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Functional Girl CJ LEGARE

Functional Girl: A column

Q.: I want to do some redecorating in our living room, and to replace the countertops in our kitchen, but I would like to make the process as eco-friendly as possible. Do you have any suggestions for great green home products? — Chalene G.

A. Dear Chalene: Home décor is one of my favorite topics, and “green” home décor and remodeling is certainly an “of-the-moment” trend. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about this movement in home improvement through some fabulous female entrepreneurs whom I met at the Southwest (Austin) Inclusive Networking Group.

Hannah Wolniewitz, owner of SouthHouse Sustainable, always encourages reupholstering as opposed to purchasing new pieces.

“Reupholstering is a sustainable practice,” she explains, “so find a used sofa with great bones, or have your current sofa recovered. This will save you money and allow you to customize the piece with your choice of fabric.”

Hannah recycles all leftover project materials and uses the wood and foam remnants for her custom creations, including children’s furniture, headboards and ottomans. She also offers a range of beautiful organic fabrics. For more information, you can e-mail her at: or call: (512) 585-6192.

As for your kitchen, Chalene, I have another fabulous gal for you. Charlotte Lovett is the owner of Green Home Outfitters. She offers a variety of non-toxic, bio-formulated paints and stains for her custom concrete floors and countertops. Many of the components, such as vitamin oil, are recycled from other industries.

Now, I don’t know if you’re familiar with concrete finishes, but gone are the days of cold, boring gray. Charlotte’s custom faux finishes and stencils are not only stunningly beautiful, but also cost-effective, durable and easily repaired if damaged. “Don’t tear out your countertops and send them to a landfill,” she advises. “I can remake any countertop into a concrete work of art.” For more information, e-mail Charlotte at or call 512-294-3995.

Q.: My friend Lisa went on vacation to India a few months ago and was raving about an intuitive healer she met. I have no idea what intuitive healing is, but Lisa seems different. She seems happier. Now, I know that curiosity killed the cat, but can you point me in the right direction to find some legitimate information? — Bridgette L.

A. Dear Bridgette: One of the coolest things about living in the Austin area is the incredibly diverse population. You just never know whom you’re going to meet. A few years ago, I met Morgan Taylor, a medical intuitive and certified theta healer. She is the owner of Therapy For Your Soul and the founder of The Wisdom Awakening School for Spiritual Development. She was happy to sit and talk with me when I told her about your question.

The basic idea behind intuitive healing is that a healer can sense and correct physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy imbalances. Theta healing is a therapeutic method of intuitive healing that helps you to connect to the divine and heal on a plane of unconditional love. A theta healer uses theta meditation to slip into the theta brainwave state and connect with the divine power of the universe. From this place, the healer can give his or her patient an intuitive reading and heal them.

Intuitive healing has become much more accepted as people have come to understand the power of thoughts and beliefs. “Energy imbalances stem from negative emotions,” Morgan states. “Negative emotions stem from negative beliefs. If you change the belief behind the emotion, you can change the emotion and heal. This is a challenge for most of us, as many negative and limiting beliefs are inherited.”

Morgan offers this easy tip that anyone can use to help improve their belief system: simply be aware of your thoughts and speech. Limiting beliefs are so common that most of the time we don’t even realize that we’re expressing them. For example, during our conversation, we were discussing the billing issues that small-business owners face. I mentioned that money is an uncomfortable topic of discussion, and that I hated to talk about billing with clients. She smiled, and said, “But that’s just a belief.” “Just a belief that affects the majority of us,” I thought.

For more information about intuitive healing and Morgan’s practice, visit her website:

Bridgette, I want to thank you for sending in your question, because having an open mind and heart, being receptive to new experiences and seeking knowledge will provide for a lifetime of limitless potential and adventure. Albert Einstein once said, “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.” Even scientists understand the importance of faith and personal belief.

Functional Girl CJ Legare lives in Kyle with her husband, Joshua, and is addicted to 2 percent organic milk. If you’ve got a question or comment for Functional Girl, email her here. She blogs at

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