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Personal Note from Sandee Nebel:

I grew up near Asbury Park, New Jersey, in a town called Oakhurst. I lived in only two different homes before I moved to Florida to attend college. My father was the builder of both of these houses. I lived in the first house until age five and then we moved into the one I really remember.

I loved my house. It had huge panels of stained glass windows in a beautiful array of colors: red, blue, amber and green. It also had a mixture of exterior textures—stucco and brick—that were carried into the two-story foyer. People would ask if our house was a church – I didn’t know then that I would later know it as a "sanctuary" to me.

 The inside of the house was also full of color—this was the current trend and my family was in the interior design business. My own room was lavender and my spiritual haven. This was a time in my life when I felt very creative, artistic and introspective.

Throughout my life, I've recognized the importance of how the design of a space can impact mood, spirituality and well being. I still dreamed about my family home for years, until I moved into a dream home of my own 12 years ago here in Winter Park.

Read on for more thoughts about how changing your living space can change your life and for details about online and in-person workshops that will help you do it.

Feature Article: Change your living space, change your life

In my first career as an interior designer, I observed my clients' emotional healing and growth as we improved their environment. Today I enjoy linking the concept of "being at home" in one's house with "feeling at home" in one's body.

Our surroundings are so important. It's crucial to have somewhere in the home that is our sanctuary, where we can read, write, that really feels like us and where we can really feel our soul. This is a place you can claim as your own, where you do your deepest healing work. If you live with other people, let them know the importance of your private space and not to disturb you when you're there.

Some people go to nature to find that safe haven. If you can't always get away, try bringing elements from nature indoors, with colors, plants, water structures or artwork.

Now that spring is here, take the time to nourish your inner well being by adding more space, beauty and light to your surroundings. You could add a fresh coat of paint in a color that inspires or soothes you, or open up the flow of energy by moving your furniture around. Or maybe it's time for that larger renovation project you've been dreaming about.

Sometimes the biggest impact you can make in your living space is to clear the clutter. Physical clutter—piles of paper, broken or worn out possessions, unfinished projects—blocks us from seeing and feeling the positive changes we are trying to grow into. Even tackling a small bit of clutter can evoke the Spirit of Change in your inner and outer worlds.

For today, simply open your eyes and notice the space around you. What do you feel when you scan the room and take in the details? Is there clutter you've stopped seeing because it's been there so long? Are there photos of people who've moved on from your life? Do you feel like you have the space to do what you want to do?

What is one small change you can make in your living space right now that would make a difference to how "at home" you feel? Now give yourself that gift. Welcome home.

Upcoming events and recommended resources:

At the White Picket Fence Counseling, Center, we chose our building specifically because it feels like a home, and we are committed to creating that kind of space here. To continue that vision, we will soon be launching a special series of workshops called "Stories from the Living Room." Here, we will welcome overeaters, individuals with anorexia and bulimia, friends and family members to gather together and listen to one speaker tell her or his story about recovery from an eating disorder. If you are interested in attending a workshop like this or sharing your recovery story, contact Sandee Nebel at
NEW! coming soon...
Stories from the Living Room
Clutter and Emotional Eating
Summer Group for Young Adult Overeaters (ages 18-30ish)
Restaurant Experience for Overeaters
Ongoing groups and popular workshops...
Emotional Eating Recovery Group (Thursday evening - six weeks)
Compulsive Overeating  and Food Addiction Group (every other Tuesday evening)
Anorexia and Bulimia Recovery Group (Tuesdays at 5pm - six weeks)
Monthly Maintenance Eating Disorder Rleapse Prevention Group
Relapse Prevention and Maintainers Group - Overeating and Food Addiction - Monthly
Dining Out - Eating Disorders - meets monthly (through Nutritional Guidance)
Expressive Arts Workshops
Family and Friends Workshops


And online, you will soon be able to participate in The Spirit of Change, a 21-day spritiual journaling experience. Maybe you've been reading about the power of journaling in our newsletter and you want to make use of it yourself, or maybe you're already using a food journal but you'd like to expand your writing. Either way, these daily journaling prompts will get you started and keep you going—just long enough to form the positive habit in your own life. Watch your Inbox for more information soon!