Feb 202024

High prices of furniture and office equipment are the most common obstacles any start up or home-base business face. With the current trend of setting up home businesses, it is still important to maintain a degree of functionality and professional appeal to your home office. After all, clients might want to meet with you at your office and you surely don’t want them to see you slump in your kitchen chair. They may not want to close deals on the counter top or the kitchen table. They surely cannot wait until your city office has been fully set-up and furnished. Buying furniture is only a practical option if you intend to keep your business at home forever. But if you’re waiting for the set up of your true office and want to keep doing business at home for the meantime you might want to try furniture rentals, furniture leasing, and equipment rentals.

There are certain advantages to furniture rentals, furniture leasing, and equipment rentals. First, no large payments. You get to minimize expenditures if you only plan to rent the item for short periods. This is an especially good option for renting audio-visual equipments for home presentations or an extra computer while yours is still being fixed. Also, you can use top quality equipment for minimum rent. A high grade equipment which you could not normally afford for your own office can be rented for a fraction of its cost for a period of time. Second, you have the unlimited access to the machine or furniture for the period you rent it. You don’t have to worry about moving it in with you come relocation time or finding a buyer that can give you a good deal. Third, business usually get easier credit for renting or leasing an equipment than for purchasing it. Because the financing company or leasing company maintains the ownership of your furniture or equipment, there is a lower need for additional forms of security. This translates to higher acceptance rates.

When you consider buying larger articles for furniture or office equipment you risk incurring payments or loans amounting to thousands of dollars. This will put a huge dent on your credit limit. With the proliferation of furniture rentals, furniture leasing, and equipment rental shops in the market and online, renting or leasing furniture and equipment is a viable and practical option.

Feb 192024

Directv, the nation’s top provider of digital satellite television services, offers consumers the best and most comprehensive deals on equipment, programming, and customer services. Advanced technology in the areas of communications, recording, and sound have produced crystal clear imaging and sound quality beyond comprehension. Free Direct TV equipment and free installation, with a promotional offer of services for a limited time, are available to new subscribers along with exceptional programming to all. Directv’s subscriber base is over 14 million and growing, and Directv strives to remain at the top among all television viewers.

Digital satellite television service is a wireless system for delivery of signals to produce imaging directly onto a television screen. It involves the use of highly specialized equipment called a satellite tv dish and a receiver. Digital signals are transmitted to Direct TV’s satellites in orbit and then projected back to the home receiver through a satellite dish. These signals are then processed through the receiver and to the television screen in either digital high definition or digital standard format. Though digital standard is exceptional, high definition is the clearest imaging produced at this time with accompanying Dolby surround sound for pure the ultimate in viewing and listening pleasure. Your home entertainment experience will be comparable to a theater-like experience each time you tune in to see a program. In addition to the basic free equipment, Directv Satellite gives each new subscriber a Free Personal Video Recorder (PVR) that enables one to pre-record favorite programming for sharing or for viewing at a later time. The slim remote allows the viewer to record, pause, fast forward, pause, and rewind, allowing for commercial-free recordings and instant-replays. This treasure will enhance your home system and will become as indispensable as the prized remote.

Direct TV’s primary goal is to offer the best in equipment and programming to put the consumer back in control over what, when, and where favorite programs are viewed. This goal is clearly achieved through the wonderful and diverse programming packages being offered today. Once you experience a favorite through Directv’s system, you will never be satisfied with standard cable television delivery. Direct TV’s programming lineup includes programs in digital high definition or standard resolution and each package contains a variety of the best and most preferred channels. There is something of interest for everyone with packages ranging in number of selections and price. Local Channels are availabel in most areas via the Direct TV satellite dish. Specialty programming packages are available for those desiring seasonal sports and international channels. Directv’s beginning package, Total Choice, is equal to or better than most other provider’s mid-range packages. It contains more than 155 channels, including four ESPN, Disney Channel, Discovery Channel with Discovery Kid, Animal Planet, AMC, ABC Family, and much more. The mid-level package, Total Choice Plus, adds 30 channels and includes Boomerang, The Biography Channel, various music channels, and more. Total Choice Premier, the every thing package, provides a total lineup of more than 250 channels, 30 premium movie channels, and additional specialty sports channels. Directv is famous for the best Sports programming lineups. Directv Satellite is exclusive in their offer of NFL Sunday Ticket and NBA League Pass.

For those viewers who demand the best and most diverse television entertainment, Direct TV is the answer. Click on Direct TV Deals to find more information about specific package listings and prices as well as ordering and installation information. This is the end of your search for the best home entertainment. Switch to the best. Order Now! Take advantage of the Directv promotional offer of free satellite equipment and fast free professional installation. This limited time offer will end soon. USDirect is the top online Authorized Directv Dealer. Go to the USDirect web site to find the Best Direct TV Offers

Feb 182024

An opt in list full of hungry subscribers are the soul and spirit of any online business existence. But how do you build it so that the subscribers will respond to every offer that you introduce them? First, we will take a look at what makes an online business and the techniques of getting hungry subscribers into your opt in list.

Every online business provides great service to generate satisfaction among their customers. As each and every customer receives satisfaction over their products or the services they get, there is a great chance that they will become a return customer and buy again. Better yet, they will recommend you to other people that could generate more business for you and your site.

As more traffic is driven to your site, you can entice many of them to subscribe to your mailing list or opt-in list. This is a list where in website visitors agree to be sent promotional materials such as newsletters, catalogs and such that could keep them updated about your site or the niche of your site. These promotional materials are sent via e-mail to the members of the list in different time intervals.

When using e-mail as the media of your marketing and advertisements, you eliminate the need for high costs. Email is free and if you can manage to make your own promotional advertisements you can also save a bundle there. With an opt-in subscribers list, you are pretty sure that what you are sending out is received, viewed and read by the subscribers and not simply being deleted. They have signed up for service and have consented in receiving it.

This means that there are constant reminders to your subscribers about all your products, new products and services as well as any promotions and special deals you are having. There is also the chance that they can be forwarded to other potential customers as they tell their friends and families about you and your site.

Of course you should be also aware that a subscriber may unsubscribe when they feel that they are not getting what they want or expected. Make sure that they are satisfied with your opt-in marketing strategies and keep them excited in receiving your newsletters and catalogs. Here are some tips that can help you build a list of eager subscribers.

Make your promotional materials interesting and fun. Try to use a little creativity but not too over artsy. Build around what your product or service is about. For example; if you are selling car parts, put some pictures of what is new in the auto parts world, a new wing door possibly that can fit any car and make it look like a Lamborghini.

Try to research what people are looking for, these way, you stay one step ahead of them all the time and you will be their bearer of new tidings. They will be eager to receive what you are sending them because they new you always have fresh and new things to share with them.

Write good articles that can be very informational but light at the same time. If your subscribers enjoy your articles, they will go to your site by clicking the links that you will be putting on your newsletter to read some more. You can provide articles that can connect to many people. Be diverse in your articles. Put something humorous, then put something informational, then put something that has both.

Are you wary about this because you don’t like writing? No problem, there are many professional and experienced article writers that can do the job for you for minimal fees. They know what they are doing and can provide the need that you have for your newsletters, the money that you pay for your articles are going to be met by the many sign-ups and the potential profit from the sales that you will get.

Create and send an E-book to your customers about anything that is related to your business or site. Use your knowledge and expertise in the field you have chosen to help other people who are similarly interested. Offer this e-book for free. You can write about anything informational and helpful to your subscribers. For example; you can do manuals and guides in so many things. This e-book could be used as a reference for many people.

Share this e-book with everyone, even other sites; just make sure that they don’t change the links in the e-book that will lead people to your site. If you want, you can always get some people to write it for you just like your articles. Your investment once again will be covered by the great marketing this will generate.

Add e-coupons in your newsletters that will help them avail to special discounts. Put a control number in your e-coupon so that they can only be used once. When people get discounts that can be found in your newsletters, they will be eager to receive your newsletter in anticipation of what you are promoting next.

If your subscribers can get benefits from your newsletters, they will be very eager to receive them. Just don’t flood your mailing list with mails so that you don’t annoy your subscribers.

Feb 172024

So you want to learn about the foreign exchange market and trading Forex, but you are risking your personal wealth if you jump in before knowing all about how trading takes place. Online, you will find many games and simulations while learning the methods involved in forex market trading. The forex markets include countries from around the world, where all countries involved are using different currencies, and when faced against each other are worth more or less than the original valued currencies that are being traded. The forex markets are used to build wealth in, for governments, banks, and brokers, and for many countries.

To get started in learning about forex trading, you will need to locate the forex trading software, education-learning system you want to use. As you find the games, as they are called, you will enter information about yourself, about what you are interested in learning and then you will download software to your computer. In following the ‘game’, you will learn how to make and lose money in the forex market. This type of game is going to make you more aware of what happens daily, how the markets open and close, and how different the various countries currencies really are.

You will open an online ‘account’ using the gaming system. You will then be able to read the news, find and compare markets, and you will be able to make ‘fake’ trades so you can watch your money build or be eaten away in losses. As you learn the system, using it a few times a week, you are going to be more prepared, more educated and you will be ready to use the forex trades to make money. Of course, you may still need the aid of broker or a company to make your transactions happen but you will better understand the process, what will happen, and what calls you may want to make when you read about the news, the markets, and the currencies in other countries.

The forex market is also referred to as the FX market. If you are interested in joining the millions who are making money in the forex markets, you want to ensure you are dealing with a reputable banker or company involved in forex trading. With the spur of interest in the forex markets, there are many types of companies that are popping out on the Internet appearing to be genuine forex trading companies but in reality, they are not. Forex trading can be completed through a broker, a company that deals in the funds, and from within your own country. For example, the US has many regulations and laws regarding forex trading and what companies are permitted to work with the public dealing with international trading and markets.

Feb 162024

Have you ever fully appreciated that marvelous tool for success that each and every one of us has at our command? It is our mind.

Theodore Roosevelt

“All the resources we need are in the mind.”

In the novel “Terminal Man” by Michael Crichton, it mentions that at that time (1972) the largest and most expensive computer had the same number of circuits as the brain of an ant. To make a computer with the capacity of the human brain would require the size of a huge skyscraper. Its energy demand would be the equivalent of a city of a half a million.

I know computers have come a long way since 1972 but it shows the tremendous capacity of the human mind.

Did you know our conscious mind is only one-sixth of our brain’s thinking and power? Our subconscious mind represents five-sixths of our thinking and power.

The whole mind, conscious and subconscious, possesses the power to solve any problem that may come up, or provide the necessary ways and means through which we can achieve our ends.
The conscious mind holds only about 7 pieces of information in short-term memory. Your sub-conscious mind, however, stores all the knowledge you have ever acquired. Everything you have ever read, heard, thought or imagined is held within its immense memory.
Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious mind outweighs the conscious on a scale of ten million to one. This is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, this part of you is much smarter than you think you are. This is where the great artists, writers, and poets to get their inspiration.

Albert Einstein

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you don’t know how or why.”

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

The subconscious mind is useful in two ways. The first way involves receiving information, solving problems, and receiving inspiration.

The second way deals with programming your mind to supercharge your confidence, your self-image, and your desired beliefs. This can take a little time at first but like many things gets easier with practice.

Programming your subconscious works best through visualization. Pictures and symbols are by far the most effective way of impressing your subconscious. Speaking of symbols and pictures, this is why dreams are largely symbolic in nature. While you sleep your mind processes information and presents it back in the form of symbolic pictures.

What’s great about your subconscious mind is that it never rests. Whatever goal or problem you give your subconscious, it will work on continually, day or night.

Whatever you think and ponder about deeply with strong emotion makes a strong impression on your subconscious. This is why you also need to be careful. Excessive worrying and negative self-talk can also make strong impressions.

You want your subconscious mind to be a goal achieving, success mechanism, not a failure mechanism.

Feb 152024

Traditional bank and institutional lending has become outdated in some respects and does not always meet the needs of potential commercial customers. Private investor funding has filled many of the gaps while making investing easier and profitable for all parties involved. Although private funding is not actually lending by definition it is still a highly viable alternative.

The typical traditional bank loans take 3 to 6 months to close. The obvious constraint is if your deal needs to close before 3 months or if the seller is anxious to close in a fast time frame. Private funding typically takes 30-90 days to close and the right mix of information, opportunity and “right-time-right-place” has seen private deals close in a manner of days!

Most commercial lenders have very specific guidelines on documentation of the source of income or proof of asset ownership. Obtaining these documents from the current owner(s) is a big challenge if not impossible. Tax returns and additional personal information are sought but few are willing to open up their finances to just anyone. Private investors tend not to look at past performance of the property but seek a good analysis of what the future potential is. Be prepared with a sound business plan!
Many borrowers can’t qualify for traditional commercial loans if they have existing high business expenses. Again, existing financials need to be examined by the bank to determine if prior performance indicates worthiness for the loan. This time it’s your financials under the microscope. This type of information is useful in proving yourself to private investors but not required.

Special business properties such as mobile home parks, restaurant /bars, cash businesses, new development construction projects, nursing homes, assisted living centers, etc. may be outside of the traditional lenders interest. The reasons differ but are often related to the perceived risk or lack of knowledge about the type of investment. Again, private investors are more interested in your plan and its soundness rather than the category of property.

Relative short balloon payments on special purpose business loans are fairly common with traditional loans, some due in as little a 3 years. If your business plan does not specifically show how returns on the profitability of the property will support the balloon payment the loan is often denied. Private funding may also have balloon payments but you can always seek a different structure that fits your needs and plan rather than trying to plug your plan into an institutions way of doing things.

Assumability of the loan is not often offered with commercial loans. If your plan for the property includes later selling it for a profit you need to consider how potential buyers will finance the purchase from you. If you cannot transfer the loan to a qualified buyer you will be at the mercy of them obtaining a loan from an institution and meeting all of their requirements. This is time consuming and costly for the borrower creating a delay in you moving on. Conversely, private funding can often be structured so that you may transfer your existing agreement to another without any of the constraints.

Banks and lending institutions often monitor their investments by requiring ongoing financial reporting requirements. Although they are not a partner in your venture they behave like they are. Until you break free from the loan this monitoring relationship will continue. Private funding investors may also require periodic financial reports but as long as the agreed terms of the funding are being met they may have little interest.

Some institutional lenders still require the borrower to live in the same state as the property. In today’s realm the reasons for this requirement are lost. Legal issues may be a bit easier to deal with because of the requirement but not enough to limit the borrowers to properties in their own state.

There are many more differences between traditional loans and private funding. The differences usually favor the non-traditional private funding world. You may pay slight more for private funding overall but if you can’t qualify for a traditional loan, or the timing will not work you should not even consider cost when comparing the two options.

Feb 142024

Reading other articles on this site, I realized how important it is for most of us to plan a discount vacation that does not “ding” us too much financially. Here is my contribution based on my own experience planning a discount vacation.

So you are thinking of planning a discount Orlando vacation? You must be if you have reached this amazing site and are actually reading this article here. Discount vacation in Orlando is a goal shared by most of us who want a vacation- with kids. I know what most people have to go through when planning a vacation. You are talking it out with your sweetheart and family. A great idea comes to mind. “Let’s go to Orlando”! Everyone gets excited and there are smiles all around till your wife says, “Honey but how much is it going to cost us”? That’s the blow. Or is it?

When I heard “Honey, much will it cost” line, I planted myself firmly in front of my computer determined not to let down my wife and kids. Not to mention the fact that even at 42 years of age I am an Orlando fan. In this article I will give you a summary of my research so you can plan a discount Orlando vacation.

www.discountorlandovacation.com was the first choice to start out with. If you are looking for dramatically reduced rates, unbelievable Disney deals and discount Orlando vacation packages then this site shall serve you well. Designed for budget conscious tourists, the site offers discount Disney tickets to Disney theme parks and Orlando dinner shows.

For those of you who actually visited the above site (thank you for taking the time to appreciate my relentless research) and thought “Wow” wait till you read about the next apple I am going to drop in you candy jar. This site is perfectly perfect for an ideal discount Orlando vacation. www.leisuretime.com truly presents hottest travel deals. Amazingly priced Orlando discount packages start at $99 per person and kids stay free! This is the vacation that I booked for my family and for just under $1100 all of us had a great 5 night vacation in the best that Orlando had to offer. There are many sites out there offering discount Orlando vacations but Leisuretime.com was “the one” for my family.

Another site a friend of mine referred me to for booking a great discount Orlando vacation is www.floridavacationstore.com. Working in the same office in the same salary range, we both hunted for discount vacations and pooled our resources later. Floridavacationstore.com is indeed a great place to buy an awesome deal. A simple visit to the site will splash you with at least 7 different discount Orlando vacation deals leaving it up to you to make up your mind.

It is a difficult task to book a discount vacation. Nevertheless if you have the right help available, you can master this art and be the hero in your family. I hope I helped.

Alicia Whiter
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Feb 132024

There are millions of people who are ‘up to their eyes’ in debt. For the
majority of these people it’s difficult to see a way out of the debt trap.
However, there are some practical things that can be done to alleviate the
situation. Here are some tried and tested methods:

Using credit cards to rack up a huge debt is doubtless the easiest thing
anybody can do. It may be hard to comprehend that the majority of us feel easier
handling credit cards than handling money.

Huge credit card debt has the effect of heavy and never-ending losses until
the debt is got rid of, because interest charges on credit card debt are so much
much higher than regular borrowing. One ends up losing more money paying
interest than has been spent, not to mention the inevitable effect on credit
rating when one neglects to meet up with the payments. These situations can
actually be used to benefit you if you use a little determination and follow
these suggestions:

Bearing in mind interest charges, transfer your balances to the lowest rate
card where you could get a zero percent or much lower rate for a certain amount
of time. During this period you can deal with all your other high interest rate
debts. You should keep track of other deals with helpful balance transfers and
get ready to start the process again when the original offer is nearing its end.
In the event that one does not present itself, pay off as much as you can to
reduce the debt. Because the finance industry is so competitive, you will always
find zero percent offers available out there in the marketplace. Never forget
though, the debt has not gone away.

Another extremely useful tool that you should find effective in reducing your
burden of credit is a debt consolidation loan. These loans carry much lower
rates of interest when viewed against credit cards. It’s possible to get a debt
consolidation loan at a lower rate and do away with all the debt. Just be
certain that your repayments are always punctual so that your credit rating does
not get even worse than it already is.

Another way of reducing credit card debt would be to employ some self
discipline. Clearly this is easier to say than to achieve, but the only workable
way out of your predicament is to destroy your credit cards, so that there is no
temptation to spend unless you have the extra money to spare.

You can save yourself much trouble (and extra cost) when it comes to late
payments so try to set up some kind of automatic payment, otherwise you may be
tempted to put your credit card bill on a pile and get around to it when you
have ‘more time’. The big drawback with this method, before you know it a few
weeks will have gone by and you’ve been stuck with a late payment. If you leave
it until the deadline to send payment, you might find that it won’t get there by
the deadline. Never forget though it’s not a deadline for sending the money,
it’s a deadline for the credit card company to receive it.

Paying late is a big mistake for a few reasons. You will definitely be
charged a late payment fee and your late payment will go on your credit report
for everyone to see. You may also find that you lose the beneficial rate you had
and your debt will be automatically put onto the worst rate that the company

If using the mail you should ensure you post your payment at least a week
before the due date. If you’ve left it to the last minute, ring them up and try
to make payment over the telephone.

Ever heard of the old saying: closing the stable door after the horse has
bolted!? You may think that this article is that idiom personified. However,
when it comes to credit card debt, I do believe that the saying should be
modified to: closing the stable door before any more horses bolt!

Feb 122024

Florida, the sunshine state, makes an exciting vacation destination, but deciding where to go can be a challenge with so many cities to choose from. With its white sand beaches, emerald green water and beautiful sunsets, its no wonder Destin is becoming a popular vacation destination. Besides enjoying the sand and surf, don’t forget to pack your snorkeling gear, golf clubs and a little extra cash for an exciting dolphin and sunset cruise. Come experience all the attractions the welcoming city of Destin has to offer.

With the Gulf Coast comes an abundance of water adventures and sports. Take the family swimming, boogie boarding, snorkeling, parasailing or rent a wave runner. Create your own adventure by renting a kayak and paddle out into the open waters to explore the unbeaten path. For complete relaxation, grab your towel and soak up the warm sunshine while listening to the ocean waves gently roll onshore. Wander along miles of white sand beaches, occasionally stopping to gather sea shells and to take a dip into the cool, refreshing ocean water.

If the white sandy beaches and warm sunshine haven’t sparked quite enough interest, a variety of enjoyable boat tours are sure to catch your eye. Take a deep sea adventure and hop onboard the 76 foot glass bottom boat of Southern Star Dolphin & Sunset Cruises. Spend the next two hours gliding over the ocean waves, listening to calming music and exploring a variety of sea life.

Take the kids on a more active adventure and head down to the docks to try deep sea fishing, trolling and billfishing. With over 20 different species of fish from mackerel, red snapper, amberjack and blue and white marlin, your experienced boat captain is sure to help you successfully bring in the big catch of the day.

Every golf enthusiast will be eager to hear the golf courses in Destin are open year round. Home to over ten golf courses with four exclusively designed by renown golf architect Tom Jackson, you are bound to find a course for every skill level. Grab your clubs and take part in a challenging 18 hole round of golf and enjoy the views of Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico at Baytowne Golf Club.

Located east of Destin on US 98, Henderson Beach State Park is home to 6,000 miles of protected shoreline. Grab your towels and head across the boardwalks which will lead you right to the beach, an excellent spot for dolphin watching. Take a hike along the ¾ mile nature walk and discover countless wildlife, costal dune ecosystem and a variety of plant life including sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. At the end of your visit, leave the sand at the beach by rinsing off in the convenient outdoor showers.

While the focus of your vacation is around the beach, make sure to enjoy the Silver Sands Factory outlet, one of the largest. Shopping fanatics will love the great deals they find at the 120 plus stores.

After a fun day in the sun, you’ll be glad to know Destin is home to the regions best dining. From Seafood, American, Italian, Cajun and French you’re bound to find a restaurant with the cuisine you’ve been craving. For the family or group dinner, try Fudpuckers for some delicious seafood. After desert head downstairs and feed the live gators and get your picture taken! Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, an energetic group gathering or the desire for a casual low key evening, there are restaurants to accommodate.

Before leaving town to fulfill the vacation dreams you are longing for, you will need to look into accommodations that will allow you to fully enjoy your vacation. Try staying in a Destin Vacation Rental. Enjoy the benefits of a home or condo in close proximity to the beach, golf courses, shopping, restaurants and more.

Whether its friends, family, couples or a large group, you’re bound to find the perfect Destin Vacation Rental on HomeAway.com. Begin your search today for a vacation condo, villa, or home rental that makes your vacation memorable.

Feb 112024

As someone who has always purchased used, low mileage cars in an attempt to offset the expense of driving a new car off the dealer lot, I’ve had my share of repair issues over the years. Luckily, I’ve also had the same reliable mechanic for the better part of two decades. No matter what car I owned or in some cases wished I didn’t own, he has been able to find the source of the problem, fix it, and get me on my way. As the owner of the shop, he is the one who deals with the customers, prepares estimates and makes the phone calls to let people know when their vehicles are ready. What I recently found out, though, surprised me a bit. The man I thought had been fixing my cars hasn’t turned a wrench in years.

The last time I was in for a repair, we got to talking about the late model auto I brought in. I bought it with less than 20,000 miles on the odometer and didn’t really expect to have to have any work done other than routine maintenance. When I asked a detailed question about the reliability of the car, in his opinion, he called out one of his employees and told me that he no longer works in the garage. This young man provided me with the answer I was looking for, and explained why the problem I had wasn’t likely to happen again through my ownership of the vehicle. While that was relieving, I was still in a bit of shock. I always pictured the same person working on my cars, or at the very least supervising. We joked about it and then the owner told me why he only concerns himself with the administrative aspects of the business.

According to him, he would rather be under the lift doing what he enjoys, but the complexity of today’s automobiles precludes him from doing so. It seems modern cars and trucks demand higher standards of technical ability, service procedures and diagnostic equipment than he was able to provide or understand. As technical advancements continued to show up in cars that entered the shop, he began to see a trend. The graduates from automotive technical schools that he hired were able to comprehend the complicated systems of late model cars and perform diagnostic and repair services better and faster than he could. Of course, they had gone through extensive training for just that purpose, where he had learned auto repair from his father and through years of trial and error.

I asked him if it upset him that he had to rely more on others than in previous years. He told me that it doesn’t bother him so much, then pointed out the window at a beautiful 1969 Corvette that pulled in to get gas. “When a car like that comes in for repairs, I’m the one that gets to work on it.”

“One classic deserves another” I said, then smiled and went on my way.

Feb 102024

Feng shui is an ancient art, science, and philosophy that has been practiced in china for thousands of years. It works with the chi, meaning life force or energy, of heaven, humans, and earth, and is often referred to as acupuncture in space. Acupuncture deals with chi inside our body, if it moves too quickly or is stagnant, it will eventually cause a physical symptom. Similarly if the chi in our environment is not balanced, then the natural flow of our lives will be disrupted.

There are several systems employed by Feng Shui practitioners to analyze the heaven chi of an environment. Many of these involve complex calculations using a Chinese Lopan for compass directions with important dates factored in such as when a building was built and when its occupants were born. Other unseen influences include electromagnetic fields (manmade) and geopathic stress (naturally occurring). A professional is required to analyze the heaven chi, as its influences are unseen. Earth chi is much more easily observed in our surroundings since it includes visible aspects such as land formations, roads, walls, doorways, furniture, and room design.

Clutter is a common cause of stagnant chi in a home or workplace and causes a variety of problems ranging from feeling stuck, tired, or depressed, to creating obstacles for wealth, romance, and opportunity in your life. Clutter exists in many forms including anything that is broken, unused, unloved, unfinished, or too many objects in a space. Clearing clutter will enable chi to flow more easily and will create space for new things to come into your life.

As awareness of Feng Shui grows in the western world the use of crystals and mirrors as “cures” has gained in popularity. Used incorrectly these items may double or multiply a negative influence, such as clutter, in your environment. In many cases it is not what you add, but what you remove that will bring about the most beneficial results.

The springtime is an ideal time to assess your surroundings and eliminate clutter. The season of spring is infused with rising chi. This can be observed in the heavens, which provide longer hours of daylight and on the earth where new plant growth emerges. The energy of spring is that of movement and action. It is an excellent time to initiate the changes in your environment that will enable wonderful opportunities to manifest in your life.