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March

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 - Conquer March Madness
For some people the month of March means great basketball, St. Patrick's Day, or dealing with windy and unpredictable early spring weather. But this year we're facing a different kind of March Madness - major solar flares and a Mercury retrograde beginning on March 12. We are in the shadow of one as I write this, and I'm already hearing about Internet snafus, overheating laptops, and airline schedule mishaps. A Retrograde occurs several times during the year when the planet Mercury turns in an apparent backward motion, which some people believe has a negative effect on communications. While this phenomenon is primarily astrological, the Feng Shui advice for dealing with these disruptions includes practical things like finishing old projects rather than starting new ones, allowing extra time when traveling, and being extra vigilant about computer back-ups (which I am doing while I write this). These nine Feng Shui activities can help you welcome spring, plus keep you grounded during all kinds of March Madness.

Clean Your Front Door. A dirty or faded door repels positive energy, but a clean door attracts it.
Replace Burnt Out Light Bulbs. If your rooms are dark, so is your future. Replace burned out bulbs and brighten your possibilities.
Clean Your Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home. Dirty windows cloud vision, but clean windows represent a clear view of your opportunities.
Remove Dead Plants. Dead plants symbolize dead energy. Replace them with healthy living plants to grow your wealth.
Clean Your Desk Chair. If you sit on a chair that is stained, broken, or torn, it represents disregard for your work. Clean your desk chair or get a new one to improve your career outlook.
Repair Broken Mirrors. If you have a broken mirror you can't see things smoothly. Remove or replace it to reflect a smooth road ahead.
Clear the Cobwebs. Cobwebs symbolize being wrapped up and stuck, so clear them away and move forward.
Tighten Loose Door Knobs and Handles. When handles are loose you can't get a grip on things, but tighten them and your goals will be within your grasp.
Clean Your Stove. The burners on your stove represent your ability to feed people, and consequently represent wealth. Keep your stove clean and immediately fix any nonworking burners.

Are you feeling the effects of March Madness? Post your thoughts on my Feng Shui For Real Life Facebook page.


Clutter Clinic -- Feng Shui Reasons to Spring Clean Your House
If you hate to clean your house, I'm right there with you. But there are strong Feng Shui reasons why you want to remove the dust, dirt, and clutter on a regular basis. With the approach of the spring clearing season, here are some great reasons to clean your house.

1. Increased Prosperity. When you clean, you rid your home of stale energy, especially when you keep the windows open while you dust and vacuum.
2. Greater Focus. Cleaning increases the Feng Shui Metal energy by helping you focus.
3. Fewer Allergies. Cleaning reduces the mites and other microscopic critters and germs that surround us at home.
4. Fewer Emotional Melt Downs. Clutter and an overflowing trash can represent accumulated emotional baggage, and getting rid of it can help reduce your stress levels.
Increased Beauty. Even small spaces appear more beautiful and harmonious when they are kept in meticulous shape.
5. More Creative Problem Solving. Cleaning moves the analytical side of your brain onto a more creative, active mode, helping you solve problems and remain open to inspiration.
6. Fewer Life Obstacles. When you attack cleaning problems in your space, you get better at confronting problems in life. Plus, the more clear and sparkling your home is, the less you will be focused on obstacles and the more you will think of action and solution.

These tips are modified from the post by my colleague Dana Claudat on her blog, TheTaoofDana.com

Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.


Success Story - Fix That Leak
Water represents the flow of abundance in Feng Shui, so a leaky faucet represents the slow dripping away of your wealth. Here's what happened to my client when she finally got around to taking care of her leaking, aging bathroom sink.

My 1950's master bathroom was the only room in my house that hadn't been upgraded. The sink started leaking and the plumber said it couldn't be fixed since the parts weren't available. I didn't have the money to re-do the bathroom because my long-time consulting business was suffering with the economic downturn. So I decided to let it drip. Well, the leak got to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore so I decided to redo the bathroom myself and just take it one step at a time. Finally, it was time to call the plumber to do the one job I couldn't, replace the sink. The very next day after he came to move out the leaky sink, I was offered a dream job - and I wasn't even looking! When I quoted the highest salary figure I thought I could get away with in order to start the negotiation, they didn't even bat an eye! I was hesitant about giving up my home-based practice, but the new job is an easy commute, plus they are also open to tele-work, so I will still be able to work from home a few days a week. Another Feng Shui success story and I just got rid of the leak, haven't even finished the bathroom yet.
Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: Where is the best place to hang a metal wind chime?
A: Classical Feng Shui recommends placing metal wind chimes in the Western or Northwestern areas of a property. Metal chimes with six or eight tubes or "clinkers" are thought to be especially lucky, while a wind chime with five is not considered so lucky. Avoid putting metal chimes in the South. Wooden chimes are best placed along the East or Southeastern area of a property.

Q: I keep putting off clearing out my closet because I don't want to give away clothes that I'm not wearing right now, but might come back into style. Any advice?
A: The Feng Shui answer is that you should have only three types of clothes in your closet -- clothes that fit you, clothes you love, and clothes that bring compliments when you wear them. When you get rid of things you don't wear you make room for new things to find you, but when you hold on to them it represents living in the past.

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 critically acclaimed Feng Shui books --

365 Feng Shui Secrets
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 order 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.
Also available for Kindle.


Feng Shui Workshops
Workshops Open to the Public
March 31, 2012, 9:45am-1:00pm
Feng Shui For Real Life - Transforming Your Life and Your Business
Holiday Inn Sunland Park, El Paso, TX
This interactive workshop will give you the Feng Shui tools to transform your life and business. Registration includes Feng Shui training, buffet lunch, floor plan review, Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home & Office, discount "Room Rescue" consultation, and surprise giveaways. Only $125. Seating is limited, register early to assure your place.

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. Free event. For details check out the Art League website.


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 - Where to Recycle Your Stuff
Wondering what to do with stuff like old batteries, paint cans, and other items that are taking up space in your garage because you know you shouldn't throw them out with the trash? Some major retailers have free recycling programs, and some even offer credit toward future purchases. Check out these programs from local retailers in your area.

Batteries -- Home Depot, Staples, Radio Shack, Best Buy, and others take them back free of charge. Also, look for recycling bins at stores like Whole Foods and IKEA.

CFLs -- Drop off these bulbs at any Home Depot or IKEA for free recycling, or ask about CFL recycling at your local Ace Hardware or home improvement store.

Electronics -- Most retailer that take back rechargeable batteries also accept mobile phones, as do most wireless providers. For computers, cameras, and televisions, check out Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot. Some places, like Radio Shack, have trade-in programs where you can receive store credit for trade-ins.

Motor Oil -- Bring oil to Wal-Mart, Autozone, or Grease Monkey.

Paint -- Paint is among the harder items in this group to dispose of, so if the paint is still in good shape, consider donating it to a school or nonprofit group.

Do you have other items that you don't know how to get rid of or recycle? Check out the local resource guide at www.Earth911.com.


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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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