APLD Garden Tour 2017


The Association of Professional Landscape Designers welcomes you to their Second Annual Garden Tour! Spend a gorgeous spring day in LA wandering through some of our designers most beautiful and inspiring landscapes. At each location, you’ll see how the Watershed Approach to Landscape Design is being implemented… Read More.



The word suchness describes reality as it is. Most of our suffering arises from our ideas and concepts. If you are able to free yourself from these concepts/beliefs, anxiety and fear will disappear. Our own beliefs and concepts can be the cause of much of our suffering.  

I can see how this has played out in my own life. Specifically, I think of the times I have been anxious because of the expectation I have in my head about a certain situation. For example, after I have my initial meeting with a client and they accept my proposal then we have our first ‘official’ meeting. I cannot tell you how many hours of sleep I have lost worrying about what are their expectations for our first meeting.  Will I disappoint them? Will I have any good ideas? What if I don’t know the answer to one of their questions?

Clearly these are stories or beliefs that are not based in reality. These are old anxieties; I can’t even remember a real incidence that resembles these scenarios I am envisioning. Yet they feel very real and can potentially debilitating. This is the kind of stuff that could keep me from succeeding in my business and my life. So what to do? Lately, I have been able to catch myself and realign my thoughts with the present. In the present, I can take positive actions like doing some research prior to my meeting, get some exercise, and write down any questions I want to remember to ask my new clients in order to create a better design.

What is the story or belief that inserts fear and anxiety into your life or business? Consider what each day would be like if you approached it free from old ideas, conjecture, and past hurts?

For me, it would mean going into each client meeting fully present. I could meet potential new clients without being overly invested in the outcome. I would offer a better experience for my clients with with a better outcome with less stress. A win-win!

I would love to hear about what your business would look like when you are fully present. Let’s talk!

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Why We Suffer


When we look deeply at the nature of things, we see that in fact everything is impermanent. In our ignorance we believe that there is a permanent entity in us, and our pain and suffering manifest on the basis of that ignorance. If we touch deeply the non-self nature in us, we can get out of that suffering.

Some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s lessons in Your True Home are a bit harder to apply to business than others! When I look to understand this lesson, first off I swap the work “ignorance” for “lack of knowing”. Then I can begin to feel into this lesson in a variety of ways:

  • Each day is a new beginning, and with that mindset I allow myself to let go of yesterday’s mistakes and start anew.
  • Taking myself too seriously gets me nowhere, as does taking anything personally.
  • It is okay to bring more fun and levity into everyday. Not just okay, recommended!

I am curious; how does this lesson speak to you. Please share or reach out to me directly.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.



When you contemplate a big full sunrise, the more mindful and concentrated you are, the more the beauty of the sunrise is revealed to you. That is why mindfulness and concentration are such sources of happiness. This is why a good practitioner knows how to create a moment of joy, a feeling of happiness, at any time of the day.

When I read Hahn’s Your True Home, I immediately thought of the deep sense of joy I experience when I am designing something, meeting with clients I love, or learning about a new product/practice. In order words the feeling of being immersed in doing something I love to do. Yet what is really funny/strange is that I will often allow myself to be distracted. I will take myself out of the moment. I will leave that moment of joy to open the mail or get a glass of water. Which is just plain crazy!

  • Crazy because immersing yourself in the joyful aspects of your business is one of the foundational keys to creating a sustainable business. A business that fulfills you and brings out the best you have to offer your clients.
  • Crazy because I chose landscape design because it allows me to employ my creativity, my curiosity, my love of problem solving.
  • Crazy because my life is too short to build my own business on someone else’s rules about what ‘work’ should feel like.

I invite you to join me this year in embracing that which brings you deep joy in your work (and in your life). Schedule a Strategy Session today. I can help you build a business as creative and dynamic as you are.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Walking Meditation


You walk as if you kiss the earth with your feet, as if you massage the earth with your feet. There is a lot of love in that practice of walking meditation.

I walk a lot. Walking is a sort of meditation for myself, but what Thich Nhat Hanh is suggesting here is very different. It feels good to I read this; I like the concept of a walking meditation that brings in love into the world, brings more love into each step I take in my world.

Embracing this good feeling of love and the idea of bringing love into each step, I invite each one of you to sign up for a FREE consultation. I love being a creative business owner and I love helping others grow their businesses. Let’s reflect on your business and dream about the business you want then brainstorm together on manageable steps you can take to ensure your success as you imagine it to be!

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Ambassador of the Cosmos


Any object, food, being is an ambassador of the cosmos. Take for an example a piece of bread and consider all that goes into making the piece of bread-sunlight, water, the earth, the clouds. The piece of bread is a wonder of life. It is there for us all. We have to be there for it.

  • How do you show up for your clients, for your business?
  • Is your attention inward, worrying about your next appointment, your schedule, what you left undone?
  • Or are you ready to behold the wonders of your work found in big and small moments? Why does this matter?
  • Why are you talking about butterflies and unicorns when I need to focus on getting stuff done and the bottom line?

If I were to give you the answer strictly thinking about the bottom line then this is why it matters. Being present to the everyday wonders of life keeps you in your creative zone. People like being around positive people and will pay money to be around positive energy. Your clients will open up to you when you are open to them and your projects will turn out better. You will have more energy for your business and your life.

Are you ready to be an Ambassador of the Cosmos? Let me help. Schedule some time to talk over a Strategy Session and figure out what your business looks like when you are an ambassador.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Awareness = Miracles

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Thich Nhat Hanh shares that if you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.

As I began to think about today’s wisdom, I found myself swapping the word miracles for abundance. When I am tired or discouraged then I can easily fall into a scarcity mindset and when I am in this frame of mind then the world seems to be a much less friendly place. I am keenly aware of what I perceive as my deficiencies yet how everyone else seems to be so perfect. I start comparing my life with others’. I dwell on what I don’t have but desperately want.

This becomes a very slippery slope because through this lens the world confirms my every thought. Yet when I catch myself or most likely find myself tired of being such a sour puss and replace the lens of scarcity for a lens of abundance then I am amazed by the sheer number of petals on a David Austin rose or the single-minded diligence of the bee gathering pollen.

Deepak Chopra has a wonderful meditation series on abundance where he points out that we only have to look at nature to affirm the presence of abundance available to us all.

With an eye out for abundance or miracles my entire day has a different energy about it. The driver who cuts me off becomes a moment of gratitude because I was able to swerve in time and not get into an accident. A client who is questioning my design or process becomes an opportunity to explain my thinking, reveal more about myself, and stretch creatively.

How is your awareness shaping your business? Let’s brainstorm on how to bring more miracles into your business in a special Strategy Session.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

One Hundred Percent

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In Your True Home, Hanh defines mindfulness as the energy that helps us to be there 100%. It is the energy of your true presence. In an age of distractions, multitasking, and information delivered in the small bites, how do we stay present? What is it like to give of ourselves 100% in any situation? Does it really make that much of a difference?

Let me start by saying that I know it is possible. It is not easy but it is possible. Most importantly, I know that it is an incredible gift to give yourself and your clients. Yes, it makes a huge difference in how you relate to your clients and the results you are able to deliver to your clients. How then do we begin to shift back into being 100% in the present?

  • Know that it is possible, and I would even assert that it is our natural state of being.
  • Stop comparing yourself with other people-living or dead, friends, family members, colleagues, celebrities. Just stop.
  • Eliminate your to-do list. Identify 3 Important Tasks to Complete at the start of each day or even better as the end to each day in planning for the next day. Priority each item as 1, 2, or 3. Then do each item one at a time until completion or at least as complete as it can be done in that moment.

Bonus Tip

Give yourself an hour to each task. Set a timer for 50 minutes, turn off email, the phone, etc and go for it. The last 10 minutes of the hour can be used to bring your hour of power to a close and to do a quick victory lap. Celebrate! You are on your way to being a present human being.

Do you have tips for staying present? Or a success story? If this all seems impossible or you are not convinced it will positively impact your business then let’s talk over a Strategy Session. I am ready to give you 100% of my attention.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Welcome 2017

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Each year, I take some time in December and January to reflect on the year passed and think about an intention for the coming year. My intention for 2017 is clarity.

2016 was a tremendous year for my business because every single client I worked with was terrific. I was inspired by my great clients to do some of my best work, seek out new vendors and materials, and give fully of my time and talents. It is with gratitude that I begin 2017 and in that spirit, I have been writing each morning.

I write down 3 things I am grateful for, 3 things I would like to practice for the day, and a reflection on one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s lessons from Your True Home. The days I have postponed my new daily writing practice are the days that have not been so great. So, I invite you to join me this year to reflect each day with an eye on attracting really great clients and growing sustainable businesses.

Day One

Hanh reflects that you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment.

Staying present in our businesses almost seems like a counterproductive directive for landscape designers. So much of what we do is thinking about the future-designing spaces to be enjoyed for years to come, creating installation timelines, placing orders for plans that exists partly in our head and partly on paper. Not to mention thinking about where our next clients are going to come from!

What I do know from direct experience is that my business grew in wonderful ways the more I stayed present. How? I started to pay attention to the types of clients and projects that I really enjoyed. Over time I created a profile of my ideal client/project. Then I was vigilant about only accepting jobs from clients who met my criteria.

Great clients are the foundation to your businesses’ success and growth. Do you know who your great clients are? Sign up for a Strategy Session and let’s take 45 minutes together to talk about your ideal clients and how to get more of them.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.

Plant the Seeds for a Fruitful 2017


Calling Landscape Designers!

December is the perfect time to reflect on your business. What was 2016 like? How would
you like 2017 to be different? Do you believe that 2017 can be different and better? I know it can!
Join me on December 27th for a 2017 Business Growth Strategy Session. Take 45 minutes to
reflect on 2016 and set the stage for a more successful new year.


Sign up today as availability is limited. Click here to schedule now!