I’ve been quoted in a wide variety of stories, and have had clients quoted in many, many more; but I can honestly say that I never thought I would be interviewed for a story that would appear in Black Enterprise Magazine. When Yvelette Stines made a query about leveraging feng shui practices in the office, I had a very real example that I thought she could use and her readers would enjoy.
A few years ago, my friend Mindi offered to feng shui my office, and since I’m a “out of sight, out of mind” worker, my office is covered in piles. Every horizontal surface has a stack of job jackets, folders, magazines, newspapers, brochures, notes, lists and who-knows-what-else-is-in-there, I took her up on it. We started by taking everything out of the office – attempting to sort and purge as we went. With a copy of my personal bagua in-hand, Mindi started putting things back in the appropriate areas according to what things represented – mostly by color, but also by material/texture and imagery. We focused primarily on activating areas for wealth & prosperity, fame & reputation, good fortune, wisdom & knowledge, and career & life mission. That’s what business is all about right? Once everything was back together, I appreciated that everything had a place and the piles were (momentarily, at least) gone. Part organization, part spiritual, it just felt better in there.
Fast forward about three months and I’m having dinner with another friend. I chat with her about the feng shui, a variety of other topics, then we get around to work. I tell her that I’ve been busier in the last three months than any I can remember. More proposals, more inquiries, more work. She then points out, “You mean, in the three months since your office was feng shui’d?”
I shared this and more detail with Yvelette for her story, which she ultimately used. However it also reminded me that I need to get my office in shape again.
I have a feeling I am blocking my chi.
Read the Black Enterprise piece here.