Learning how certain folks came to discover their occupation continues to intrigue me.
“How’d you get into this?” I’ve been known to ask.
Frequent unintentional assemblies in my neighborhood park with an unknown mom and her sons has blossomed a friendship and enlightened me to learn about Feng Shui.
“I began studying Feng Shui about 10 years ago after stumbling upon the subject in a design book,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Camacho, of Evergreen Park.
She and Frank, her husband of 12 years, have lived in EP for six years with their two sons, Lucas, 6, and Levi, 3.
Feng Shui, in short, is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing each person with the surrounding environment.
“I found it fascinating and the principles deeply resonated with me, yet I didn’t dream of making it a career until more than a decade later,” said Liz.
Prior to starting her family, Liz said she worked in corporate food service management as director of catering and special events for Boeing.
“I’d built a successful career in hospitality and was generously compensated,” Boeing is known to many as the world’s largest aerospace company,” said Liz. “Yet, as the years passed, I became increasingly dissatisfied and found myself totally stressed and often fatigued, wondering, ‘what am I doing? And why?’”
Starting a family provided her a way of escape.
“I took some much needed time off to enjoy being a wife and mother. It allowed me to take inventory of my life and figure out what really mattered,” she explained.
That proved to be a difficult decision for her.
Liz reflected back, “Leaving my career brought judgment of peers and family. I also faced fears of financial insecurity.”
I don’t believe following one’s true calling is easy for any of us. It requires grit and perseverance. But, oh what joy your life can experience once you’ve pushed passed the pain.
Liz said the fuel she needed to keep driving came through a weekend Feng Shui retreat. “During that retreat I felt an awakening. I quickly realized the Feng Shui I was implementing in my own home was really changing my life. I was happier, healthier, and more inspired than ever. It was like unlocking a secret. I was driven to share the opportunity with anyone who would listen.”
From there Liz said she went on to immerse herself in the subject and began consulting for family and friends.
“It was through their positive experiences that I felt a sense of validation and knew I had to use the knowledge to help others.”
Liz became a certified consultant and started a business called, “Front Door Feng Shui.”
“I created Front Door Feng Shui to help people love their spaces and pursue their best life. Words cannot describe how truly grateful I feel to be on this path and how honored I am to share my passion with others.” She expounded, “I really enjoy creating living and work spaces that are happy, healthy and motivating.”
Liz said she feels called to do what she’s doing. “It’s led me to an active practice of meditation,” she said.
Another approach to her holistic health and wellness life is exercise. She’s also a Pilate’s instructor at Core on 95th and Francisco three days per week. “I practice living a centered life, strengthening the core of your body and practicing Feng Shui can bring about balance, harmony and flow.”
With a degree in hospitality and culinary management, Liz said she’s in her “other” element when she’s cooking.
I’d say that makes her a triple threat!
Liz is available for consultations and can be reached at http://frontdoorfengshui.com/
She specializes in space clearing, de-cluttering and organizing as well as design, art and décor.
Claudia Parker is an Evergreen Park mother, author and runner whose columns appear in The Reporter the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.