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The hardest part of solving any problem is identifying what the problem ACTUALLY IS, and convincing others to LOOK at it.
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As our current state of pandemic, economic collapse, climate crisis, political polarization and social isolation attests, humans are really good at denial.
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We will endure any amount of cognitive dissonance to maintain an unsustainable status quo.
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So if you feel like you're failing at life right now, know that there's a BIG POSSIBILITY that it ISN'T YOU.
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This isn't a recipe for despair. As @kelly.diels says, unburdening yourself of the guilt you feel for failing at a rigged game is the first step toward freedom.
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What guilt are you failing to let go of?
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THIS FISHTOWN FAÇADE: SO WELL DONE. Symmetry, quality, maintenance. Every element has been chosen with care and beautifully executed, from the stone facing to the plant selections to the planters themselves.
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Living gracefully doesn't require McMansion-level amounts of space. It just needs careful curation.
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"I had a burst of creativity after Stephanie came to my home. Suddenly my hesitation and uncertainties of my decorating style vanished.
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Working with Stephanie helped me to clarify my authentic style and to begin expanding my ideas with courage and clarity. She listened to me until she clearly understood and knew me and my desires and goals.
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Stephanie has extensive knowledge in color and scale with an artistic and creative flare. She guided me to find my own way and steered me in a most creative direction.
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Stephanie always returned my calls and texts promptly, listened intently and was willing to stay in touch or visit again till my project was complete. Stephanie is reliable, friendly, extremely talented and professional I recommend her highly."
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Irene C, Cheltenham, PA
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DON'T BUY EVERYTHING AT ONCE. It's no fun that way. You're depriving yourself of the joy of discovery.
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Matchy-matchy is tacky-tacky, because it's a dead giveaway that you delegated your style choices to Big Capital. Matching everything is only produced by the machine. Not by soul.
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INSTEAD, take your time finding single items that you LOVE. Find them in the course of living your best life. Explore the unexpected and poetic ways those things can play together.
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Then you find yourself surrounded by YOUR OWN STORIES.
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Not some prefab doll house.
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THISTLES: STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Came across this thistle patch on my walk, admired it for many minutes.
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Every part of a thistle comes to a point, in fractals. The thistle knows exactly who she is. She's bold, clear, uncompromising.
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You don't say to a thistle, "nice color, but those spikes are a little *abrasive*. Could you soften up a bit?"
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Those of us who have been shamed for showing our essential nature have a hard time seeing our own beauty. Critical demands from others can trigger panic, helplessless, rage and shame.
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We can't change who we are, but we might kill ourselves trying.
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Does any of this ring a bell? Let me know in the comments. Boy howdy do I see you.
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Decoding Sensory Signals

So often, children with sensory issues are treated for behavioral problems, with or without acknowledging what sensory needs might be driving the behavior.
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It's easy to be CREATIVE when you have an unlimited design budget. But that ruins the fun.
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At Practical Sanctuary, we don't impose our style on you: we empower you to unleash your OWN style. .
And a big part of that process is TIME. Time to explore, experiment, ruminate, discover.
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Until your space reflects you back to yourself, in your highest value.
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FROM CLIENT LISA H IN PHILADELPHIA: "When I first reached out to you I was beyond stressed out, I felt that my house of almost 34 years was no longer my home. Every room was chaotic and disorganized...
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"When you came to visit I felt an immediate sense of relief, as you clearly cared about me and my well-being more than colors or design. You pointed out how many furniture items in the house were "leftovers" or hand me downs and had not really been chosen by any of us. You validated me in my unhappiness with my state of affairs and gave me hope that I could create more joy in my home fairly easily."
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"After we met and I received your remarkably clear and thoughtful written summary and proposal for change I felt truly empowered."
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"The house not only feels like my home again, it feels like the best version of my home. Not done (what's ever done?) but done enough to bring me peace of mind and joy."
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"I am truly grateful to you for your kindness, support, clear vision and detailed ideas. My consult with you was invaluable."
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So much of what my clients struggle with is priorities--what changes to make first? When you are highly sensitive, it's often hard to filter the noise enough to begin making decisions.
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That's where our Virtual Space Triage sessions can help. We work together to put you in charge of your own space, so that it's working for you--not the other way around.
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WHO INVENTED BEIGE COUCHES?
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And have you read up on the latest narcissistic tantrum thrown by the CEO of Restoration Hardware? (Glassdoor.com=schadenfreude).
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Beige furniture--and wall-to-wall carpeting, duvet covers, textured wall coverings, throw pillows, bath towels, && cet., are overwhelmingly designed, purveyed, and overpriced by companies owned and created by white men. They get away with it not because their design sense is inherently superior (eyeroll), but because it's human nature to suck up to bullies. It's not a coincidence that beige-heavy room ensembles are a bourgeois signifier for 'high status.'
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(Ironically, the homes of the Too Rich To Have Anything To Prove are often a riot of colorful eccentricity, which is a Useful Hack for penniless artists when it comes to code switching.)
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COLORFUL, ornate, intricate, organic and expressive textiles and home furnishings rely overwhelmingly on the low-wage labor of women, most of whom have black or brown skin and live in developing countries. Thus such treasures are often criminally underpriced, and correspondingly undervalued.
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Never assume that price=value. When you fall for patriarchal scams like Beige and Bland, you're feeding the system.
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Don't.
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FEAR IS THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE. When we base decisions on fear--fear of loss, of shame, humiliation, or simple discomfort, we make ourselves smaller.
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Often we THINK our actions are based on love, when it's more complicated than that. I've heard all manner of atrocities justified in the name of 'protecting the ones we love.'
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Until we are capable of extending our love to everyone on the planet, we will never be free of fear, and the bad decisions thereof.
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RAGE IS LIGHT UNDER ATTACK.
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Most mornings I wake up with anger burning just under my rib cage, near my solar plexus. It shames me to admit this. When I'm fully awake, I recognize that the habit of anger can be destructive; it conditions responses which drive people away, destroy relationships, unravel community.
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But the anger feels like power, so it keeps creeping back. It feels like without it, I would cease to be me.
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Last weekend I spent in the woods, without access to news or social media. Because I'm me, I packed my fancy candle lantern, and spent much of the drive listening to a capella spiritual music.
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By the bonfire, staring at the candle in its fancy cage, I had an insight.
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I get angry when I feel that external forces are trying to extinguish my light. My anger and my light are integrally connected.
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When I visualize my solar plexus as a candle lantern--a source of peaceful light, shielded from wind and rain, the rage subsides, while the light remains. I can focus on shedding the light in my power--listening, binding up wounds, caring for others, writing, creating--without wearing down my spirit by fruitlessly fulminating on the wrongs of the world.
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Which, as confirmed by the news when I got back in signal range, are legion.
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CAUGHT OUT IN THE RAIN, I took shelter in this old pump shanty at Mount Pleasant Mansion. While waiting for the rain to let up I learned that this historic estate was built by a war privateer, i.e. pirate, to get himself admitted to Philadelphia High Society.
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Of course, it worked. Aristocracy=violent thievery +extravagant design.
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If you would like to live like an aristocrat, minus the violent robbery part, check out the link in my bio.
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There is an alternative, darlings.
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Lack of distraction--i.e. no casinos--brings us face to face with our shadows.
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The thing about pain is that you can't end it by avoiding it.
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The only way out is through.
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YOU. LIVE. HERE. NOW.
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Really, darlings. This, now, is WHAT YOU HAVE. Why on *earth* would you not occupy YOUR OWN LIFE to the fullest extent possible?
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Your own space is the one you are IN. Waiting until the mythical day when you somehow achieve a MORTGAGE, to bring COLOR into your surroundings, devalues yourself and your experience--in deference to CAPITALISM. You are voluntarily CHOOSING to dim your own existence, in submission to a cruel, destructive and impersonal SYSTEM.
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I mean, really.
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In answer to your question: YES, YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR RENTAL. Painting takes little time and few skills. It is not expensive. And it TRANSFORMS your QUALITY OF LIFE. .
NOW.
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As a practical note, if you live in a place longer than five years, your landlord may not dock your deposit for repainting, because as your landlord, they are supposed to repaint every five years anyway.
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(This is a fact I discovered in small claims court, where I was rewarded EVERY PENNY. Fighting for one's rights is often necessary.)
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It's worth it.
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PEAK OPULENCE. The rose by my stoop has finally achieved its best self.
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Thinking of all the ones I love today. Grateful there are so many.
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FIXED MY OLD SUNGLASSES. Then I realized they're not just *similar* to the new ones. They're *identical.*
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Understand: I buy sunglasses from whatever drug store is nearest when my eyes start aching. I don't consciously seek a brand/style match. Ever since I tried on a pair of polarized lenses when driving across West Texas and that squinty-glare feeling vanished instantly, I only buy the polarized ones.
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But some part of me *thought* I was open to variety of *style.*
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Apparently not. We have sensory and aesthetic fingerprints. When something works, it works.
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Hanging a priceless rug on the wall not only celebrates and preserves the rug, but it baffles sound as well.
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You're welcome.
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YESTERDAY I TAUGHT MY KID A HOMEWORK HACK. When you are BEYOND BORED with an assignment, try to crack yourself up by making fun of it, but in a way which shows you KNOW YOUR S***.
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Making fun of things you *don't* understand signals 'I am an ignorant jackass.' I taught her that, too.
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So I can't precisely mock these umbrellas, because I do not understand them. They seemed frivolous and cheerful, which is why I snapped the photo. Why are there three tiers? I have no idea. What's in that pink urn? You'll have to ask James Lileks. My Biting Snark drawer is dangerously depleted. .
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TWO DAYS BEFORE LOCKDOWN, I snuck into Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square and snagged this copy of the Middle Finger Project, by copywriting and sales genius Ash Ambirge.
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Then I went to the tony Middle Eastern place around the corner, ordered a tuna nicoise salad with preserved lemon and a latte, photographed the restaurant (name forgotten!) for a (now obsolete!) #sensoryscorecard, and perused dear Ash's marvelous book in style.
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Whatever happens next, friends, I want you to know that Ash bears some of the responsibility.
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