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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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Wouldn't it be great if we could walk through a door and be done with all this? The pandemic, the fires, the hurricanes, the refugees, the addiction? The gnawing anxiety, the grief, the pain, the rage and frustration?
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There's a phrase: sympathetic magic. When we are powerless to affect things on a large scale, we create what we envision on a tiny scale.
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Creating a place where you can heal, may not heal the world. But it equips you to keep on trying.
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And it acts as a seed for more places of its kind.
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YOUR BRAIN RESPONDS TO FACES. More, it makes a face out of anything. It's better to jump away from an imaginary snake in the grass, than fail to spot a real one.
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That's why the buildings where we feel most comfortable have elements of faces. Bilateral symmetry. Arches. Proportions that map to our bodies.
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I found this silver teapot warmer, tarnished and unused, while cleaning the kitchen. After it was polished, I didn't see any reason it couldn't warm up my coffee.
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Before you go shopping for STUFF, shop your cabinets. Shop your closets. Shop your basement and your junk drawers.
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Sustainability: nice.
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Creativity high: priceless.
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The vacant lot behind my house is now populated by:
• a chorus of crickets and songbirds;
• bees, butterflies, squirrels, possums, raccoons, mice and rats;
• figs, a small mulberry tree, marigolds, and a tangle of purple hyacinth bean vines.
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How this resurgence of life was accomplished:
• removing swaths of old carpet, laid down by nefarious actors;
• tossing wildflower seeds over the fence;
• hitting the seeds (and a nefarious actor) with the power hose now and then.

Don't EVER succumb to despair. Life is resilient, and small gestures can make a big difference.
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Maybe you remember those Pepsi commercials...those revolutionary early-80s ones with the extreme oblique closeups? A foot, an eye, a sparkle from a popped can?
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Or maybe you're not OLD LIKE ME...
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I remember them after all this time because they were DIFFERENT. Mysterious. Enticing. I'd strain to see what was happening. I wanted more.
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You are like that.
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Leif Weaver, my beloved brother-in-law, could not recognize his own mother's face in photos. He took the batteries out of my wall clock whenever he visited, because the ticking kept him awake. His spatial visualization skills were so powerful that he broke all the tests.
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This photo was taken by my daughter, Olivia, when she was about two and a half. Leif was building a stone path and she was helping. They uncovered a hibernating horned toad and marveled over it together.
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Leif taught me a lot about sensory design, as well as a thousand other things, by being himself, flat out, for every second of his too-short 45 years. I miss him every day.
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In the coming week, I'll be sharing some of his designs, ideas and insights, as illustrated by the house he designed for himself and my sister, and which we helped complete after he passed away.
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Love you, Leif. 💖💖💖
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