gives us the spectacle of super-wealthy people in their uber-frivolous homes, and it's treated like High Art and bleeding-edge science.
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So maybe frivolity is contextual.
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In the Sympathetic Magic Challenge, we may get a LITTLE frivolous, but it will have a point: creating joy.
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And that's serious business.
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Starts this Friday. Link in bio!
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LIGHT MEDIATES OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM. It governs our sleep/wake cycles. It triggers emotions. It determines how effectively we work and play.
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When we spend most of our time at home, it is CRUCIAL that our lighting be as tuned to our needs as possible.
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But many of us are living with lighting that is random, inadequate, or just plain uncomfortable.
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Let's get that fixed before winter, shall we?
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Join our FREE Sympathetic Magic Fall Challenge event, link in bio.
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VEGETABLES, PLANTED ORNAMENTALLY. One of the things I love about Chanticleer is the way its master gardeners deploy plants, art and architecture in endlessly surprising ways.
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During our Sympathetic Magic Fall Challenge, we will be discovering the interior design seeds which make our own homes magical, and planting them in ways which will bear fruit for years to come.
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Because we can all be master gardeners of our own lives.
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Sign up for this FREE interior design adventure at link in bio! And don't forget to join our PRIVATE FB group, where we will bring our challenges, support one another and show off our results. Starts on Friday, October 23!
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"You're a special person, on your way to an amazing place."
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That's what this arcade says to me.
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And that's the basis of our fall Sympathetic Magic Challenge. We're on a path to somewhere beautiful.
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Starting October 23, we will be walking together through a series of prompts, to tackle the things in our spaces which hold us back.
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We will be sharing our insights in a private FB group.
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And this is all absolutely free.
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Sign up at link in bio.
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COOKING UP A MOVEMENT. The Sympathetic Magic Fall Challenge is in the works!
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What it is: a series of prompts, based on Eccentric Genius Habitat Intervention principles, to help us get our spaces in scrumptious sensory shape for winter.
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These prompts will be FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE enough to help YOU, wherever you need to start. They will be SPECIFIC enough to help you IDENTIFY the areas where a SMALL EFFORT will deliver a BIG PAYOFF.
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Like my recent client who 'had no room for stretching,' and a lot of chronic pain. We found him the room--remotely, with photos and a tape measure--and now he has a dedicated yoga zone, and MUCH LESS PAIN.
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Additionally, we are cooking up a Sympathetic Magic Facebook group, for connecting, inspiring, supporting and cheering one another on.
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Because tackling your obstacles is SO MUCH MORE FUN with a team. 💖💖💖
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The Sympathetic Magic Fall Challenge will kick off Friday, October 23, but you can sign up now at the link in bio!
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Does your home allow you to grow? Does it nurture your life? Or does it cause you chronic discomfort?
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What about a Sympathetic Magic adventure challenge? Where we uplevel our spaces together?
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Let me know what you think in the comments.
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I was a kid who read ALL fairy tales. The magic and adventure I found there seemed flagrantly lacking in my suburban existence.
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As soon as I had the chance, I went looking for adventure and magic--SOMEWHERE ELSE. Big cities. Wilderness sports. New countries. New cultures and people and ideas and practices.
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And that's all good.
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But the magic was always there.
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It just needed permission.
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