Creating a Green Office: The Before

Dear relatives,

My grandmother would have been 91 years old this week (Gemini love!). And this year, I’ll be celebrating her life in a way I never expected as I work toward opening an acupuncture clinic and mind-body center in my hometown. In between farm chores, I’ll get to design my dream office. I’ll be documenting the process and progress here, and hope to address some of the struggles that come with being a person of color and business owner. I’m also looking forward to educating myself on beginner Feng shui principles, which is an important part of Taoism, Chinese philosophy and cosmology. For now, I’ll ease into that conversation by sharing with a few “before” images. All of the photos you’ll see were made with my phone, so bear with me! Processed with VSCO with m5 presetWhen I first visited the office, I was immediately drawn to this open space. There is great potential here. I can see it so clearly: Qigong classes, community acupuncture, workshops, meditation… I get goosebumps just thinking about it! Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetThere are three rooms in total — the large, open room is located to the right when you first walk in. The images above are of the middle room. This will be utilized as an administrative center primarily. There will be a small sink and kitchen area in here as well. Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetAt some point, the middle room may need to transform into an additional treatment room. Until then, I’m just taking everything one day at a time.Processed with VSCO with m5 presetA random photo of me just to show you the mirrored ceilings, which are located in the entrance. This was the second thing I noticed, for many reasons. In particular, the symbolism that mirrors carry as a reflection of internal and external environment. I’ve also been trying to learn more about using mirrors as a design strategy. If you have any resources, send them my way!Processed with VSCO with m5 presetThe main treatment room is pictured above. This was the room I had the most challenge with in terms of envisioning what it could be. The room rectangular in shape; more long that it is wide, but it’s not narrow by any means. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this space has to offer once everything is cleared out. Processed with VSCO with m5 presetIn the last month, there has been so much progress already. I’ve slowly started to tell folks about the office, and the response I’ve received has been so warm and encouraging. The experience has been very humbling, and I’m thankful for the postive feedback. This has been a dream of mine for a long time now, and the idea of seeing it all come to life in community with others is more than I imagined.

Here’s to honorinng our grandmothers, and all the ways they inspire us. A blessed New Moon in Gemini to you and yours.

In Solidarity,




Of Note: Anatomy of Digestion Dining Set

Anatomy_Boutique_Anatomy_of_Digestion_Set_4_platesThe life of a graduate student (as you know, or can imagine) is all about reading. We read and process a variety of materials on a daily basis, which can be hard on the old eyes. One way I like to give my eyes (and brain) a break is by checking out the latest in anatomical art and design over at Street Anatomy. They recently added a new line of china that features the anatomy and histology of the digestive system. The stunning black and white images really highlight the organic patterns, yes? Continue reading “Of Note: Anatomy of Digestion Dining Set”

Brain Cross Section Coasters

huir_brain_specimen_coasters_blackhuir_brain_specimen_coastersYou read the heading correct ;) I spotted these the other day on Street Anatomy, and got so hype! How amazing are these stackable coasters featuring brain cross sections? What’s more, when you stack the whole lot up, it forms a 3D brain (woot!) The only downside is that they are currently sold out. I’m hoping the artisan-geeks who created these will offer up more for all the anatomy-loving-geeks out there (please, oh please!). I’m thinking the coasters would pair well with these plates, yes? In Solidarity, Christian

Credits: Images via ThinkGeek

Floating Flower Garden

teamlab-floating-flower-garden-designboom-02Happy spring, friends! I don’t know why, but the Universe saw it fit to introduce me to this amazing article about the recently designed floating flower garden in Tokyo. I know, right!? Not only is this an amazing accomplishment in the realm of green architecture, but a truly kinetic experience. Thanks to the beautiful brains behind teamLab, visitors to the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation will be immersed an installation that includes over 2,300 suspended blooming flowers against the backdrop of a vast white space. This would be a perfect activity to celebrate the vernal season, yes? ♡ In Solidarity, Christian