We spent a few days RVing on the Oregon Coast this past month. What a great way to wind up the summer. It was wet most of the time, but mild temps and stunning scenery. We took along our teddy bear-faced black and white Llahsa Apso, Wookie, who thrived and reveled in the new environments-- thrilled to be experiencing new smells and sounds.
Wookie really was an inspiration--how excited and fully invested in life she is. I can tend to get a little jaded or cynical, or maybe it's just bored sometimes, so having Wookie to remind me of what is truly going on keeps me on center. That said, there's nothing like hitting the road--even for a short trip to the beach--to help snap things into perspective and inject the invigoration of new places, people and adventures into life. Boyd blogged about the RV trip on Blogger. Check it out.
We've just about completed our feng shui makeover of our product shipping center--new storage cabinet, new table, and a fresh coat of bright yellow paint. We had the house painted, too, trimmed the big trees, and spruced up the front yard. It all feels so much better now! I highly recommend using a feng shui consultant. They can pinpoint problem areas, and turn you on to fun remedies and projects.
Until next time...
In vibrant health,
Shay Arave, President
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