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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 – Feng Shui Tips For Weight Loss
If you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight this year and you're already worried about keeping it, you're not alone, because losing weight is at the top of Forbes' list of "5 New Year's Resolutions You Won't Keep - And 5 You Will." But take heart, Feng Shui can come to your rescue. Check out these 9 Feng Shui tips to help you stick to a diet and meet your weight loss goals:
  1. Use Blue Plates. Blue is the color of the Water Element that reduces blood pressure and pulse. The term "Blue Plate Special" was popularized during the Depression when restaurant owners found that diners were satisfied with a smaller portion of food when it was served on a blue plate.
  2. Remove Clutter. Excess "stuff" in the kitchen, basement, and attic can overwhelm you and psychologically add weight. The act of cleaning out the weight of the clutter in a kitchen can impact the weight of the person doing the clutter clearing.
  3. Clear Your Closets. Get rid of clothes you've been saving for "when you lose weight" because when you hold on to clothes that don't fit, it symbolizes holding on to old behavior patterns. Plus, if you are holding on to outdated clothes you won't feel motivated to lose enough weight to wear them.
  4. Remove Blocks to Weight Loss. Relocate your workout equipment to a room where you will actually use it. Donate or sell any exercise equipment you don't use, because keeping it sends a negative message of weight loss failure.
  5. Add Mirrors. A mirror hung strategically on the refrigerator door or on the cabinet where you store snack food will reflect your body and
  6. Hide Your Kitchen. If the kitchen is the first room you see when you enter the house, you're motivated to look for food. Keep the kitchen door closed or hang a mirror or artwork near the door to distract your eye away from the room. Avoid hanging photos on the fridge because they call your attention there.
  7. Avoid the Color Red. Restaurants know that the color red stimulates appetite, but it's best to avoid using it in your kitchen if you're trying to lose weight. Instead, choose blue, black, or floral patterns for your table coverings, place mats, and napkins.
  8. Dine at a Beautiful Table. Decorate your table with fresh flowers, candles, and even use the "good" dishes so your smaller portions will seem more lavish. Treat yourself as an honored guest in your own home, especially when you are trying to change your eating habits.
  9. Balance the Yin and Yang. Vary the color of your foods, serve light colored foods in brightly colored containers, and mix hot and spicy foods with lighter and milder flavors to create a Feng Shui balanced meal each time you eat.
Read more in the article on my website.


Feng Shui 360
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Membership Benefits:
  • • Personal phone or Skype consultation with Carol Olmstead
  • • Private online group to exchange ideas and ask questions
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  • • 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.
Click here to register.


Clutter Clinic -- Duplicates You Can Donate
Studies show that of all the things we keep, we will only reuse one item in 20. That means that most people pile rather than file, cluttering their spaces and filling their closets with things they never use. Having duplicates of certain items you use daily in your home and office can save you lots of running around time, but when duplicates become multiples and take up valuable storage space, they become clutter. Just think about how those wire hangers seem to "breed" in your closet overnight. Instead of letting these items get out of control, consider donating these six items:
  1. Paper shopping bags. Now that reusable grocery bags are so readily available, you might find that your collection of paper shopping bags is sitting around unused. How many shopping bags do you really need to keep? Donate them to charities that bag up meals, clothes, supplies, or purchases.
  2. Hotel toiletries. If you're a frequent traveler like me, chances are your tempted to bring home the travel-size toiletry bottles from your hotel. But if you don't use these brands, instead of piling them up in your guest bathroom, donate them to a local shelter. Or, avoid the problem by leaving them at the hotel no matter how tempting.
  3. Pens, pencils, markers. First, collect all the writing implements from all around your home and get rid of any that don't work. Then, select a handful and contact local schools and community centers to see what they need, or check out groups like the Pencil Project who supply pencils to underdeveloped countries.
  4. Sheets. The number of sets of linens you need can depend on how often you do laundry, but you probably don't need more than two or three sets for each bed. Collect the rest of your linens that are the wrong size for your beds, out of style, or are ripped and donate them to an animal shelter.
  5. Mugs. Take a look inside your cabinets and the pantry and collect the mugs you don't use. Get rid of the ones with chips and cracks, and then pass along the rest to the dorm dwellers in your family or to a friend or relative in a first apartment.
  6. Wire Hangers. There's a reason dry cleaners give these away for free - they're flimsy, don't keep your clothes in shape, and lead to a sloppy closet. Most cleaners will take them back.
Read more at Unclutterer.com.

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


Success Story – It Happened in Less Than a Week
Here are a few of the transformations that my clients and e-zine subscribers experienced within a week of when they started making Feng Shui adjustments:

From Lila: I read your e-zine and watched your videos on YouTube. I've been trying to get the money thing flowing a bit more, so on Saturday I followed your advice and cleaned out my Wealth area. On Sunday my friend came over and gave me a check for the money she owed me from last year. It was completely unexpected. Now I'm clearing out other rooms and watching for more money to come my way.

From Julie: After your consultation, I removed all the dead plants, cleaned the windows, and hung up a new piece of art in my Career section, an within a week I heard back about the resume I submitted online. I got the job and will be going in for orientation next week. Plus my apartment looks great and I'm determined it will stay clutter free.

From Mary Beth: I followed your suggestion to get rid of 27 things on New Year's Day and I feel great. It started in my home office by going through the receipts so I could start getting my tax stuff together, then I went through my big file cabinet and purged like you wouldn't believe. I got rid of so much paper, cassette tapes, magazines, newspapers, files and folders and on and on. I continue to put 'like things' with 'like things' and it's amazing. Actually, I think I got rid of 127,000 things so I hope that's OK.

From Phyllis: After you left I went shopping so I could make the changes you suggested for our bedroom. I replaced that black and white photo over our bed with a romantic landscape with red poppies, bought a new comforter, and splurged on a pair of warm wood side tables and matching lamps instead of the second hand pieces we had. The master bedroom feels romantic and wonderful again, and most important, I can actually sleep in it and get an amazing night's rest.

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


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I have a big tree in front of my house and I read somewhere this is a big Feng Shui problem. What do you think?
A: The answer depends on the location of the tree in relationship to your house. If a tree is right in front of the main door this is considered negative because it blocks the positive chi from entering the house. One correction for this situation is to hang a convex bagua mirror above the door to reflect away any negative energy. If a tree is to the side of the front door it's better to have it on the left side of the house slightly higher than the tree on the right side (that is, looking out from inside the house). To fix this condition you can have a tree service prune the tree on the right to lower it. Generally, you want a tree to be far enough from the house that it gives both you and the tree enough "breathing room."

Q: I'm a real estate agent and I'm trying to sell a house in the $1 million range that had been on the market for several months with very few showings. The home has several challenging issues, and I'm especially bothered by the stark white walls, awkward floor plan, and strong food smells that still permeate the house even though it's vacant. It has been staged but it still feels empty and stark.
A: A Feng Shui staging can go farther than a typical real estate staging in correcting a floor plan that is missing bagua areas, and in balancing the Five Elements throughout the house. Try playing music throughout the house during a showing to keep the chi moving so the house will feel less cold. Diffusers in the rooms could temporarily mask the musky smell odor, but ultimately you'll need to steam or replace the carpet and window treatments. Repainting the walls will also help with the odor issue, and if you choose a warmer shade rather than stark white will help bring some yang energy to warm up the space. You could also add some big plants throughout the house and when you show the house direct lighting to them to create yang energy.

Q: I read in one of your newsletters that you shouldn't paint your bedroom lavender if you want to attract a relationship. What about actual lavender? I have several framed postcards that show lavender. Is that OK?
A:The Feng Shui recommendation is to avoid using lavender on the walls in an adult bedroom, and instead to choose a color that's a "skin tone." If you look at a color and it reminds you of healthy skin, including the blush on cheeks, lip color, etc, then it's a good choice to encourage rest and romance in the bedroom. It's certainly OK to display lavender, either fresh or pictures of fresh lavender, since it is a relaxing aroma that helps restful sleep, but it's best to avoid pictures of dried lavender.

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
Upcoming Workshops Open to the Public

Women, Wealth, and Feng Shui
The Transition Network
Santa Fe, NM
January 28, 2013, 6:15pm-8:00pm
January 29, 2013, 1:45pm-3:00pm
Where you place your furniture, what artwork you display, where you accumulate clutter, and the colors you select can all affect the flow of wealth into your life. Carol will explain the basics and practical applications of Feng Shui, and share her "Top 10 Feng Shui Tips for Attracting Wealth." You'll learn the ways your home may be holding you back from abundance, how to find the money area in your home, how clutter blocks prosperity, and how to make Feng Shui adjustments.

Arranging Your Creative Space with Feng Shui
A Women and Creativity 2013 Event
Sunday, March 3, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Do you have a special space where you can pursue your creative pastimes? Most of us spend the bulk of our time at the workplace or in a home office, which makes it important to have a special place where you can let your creative juices flow. Making a few, small Feng Shui changes in your creative space can have big results. Join me as I share practical tips for arranging a space that encourages inspiration and creativity! Bring a floor plan or diagram of a room to analyze and rearrange.


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 – How Studying Music Can Up Your Game at the Office
Dig out your guitar and dust off the piano, because learning music may be really good for you. For years studies have shown that musical study has positive effects on young brains, and now research shows that it can keep the grown up mind sharp, combat stress, increase focus, and help you think faster on your feet. According to Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist at Emory University, adults who spent a significant amount of time playing a musical instrument throughout their lives performed better on certain cognitive tests than those who did not play an instrument. And while the perks were better for those who studied the longest, there is also some hope for the late musical bloomers. According to Dr. Hanna-Pladdy, the benefits of playing an instrument can extend for many years and shape your brain for life, and continuing to play music can impact other cognitive functions, such as reducing memory decline and keeping the mind alert. "So this suggests we have a lot more to discover about what adults can learn later in life, and that it's not too late," she says.

Studying music is a discipline that often translates into working life, helping people be more organized. If you start studying music as an adult, you may not make it to Carnegie Hall, but the benefits you'll reap will make you a virtuoso in the office: a sharper and more alert mind, better discipline, improved memory retention, less stress, and a renewed sense of accomplishment.

Read more on the "WomenandCo" blog.


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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, FSIA, 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.

©2013, Carol M. Olmstead


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