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May

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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· Submit your questions via e-mail.
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner


Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Choose the Right Colors
The color matching company Pantone has just added 336 new colors, bringing the total to 1,667 colors and giving you a lot to choose from when you want to add color to your life. In Feng Shui, color is represented by the Five Elements, and is used to balance the energy in your home and office. Here's a summary of how to choose wall color and room accents using Feng Shui principles:

Fire Element colors like red, crimson, scarlet, orange, deep purple, and pink make you feel more active and energetic. Add small touches of red where you want to stimulate the fire energy, especially in your workspace, wherever you need an extra energy boost, or selectively in a bedroom. Examples include a red flowering plant or a plant in a red cache pot, a red candle, a bowl with goldfish, or a red front door.

Earth Element colors like brown from the soil, yellow from the sun, and terracotta from clay represent the natural world and encourage a sense of harmony and well-being. Choose these colors for a living room or kitchen. Since touches of yellow will raise your spirits, increase mental activity, increase concentration, and improve your memory, consider using it in an office, study, or workroom. Avoid bright yellow in rooms reserved for relaxation and peaceful activities, such as a bedroom or bath.

Metal Element colors like gold, silver, pastels, white, and gray reflect strength and focus. By deflecting all colors, a white object is set apart from other items. White is easy to work with as a backdrop and goes with most other colors. However, when white is the predominate color it can reduce the flow of chi, resulting in narrow-minded thinking. That means it's best to avoid using all white, and instead add other colors along with it to keep your chi strong and happy.

Water Element colors are deep blues and black, as if you were looking into moving water. Adding blue accents to your environment stimulates learning, so it's a good choice in a study or office to encourage new thoughts and improve your career or business. Deeper blue is good as an accent for bedrooms to help you sleep better since it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and helps you overcome anxiety and lack of self-confidence. Black absorbs all colors and helps create calm and reduces anxiety.

Wood Element colors like the greens and teals of trees and plants represent growth and health. Since these colors are considered nourishing, you can use them in the living room, family room, or wherever your family gathers. Green can help restore mental equilibrium and reduce stress and tension. Surrounding yourself with green walls or healthy, living green plants can activate your chi.

Read more about choosing colors in my article "Colors in Feng Shui".


Clutter Clinic -- Does Clutter Control You?
Think that you have your clutter under control, or does it control you? Let's find out. Rate your response to the questions below with a number of 1-4 as follows:
1: Never or almost never
2: Sometimes
3: Usually
4: All the time

• When I have free time I like to shop.
• I keep bills, bank statements, and other mail in piles until I have time to file.
• I have more than 10 plastic bags in my house.
• I save magazines with interesting articles/recipes.
• When I look around, I get tired thinking about what it will take to unclutter my home.
• I have two or more craft projects going at any one time.
• My house may look messy to some people, but I know where to find everything.
• If someone stops by unexpectedly, I try to avoid letting them in.
• I leave things out so I know where they are, or as a reminder to myself.
• Time keeps me from getting or being organized.
• When it comes to clearing clutter I think, "Why bother, it will just get cluttered again."
• I can't bear to part with things and I consider myself a pack rat.
• The stress level in our house is directly related to the clutter level.

Add up your score and rate your answers:
44 to 52: Your clutter problem has been building, and you need some serious clutter-busting.
35 to 43: Your clutter problem is growing worse and will continue unless you do something about it.
26 to 34: You have a potential clutter problem, but also can change a few habits.
17 to 25: You may be temporarily disorganized.
Less than 17: Congratulations on controlling your clutter.
From Unclutter Your Home by Donna Smallin.
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.


Success Story – Martha’s Home Remodel
My client Martha, a former economist who quit her job to focus on family, was ready to finally get serious about pursuing her creative writing aspirations. She contacted me in advance of some anticipated house renovations. Her lovely home needed a little Feng Shui tweaking to support her career change, and a planned major master bedroom and bath upgrade. A year later, after Feng Shui changes that included rearranging her home office to assist her writing career and creating the bathroom of her dreams, Martha sent me her good news.

Here's what Martha wrote:
You are right about the bathroom being a turning point, not only because I had a piece published in the Washington Post today, but also because out of the blue last week a friend called and asked if I would be willing to do an editing project. So it feels like money falling out of the sky! My other writing is moving along strongly as well, and will include some Feng Shui themes. And I swear I'm sleeping better since I fixed the poison arrow that was aimed at me in the bedroom. Click here to read Martha's article in the Washington Post about the snake in her cherry tree.

Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I have a sculpture made by my daughter that has lots of heads in it. My other family members all agreed that the sculpture is creepy, they have never liked it, and they suggest I get rid of it. I tried to put it somewhere else but it didn't look or feel right. I have to admit I only "sort of" like it and I am tired of it. My daughter is dealing with a minor health issue so I'm feeling superstitious about moving it until the health issue is cleared up and she moves to a new apartment. What do I do with it?
A: Wrap the sculpture in a red cloth or red tissue paper and pack it away in a closet until your daughter wants it. This may actually support your daughter and help her move past her health issue. When she is feeling better, ask her if she wants the sculpture back, because it's always possible she doesn't like it anymore either.

Q: I read somewhere that real plants should be avoided in the bedroom. Is this true? And what are your thoughts about fresh cut flowers in the bedroom? I know to get rid of them once they're dying.
A: Living plants in the bedroom represent positive Feng Shui as long as they are not spiky or sharp pointed and you don't overwhelm your room with them. Fresh flowers are also great in a bedroom, again, as long as they don't have thorns. And you are right that you need to get rid of them as soon as they start to fade or drop their blossoms.
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
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 – Freebies For Your Birthday
Saving money is always good Feng Shui, and it's also delicious when you can get freebies from your favorite restaurants on your special day. From cupcakes, to ice cream, to burritos, you can find an extensive list of birthday freebies at HeyItsFree.net. Keep in mind that some of these freebies have local restrictions and some coupons are sent via e-mail and you need to sign up in advance.

Here's a sampling:
Barnes & Noble. Kids get a free cupcake on their birthday and can create a free digital book on Tikatok.com by signing up for the Barnes & Noble Kids' club.

Baskin-Robbins. Get a free small scoop on your birthday if you sign up for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club or Baskin-Robbins Facebook page.

Benihana. If you join The Chef's Table, Benihana will e-mail you a $30 gift certificate during the month of your birthday.

California Pizza Kitchen. Kids can receive a free CPKids meal during their birthday month by joining the CPKids Birthday Club.

IHOP. Join the Pancake Revolution and get a free meal on your birthday.

La Madeleine. Get a free pastry on your birthday and a free soup or salad if you sign up.

Maggiano's. Receive a coupon for $10 off any check of $30 or more.

Moe's Southwest Grill. Get a free burrito on your birthday by joining Moe's E-world.
Noodles and Company. Get a free bowl of soup.

Ruby Tuesday. Get a free burger on your birthday if you join Ruby Tuesday's So Connected program.
Click here to check out the entire list.


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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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