Guest Blog by Valerie Delong

Valerie is the owner of Feng Shui Concepts, she is a Certified Feng Shui
Practitioner, a student of the Nine Harmonies School of Feng Shui under Carol Bridges.  She has studied under Master Lin Yun, founder of the BTB school of feng shui, as well as other experts in the field of feng shui.You can find Val at

This is a new year, with new possibilities, new opportunities and new ideas.  Even though January 1 was just another day, really, we see it is a new year and consider how we might be different and better.
Feng shui teaches that what is inside – what you think/hope/envision – shows up in your spaces.  The beginning of a new year, fresh with opportunities, is a great time to freshen up your spaces.  If you have a desk at work or at home, open a drawer and take a look at what you see.   Are there papers that you don’t want to move forward into this New Year?  Is there junk or miscellaneous stuff that can be tossed out with the year past?  Maybe there are things that others can benefit from, so consider giving them away.
Each New Year teaches us to begin again, start over in a way that brings new energy into our lives.  Hanging on to old things, old habits, and old patterns only weighs us down.  It’s like carrying around extra pounds that you know you should shed to live vibrantly in this New Year.  Anything that doesn’t feel good should be looked at with a critical eye; ask yourself, “is this something I want to take with me into this New Year?”  Then notice how your body feels when you ask this. 
The body is very wise; it knows the answers to questions, many times before you even consciously ask.  If your gut aches, it’s a good indication that what you’re about to do isn’t in your best interest.  If your heart opens, if it feels good – go for it!  It’s the same with hanging onto stuff; does your body close or does it open?  This is called intuition and it’s a very powerful tool to help you move through your life easily.  Listen to the body – its “good feng shui!”