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Do you believe the tree can be a muse to design and health? Read six reasons why this ecological frame of mind is subtle but powerful. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Today there is an absorbent amount of information readily available for whatever issue is at hand. People are becoming more specialized and willingly ready or already sharing what they know. Since childhood, I look to the trees for continuity. Last year I heard Ed Catmul say “art is about seeing,” as […]

Why I Look To The Trees For Design and Health ...


We're dishing and digging into our blog and Pinterest archives to share eighteen tips for a remarkably healthy Memorial Day weekend. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
The holiday weekend is here! Does that mean scrap your healthy lifestyle? We’re dishing and digging into our blog and Pinterest archives to share eighteen tips for a remarkably healthy Memorial Day weekend. Below are three awareness tips within the six lifestyle goals we collaborate with our Clients on. RAINY […]

Eighteen Tips For A Remarkably Healthy Memorial Day Weekend


Elective power begins with mental reflection of words, sights, sounds, smells, textures. All directly effect health. What if they were your employees? photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Following 173 pages of short stories, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki instantly empowers.  At the time I read this finances were strained but there was a quick reveal for motion into better health by page two. Robert’s first proficient fact: schools focus on scholastic and professional skills, not money or finance. […]

Think of Your Health As If It Were Your Employee


GIG Design’s team discussed observations of a seamstress exhibiting stress in the workplace. Observations of the work environment included details of the lighting, noise, temperature, and peer engagement. The work space is an open area of approximately thirty seamstresses, all sitting at a sewing station actively engaging in production of a […]

A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace



Is your employer providing sick care or health care? Sick care is reactive with monetary value equivalent to putting dollar bills through a shredder. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
There is a jolting difference in cultural motivation on ‘sick care’ and ‘health care’. Sick care is reactionary, providing individuals support with onset of an injury, health or mental conditions. Sick care recipients pay for medical bills instead of luxuries. Their employers pay for loss of production or new hire […]

Is Your Employer Providing Sick Care or Health Care?


In response to NBC Health's reveal we aren't getting enough sleep, here are 20 questions for sleep awareness. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
In response to the statement “employers can educate shift workers about how to improve sleep” in the NBC Health’s reveal we aren’t getting enough sleep, here are 20 questions to get started. Answers are provided at the end. How many hours of sleep per night do you suspect the average American gets […]

20 Questions For Sleep Awareness



How do you discover your unique sensory response? Here are five steps to engage in a healthy lifestyle. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
How do your thoughts articulate each moment you experience? “I’m confidently griping the handle of this heavy meeting-room door, stepping into this meeting that will shape and sharpen feelings of fulfillment in my life.” Thoughts vividly characterize the body’s experience. Our body senses every tiny thing before describing it with […]

Five Steps To Engage In A Healthy Lifestyle



Consider this: the act to use one toilet paper square improves performance of economy, of sewer, of mentally and physically engaging in the intended task. Photo Courtesy @tangojuliette
Health experts often recommend routines to build healthy habits. What do you do when the unexpected destructs that routine diet, exercise plan, or stress relief plan? Enter: toilet paper. We use it routinely. It’s designed to roll, to tear, for comfort, for hygiene, and for biodegradable properties that keep plumbing […]

One Toilet Paper Square Improves Performance


Anticipate sleep with softened textiles, subtle bedroom décor, bedroom specifically used for sleeping. Lay down sleepy head. You'll be wiser for it. Photo Courtesy @tangojuliette
We personally know Client Want, Client Fear, and Client Loathe. Which one are you? “I want to sleep more.”  Client Want follows trends. Their routines may include caffeine to wake or to keep aroused, sugar to quickly surge energy, social media to distract, or saying ‘yes’ to all things. The […]

Lay Down Sleepy Head. You’ll Be Wiser For It.


Human's body, mind, and spirit are this world’s greatest asset. The 40 hour work week disrupts the natural work flow. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
“I used to be exhausted all the time, I would come home from work and pass out on the sofa, but not now. I am much more alert: I have much more energy for my work, and also for family life.” These are the words of Lise-Lotte Pettersson, an assistant nurse […]

The 40 Hour Work Week Disrupts the Natural Work Flow




Stress is rarely seen as serious by both employees and employers. Job stress has become a societal norm that people simply refer to their day as 'so busy'. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
One-fourth of all employees view their job as the number one stress in their lives. ¹  Yale University found that twenty-six percent workers report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work. ² Health care expenditures are nearly fifty percent greater for workers who report high levels of […]

Job Stress


Aesthetics and Functionality | When rooms or offices are designed without the user it fragments personal needs by opinions on aesthetics and functionality. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Do you believe what you see may change behavior?  Aesthetics engage our sight. We may identify with its beauty, coziness, charm. These words prime feelings.  Feeling that ‘sense’ of beauty responds with behaviors like hugging, tasting, smelling, or jumping up and down. There’s a flip side. Sight also triggers behavior responses […]

Aesthetics and Functionality


Disheartening feelings shared within this personal story about reading and visual fatigue that caused work stress and fatigue. photo credit @tangojuliette
It took me awhile to figure out why I hated wearing my glasses, why my eyes got so tired as a young girl.  I was born with medial strabismus, a hereditary trait that causes cross-eye.  With modern day surgical techniques I was able to follow family footsteps in correcting ocular […]

Reading and Visual Fatigue: A Personal Journey





Wake Up in the Morning|Wake up in the morning! Do you want to make it easier? Pay attention to daytime activity levels and then sleep accordingly.| photo courtesy: @tangojuliette
Estimating time is a skill that improves as we age. Neuroscientists support through research that our brain triggers this skill while we sleep (Aritake and  Higuchi 2012). It helps us wake up on time. We are capable of ending sleep accurately, up to ten minutes from the desired wake up time without an alarm clock. […]

Wake Up in the Morning


Cultural Context|Patterns, opportunities, and support are the beginning of what defines cultural context.| photo courtesy: @tangojuliette
Is it difficult for you to perform at your best while working at the office? This was my experience at an internship. It was customary for employees to work by shift and to keep the environment conservative. The standards in the culture was a quiet work space. However, I thrived around […]

Cultural Context


Consider the situation your colleague is in when you find yourself in conflict with them. Personal context as a health resource may create positive change. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
What do you do when you experience stress from a colleagues behavior? In childhood, we learned through our community and at home what to do with bullies or annoying people. Those environments created our socioeconomic and fraternal personality features. Any feature of yourself that is not part of a health […]

Why Context Is Most Important to Harmonize Censored Cultures



More often than not, finding curiosity in a situation can open your mind. However, when asking a question, you must determine the purpose and your motives. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
I found myself in several situations this past week where I paused after speaking with someone. Suddenly, I wanted to know their story.  How they overcame and where they persevered.  Often, it seems a snapshot is all we get.  Pausing before venturing into deeper waters, sensitive to their time or hardships. I have been […]

When Asking a Question