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June 2023
Join us for our July Quarterly Meeting
with Michelle Skally Doilney: 
"Writing With Your Space"

House, office, apartment, room. Tap your inner writer (Yes, everyone is a writer) and find practical comfort and function for your outer spaces. Please join Michelle to learn and use simple writing techniques to connect your self to your spaces. Through writing practice, with limited time and low to no budget, you can change your environment to support so many parts of your life: balanced health, better sleep, supportive relationships, career alignment, and more. You will also learn simple, do-it-yourself adjustments in three key areas of your home (cooking/eating; work; sleep). 

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm CDT
Where: via Zoom
Have a pen and paper ready for the meeting!

1.5 CEUs

Fee: $18 for Guests & Newsletter subscribers;
Free for Current FSIM Members (Practitioners & Friends w/paid annual membership)

To become an FSIM member, see section below with a link to our FSIM Membership page.

This meeting is via Zoom; recording will be distributed to registrants.
My client and I didn’t feel finished. Something was off about her bedroom, her sleeping space. She didn’t feel finished, even after we found easy solutions for furniture placement and decided to remove her pile of work-related books. So, we experimented with writing practice, asking what her bedroom needed from her. Through this process, she read what she’d written out loud and found her own answers. Though we had adjusted her space, she wrote about the need to clear her mind of work and worry before she even entered her bedroom to rest and heal for the night. I gave her an easy breathing and focus practice to use before bed. The desire to further clear out more books came to her as she wrote. With wisdom from our time together and her own inner guide, the needs wrote themselves and were answered.

Connect your self and your space with a bridge of words. Writing? Yes, you are a writer. We are all writers as we bring our insides to the outside with writing practice. Connection? Why. Whether you walk into a space and want to immediately exit or to stay as long as you can, you are affected by physical environment on conscious and unconscious levels. Connecting to and understanding space is a way to create your own space to suit you and your lifestyle.

Writing practice is an easy way to connect to yourself and to witness your mind without attachment, judgement, the saboteur, or the inner critic. Writing practice is a bountiful yet neutral land, no good and no bad, where you can let your thoughts and words flow freely. The basics of writing practice are so very basic – fast writing pen, paper (any paper, scrap paper, school notebook paper), and your open mind. Keep your hand moving. Your mind and writing flow with or without punctuation or spelling perfectly. Your mind comes to paper without editing or fixing. Connecting self and space, directed writing practice is a helpful tool in Feng Shui.

She did report back to me shortly after our changes. Less busy-mind at night, less waking up worrying, deeper sleep and no more toe- (or mind-) stubbing on bookshelves. Combine writing practice with Feng Shui principles for another path to creating balanced, purposeful space.

Michelle Skally Doilney is a Certified Master Feng Shui Consultant since 2005. Since 2003, she works with private and corporate clients and teaches practical do-it-on-your-own Feng Shui. Certified in BTB Feng Shui and trained in Compass School Feng Shui, she combines disciplines to focus on practical, universal, and everyday design. Michelle is also a lifelong writer, from childhood poetry to current articles in the health and wellness field, and books in progress. She has studied disciplines of creative writing and has most deeply and recently studied writing practice with Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of “Writing Down the Bones” and most recently out of many written, “Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku”.
Recap of the FSIM Summer Solstice Event
by Ellen Johnson, FSIM Board member

It was so much fun getting together at Debbie Miller's home and also via Zoom to hear from Carole Hyder about her experience in moving house using the principles from her book, Conversations with your home. Carole recounted that she was reluctant to move, and her husband, Tom, was spearheading the move. They had many long talks and started looking for senior housing options. Many of the locations they looked at, they didn't even need to go beyond the front door and knew they weren't a fit. 

After much looking they heard about some senior housing going up at the location of the former Ford Motor plant in St. Paul. It didn't hurt to put their names on the list, so they did just that. Soon after, they were asked to commit and they figured that since it was a rental they didn't have to have a long-term commitment, so they went for it. 

They had nine months to prepare to move from their home of many years to their new, smaller home. Carole began going through her things, a little every day. They started selling things they knew they wouldn't be able to take with them - and had many heart-warming stories about how delighted the new owners of their things were! Those items were getting a new life, some of which hadn't been used in years!

During the whole process, Carole still wasn't excited about moving; she loved her home and was very resistant to moving. Where would everything fit, and how will she be able to continue her artwork, etc.? All valid questions. Carole's metal energy clicked in and on her scaled drawing of the new space, she added miniature cut outs of all the major furniture they knew they wanted to keep to make sure it would all fit. At this point, the building was still in process of being built, so she couldn't even see the space itself. It's a good thing Carole has so much experience with floor plans!

On moving day, as they took the last of their belongings out of their home, Carole and Tom did a ceremony, leaving the home through the front door on a red carpet. That was the last time Carole was in their home while they still owned it. 

Now Carole and Tom aren't the only ones that have experiences in their former home - many of Carole's students have celebrated their Feng Shui graduations at her home. Also, they had purchased the home from Barbara Everett, who had used the home as a Spiritual Center. Cheryl Larson, a former FSIM Board member, mentioned that she had taken classes in the home at that time, and how special it was for her to help Carole and Tom transition from their home. 

Carole is still in the process of connecting to her new home. She hasn't been able to complete the Archetype Questionnaire from her book, Conversations with your home; it didn't feel right yet. However, now that they're there, they love it! Carole even has a wonderful space to create and store her artwork, with plenty of natural light!

The new owners of Carole and Tom's home were a perfect fit! As some of you know, Tom is a Master Gardener and they had an amazing garden - and the new owners are gardeners; I'm sure their former home will appreciate the continued beauty outside it's doors!

Some conversation followed about clutter clearing and some of the messages about clearing from Carole and others were (and some things I'm telling myself) :
  • I don't miss anything that I got rid of.
  • Your children will thank you for going through your stuff.
  • If you don't use it or love it, someone else may be thrilled to have it.
  • You'll feel so much lighter getting rid of things.
  • Your space really does reflect your life - where in your life are you struggling, and can you make changes in your space to reflect the life you want?
  • What is your inspiration for clutter clearing?

Listening to Carole's talk has inspired me to continue my clutter clearing process so that I'll have fewer decisions to make when it's time for me to move. There's no time like the present!
Save the Dates - 2023
2023 FSIM Quarterly Meetings
(Free to members, open to the public).

FSIM looks forward to celebrating Year of the Water Rabbit with the following exciting upcoming programs (please note updates):

Tuesday, July 11: Michelle Skally Doilney: "Writing With Your Space" (via Zoom)

Saturday, October 7: Fall Field Trip - Caring for Cats Shelter Tour (In-person)

Community Circle Events:
Friday, September 22: Fall Equinox (topic and location TBD)

NOTE: Meeting locations and dates are subject to change - check for up-to-date information when you register for an event.
Become an FSIM Member!

If you are not already an FSIM Practitioner or Friend member, go to: fsim.org/Membershipinformation and register as a member today; your membership will allow you to register for the annual meeting at the member rate ($0) and receive the gift package at no additional cost.

Your membership will cover all FSIM events for one year (additional special events could be subject to charge). Even if you aren't a Practitioner, the Friend Membership is a great deal, as the $72 fee covers the annual meeting and each of the quarterly meetings for one year (from the date of your membership); you would otherwise pay $81 to pay separately for each meeting.

Note: The FSIM Friend membership level is open to all; the FSIM Practitioner membership level has eligibility requirements. See the FSIM Membership page for further information on membership levels and fees.

Please also note that if you change membership levels, there may be additional steps that we'll need to take to make it happen.

If you ever have membership questions please contact us here - choose "Memberships" and complete the form with your question.
Member Classes/Workshops/Services
Feng Shui Lifestyle with Carole Hyder is in its tenth year as a membership program. It consists of two emails per month with Feng Shui suggestions, historical background and auspicious and challenging dates for the month. A private Facebook group is the perfect forum for asking questions, studying blueprints, and examining the details behind Feng Shui adjustments. A monthly or annual option available. For more details and to sign up, go to https://www.carolehyder.com/feng-shui-lifestyle-with-carole-hyder/
Julie Ann Segal: Metro Interiors

Design Your Home and Life with Vision Boards 
Vision boards are a powerful tool to create change and a process of discovery. During this class you'll learn more about how you'd like your home to look and feel, and how that connects with what you want for your life. You'll leave with clarity, creative ideas and an understanding of the Feng Shui Elements with your Vision Board and your fresh Feng Shui design perspective you can align your space and life with what you truly desire. Instr: Julie Ann Segal, Metro Interiors

Come and join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. The cost for Plymouth residents is $143, while non-Plymouth residents will pay $153. The price includes materials.
Please bring three or more magazines pull pictures from to share with the class.

Plymouth Community Center
14800 34th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55447

Design Your Home and Life with Vision Boards - registration link (Then scroll down to the bottom of that page to add to cart (green section).

Change Your Space to Change Your Life
Elevate your energy with feng shui one room at a time

This approachable guide to Feng Shui-centered interior design sits at the intersection of spirituality, energy work, aesthetics, and personal connection. It not only provides room-by-room guidance, but also focuses on the big picture―the interplay between goals, intentions, and mindful design choices. Change Your Space to Change Your Life provides the necessary tools and practical steps for discovering your true desires, reimagining your surroundings, and creating profound comfort. You can turn your home or workplace into a space that reflects your authentic self with Julie Ann Segal's advice, examples, and stories from more than thirty years of experience. After stripping away the mystery around Feng Shui, you can invoke positive change through design and build a better future.

Order your copy of Julie Ann's book:
Debbie Miller: 
It is an honor and privilege to announce my new collaborative book with Feng Shui Master and Law of Attraction Teacher Dame Marie Diamond and 48 globally conscious entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a big difference to communities worldwide. My contribution to this book is the true story of my journey into energy work, Feng Shui, and Dowsing and how it has changed my life as well as the lives of others.

I wrote this chapter from my heart and am excited to share it with you!

Here is a link to purchase the book on Amazon:

It is already a #1 Amazon Best Seller in many countries!

Energetic Adjustments

Energetic Adjustments is a great resource to find Feng Shui adjustments for yourself and your clients. Many of the items are handmade and include an organza gift bag. Free shipping on everything! For more information, contact Debbie Miller: DomicleDesign@gmail.com
Diana DiCristina: Wind Water Harmony

In 2023, The Year of the Rabbit, the dog is the six harmony “secret friend” to the rabbit; carry a personal dog gemstone charm during the year of the rabbit to help avert misfortune, bring blessings and attract wealth. Personal dog gemstone charms are available again this year from Diana DiCristina, Wind Water Harmony; call or text Diana today at 612-242-2428 to place your order today  click here for more information.
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