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February

Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-mail magazine with Feng Shui tips, success stories, clutter-clearing advice, and other information to help you make simple Feng Shui improvements. If you can’t get enough Feng Shui, also check out my FengShuiForRealLifeBlog.com, the weekly articles I write for the BellaOnline.com Feng Shui site, and my own website, Feng Shui For Real Life.com.
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner


Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Bedroom Changes For Attracting Love and Romance
The master bedroom is considered one of the most important areas of the home in Feng Shui, and making a few changes in your bedroom can clear the way for love and romance. In celebration of Valentine's Day, here are ten of my favorite Feng Shui tips for the bedroom to help rev up your love life.
1. Place a pair of objects, such as candles, hearts, or vases, in your bedroom to enhance romance and marriage.
2. If your love life is going nowhere, get rid of pictures from a past love, since these tie you to the past and hold you back.
3. Get rid of your bed from a previous relationship because when using it you are sleeping with your former lover.
4. If you are looking for romance, replace any artwork that shows only a single person or a scene reflecting loneliness in your bedroom.
5. If your love life has gone stale, buy new sheets and a comforter to freshen your relationship.
6. Make sure you have the right-sized bed for your relationship because when a bed is too big partners can drift apart, and when it's small, they can feel trapped in the relationship.
7. Place a pair of night tables in your bedroom to invite a partner into your bed and equality into your relationship.
8. To encourage harmony in your marriage, combine black and white in your decor to balance the yin-yang aspects of your lives together.
9. If you want to add passion to your love life, sleep on pink sheets to increase the yang energy that enhances romantic feelings.
10. To help romance blossom, hang a picture of a pair of cranes because they mate for life and therefore symbolize devotion and togetherness.

For more Feng Shui tips for love and romance, e-mail and request a copy of my tip sheet "27 Ways to Rev Up Your Love Life."


Chinese New Year Feng Shui
Whether or not you are Asian, the start of Chinese New Year is a good time to make a few Feng Shui changes to assure that positive energy, good fortune, and harmony will fill your home during the coming year, especially in light of the uncertainty that is expected to occur in this Year of the Rabbit. Chinese New Year, which started this year on February 3 and lasts for 15 days, is the most significant of all Chinese holidays because it is considered a time of new beginnings and setting new intentions. The days leading up to the Chinese New Year are the time for clearing clutter from the past year out of your home, including mental clutter and financial clutter. Feng Shui is all about making room for new things to enter your life, so this is the perfect time to do a great deal of clearing and preparing for new energy. I divide my Chinese New Year Feng Shui recommendations into five categories --
1. Cleaning and clearing.
2. Resolving conflicts and settling accounts.
3. Lightning your load.
4. Taking care of your health.
5. Enjoying great food.


You can find some specific Feng Shui suggestions for each of these categories in my post "Chinese New Year Feng Shui" on my FengShuiForRealLifeBlog.


Clutter Clinic -- Getting Rid of Desk Clutter
What does the top of your desk look like right now? Is it so organized that you can quickly find whatever you need, or is it a chaotic mess? Whether you work in a corner suite, a cubicle, or a home office, when you pay attention to the Feng Shui aspects of your desk top, you help assure that your career will flow smoothly. This is especially important when there's so much "stuff" on your desk that you feel overwhelmed rather than motivated. You can follow these five minute tips throughout the day until your desk is clear again.
1. Take five minutes to get rid of any objects that are driving you nuts, like drippy pens and markers, the mechanical pencil that always breaks when you try to write with it, the outdated cartoons and jokes that no longer make you laugh. What are you saving these things for?
2. Take five minutes to file any papers that are stacked on your desk, like bills, receipts, or client folders. Get rid of anything you really don't need to save.
3. Take five minutes to look in your "To Keep" or "Save" folder and decide whether you really need all that stuff inside, and throw away as much as you can.
4. Take five minutes at the end of the day to put away any specific files or equipment you needed today, and set out the tools you need for tomorrow's agenda.

You can find more clutter-clearing tips in the month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.


Success Story – Briana’s New Romance
The first thing Briana talked about when I arrived for her home consultation was how she was ready to meet the right guy, and the first thing I noticed was that her closets were so overloaded there was no room for anyone else's clothes. When I asked what she was holding on to, she admitted she had trouble getting rid of things from past boyfriends. She pulled down a box of costume jewelry from her bedroom closet that included things like a bracelet from a high school boyfriend. I explained to Briana that in order to make room for a new relationship, she needed to get rid of everything she was holding on to from all of those "Mr. Wrongs," to make room for the one "Mr. Right."

Here is what Briana wrote:
Your message came through loud and clear. I started with the dreaded master bedroom closet. I couldn't believe what I found there, like a tee shirt some guy had given me when we played on the same softball team, photos of guys I don't even remember, and some more pieces of jewelry that only had sentimental meaning--and that was long gone. I took no prisoners...the jewelry went to my little niece for dress up and the rest of the stuff went out. You guessed it, not long after I finished the bedroom closet I met this really great guy at party in my apartment complex. Not sure why I hadn't noticed him before; maybe everything was just too cluttered for him to find me.

Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I am an artist who shares working studio space in a small arts center in a suburban town center. The artists create and sell their work in the space. The studio used to be a gallery with doors at both ends. Should we keep both doors open or only one?
A: The concern about having two doors in any space where you sell merchandise is two-fold. First, it's hard for potential customers to know which door to enter, and they may avoid entering because they don't want to interrupt an artist at work. Second, customers have a tendency to walk in one door of a space like this and then right out the other door without seeing everything the studio has to offer. I recommend you keep only one door open, and clearly mark it as the entrance to the studio. This will encourage buyers to enter the space and walk completely through it, assuring that they look at all the merchandise. 


Q: What is the best thing to hang on the wall above my headboard? Landscapes, silhouettes, family photos, black and white photography, abstracts, etc? I am married and would like to improve my relationship with my husband.
A: A bedroom should be reserved for rest and romance only, so the ideal art to have over your headboard is anything that feels romantic, coupled, paired, and connected. For example, it could be a romantic scene of a couple holding hands on a beach or sitting in a garden, or even a simple print of a pair of tulips in a vase leaning toward each other. I recommend color artwork and photography rather than black and white or silhouettes to symbolize a relationship filled with color and passion. You can display a photo of you and your husband in the room, but avoid pictures of family, children, friends, or pets.

You will find more tips for decorating your bedroom in the article "Bedroom Feng Shui" in the Articles section of my website.

Do you have Feng Shui questions for the Feng Shui Maven? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch for the answers.


Quick Tips from the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
Here is a tip for February from the "Calendar of Tips" in my book --
Displaying images or real bunches of peonies in your living room, the Feng Shui symbol to attract or repair love and relationships.

You will find hundreds of practical tips like these in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
Includes:
• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results

Winner, Best How-To Book 2010, New Mexico Book Association
Southwest Book Design Award, 2009-2010

Click here to order your signed copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.


Feng Shui in the News
Wall Street Journal
Feng Shui and Real Estate
I work with many clients in New York City, both in person and by remote consultation, so I'm aware of the increasing number of buyers who won't even consider making an offer on a property before a Feng Shui consultant checks it out to be sure it will be harmonious. And it's not only Asian buyers who are seeking Feng Shui approval for their purchase -- this Wall Street Journal article describes how more Western buyers are turning to Feng Shui practitioners, and how they are willingly paying a hefty price for this service.

Do you want Feng Shui tips and tidbits to include in your article, blog, website, or newsletter? Check out my website or E-mail me with a request about a specific topic.

Custom Workshops
Bring one of my workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation for your business or group to help you make simple changes to attract wealth, harmony, and love. From keynote speeches, to "munch and learn" workshops, to half-day or full-day seminars, my interactive sessions are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund raisers because they always sell out.

Presentations Open to the Public
February 11, 2011
Book Signing and Q&A About Using Feng Shui To Attract Love
Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW, Albuquerque, NM
5:00pm-7:00pm
Carol will sign books and answer questions about using Feng Shui to attract love.
Book purchases at this event include a free 30 minute Feng Shui phone consultation.
February 14, 2011
Feng Shui and the Language of Flowers
Munch and Learn Workshop at Samuel Design Group
703 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM
11:30am-1:00pm
Join Carol for a Valentine's Day "Munch and Learn" session about the Feng Shui meaning of flowers, then learn how to design a room around floral themes with designers Lisa Samuel and Jennifer Ashton. 
Light lunch will be served.
This is an ArtGraze Designer Showcase event.

RSVP 505.690.1814. Only 40 spaces are available, so please register by Friday, February 11.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
I received great feedback about the Creating Home Sanctuary "munch and learn" Feng Shui workshop you gave at our design studio, and what an engaging person you are. You did a terrific job! -- Lisa Samuel, Samuel Design Group

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, Women Make a Difference

I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, e-mail me or call 1.800.652.9038.


Feng Shui Consulting
I work with clients nationwide, either in person on-site or remote by phone and e-mail.

On-Site Consultation
Nationwide, I schedule On-Site Feng Shui Consultations for homes, offices, and businesses on request. On a regular basis, I work with clients in the Northeast (DC Metro Area and Maryland Suburbs, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). All on-site consultations include written recommendations, a ToolKit of information to help you continue to make changes after the session, and a copy of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office. Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends, so schedule your consultation now to get the date you want. E-mail me with the date you would like to schedule your consultation. or call 1.800.652.9038.

Remote Consulting
When an on-site consultation isn't possible, I now offer Remote Feng Shui Consulting for home, office, and business clients across the country. This off-site consultation includes analysis of a questionnaire, floor plan, site map, and photos of your space, plus an in-depth telephone consultation. During our conversation I will answer specific questions, plus provide recommendations and changes you can make to the placement of furniture, artwork, and objects, and adding color to activate the positive energy in your home and/or clients into your business. The service also includes 30 days of follow-up consulting. You can register for this service through the Feng Shui Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com, or call 1.800.652.9038.

I welcome your referrals nationwide.


From the Feng Shui Store -- Keep Your Purse Off the Floor
In Feng Shui, keeping your purse on the floor represents disregard for your wealth, plus scientific studies show that your purse can pick up all kinds of bacteria when it sits on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have finally found folding purse hangers that fit neatly in your purse. It's the perfect gift for all the women on your list. The 2" disk opens to a sturdy 3" hanger. I stock them in elegant black and silver, plus I have a few available in assorted colors.

Order one for yourself and one for a friend at the Feng Shui Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.


Beyond Feng Shui – What is Your Body Language Saying?
I pick up many nonverbal as verbal cues from my clients that help me understand the underlying issues in their lives, and consequently, in their homes. That's because every gesture we make tells a story. From smiling, blinking, and scratching your nose, to the way you angle yourself when you stand and talk to someone, each of or subtle gestures has meaning. Here are some of my favorites.
Blinking -- Under stress you blink more often and more dramatically.
Scratching Your Nose -- A lie is often accompanied by an adrenaline rush that causes capillaries to expand, making your nose itch.
Looking Up or to the Side -- When recalling something that was seen, a person will angle his or her eyes skyward, as if trying to picture it. When remembering something heard, he or she will look toward one ear, as if listening for it. Especially emotional experiences tend to be relived through introspective downward glances.
Angling Yourself -- Most people position their bodies or feet toward the person who has captured their focus.
Shifting Your Weight -- Constantly transferring your weight from one foot to the other or rocking forward and backward is a comforting movement that indicates you are anxious or upset
Sitting -- Taking up space, such as by fanning out your papers in the boardroom instead of stacking them in a small pile, screams importance.
Standing -- When you're having a conversation with someone but his or her feet are angled toward the door, the person may be unconsciously saying that he or she is ready to end the conversation and move on.
Crossing Your Legs -- In a seated conversation, people tend to point the toes of the top leg toward the person who they feel is the most approachable. Lifting your toes means your feelings toward said person are extra-positive.

Read more about body language in a fascinating article by Peter Hapak in Real Simple magazine.


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Schedule a Consultation or Workshop. If you would like to set up a home, office, or business consultation, or schedule a customized workshop, contact:
Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
1.800.652.9038
www.FengShuiForRealLife.com
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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII, was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America, and awarded Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Feng Shui For Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

©2011, Carol M. Olmstead



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