The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is a delectable morsel of antique manic pixie dream girl meets effortless goth goddess seasoned with delicate confections like gingerbread haunted mansions and candy spiders that seem too good to be true — and I think the too good to be true is the show's downfall.

Let me explain: fresh off completing my Digital Wellness Institute Certification I am seeing everything I encounter through the lens of a tech-ethicist, tech-philosopher, tech-educator. Digital wellness is optimized technology use. My interest in tech-life balance is two-fold. Personally, I struggled, and struggle, with technology addiction. Professionally, as…


Feng Shui for the Mind is a series that exposes how tech companies exploit dopamine and variable rewards systems to influence our screen time and distort our sense of safety, plus specific steps towards autonomy, balance, and digital wellness.

In Part 2 of Feng Shui for the Mind, we discussed dopamine and variable rewards and how these create an internal struggle against the natural brain and body systems that leave us feeling unsafe, especially for children who have no reference to a slower-paced tech-free world.

How to feel safe is where feng shui comes in.

While technology trains our dopamine receptors to believe that scrolling through Facebook, or mastering another level of a video game is the best actions for survival, Nested Feng Shui teaches zooming out, asking how we feel, and then shifting our spaces to support our…


tarma wakesly

In this article, we will briefly cover the cross section of feng shui and digital wellness to the extent that technology in the home affects sleep and sex, as well as ways to remedy, recalibrate, and build healthy, holistic rituals for rest.

As the number of screens around us increases, it is crucial to consider how they affect our mood and wellness. “Screen-time” is becoming more commonplace, as are feelings of agitation and overstimulation. Our attention and new habits around technology keep us scattered between one distraction to the next.

Lucky, there is a way to re-balance scattered energies. Merging…


Feng Shui for the Mind is a series that exposes how tech companies exploit dopamine and variable rewards systems to influence our screen time and distort our sense of safety, plus specific steps towards autonomy, balance, and digital wellness.

In Part 1, we learned about the importance of feeling safe, the attention economy, and how tech companies evolved to exploit our dopamine rewards systems to stay relevant and make money selling ad-space.

In short, part 2 will cover dopamine as a mechanism for continuous consumption through compulsion building from variable reward systems, as well as dopamine and the instant gratification. The instant gratification world we have evolved into with: social media, entertainment, and automated systems leads to an increase in dopamine addiction.

Dopamine exploitation is an invisible issue just beginning to gain a global audience.

Overtime the digital stimulation…


tarma wakesly

In this article, we will briefly cover the cross section of feng shui and digital wellness to the extent that technology in the home affects sleep and sex, as well as ways to remedy, recalibrate, and build healthy, holistic rituals for rest.

As the number of screens around us increases, it is crucial to consider how they affect our mood and wellness. “Screen-time” is becoming more commonplace, as are feelings of agitation and overstimulation. Our attention and new habits around technology keep us scattered between one distraction to the next.

Lucky, there is a way to re-balance scattered energies. Merging…


Feng Shui for the Mind is a series that exposes how tech companies exploit dopamine and variable rewards systems to influence our screen time and distort our sense of safety, plus specific steps towards autonomy, balance, and digital wellness.

Shelter-in-place amplifies the worry about technologies’ effects on all of us, especially children and families. This article will address resources and research for blending Digital Wellness and Feng Shui to balance work, school, and life in the age of technology.

The first step with digital wellness and feng shui is always to ask, “how do we feel?”

Are we content most of the time? In the twenty-first century, the answer is often “no.” …


Do you recall a time when kitchens used to be their own rooms?

Once upon a time, open floor plans were unpopular and remote work was almost nonexistent. Boundaries between living spaces were the status quo, meaning kitchens were separate from the dining room, which was different from the rest of the house. Meaning, no one would ever think of eating on the sofa because the kitchen or dining room was intended for eating.

The boundaries used to be built into our physical spaces. Now, much like our open space-studioesque living spaces, our boundaries are blurred. …


Meditation makes transitions easier. We often dream of big things. Our consumption-driven society teaches us to dream about big-ticket items: cars, homes, extravagant parties. The Hollywood machine has taught us to dream about particular lifestyles, specific fashions, ideal body types, relationships, behaviors, even love.

We often forget to slow down and ask, “what do I want,” to feel into “what do I want to feel like right now, today.”

Self-acceptance and self-love are the support that I try to give myself and my clients. …

Tracy E. McDowell

Balance to Transform. Feng Shui + Digital Wellness writings about organic optimization for success.

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