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
http://www.fengshuiconcepts.net/home.html

The holidays are fast approaching; do things feel different this year, or is it just me?  It probably has something to do with the election being over (back to business), the looming “fiscal cliff” (everyone is holding their breath again), or the stressors of the holidays in general.  There are a lot of mixed energies in the air these days, so let’s talk about a few.
Joy seems to be an energy that is scarce, even at this time of year.  Yet it is promoted and hyped just about everywhere we go – in stores, in songs, in cards.  Everyone holds out for the hope of having more joy in their lives, in spite of all the angst, which is prevalent now.  We wake up in the morning just hoping that nothing much has changed in the world, or in our lives.  We fear change because it moves us out of our comfort zone…..or a discomfort zone that we’ve become accustomed to. 
Take a look around your spaces.  Are there areas of clutter or disorganization?  These areas represent unbalanced or stagnant energy, a reflection of areas in your life that you’re hesitant to move into or through.  If you’re feeling particularly off balance in a part of your life, take some time and clear out that cluttered closet, or go through those stacks of magazines and old mail that you’ve been meaning to tackle “some day.”  You’ll be surprised that, as you clear out a cluttered space, it may also unclutter an area of your life that has been giving you fits.  This is the way feng shui works; it’s all about energy and keeping it moving in a balanced way.
We live in a world that is cluttered and chaotic, and this can’t help but affect us on an energetic level.  The best thing we can do for ourselves now, especially during this season of joy and love, is to pay particular attention to areas in our spaces where things are collecting dust and piling up.  As the end of the year approaches, make a “resolution” that you will clear the way for your energy to flow into the New Year.   Begin to free yourself of the clutter of the old year and take only what uplifts your spirit with you….it’s “good feng shui!”