Today I wanted to talk about artwork - and more specifically word art! I love word art because it's so energetically powerful. It's like hanging affirmations for what you want to create throughout your space.
When I was little, I remember that my mom had been given a small sign that sat on display in our kitchen. It read something like "I'm going to have a nervous breakdown today. I've worked for it, I owe it to myself, and no one is going to deprive me of it." I remember it fondly. We thought it was hysterical and it always got a good laugh from friends and family alike. It was a tiny board, with a short message, taking up very little real estate in our house but it still had a huge impact!
Fast forward, too many years to count, to managing my own overstuffed house, crazy kids, impossible schedules, and the rest that life has to offer, and suddenly that message takes on a whole new meaning. HA! I GET IT!!! I can't imagine how many times I read that message aloud or to myself. It's clearly ingrained in my memory and psyche from a very young age to this very day! It wasn't a particularly positive message, or a particularly negative message. But it was one I read over and over every day.
So, recently, when I was looking for artwork for an empty wall in our kitchen, I tucked my knowledge of feng shui in my back pocket as I shopped. First, I was well aware that whatever I chose for the space had the power to amplify and influence us all for a long time to come. Second, I was definitely on the hunt for something to counteract the mayhem that can ensue daily. We don't need to encourage any more craziness symbolically in our space! Third, I was also considering that my daughters read everything now. For a short time I get to choose what they read when they hang out in the kitchen, so I wanted messages that were uplifting - words that encouraged connection and empowerment.
The pictures above are a few samples of what I came up with. They've been hanging for a few months now. They're very cheerful and they each have a positive and grounding message. We're still a little close to a breakdown on some days, but I can definitely say our space seems to help keep us anchored instead of drifting closer to the brink of insanity! Now every day the message in the kitchen is a gentle reminder that there's a strong foundation under all the crazy. Mission accomplished!
I guess the moral to the story is that you get to choose what you surround yourself with and how it makes you feel. Using and deliberately choosing enhancements, like artwork, helps you use your surroundings to to direct life a little closer to the way you want it to go.
Take a look at the artwork in your space. Is it a visual reminder that supports and encourages more of what you want to have or is it keeping you stuck in an unhealthy pattern? Share your insights below in the comments section.