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I am so thrilled to share that my wonderful friend, Katie Dalebout, has included us in her Let It Out gift guide again this year! Katie’s personally curated guide includes her favorite books, clothes, local businesses and even places to donate. Take a peek at all her recommendations, including the Holistic Spaces book!

Books

–I’ll be There for You – by Kelsey Miller 
–This Will Only Hurt A Little – by Busy Phillips 
–Text Me When You Get Home – by Kayleen Shaefer
–Spirit Almanac – by Lindsay Kellner and Emma Loewe 
–Becoming – by Michelle Obama
–How to Not Always Be Working – by Marlee Grace
Holistic Spaces – by Anjie Cho 
Letting Go Of Leo- by Simi Botic

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Katie Dalebout is an author, speaker, yoga teacher, social media butterfly, life-coach, podcast host and most importantly, mayor of the Wellness Wonderland. Katie believes that every detail counts, positive thoughts make miracles, authenticity creates strong relationships, and that every day you should dress, eat, and act like it’s a special occasion.

With her grounded Midwestern roots and astronomical dreams, Katie has taken her passions for communication & wellness and blended them together to share them with the masses on this platform. And elsewhere including Over The Moon, MindBodyGreenThe Beauty Bean and Bella Life

With her thoughts, Katie truly lives in her own…well…wonderland, visit her there often and create your own state of  bliss. If you’d like more inspiration from the girl behind the blog, hop on over to InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Tumblr. Be well…


Holistic Spaces 2018 Gift Guide

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s already holiday season again! This year I’ve spent a lot of time really working on self-care, which is such an important part of feng shui and living holistically. Self-care is part of the Kun (Relationship) area of the feng shui bagua map, which is represented by the color pink, and was especially important for me this year, because it relates to my Nine Star Ki for the year. I’ve been traveling a lot this year and have started to teach (Mindful Design, and flower arranging with Marcia Shibata), so I’ve focused on opening up my sound current, communication and moving into a teaching space so I can expand my business and help more people.

So in the spirit of sharing positive qi, we've curated self-care gifts in this year’s Holistic Spaces Holiday Gift Guide. These gentle, loving gifts are perfect for the incredible people in your life who may forget to treat themselves (including you!). From books to sheet masks to slippers and aromatherapy mists, there’s something here for everyone who could use a little rest and relaxation, including a Black Friday treat for you!

From now until Monday at 11:59 pm PST, use code HSGIFT at the Holistic Spaces store to enjoy 30% off!


Hydration Sheet Mask Bundle

Taking time for yourself and self-care is important, and I've super been into sheet masks this year. It's my little weekly (or sometimes daily) spa me-time where I can rest, and maybe listen to an audio book and take a mini break.

I also love these sheet masks as a way of adding hydration. Our bodies are so dehydrated from processed foods, chemicals in the air, electronics and low water intake. It's a nice little ritual to take care of yourself and your largest organ!

Available at: Peach & Lily


Holistic Spaces Cleanse Mist to Harmonize and Balance

I never travel without my cleanse mist! It's especially useful during the holiday season when we're hosting guests or staying away from home, since it’s a space clearing that doesn’t involve smoke.

The first thing I do when I get to a hotel or place I’m staying is feel the energy of the space, and it's always useful to refresh and cleanse the area with this palo santo room mist. If you have guests staying over or parties, it's also great to mist to space clear the energy when guests depart.

Holistic Spaces Cleanse is light and pleasant enough to use several times a day, and there is a small 2oz travel friendly version!

Use the coupon code JOY10 for 10% off the entire store (expires Dec 31, 2018 at 11:59PM).

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Burgundy Starling Slippers

As I’m getting older... my heels hurt all the time! In feng shui, the feet are related to the New Beginnings area of the bagua map (Zhen), and since I’m moving into the year of Spring and New Beginnings in my Nine Star Ki, it makes sense that my feet are more sensitive!

As I’m moving forward and taking a new path, it’s an important time to take care of my feet so I can move in a mindful and healing way, paying attention to self-care. I love these slippers from Birdies Slippers. I love the Starling in burgundy. They're so comfy, and the red color is auspicious in feng shui. I've been wearing them everywhere; they're so chic.

Use the link below for $20 off!

Available at: Birdies Slippers


GUIYING Décolletage Treatment

I recently met Ervina, one of the founders of 5Yina, and not only is she elegant and delightful, the GUIYING Décolletage treatment is amazing. It's absolutely reduced any PMS related breast tenderness, and it's so luxurious. Ervina is a breast cancer survivor, and she and her partner Angela developed these products with TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). I highly recommend their products as a wonderful gift.

The neck area is so often ignored or neglected, similar to the feet, and this is a wonderful way to work on paying attention. The neck is also related to the heart area, and I love the correlation with the opening of your heart.

Ervina has even provided us with a code for a gift with purchase!

On the 5Yina site, place both the GUIYING Décolletage Treatment and the Divine Balm in your basket and use code HSgift to get the Divine Balm for free!

Available at: 5Yina


Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home

One of the most important ways to practice lasting self-care is through creating a holistic space for yourself to come home to. My book, “Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home” is now on second print and available at Amazon. The Holistic Spaces book includes tips and guidelines for making small, easy adjustments to your space to create a calming, relaxing and nourishing sanctuary for constant self-care.

Released this year as an expanded, updated version with full color photographs and new copy, this beautiful hard cover book makes a great, affordable gift. If you have questions about anything in the book, feel free to submit a question for Q&A Sunday! I read and answer all the questions.

Available at: Amazon


Ohm Store Singing Bowl

Another thing I’m working on with my self-care is my sound current and aura. 

The owner of Ohm store recently reached out to me to review their singing bowl, and it has a nice resonance and is compact enough to keep on your desk. Mine is in the Relationship-Self-Love area (Kun, feng shui bagua map) of my desk to reinforce healing and exploration through sound.

Available at: Amazon


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Mo Mi Discovery Kit

My friend, Diane, is the founder of Modern Minerals, a vegan cosmetic and hair care line. This discovery kit is not only luxurious and gorgeous, I love that the Mo Mi products are infused with Lotus Wei flower essences, specifically Korean Pink Lotus Flower and blush Rose Quartz - a combination created especially for Mo Mi by Lotus Wei!

The kit has been invaluable while traveling (which i did so much this year). The products not only make me look beautiful, I feel beautiful too. 

Diane has graciously partnered with us to offer 10% off with code HSgift

Available at: Modern Minerals


Let It Out

I included Katie Dalebout’s book, “Let It Out”, on my gift guide in 2016, but this year I attended one of Katie’s workshops, and the journaling bug finally bit!

One of my favorite things I learned in this book and from Katie that I’ve also employed is to buy legal pads for journaling. Katie Hess, from Lotus Wei, also recommended using markers to promote thinking big. Check out the Pentel collection below!

Available at: Amazon


Luxe Series Bed Linens

I received a set of these sheets for review. They're a good price, and although not organic cotton, they are certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, which ensures sustainability of chemicals and quality of performance, and LEED Gold certified, as they are produced in a sustainable, socially compliant factory in India that supports local families.

They come in three solid colors and are a great way to refresh your bedroom and build a relaxing environment for sleeping. You can pick a color that relates to the mood you want to inspire by using feng shui color theory. For instance, red for more passion, pink to attract a partner, white for purity and clarity, black for wisdom or blue/green pastels for healing.

Available at: Amazon


Pentel Markers

To go along with my journaling suggestion, or if I just want to doodle, I love Pentel markers. I even travel with this set. I love selecting the color I’m most attracted to at the moment, and you can even look up the color meaning in feng shui.

I also love that, because the tip is thicker than a pen or pencil, it gives the writer/artist more freedom to put down bigger ideas, a concept introduced to me by Lotus Wei’s Katie Hess. Markers offer a gestural looseness that you don't get with a very precise pen.

Available at: Amazon


The Artist’s Way

Katie inspired me to also work through the Artist's Way this year. I'm halfway through. But along with Katie's book, this one is invaluable! I highly recommend it for self-care!

"The quality of life is in proportion, always to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. The reward for attention is always healing."

Available at: Amazon


CBD OIL
I have been also really into CBD oil. It’s definitely help with anxiety, sleep and overall relaxation. I highly recommend it. I have a few favorite brands, one of which is Pure Relief. They’ve so kindly offered us a 20% off code “anjiecho”. Be sure to check out the mint flavor. It’s delicious, like a piece of mint chocolate! yum!

Available at https://starter.purerelief.com/anjiecho


A Holistic Holiday Gift Guide of NYC Experiences

featured this month on 6sqft by Hannah Frishberg and Anjie Cho

The catharsis of shopping and gift giving does not come without monetary guilt, but in a city as commercially diverse as New York, it’s possible to spend locally and come away with products bringing long-term relaxation and mental balance. No one wants to give or receive a gift that feels empty of emotional value and purpose. Here are some ideas for purposeful products and experiences that can be bought within the five boroughs for friends and family (or yourself!) this holiday season.

1. A yoga class

The pressure to workout is high enough when you’re the one who invested in a class, but when you’re gifted the paid opportunity to do yoga, an added element of etiquette raises the stakes even higher for you to find the time and energy to attend.

On the Lower East Side, Golden Bridge Yoga has no minimum for its gift certificates and RA MA Institute New York offers both yoga and meditation programming in its studio. Classes at both locations start at $22.

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by Anjie Cho


Holistic Spaces 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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It's already that time again! We've curated another Holistic Spaces Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone in your life. Lots of us go into the new year with resolutions for self-improvement, so this year's gift guide is tailored to help achieve those goals! From meditation to essential oils to yummy teas and more, we've chosen 12 amazing options for anyone seeking to find peace and holistic wellness in 2018. We also recommend giving a listen to some of our favorite podcasts, including Episode 051: Creativity and Feng Shui with Laura Morris, Episode 048: Essential Oils and Feng Shui, Episode 024: Creating Holistic Spaces for Inspiration and so many more! Feel free to share some of your favorite self-improvement tools and Holistic Spaces posts in the comments!


Essential Oil Necklace Diffuser

Essential oils can be wonderful tools for self-care and self-improvement. This necklace can be paired with an essential oil for an amazing gift. Listen to my friend, Andrea Giordano on podcast Episode 048: Essential Oils and Feng Shui, for some inspiration on different essential oils.

Essential oils can help in a variety of areas, from improving focus to lifting mood, treating headaches and much more. This personal diffuser is the perfect introduction to using essential oils for healing, inside and out. Add a drop of your selected oil to the porous lava rock inside, and enjoy personalized olfactory treatment for hours! You can even carry drops in the vial that comes along!

Available at: Amazon


TheraBox Subscription

With box subscriptions more popular than ever, I'm excited to see a box set geared toward happiness and self-improvement! TheraBox is curated by therapists and filled with research-backed activities and goodies to enhance your mood and life! 

Each monthly box includes one happiness-boosting activity and "5-7 consciously crafted, natural, organic, or artisan self-care wellness goodies to promote relaxation & wellbeing!" Past boxes have included mud masks, incense, journals, planners, aromatherapy inhalers and many more incredible self-care items! 

Available at: CrateJoy


Analog Alarm Clock

The type of clock you use in your space, may seem trivial, but an analog clock can be symbolic. An analog clock represents the idea of time as a cycle that starts over anew each day, giving us continuing hope. 

I love this simple, elegant analog alarm clock from Amazon. It's made of real wood, silent, battery operated and is a perfect fit for any space. It's also small enough to travel with and serves as a nightlight as well as a clock. What a great way to carry the feeling of hope throughout your own holistic spaces and those you visit!

Available at: Amazon


The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook

One of my favorite hobbies is the Japanese art of Sashiko, needlework quilting. I've received many compliments on my projects recently! This sourcebook is my go-to and is ideal for those interested in getting into Sashiko or starting a new hobby.

Susan Briscoe's guide includes an introduction to Sashiko, a list of what you'll need to get started, step-by-step patterns for your projects and beautiful inspiration by Japanese textile artists! It's the perfect gift for readers, crafters and learners, and Sashiko can easily serve as a way focus your mind and gain a little clarity around whatever is going on in your life!

Available at: Amazon


Zafu Zabuton Meditation Cushion Set

It's difficult to talk about improvement and self-care without mentioning meditation! This practice has been life changing for me, whether on a cushion or in more active styles like Ikebana

One of my recommendations for meditators is to create a holistic space dedicated to meditation. You can include altars, special items and more, but don't forget the meditation pillow! This set from Samadhi is the ideal combination, featuring a sitting cushion as well as a larger, flat cushion to protect the knees and ankles. Not sure if your gift recipient would like meditation? Read up on it here and here and listen in here

Available at: Samadhi Cushions


Wonder Walking Deck

Another of our favorite people is artist, Amy T. Won, who creates stunning paintings in her beautiful holistic studio. Amy's art is based on her observations of the natural world, and she's even created a 12-week online course for reigniting creativity! 

This set of cards follows that train of thought, aiming to reconnect with nature and creativity. Amy's Wonder Walking Deck "features intuitive mood paintings and explorer notes from the pages of my personal sketchbook, inspired by Spring and Summer’s wonder-walks."

The deck makes an incredible gift for artists, art lovers or anyone seeking to rekindle the fire of creativity. 

Available at: The Curio Shop


Eco-Friendly Journal

Whether you're experiencing challenges or just hoping to get to know yourself better, journaling is an excellent way to fill your own cup and keep track of your goals and achievements. 

I love this eco-friendly journal, handmade in Nepal! Each page of the notebook is created through an ancient process of cooking and drying the fibers from Himalayan Lokta bushes, and the cover is colored with varying vegetable dyes! Not only does this journal provide a beautiful place to capture and explore your thoughts, it contains rich Nepali history and supports individual artists in the Himalayas!  

 Available at: Amazon


Rubber Plant

I love adding plants to holistic spaces. They bring the wood element and nature into your space and are excellent tools for increasing indoor air quality

In his book, How to Grow Fresh Air, Dr. B.C. Wolverton lists 50 houseplants proven to reduce VOCs and other harmful pollutants in our indoor spaces. The rubber plant is one of the highest rated plants due to its ease of care and ability to remove airborne toxins.  Affordable, effective, healing and easy to care for, a rubber plant makes a beautiful, loving gift that keeps giving!  

Available at: SpecialGreen via Etsy


Ketu Yantra Mandala for Spirituality & Healing

For friends and relatives dedicated to, or experiencing, personal growth, the Ketu yantra mandala is an incredible, meaningful gift and a beautiful addition to any space. 

This mandala relates to spirituality, healing and introspection and connects directly with the New Beginnings and Knowledge (or self-cultivation) bagua areas. Perfect for New Year's resolutions! The Ketu mandala actually has a yin, meditative energy, so it's also perfect for a meditation space

Available at: Holistic Spaces


The Furoshiki Handbook

Another beautiful Asian tradition I love is Furoshiki. Furoshiki is the art of Asian fabric wrapping, rich in symbolism and making its way to the western world. Furoshiki uses cloth to wrap a variety of objects, and the ties in the fabric represent ties between the individuals giving and receiving the items. 

Furoshiki is a way to offer great care and detail in how we present our gifts and feelings to others. It is even touted as a great communication tool. This book teaches basic Furoshiki tying as well as more intricate and elaborate styles of tying, including specific examples like bottles, books, scarves and more!

Available at: Amazon


Wellness Tea OF THE MONTH

I don't drink coffee often, but tea is a different story! I keep a collection of teas in my kitchen, and each of them serves a different purpose, much like the tea selections in The Republic of Tea's Wellness Tea of the Month.

Perfectly curated to soothe whatever ails you, these blends are ideal for relaxing, finding energy, fighting sickness and even getting back on your feet.  

Available at: The Republic of Tea


Feng Shui Inspired Malas

My good friend Susan Chan has just launched Amà designs: Feng Shui inspired malas! Malas are meditation beads and intentional reminders encouraging growth in specific areas of your life. Worn on the body or hung in a living/work space, each mala is blessed with a sacred intention and mantra.

New York-based artisans knot the malas and make each tassel by hand. Susan even provides feng shui directions on how to infuse it with your specific intention. Our favorite is the Unconditional Love Mala, what everyone needs when starting the new year. Be loving and compassionate with yourself when taking steps toward your goals. 

Available at: Amà

Holistic Spaces 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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We're excited to be back with our second Holistic Spaces Holiday Gift Guide, and this year we're focusing on balancing out the elements in our holistic spaces and lives. All year we've shared ways to bring balance to your life by paying attention to the five element theory, an ancient Chinese philosophy that we utilize in feng shui. Listen in here for podcasts and check out our My Favorite Things posts, take a peek at Nine Star Ki, then consider your individual friends and family and give something supportive this year! Don't worry, we'll help you out. :)


For More Metal:

Your gift recipient needs more metal if she doesn't speak up for herself, has trouble completing things or could use more beauty in her life. Metal is symbolic of righteousness and joy and assists with attracting helpful people and efficiency. It is related to the Benefactors and Completion areas of the bagua map, metallic colors, white, grey, autumn, circular shapes and actual metal. Keep these tips in mind, and take a look at these two perfect gifts for those in need of metal. 

Modern Minerals Emotive Lip Gloss

I recently met the beautiful Diane Read, founder of Modern Minerals Makeup, at a full moon meditation hosted by Lotus Wei. She offered me a sample of her Emotive Lip Gloss, which I've been obsessed with ever since! The lipgloss is infused with flower and gemstone essences in collaboration with Lotus Wei, and formulated to "uplift and awaken positivity."

So, how does this tie into the metal element? Metal relates to the mouth and beauty. The Emotive Lipgloss encourages "Love, inner strength, compassion and living in the present moment" and how we manifest that in the world through our voice and with joy. Perfect for that friend lacking in metal!

Available at: Modern Minerals


"Little Black Book" Daily Action Planner

Since those lacking metal can have difficulty with efficiency and completing projects, a day planner is an excellent way to encourage the addition of metal in these areas. 

This style, the 30-day action planner, is my favorite design, but Savor also offers 90-day versions and other 30-day versions. In fact, a 90-day planner would be great for feng shui, since it is a multiple of the auspicious number 9!

I’ve been using the daily action planner systems for a few years now, and it’s been INDISPENSABLE to manifesting my goals. So for those who need a little (or a lot of) help with precision, organization and action planning, this is for you!

P.S. This one is especially great for entrepreneurs. I would say it's made a huge difference in how I plan and complete things.

Available at: Savor the Success


For More Fire:

If your friend or family member is fearful of and afraid to express anger or lacking passion in life, he may need more fire! Fire represents explosiveness, passion and sincerity, and relates to the eyes and heart, making fire people very heartfelt. It is related to the Recognition area of the bagua map and the color red, as well as triangular shapes, the season of summer, lighting and actual fire, and can add passion and recognition to life. If this sounds like something your gift recipient could use, try these!

Artisanal Intention Candles

My friend Valerie Oula has created a collection of candles enhanced with reiki energy, healing sound vibrations, crystals and sacred geometry

Each candle is made of natural soy, essential oils, safe fragrances and a cotton wick. They're housed in reusable jars and even come with a guided meditation

Of course, candles actually produce fire, which is one way to add this element, but fire is also related to passion, so to enhance the adjustment, choose a candle that will help cultivate passion in an area where your receiver needs support. 

Available at: Modern Ritual NYC


Experience: Signature Makeup Lessons

Another amazing and successful woman I recently met is natural beauty expert, Rebecca Casciano. She has created a Sacred Beauty Salon Series which is offered in varying locations around the U.S. and aims to teach women the relationship between appearance and self-love in addition to practical makeup tips. 

One of her offerings is a natural beauty makeup lesson. I think this is invaluable in creating more fire energy in your life. Rebecca can help you create more passion and love with how you show your face in the world.

Available at: Rebecca Casciano


For More Earth: 

Your recipient may need more Earth if she struggles to show care and concern for others or is overly concerned with herself. The Earth element is related to earthy colors (of course..) like brown, orange and yellow as well as the Abundance, Health and Knowledge areas of the feng shui bagua map. Square shapes also represent the Earth element, which holds a quality of stability and nourishment. If your friend or family could use a little help with the Earth element, these are wonderful places to start!

 

Good Vibrations

The founder of AromatheraChi, Andrea Giordano, is my partner in creating the holistic, all-natural items in the Holistic Spaces apothecary

Her AromatheraChi line offers many wonderful items including this Good Vibrations soap, a very earthy and grounding blend including patchouli. It's also brown in color and square, which both relate to the Earth element as well. 

You can check the Aromatherachi site for other options, but Good Vibrations is an excellent earth adjustment for men or women. My husband loves it!

Available at: AromatheraChi

 


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GIFT CERTIFICATE for Holistic Spaces Feng Shui Consultation with Anjie Cho

We recently added a new offering on our services page, gift certificates for a consultation! I've found that those who need more Earth have a hard time spending time and energy on self-care.

What a treat for your loved one to receive a feng shui consultation in which they can learn about how to create a space that nurtures and supports them!

Both online and in-person consultations are available in a gift certificate format.

Available at: AnjieCho.com


For More Water:

Is your Secret Santa somewhat isolated, maybe finding it hard to make friends, connect with others and find opportunities? Give him some Water! The Water element is related to winter, dark colors like black and deep blues and the Path in Life area of the bagua. It is represented by wavy shapes and, of course, actual water, relates to knowledge and intelligence and can help with cash flow! Keep these characteristics in mind when shopping for someone who needs more Water, and check out some of our favorites! 
 

The Water Collection

It makes sense that an easy way to add more water is to use...well..water! This collection from Sakara Clean Boutique is perfect for balancing the water element and providing supportive chi. 

Enhanced with rosewater, liquid chlorophyll and 72 different trace minerals, Sakara recommends drinking the morning water while setting intentions for the day and sipping night water to relax and detox before bed. 

Not only are these recipes actually water, the night version is black, which reinforces the Water element as well! 

Available at: Sakara


Book: Let It Out

Our frequent guest and dear friend, Katie Dalebout, released her first book earlier this year, and it's the perfect gift for someone lacking in Water. 

Let It Out is a guide to journaling, including "insights and exercises that will elevate your life and get you “unstuck”—for good." 

Even if your friend or family member has never journaled before, this blueprint can help to break through the blocks preventing connection and opportunities, and encourage the flow (like water) of positive chi. 

Available at: Amazon, Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble and more


For More Wood:

If you're looking for a gift for someone who seems ungrounded and is often indecisive and tends to always go with the flow, you may need a Wood item! Wood is related to Spring and the colors green and blue and represents qualities of flexibility, kindness, life energy and human-heartedness. The Wood element symbolizes growth and is represented by the New Beginnings and Abundance areas in the bagua. If your gift recipient could use a little more Wood, try these on for size! 

 

Ferlin Picnic Backpack

I know that we are currently experiencing cold temperatures in most places, but I couldn't help but include this one!

My husband and I received one of these sets as a wedding gift, and it’s seriously the best thing ever! It gets us out in nature (in the warmer months of course), and for someone who needs more Wood, this is a great way to get out to a park or out in nature 😃

These backpacks are great in spring, the season of new beginnings, which also represents the Wood element, and there's also an option to get a blue and green set, the Wood colors! 

Available at: Amazon


Nine Steps to Health / Total Wellness Empowerment

Wood is also related to action and transformation. Think of a tree sprouting and reaching out into the sunlight. This is the amazing work that my friend and nutritionist, Nancy Guberti provides.

I’ve been working with her on and off for years, and this year especially closely, and working with Nancy on my health has been a truly transformative and supportive experience.

I’ve been eating pretty healthy for almost a decade, but Nancy gently suggests even more shifts that I could incorporate that have made phenomenal changes in my everyday life with mood and appearance.

Even if you think you know about wellness, Nancy’s program can help you make huge strides in your life! (I have Nancy as my coach, but the nine steps is a little more affordable). 

Available at: Total Wellness Empowerment (Coaching); NancyGuberti.com (Nine Steps)