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April

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.

Keep in touch between issues of the e-zine.
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Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner


Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Feng Shui Your Ride
Feng Shui can be applied to any space you occupy, and earlier this year the concept of applying Feng Shui principles to your car went mainstream when Ford Motor Company began offering Feng Shui tips for drivers. The car company consulted with my colleague Catherine Hiker in Detroit, and has been promoting the interior arrangement of the Ford Focus for creating harmony and balance while driving. Ford is offering general Feng Shui tips for cars, including removing clutter, naming your car to encourage a strong connection to it, and choosing the right color to balance your personality. If you spend quite a bit of time driving, applying good Feng Shui principles to your car can be a priority. This year is a Feng Shui Water Dragon year, which by some is considered the perfect time to drive a white car. Not only is white a trendy car color, but according to the Feng Shui theory of the Five Elements, white is the Metal Element color that symbolizes purity and liveliness. White also represents the yang half of the yin-yang symbol, which is the bright and active part. Not a fan of white cars? Here are the meanings of some other car colors in Feng Shui terms:
• A red or orange car, the Feng Shui Fire Element, represents wealth and power.
• A yellow or brown car, the Earth Element, makes you feel grounded and balanced.
• A silver, gold, or bronze car, the Metal Element, brings strength and focus.
• A black or blue car, the Water Element, encourages relaxation.
• A green car, the Wood Element, helps you expand your horizons.
Click here to read the article "Feng Shui Your Car.”


Clutter Clinic -- Clutter Clearing and Natural Disasters
The continuing pattern of unusual weather and violent events like hurricanes, earthquakes, and wild fires reminds us that when it comes to Mother Nature, no area is safe from natural disasters. Extreme weather underscores the need to know what you would take with you if you had to evacuate your home, and also asks us to decide which items we really need to keep. The organizing site www.unclutterer.com recently suggested that you can determine which items to keep and which to get rid of by asking these questions:
1. Do I have something else like this that fulfills the same purpose?
2. If this is a duplicate item, which of these items is in the best condition, of the best quality, and will last me the longest?
3. Is this item in disrepair or needs to be replaced or fixed?
4. Does this item make my life easier, save me time, save me money, or fill an essential need?
5. Where is this the best place in my house for this object?
6. If this item is perishable, has its expiration date passed?
7. Will this item be easy for someone else to deal with in case I am not capable of doing so?
8. Does this item help me to develop the remarkable life that I want to live?
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.


Success Story – Sara’s Book Sale
Sara had accepted a job in a new city, and had tried to sell her high-rise condo for quite some time without success before she called me for a Feng Shui consultation. Sara's real estate agent tried all the classic methods, including an open house, ads in the real estate section, even a web page, but there were no offers. The first thing I noticed about Sara's condo was that she had bookshelves in every room, they were overflowing with books, and they were all leaning into the room. This symbolized imbalance and lack of stability in the space. I suggested that prospective buyers could feel this imbalance, and recommended she clear out as many books as possible.
Here's what Sara wrote:
The hardest part was he idea of parting with my books, but as I starting going through them I realized there were so many I would never read again, or that I already had on my Kindle. You were right when you said that holding on to so many books represented my ambivalence about moving to a new city. I had trouble deciding which books to keep, so instead I took them all off the shelves and held a mega book sale. I figured whichever books were left were supposed to stay with me. I invited my friends and coworkers, and asked them to bring their friends, and it turned into a very social event that everyone is still talking about. After the sale, I leveled the shelves with shims as you suggested and neatly displayed the few remaining books. The next weekend, my realtor showed the condo to an out-of-town buyer who needed to get settled quickly. He made a cash offer, and I still can't believe it was above the original listing price. You were so right that nothing was going to flow into my life until I made room for it. I'm ready to move on and anxious to start my new, clutter-free life.
Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: How can the Feng Shui compass method and the front door Bagua method both work if they are positioned in different ways?
A: My approach to Feng Shui is Western, so I use the front door to orient the bagua rather than a compass. As my IFSG colleague, Karen Kingston explains it: "The front door bagua method relates to human chi, so it can be used in every situation and culture. It is particularly good for modern dwellings such as apartments, where there is limited awareness of the surrounding environment. The compass method takes the broader perspective of heaven chi and works well for houses and especially landed properties, where there is more awareness of orientation through the daily movement of the sun. And from another IFSG colleague, Donna Stellhorn: "All schools of Feng Shui are valid but it's best not to mix them. Like kung fu and tai chi, both work, but if you try to do them at the same time you might pull a muscle."

Q: I've been watching your video about Feng Shui because I'm getting ready to buy a new unit and I want to know what is the first thing I should bring into it to assure happiness. Also, I'm concerned because the two bedroom doors face each other, and the oven faces the sink. I'm in Australia.
A: Congratulations on getting ready to buy your unit! I recommend bringing a brand new broom into your new home and symbolically sweeping throughout the house-in the direction of out the door-to symbolically clear out any stale or negative chi and to make room for your own positive energy. Next, it's important to bring in symbols that mean something to you, especially in regard to wealth, harmony, and love. Just make the symbols you bring mean something to you, rather than bringing symbols because you think you "should" bring them. In regard to the doors opposite each other, known as clashing doors, this can cause conflicts and arguments in a household. One simple solution for clashing doors is to hang a red drapery tassel on the outside doorknob of each door. An oven facing a sink can similarly cause hostility. The Feng Shui "cure" for this is either to place a green rug between the two, or to place a small mirror on the oven door. Do you have Feng Shui questions?

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 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.
Also available for Kindle.


Feng Shui Workshops
Workshops Open to the Public

Wednesday, April 11, 10:15am-11:15am
Association for Women in Communication (AWC)
"Using Feng Shui to Create a Harmonious Home"
Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW, Albuquerque
Join me for a lively pre-luncheon workshop. Feng Shui is the art and science of placing things in your indoor environment to attract balance and harmony, and this ancient art takes on a modern meaning when creating a space to renew, restore, slow down and just let go. Since most of us spend the bulk of our day at the workplace, it's important to create a special place to relax after work, even if you work from home. I will share simple Feng Shui tips to do just that.

April 15, 2012, 1:00pm-5:00pm
New Mexico Art League
Dancing with Dragons, Year of the Dragon Celebration
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.

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.

Thank you for the advice you provided during our Room Rescue consultation. You are the instrument to help me achieve tranquility and peace of mind."

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 – Guilt-Free Time Wasters
Have a few minutes at your computer? Try these feel good "time waters" that can expand your mind and make your feel good.

• Listen to moving stories from ordinary people interviewed by their loved ones at www.storycorps.org, a site from an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.

• Take part in real life cognitive research projects and learn your own mental strengths at www.testmybrain.org, Test yourself and help research designed to learn about the mind and brain. Click on any of the links to test your skills and get personalized feedback about your performance relative to other test takers.

• Test your vocabulary while fighting world hunger at www.freerice.com. For each vocabulary answer you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations World Food Programme. to help end hunger. There are 60 different vocabulary levels.

• Test your typing speed at www.typeracer.com. You can practice alone, enter races with friends, or get matched up with online opponents. Millions have used this site to improve their typing speed by as much as 50 words-per-minute, and it's available in a school addition. And in case you are wondering, my last race was 105 wpm, with 100% accuracy. Wanna race?


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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
Click here to e-mail Carol Olmstead

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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