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November

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 – Creating Thanksgiving Harmony
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with holidays that involve food and family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving. We love the aromas and bounty of food and the joy of seeing friends and family, but the strain of cooking all those meals, cleaning the house, entertaining out-of-town visitors, and worrying about eating too much can sometimes result in more stress than harmony. Here are a few of my favorite Feng Shui tips to assure a peaceful and harmonious gathering around the Thanksgiving table:
  • ·The dining room is considered to be a place of wealth in Feng Shui, so if you have one be sure to use it, not only for the big Thanksgiving meal, but also when you're enjoying those leftovers.
  • ·Bring out the "good stuff" you have been hiding in your cabinets and closets, especially grandma's china, mom's crystal, and even the silver you hate to polish. What are you saving them for if not the holidays?
  • ·Entertaining guests is an activity associated with wealth, so when a mirror reflects your dining table your guests will be reflected and you'll symbolically double your wealth.
  • ·A round or oval table is the best shape for Feng Shui-friendly dining because there are no sharp corners aimed at guests. If you don't have a rectangular table, use a tablecloth to soften the edges and make sure no guests are seated near the corners.
  • ·Remove photos of deceased relatives and animals from the dining room since these can create health problems if you dine in their presence.
  • ·In addition to flowers, this year add fresh fruit and vegetables to your centerpiece to represent good health and longevity.
  • ·If your family is prone to squabbles, keep active, yang energy to a minimum by decorating with grounding Earth Element colors in shades of brown and yellow.
  • ·Minimize the Metal Element by limiting shiny objects and removing the carving knife from the table so its sharp edge won't encourage sharp words at the table.

If all else fails, keep this in mind: whoever is seated nearest to the door will be the first one to leave. So you might want to consider a seating plan if you have any annoying relatives.


Feng Shui 360
Introducing Feng Shui 360
I'm pleased to announce the launch of Feng Shui 360, the online community that helps you rearrange spaces, shift energy, and transform your life. When you join Feng Shui 360, you will experience the world of Feng Shui from every angle and throughout the seasons. You will learn about Feng Shui and get personal answers to your questions while you connect with Feng Shui enthusiasts around the world who are making simple Feng Shui changes with big results.

Membership Benefits:
• Personal phone or Skype consultation with Carol Olmstead
• Private Facebook group to exchange ideas and ask questions
• Discounts on products and services in the Online Feng Shui Store
• Monthly conference call for the entire community to meet virtually
• Exclusive articles and videos from experts in a variety of specialties
• Special e-mail hotline -- your basic questions answered on a priority basis
• Weekly Feng Shui tip for rearranging your space in harmony with the changing seasons
• Monthly e-zine with tips, clutter-clearing advice, success stories, and articles "beyond Feng Shui"
• Copy of Carol's award-winning book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love

Membership in Feng Shui 360 gives you exclusive access to practical advice, inspiration, and community to support your Feng Shui journey.
Join today to become part of our dynamic Feng Shui 360 community.


Clutter Clinic -- Five Secrets for Clutter-Free Holidays
If the mere mention of decking the halls and shopping for gifts feels overwhelming, organizing expert Peter Walsh offers five secrets for getting through the process with a lot less stress. Writing in Oprah.com, Walsh offers these five secrets for a clutter-free holiday.
1. De-decorate If you collect new decorations each year but rarely filter out what you no longer use or love, it's overwhelming when you open the box. Walsh recommends that this year, after you finish decorating, drop off any unused ornaments at senior centers and hospitals, and get rid of decorations that have seen better days.
2. Pass on rather than hold on. If you have sentimental holiday objects that you've been planning to pass on to your family one day, Walsh suggest that today is that day. Giving these gifts to loved ones breathes new life into the objects and lets you enjoy them in a new way.
3. Share the wealth and warmth. If your closet is crammed to capacity, it probably holds a few nonessential coats and boots that you can donate. Donating means you are not only opening up space, but opening your heart says Walsh.
4. Talk now, buy later. Rather than stressing over how much to spend on each gift, talk with family and friends and set the ground rules. Deciding how much you'll spend and who you'll shop for -- like only giving presents to the kids or drawing names for a Secret Santa -- frees up your creativity and your time.
5. Give the gift of time. And speaking of time, instead of handing everyone a package, Walsh suggests spending time with some of your favorite family and friends instead. Try treating them to a dinner, buying theater tickets, or giving tickets to a sports event. The shared memory will last a lifetime.
Read more clutter-clearing advice from Peter Walsh and Oprah.com.

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


Success Story – Julianna's Missing Love Area
I did an off-site Skype consultation for a client I'll call Julianna, and when I saw from her photos that her home was missing the Love/Marriage sector, it explained why she had been experiencing challenges in her love life since moving into the house. I suggested she correct for the missing area to bring the love back into her life, as well as make a few other changes.

Here's what Julianna wrote:
I've made many Feng Shui mistakes in the past and then I found your brilliant website which gives great examples of how to balance my home and not go overboard. As you suggested after our consultation, I went outside and found the point where the walls of the home would come together if it were a complete rectangle. Then I marked that spot by placing a garden ornament at this point to symbolically anchor the house and return the missing love area into my house. I found a lovely, inexpensive sculpture that had two beautiful birds beak to beak. Now, here's the funny part - I found that I had left a ratty old chair sitting out there on its own right near that point. What a message I was sending, that my house was not ready for love. So, of course I got rid of that lonely chair. I also painted the adjacent wall inside my house a lovely red color, and as you suggested I took down the art that felt lonely. I'm looking for a couple of new pieces that feel more romantic and paired. Soon, my home will be ready for love to find me.
Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I have a huge mirror across from my front door. Why is that considered bad luck in Feng Shui? We have never felt settled in this house and I'm wondering if the mirror is part of the problem.
A: The front door is considered the "mouth of chi" in Feng Shui where all good energy enters your home. A mirror right across from the door reflects, or pushes away, that energy before it can enter your home. Try replacing the mirror with art with a happy, upbeat image that feels welcoming.

Q: I'm in a mood to re-arrange furniture in our bedroom, which is a real challenge because of the number of windows and doors. I want to put the head of the bed on a wall where it would be under a window. Could I "enclose" the window by filling the space with a fitted piece of Styrofoam covered with cloth and then hang a curtain in front of it? Would that be a "real" cure, or am I just doomed to keep the bed in the same location?
A: Your idea for filling the window with fabric-covered Styrofoam is fine, but you don't even need to go that far if you don't want to. You can install a window treatment that gives a lot of privacy and protection, and then be sure to close it each night. For example, wood shutters, woven blinds, or lined drapes would work to make you feel more grounded in front of the window.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for a Feng Shui-friendly housewarming gift?
A: My favorite housewarming gift is wind chimes because they help draw positive energy to a home. I like to get them from a local store or garden store rather than online because then I can make sure the sound is pleasing. Another good option is a plant with rounded leaves in a red ceramic pot, which represents wealth and prosperity. Anything made of wood is also a good choice because this is the Feng Shui Element that represents "new beginnings." Be sure to avoid giving miniature trees or Bonsai because they can represent stunted growth, or sharp objects like knives because they represent cutting a friendship. Read more in my article "Feng Shui Gift Giving Advice."
Do you have Feng Shui questions? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this newsletter for the answers.


Trending on Social Media
Law of Attraction Radio
I was interviewed for "Law of Attraction Radio with Jewels" along with Jim Thomas www.FengShuiEmporium.com. Lots of good Feng Shui advice and tips.
Click here to listen.


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 – Tips for Hurricane Relief Donations
With the outpouring of support for victims of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern U. S., the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance is offering tips to help donors decide where their donations can do the most good. Here are a few of their suggestions:
1. Be cautious when giving online. Be careful about responding to unsolicited messages, emails, and social media posts that claim to link to a relief organization. If you want to give to a charity involved in relief efforts, go directly to the charity's website.
2. Rely on expert opinion in evaluating a charity. Be wary when relying on third-party recommendations such as bloggers or other websites, since they may not have fully researched the relief organizations they list. Go to www.bbb.org/charity to check out charities and relief organizations.
3. Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims. Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs. It may use some of its other funds to pay these costs, but the expenses will still be incurred.
4. Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas. Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to provide assistance quickly. See if the charity's website clearly describes what the charity can do to address immediate needs.
5. Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Some charities raise money to pass along to other relief organizations, and if so, you may want to consider "avoiding the middleman" and giving directly to those that have a presence in the region.
6. Ask first about in-kind donations. Drives for food and clothing, while well intentioned, may not necessarily be the quickest way to help those in need, unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid properly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance.
Read more from the Better Business Bureaus.


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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 (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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