Millions of readers follow Ellen Whitehurst’s articles on DoctorOz.com, The Huffington Postand John Edward’s InfiniteQuest.com,among others. She’s also a former monthly columnist for Redbook and Seventeen magazines. Recognized as the country’s premier expert in feng shui and other empowering modalities such as holistic medicine, aromatherapy, astrology and conscious cooking, she also pens a daily inspirational tip for iVillage.com, currently reaching over a half-million opted-in subscribers each day.

Millions of readers follow Ellen Whitehurst’s articles on DoctorOz.com, The Huffington Postand John Edward’s InfiniteQuest.com,among others. She’s also a former monthly columnist for Redbook and Seventeen magazines. Recognized as the country’s premier expert in feng shui and other empowering modalities such as holistic medicine, aromatherapy, astrology and conscious cooking, she also pens a daily inspirational tip for iVillage.com, currently reaching over a half-million opted-in subscribers each day.


Ms. Whitehurst opens doors we all have closed at some point in our lives when necessity and circumstances demanded it. But she also reminds us that we aren’t alone in the problems that can feel insurmountable. The topics in “Make This Your Lucky Day” include career, wealth, marriage and partnership, children, and creativity. Yes, there are holistic suggestions. Primarily, Ms. Whitehurst offers some simple deviations from our established routines that could in fact change our luck … if we’re willing to take the chance.


Q. What event first drew your interest in feng shui as a lifestyle you wanted to share?


A. Many years ago I myself was struggling with some issues and agendas that each of us might stumble upon as we go about growing and living inside our own lives. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for some time and weren’t having any success, and, then, both of my parents – who had not yet reached the age of 60 – became concurrently and terminally ill. In my efforts at figuring out alternative modalities to support my efforts at having a baby and, more importantly, in my quest to find different ways to offer my beloved folks some quality of life while they transitioned, I met and started studying Feng Shui from a wonderful teacher. But it was when I, personally, experienced the profound and magnificent shifts that can occur from embracing this ages-old wisdom that I became a crusader on the path to sharing this life-altering philosophy with anyone wanting or wishing for more empowerment, fortune, happiness and, yes – even luck – in their lives.


Q. What is the primary reason a working mother of three who barely has time for three sips of coffee should read your book?


A. Anyone, even a crazy busy working mother (ahem!) can really get such huge benefits and blessings simply by realizing the role that the outer environment plays and contributes to what’s going on in the inner one. And in quick and easy to understand manner, that’s essentially what the book is about. If I can share with just one person how waking up (or even going to sleep) and looking at something or someone that/who makes you HAPPY will actually have a positive influence and impact, not only on the entire day but on their entire life, well, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of a concept so simple yet a result that is so spectacular? If the working mom knew that the first thing she saw every morning could have such a tremendous impact and then did something PROACTIVELY to make her own life a better place to be by putting the laundry away and positioning a picture of a beautiful field of flowers instead, then I’ve done my job, and she’ll enjoy those three sips more than before she read any one page.


Q. What else captures your imagination and passion?


A. I was born to write. What I would eventually write about was always a question mark. I spent the first 20 years of my “career” life as a successful analyst, and, then, eventually a successful commodities trader working on Wall Street. During that time I did also write a nightly newswire for all of E. F Hutton’s commodity traders detailing the fundamentals and technical swings and situations of that day, so, still writing. See? Can’t shake it.


Q. Your son Grayson means the world to you. How has feng shui changed his life?


A. I wouldn’t so much say that feng shui has changed my son’s life since he hasn’t really known any other way. He was born to a mom who had eagerly embraced the entire philosophy before he came along. But I will say that he is a well-adjusted, happy, polite and wonderful kid who is attending one of the country’s premier International Baccalaureate programs and has a deep and overriding passion for filmmaking. His eyes are set on NYU Tisch Film School for college. I tell you this because he has, at various times, had images of Spielberg, Tarantino and even Hitchcock in his bedroom. His inner world is rich and diverse and he seems grateful (most of the time!) for what’s happening in his outer one. And I attribute a great deal of that peace of his to our implementing the powers of Feng Shui. I have a great social network of friends where I live, and, as you might imagine, not everyone is as ‘passionate’ about Feng Shui as I am. But when they experience our everyday ordinary life, whether they are believers or not, the first time something concerning happens with one of their kids, I am one of the first calls they make. For professional assessment. So, yeah, there’s that!


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DA Kentner is an author and journalist. www.kevad.net