New Year's Inspiration with Your Own Personal Shrine

First, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope it was wonderful and relaxing for everyone. I stayed in the neighborhood and shared an inspiring toast to the future with some friends and my husband.

Ok, moving along :) In my last podcast, Feng Shui and the Winter Solstice, I shared some ways to welcome the winter and new year into your home and life. Instead of just writing up a list of new year's "resolutions," I offered a way in which to create a personal shrine to embody how you want to FEEL in 2016. 

Here are the instructions! Note: I'm sharing the one I created in this post.


  • Photographs and/or small items that are special and feel inspiring to you. My selections:
    • Celestite crystals, an angelic and spiritual stone
    • Origami paper crane, white for precision, and the paper crane as a nod to creativity and the story of folding a Thousand Origami Cranes to receive one wish
    • Blessed feng shui cinnabar rice in a red envelope from a teacher, for protection, wisdom and to honor the feng shui lineage that so inspires me
  • Mint tin, match book, any small box
    • I found this old mint box that held some paperclips. And how PERFECT, I opened it up and was reminded of the quote printed inside:
    • "Every thought we think is creating our future" Louise L. Hay
  • Other decorative materials such as paper, plant life, ribbons, shiny things
    • I found a mirror-like silver paper and a beautiful gold satin ribbon
  • Glue to put it all together!


  • Decorate the interior of the box with your special objects. Keep in mind the FEELING you want to embody and be inspired by. 
  • Find a special place for it or carry it with you!

Please send along photos of your personal shrine! I hope this project inspires you!

Note: I'm sharing this (somewhat modified) DIY activity from the Winter catalog for the Rubin Museum. The Rubin Museum of Art "is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions." Be sure to check it out if you're ever in NYC!

by Anjie Cho