It's that time of the year when early Xmas lovers and retail shops start putting up their Xmas trees. Although upside down Xmas trees have become a trend in the last few years, I still think you can make an upright Xmas tree work in your "alternative" favor.
One way to make a Xmas tree work is to go the Prosperity Route. To enjoy more prosperity for the current end of the year and new year, work with these simple Feng Shui design tips.
1. Law of Attraction
Feng Shui works with compass directions and interior design to create harmony in your life.
Declutter your space to allow more chi (energy) to move around.
Write out positive things that you wish to achieve and attract.
You will use your list for Xmas tree decorations. Your Xmas tree will become your Vision Board.
2. Prosperity Compass Directions
North - Career Luck - Blue or Black Xmas Tree
East - Family & Fresh Growth Luck - Green or Blue Xmas Tree
Southeast - Financial Luck - Green, Blue, or Purple Xmas Tree
Southwest - Relationship Luck - Pink, Beige, or Yellow Xmas Tree
Northwest - Helpful People & Travel Luck - Gold, White, or Silver Xmas Tree
3. Prosperity Symbols
Feng Shui and Chinese New Year traditions view oranges as symbols of wealth.
A bowl of fruit with faux and/or real oranges and lemons can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Place on your kitchen, dining, and/or living room tables.
Hang fruit decorations and/or real orange slices on your Xmas tree.
The smell of citrus will uplift your spirits.
Consider citrus teas, citrus toiletries, and/or citrus foods as Xmas gifts as well.
Although I don't offer custom hypnotherapy recordings for clients anymore, I'll continue to do private in-person deep hypnosis sessions for those I become close to on my path.
In the meantime, here are some easy tips to do a light self hypnosis session.
1. High Vibration Meal - Enjoying soups, salads, fish, low fat yogurt, and/or fruits can create a relaxed mind and body before you begin.
2. Background Music - I've been listening to this all day as I work. It's very relaxing and meditative. It can be your background music as you record your voice.
Listening to your own voice is way more effective for tapping into your subconscious mind.
3. Your Goals - Having a list of your goals can give you an idea of what to record.
Example: Talent goals, Confidence goals, Health goals, etc
Simply state things in the form of "Why am I _____".
This statement goes directly to the subconscious for a positive response.
Example: "Why am I so talented, confident, and healthy?"
Create a number of statements to record. A 20 minute self hypnosis session is all you really need. It's great for a "cat nap" during the day and/or before going to sleep at night.
Halloween is always a fun time to observe people's hidden selves.
These days, Generation Z welcomes Halloween 365 days a year in their daily outfits, hair, and makeup. As an 80s Millennial who wore bright colored clothes like everyone else, had an eyebrow piercing for a year or two in the 90s, reddish hair like Janet Jackson for a month in the 90s, and pretty much welcomed styles from Tomboy hip hop to Preppy girly girl, I get it! I'm also a Kpop fan like so many today.
Although my stylings were short lived and based on the styles of my generation, I'm still blown away by the amount of Generation Z's cow ringed unicorns. I'm not even making a joke there. They really are loving those nose piercings and colored hairstyles more than 80s or 90s kids did.
I wouldn't really call today's day to day styles a costume though. It just represents the current times of gender neutrality, androgyny, short lived hookups, and/or singles with no intention to really mingle. Will Generation Z grow out of their styles like the 80s and 90s kids did by 30? Most likely.
Now let's look at some popular Halloween costumes to see what more we can learn.
In a nutshell, your favorite Halloween costume is what you crave more of in your life.
Vampire - This is my favorite. As mentioned above, I had reddish black hair at one point. It's still my favorite color combination for Fall and/or Winter moods, Halloween party themes, and Kpop concepts. It was also my go to for Halloween costumes.
If you like Vampire themes and black haired costumes, you may have a widow's peak, enjoy sophisticated tastes (foods, styles, trips, partners, etc) and desire more creative expressions at night vs. the day. Sunsets may be your favorite.
Consider visiting more locations where you can enjoy hipster scenes, historical buildings, "conservative" styles, and/or fine dining.
Jokers - If you enjoy Joker costumes and green haired monster themes, you may need to express your inner rebel more. The Joker started off as a harmless clownish prankster when he was introduced in the 40s/50s. The Joker became more of a threat to Batman in the 70s. He really was Batman's other half. The push and pull energy really shows itself in Joker fans.
Consider visiting more locations that allow you to unleash your inner rebel safely. This can be amusement parks, carnivals, street art locations, Halloween parties, themed cafes, comedy clubs, etc.
Joker fans may enjoy Kpop song concepts like EXO's Obsession and A.C.E's Savage...all very harmless concepts at the end of the day!
Anything Cute - If you enjoy cute costumes and themes, you may need to express your innocent side more. Many people have their guards up on a daily basis, esp in countries that require you to.
Consider visiting more locations that allow you to let your guard down. This could be Disney parks, countries like Japan, animal themed cafes, science museums, etc. :)
I'm not a Vegan first and foremost. However, I do find that vegan friendly ingredients create a healthy travel menu. After spending months in SE Asia due to the pandemic, I finally created a daily menu or "routine". Having some form of a routine can create a sense of familiarity during times of uncertainty...or lack of seasons.
Here are some of the items that I like to bring into my daily nom noms. A lot is based of the
Anti-Aging Soup Kitchen post. I do my best to walk my own talk.
I truly believe that responsibility to ourselves and health are the only obligations that we have in life. Any other "obligations" are pure choice. We all know that those can be switched up as well. Keeping my life and menus simple creates the most sanity for the most part.
Japanese 7-11 and grocery stores do that as well when it comes to frozen and cooked meat dishes. ;)
I just fell in love with them.
Now onto the typical Grocery Noms...
This is best for those who don't have an active lifestyle right now by the way!
It's enough high protein sources to keep your energy levels up and body in shape.
Minestrone Soup - This is one of my favorite Italian protein soups. It has vegetables and pasta for an easy complete meal.
Tortillas - There are many varieties of healthy pre-packaged tortillas to choose from. I prefer the ones with high protein and high fiber content. You can crisp them up in the microwave for 2 mins for homemade tortilla chips. This is great for soups, dips, etc.
Beans (Kidney, Pinto, etc) - High antioxidants, fiber, and protein. You can easily add them to tacos, burritos, soups, etc.
Dry Instant Pasta Mixes - No offense to Kraft, but there are some great quality protein pasta mixes in the World. You just add water and heat them up. You can add more protein after that.
Ramen - Ramen is just fun to eat as a protein "junk" food.
Light Tuna in Water - Eating tuna atleast 2x a week is safe. You can add the protein to pasta mixes, tortilla wraps, etc.
Green Apples - Apples always make a great snack and/or dessert. Green apples get the highest health award.
Greek Yogurt - It's a great breakfast item and/or late night snack. You can use it as a sour cream substitute and/or put it into spicy ramen.
The protein and probiotics are a bonus. Simply check which probiotic strains work best to avoid histamine releasing strains. You can do the research on your own. Just check the labels after that
Potatoes - Potatoes make for a great meal and/or side dish. Add some herbs, greek yogurt, etc.
Collagen Powder - 30 grams at most is great for anti-aging. If it contains added benefits like CoQ10 (energy & anti-aging), Vit C (immune system & anti-aging), etc, it's a win!
Only 200 mg of Vitamin C is absorbed into the body at one time. Split up any collagen mixes throughout the day with that in mind.
Mixed Berry Powder - Antioxidants for health and beauty. Just add to water, greek yogurt, etc.
Kale Powder - Get your Iron, Vit K, antioxidants, etc with Kale powder.
Camu Camu Powder - 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon is really all you need a day. The high Vit C content is great for your immune system!
Olive Oil - You can increase your DAO levels (antihistamine levels) with just a tablespoon of olive oil in the morning.
Take it with Vitamin C if you'd like. I mix it with Camu Camu powder or Collagen Powder.
Vitamin & Mineral Supplements - Common supplements are multivitamins, Vit D, Magnesium, Calcium, Omega 3s, Anti-Aging supplements, etc, etc. You can determine what you personally need and when to take them.
Although I joked about Asian cafes becoming more westernized in the future HERE, I also feel that you can't go wrong with animal themes!
When I'm bored, I always check in with the quirky and/or seasonal things that are going on in Japan. It's always a score!
Here's what I came across today. It's a Winnie the Pooh themed cafe. It's for a limited time though. Everything has been like a fantasy/dream state this year it seems. Oh well.
It's still a brilliant and adorable idea though, esp for a Healthy Halloween Party or Birthday Party.
If you grew up with Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals, cartoons, etc, you can learn more at the website https://honey.ohmycafe.jp/.
You can also click some of the translated menu images in the gallery below...
Throwing a healthy Halloween dinner party with my future partner in East Asia has been on my bucket list for years. Even when I think that I'm done with vampire concepts, I'm like ehhhh maybe not. It just makes for a good Halloween party, esp in East Asia where all the "vampires" live. Korea alone eats its share of meat (cooked and raw), garlic, and black bean noodles. Japan's islands also have its share of inspiration with squid ink tacos to purple sweet potato ice cream flavors. Don't forget your powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin pill. That could get your menu started right there. Just add some fun games and a music playlist.
Here's my current mood board via A.C.E's recent comeback Teaser. A.C.E is the gift that keeps on giving in 2020. Let's take a thrilling journey to the Halloween dinner party mood board below....
Some Millennials may remember the game "Musical Chairs" growing up. It was another favorite game of mine. It's always a win when you can combine exercise with music.
As I make more time for my creative loves (music and art), I couldn't help but seek out more resources to share with those who are interested in the same. I was listening to a 90s playlist and giggled at how 90% of the songs are just "talk singing" about their day or life.
It really is the easiest way to write a positive and upbeat song to a beat.
This site https://www.musicca.com/tools will allow you to play and learn a variety of beats and instruments to express your day or life.
Writing is a healing and objective approach to gathering clarity about your wants, needs, wishes, and anything in between.
Living in Asia will make you appreciate the simplicity and healthy supply of homemade soups, especially during the Year of the Rat.
Soup is the go to meal when you want to cook, BUT don't really want to cook.
It's great for the elderly as well.
Soup allows you to be creative and work with your natural "grandma" instincts.
You really just need a vegetable or chicken broth, fiber (brown rice or brown rice pasta), veggies, proteins, and herbs and spices.
The anti-aging soup kitchen should have ingredients to take care of your daily recommended needs as well.
* Atleast 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fruits
* Atleast 1 serving (1/2 cup) of legumes (Ex: lentils and/or beans)
* Atleast 3 servings (1/2 cup each) of vegetables
* Atleast 1 serving (handful) of nuts
* Atleast 2 servings of whole grains (Ex: 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup of brown rice pasta, 1 cup of whole grain cereal, etc)
* Atleast 2 servings of protein (Ex: 3 oz salmon, chicken, plant proteins, etc)
* 8-10 glasses of water for body hydration
* Healthy fats (Ex: olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil)
* Herbs and spices (Ex: garlic, onion, turmeric, thyme, oregano, rosemary, ginger, etc)
Anti-aging add-ons can add to your powerhouse of daily nutrients.
* 10 grams/2 tsp of Collagen powder (often includes Vit C to CoQ10 to More!)
* Kale powder (1 tsp/veggie serving)
* Mixed berry powder (1 tsp/fruit serving)
* Vitamin supplements
When you're in need...
* to do some work
* take a mental break
* calm a child down with more than just a high vibration salad (it works)
* take an afternoon nap
* get your 8-10 hours of sleep
* listen to some relaxing music
Put your headphones on and listen to a 10 hour meditative playlist, Rain sounds via rainymood.com, and/or read my How to Stay Focused post again.
Magnesium powder or chewing a magnesium pill also works fast. ;)
Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in the body, esp for smokers and/or stressed out people. I always tell people to get more in their system 1st. People can then re-evaluate their lifestyle choices. Life is nothing but a bunch of choices. Make them chillaxed ones.
Magnesium and Headphones are very much needed to help everyone Keep Calm and Carry On. :)
When you're a chill digital nomad, you really want to explore places that make your work-life balance as nonstressful as possible. That is what set my journey off in 2019 to Asia.
Many people paint images in their head of certain people, places, and things, esp when exploring Asian countries. Many places are great to visit for awhile if you take your needs into consideration though. You just have to weigh the Pros and Cons for yourself.
One place that has always been on my bucket list to explore since Hawaii is Okinawa.
If you've ever explored Hawaii's local areas, you will see a few Okinawan influences
(Example: Okinawan protective Shisa (lion) statues).
It's enough to make you want to explore the Japanese "Hawaii" as well.
Here's some great points about Okinawa's longevity and happiness from their tourism website (https://www.visitokinawa.jp/information/wisdom-of-long-life).
Point A: "Okinawa Prefecture is known for the longevity of its people, but Ogimi Village in the Northern Okinawa Main Island is specifically known as the “Village of Longevity”, and people conscious of their health are becoming more and more aware of Ogimi’s name not only in Japan but throughout the world."
Point B: "When you actually visit Ogimi Village and talk to people, three main components emerge.
1. Our rich natural environment includes the sea, rivers, and mountains, and we live “without worry or hurry,” and relax.
2. We practice a diet that includes a wide range of nutrients from various sources such as meat (animal protein), island vegetables, and fruits.
3. In the spirit of the “lifelong activity”, we participate in the events and social activities of our village."
Point C: "Specifically, comparing the average Japanese meals to the diet in Ogimi, the following four points are obvious. In Ogimi Village,
a) People eat meat often
b) The consumption of green and yellow vegetables is about three times higher
c) The consumption of legumes including tofu is 1.5 times higher
d) They eat plenty of fruits
Eating meat and legumes means eating protein. Protein is a major component of cells and the ingestion of high-quality proteins such as tofu, meat, and milk is believed to improve the function of immune cells. High immunity supports a healthy long life without diseases. As for the consumption of green vegetables and fruits, including carotene (vitamin A) and also nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, etc., all are believed to be a factor supporting healthy longevity."
Are you adding Okinawa to your 2021 Bucket List?
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