The Basic Principle of Feng Shui

If you haven’t heard of Feng Shui, it is a Chinese belief system that is based around how the organization of physical space affects a person. Of course, that is a very simple definition, and I encourage you to dive deeper into the practice.

I have always been a person of my space. I don’t remember the last time I didn’t make my bed. Going into university, I was more worried about sharing my space with a roommate than I was about anything else! How many twenty-year olds can say that?

Now, like I said, Feng Shui is a true belief system; thus, like all belief systems, it has a long and complicated history. It also has specifics (which are super interesting and I highly recommend looking it up). However, I simply subscribe to the basic concept; I believe that when a space is in harmony, it reflects positively through the individual in that space and vice versa.

Typical of every young girl, I spend most of my time in my bedroom. I always have. As a result, I’ve always needed my bedroom to reflect me. I’ve always needed my personal space to be noticeably mine. However, as you can imagine, that means constant change. In fact, “Adult Alyse” probably wouldn’t even recognize “Teenager Alyse” if the two girls were stranded together on a deserted island!

Here is a panorama of “High School Alyse’s” bedroom.

It was… cute. It embodied that of a pristine girl who wore frilly socks with her mary janes.

Her quilt was made with love from her grandma and it matched the dainty furniture. The colours made her happy and the rustic, antique accents reflected her old soul.



Flash forward one year, to “First Year at University Alyse”.


Not much has changed (except maybe the Taylor Swift shrine, but, “High School Alyse” probably had one hidden away somewhere too). Still girly. Still bright. Happy and productive Alyse.


With my second year of university came the transition from my second to third decade of life. This was when I noticed that my space was not reflecting positive energy anymore. I just didn’t feel myself. As a Feng Shui subscriber, that meant negative energy, and I was not okay with that.

Accordingly, as I moved out of residence and prepared to move into off-campus housing, I took the opportunity to make some changes.

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I was much more comfortable in this room. In fact, one of the challenges of moving out of here and back into my room at home was the change from my new “high-fashion” bedroom back into my “cutesy” one.


It wasn’t long before I needed to begin the changes. Once all of my furniture was back at home, I went out to look at paint swatches and scavenged my house for items that could best reflect the space that I had created in my room at school.

3 coats of paint and one week later, here is the result. A room with good Feng Shui!




Now, I’m settled into my room at the hospital. I’m not going to lie, it isn’t included because I don’t feel it truly reflects my personality. But hey, it’s a hospital; I don’t want to get too comfortable here. Nevertheless, my bedding is white and the decorations are minimal. That’s my kind of Feng Shui. 

I’m interested in what you’ve done to your personal space that gives off good energy. Let me know!


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