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February

Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-magazine with tips, success stories, and clutter-clearing advice to help you make simple Feng Shui changes to attract wealth, harmony, love, and much more.

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Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner


Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Rev Up Your Romance
Anything that can't be done in a bed isn't worth doing.
--Groucho Marx
February is the month of Valentine's Day, and whether you want to rev up the love you already have or invite a new relationship into your life, here are nine of my favorite Feng Shui tips that can help.
1. If you're single and looking for a partner, make room in your closet and hang empty hangers to show you're ready to share your space with someone special.
2. Think pink to add passion; sleep on pink sheets to increase yang energy and fire up your relationship.
3. Make sure you have two night tables in your bedroom; for singles this invites a partner, for couples it encourages equality in the relationship.
4. Remove any art from your bedroom that has single, solitary, or lonely themes, and replace it with romantic images like a couple holding hands.
5. Paint your bedroom a a "skin-tone" color, and avoid painting it lavender; lavender or lilac are the colors of chastity and a great choice for a teenage room, but not for an adult bedroom.
6. If your love life has grown stale, buy luxury linens to freshen up your relationship and encourage your partner to linger in bed with you.
7. Remove everything that could remind you of a past lover and a relationship that went bad, especially photos, gifts, and your old bed.
8. Add red accessories to your bedroom to activate the Fire Element and ignite your love life.
9. Remove stuffed animals from your bed because they send the message that there's no room for anyone else to join you.

Want more Feng Shui tips for romance? Read my tips sheet "27 Ways to Rev Up Your Love Life." Send me an e-mail with the subject line "27 Tips" and I'll send it right out to you.

Clutter Clinic -- Dealing with Sentimental Clutter
Clearing clutter is an important part of Feng Shui, but no one ever said it was easy when it comes to deciding about all your "stuff" that has emotional attachment. Keeping in mind that in Feng Shui clutter represents the "inability to move forward," here are seven steps to help you let go.

Box It Up. If you are grieving because of a death, downsizing, or in an empty-nest, put things you can't decide about in boxes labeled "Questions," stash them somewhere, then wait six months before sorting through.

Get Help. It's OK to admit you need help from a professional organizer to decide what to keep, where to keep it, as well as how to get rid of the rest.

Work in Short Intervals. Limit your clutter clearing to 20-30 minutes at a time because you will make better decisions if you are not overwhelmed after handling all that stuff.

Take Photos. Take digital images of sentimental things both to save space and to minimize risk of fading or loss. You can make keepsake books to preserve memories, which is especially important for children's artwork.

Save the Best-Toss the Rest. When you have a bulk collection, like every greeting card your mother sent or every one of your child's art projects, try "keeping one to represent many." Pick a favorite and toss the rest.

Give Things a New Home. It's easier to part with beloved objects if you can later envision them being used by others. Ask first if relatives and friends want your items because often one person's junk is, well, another person's junk.

Know Your ABC's. Your relationship to sentimental items will probably change over time. It's important to Always Be Clearing and accept that it's OK to let go of things you once cherished.
Read the details in the article "7 Steps for Dealing with Sentimental Clutter" by Marjorie Ingall in Real Simple magazine.
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.


Success Story – Lisa’s New Love
Lisa wanted to attract a new love, and I recommended she clear out her closet to make room for a lover's clothes, then add some masculine hangers for him to hang them on. Lisa made these changes, and found love in an unexpected place.

Lisa wrote:
Shortly after I cleared my closet and put in those 'man' hangers you recommended, I met someone in the oddest of places-my nail salon. I went to get a pedicure at the salon near my home and started talking to this handsome man sitting in the chair next to me. I couldn't stop thinking about him so the next day I left my business card at the salon in case he came in again. Turns out, he came into the salon the day after I left the card. He called to say he'd been thinking about me too but didn't know how to reach me. We've been dating ever since and now we are engaged, another example of Feng Shui working.
Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: Do I need a foot board? My husband and I have gone back and forth on this because we like the look, but we're dealing with an older home's master bedroom and space is limited. Is it essential?
A:T here are two things to consider about a foot board. First, you need a foot board to give you protection if your feet face directly out the bedroom door when you are in bed. If that's not an issue, a foot board isn't essential. Second, if a foot board makes your room seems too crowded, the chi won't flow around you. And remember, it's easier to make the bed without one.

Q: I'm staying in a hotel apartment and when I'm in the bed I can see myself in the mirrored closet doors. I recently broke up with my boyfriend and wonder if it could be because of the mirrors. Is there anything that I could do to repel the negative effect of the mirrors?
A: The Feng Shui recommendation is to avoid having mirrors in your bedroom, especially across from the foot of your bed. Mirrors expand and enlarge a space, which is why they can be disruptive to a good night's sleep. This, in turn, can affect health and relationships. When you can't move the bed, some options include placing a floor screen in front of the mirrors at night or hanging curtains in front of the mirrors that you can keep closed at night and tie back open during the day. If that isn't possible because you are in a hotel, drape the mirrors with a scarf or light weight fabric at night as a symbolic gesture that you are separating yourself from the mirrors.

Q: I live in the UK in a semi-detached house where the prosperity area is missing. I have heard of cures such as putting a plant outside to fill out a missing area, but the outside area is not ours, so I am unable to do this. Short of moving, I don't know what to do.
A: No need to move. The correction for a missing bagua area when you don't have control over the outside space is to hang an object on the wall adjacent to the missing area to symbolically move the wall and bring the missing bagua area back into your own space. Either hang a mirror on the wall or hang art or photos of things you would see in nature, like trees, flowers, meadows, rivers, or mountains.
Do you have Feng Shui questions? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this newsletter for the answers.


Feng Shui For Real Life Bookstore
Check out my two Feng Shui books --

365 Feng Shui Secrets E-book
Announcing my new e-book, 365 Feng Shui Secrets. Want to earn more money? Yearning to rev up your love life? Looking to create family harmony? Need to control clutter before it controls you? Or do you just need a good night's sleep? The simple Feng Shui tips in this e-book can bring all of this and more. Includes Feng Shui basics to get you started and a tip-a-day calendar to help you make Feng Shui changes seasonally. The tips cover all of the seasons, holidays, celebrations, adventures, and misadventures of your life. Also includes new success stories from my clients to illustrate how everyday people used these Feng Shui tips to improve their lives. Start the calendar on any date and work through a full year of daily advice.
365 Feng Shui Secrets
80 pages
Web Only Price: $5.99
Click here to download your copy.

Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love<
"Move your stuff, change your life." The Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office includes Feng Shui basics, a monthly guide to clutter clearing, hundreds of Feng Shui tips, and success stories. This is the book that will help you learn how to attract wealth, achieve harmony, improve relationships, advance your career, and clear clutter. Highlights include a month-by-month guide to clearing your clutter and a day-by-day calendar of fast fix Feng Shui tips, and links to download free bonus articles. The perfect gift for everyone on your list - clients, colleagues, family, friends - and a great way for real estate agents to say "thank you" and welcome home buyers to their new home.
Voted "Best How-To Book 2010"
Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
254 pages
Retail Price: $15.95
Special web price: $12.95
Click here to purchase your signed paperback copy.
Now also available for Kindle, Nook and iBooks.


Feng Shui Workshops
Workshops Open to the Public
February 13th, 2012, 6:00pm
New Mexico Women in Film Special Event
"Feng Shui For Real Life with Carol Olmstead"
The Filling Station, 1024 4th Street SW, Albuquerque
Networking, refreshments, Feng Shui presentation with tips for the New Year.
NMWIF members, free; non-members $15

April 15, 2012, 1:00pm-5:00pm
"Dancing with Dragons, Year of the Dragon Celebration"
New Mexico Art League, 3401 Juan Tabo Blvd., NE, Albuquerque
Join the celebration and bring your Feng Shui questions to my booth at this festival, where I will also be selling books. Enjoy the art show, calligraphy demo, ikebana, tea sampling, dragon dancers, and art raffle.
For information, contact the New Mexico Art League.


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 fundraisers because they always sell out.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
I have enjoyed Carol's lively and informative Feng Shui presentations, and I always leave with new insights and tips that I can immediately put to good use in both my home and office. I’m excited to have Carol create a custom workshop for my group.
-- Lainie Grimmer, CPCC, ACC, Creating Clarity Coaching

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, ASID, Samuel Design Group

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, Founder, 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 Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.


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

On-Site Consulting
Nationwide, I schedule On-Site Feng Shui Consultations for homes, offices, and businesses. 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 consultations include written recommendations, a ToolKit 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.

Remote Consulting by Phone and Skype
When an on-site consultation isn't possible, I offer Off-Site and Remote Feng Shui Consulting in the US and internationally for homes, offices, and businesses. There are two options, either Whole House Consultation or the new Room Rescue Package for one room in your home. You will receive advice for re-arranging furniture and accessories, selecting and hanging artwork, choosing the right colors, clutter clearing, re-purposing what you already have.

To schedule your on-site or remote Feng Shui consultation, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.

I welcome your referrals

Purse Hangers From the Feng Shui Store
Where do you put your purse? There is a Feng Shui saying that "your purse on the floor means money out the door." You carry your money, credit cards, and checkbook in your purse, and in Feng Shui, putting these on the floor represents disregard for your wealth and income. Plus, scientific studies also show that your purse can be contaminated with numerous bacteria when it comes in contact with the floor.

Now, you no longer have to put your purse on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have 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 a purse hanger for yourself and for your friends at the Feng Shui Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.


Beyond Feng Shui – Leap Year Facts and Fiction
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Save February, with twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine each leap year.

The year 2012 is a leap year, when one extra day is inserted into February to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Legend has it that the term was coined centuries ago when the leap year day had no recognition in English law and was 'leapt over' and ignored, leading to the term 'leap year'. Leap year was traditionally the time when women could propose to men. This goes back to an old Irish legend from the 5th Century when St. Bridget petitioned St. Patrick on behalf of all women, asking that they be allowed to choose their husbands. As a result, women were allowed to propose to men once every four years. In some places, leap day was also known as "Bachelors' Day," and a man was expected to pay a penalty if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on that day. A law once existed in Scotland forbidding a man to refuse a leap year proposal, and it was considered unlucky to be born on February 29. Greek superstition claims couples could have bad luck if they marry during a leap year.
What are you doing on February 29? Share your thoughts about leap day on my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/FengShuiForRealLife.


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Need a Space Clearing or House Blessing?
Carol Olmstead is an Ordained Minister specializing in Feng Shui house blessing ceremonies and space clearing. Call 1.800.652.9038 or e-mail Carol for details.

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 (IFSG) and was elected to the IFSG Governing Board.

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.

©2012, Carol M. Olmstead


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