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February

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 – Rev Up Your Bedroom for Valentine's Day
Anything that can't be done in a bed isn't worth doing.

Whether you're looking for a new relationship or want to add some spice to your existing one this Valentine's Day, your bedroom is the place to start making some Feng Shui adjustments. A bedroom should be reserved for rest and romance only, but how does yours rate? You already know that it's best to remove things that keep you from focusing on love, like clutter, dirty laundry, and the cat's litter box, but what else could you change in your bedroom? Here are 10 quick Feng Shui changes you can make in your bedroom to rev up your relationship.
1. Hang artwork in your bedroom that has romantic or paired themes, like two flowers, a couple holding hands, or two chairs facing the sunset.
2. If you're single, clear some room in your closet and hang several empty hangers to symbolize that you're ready to share your space with someone special.
3. Get rid of the bed, mattress, and sheets from a previous relationship because when you sleep on them you sleep with the negative energy from your former lover.
4. Remove photographs of your children, parents, and pets from your bedroom so they won't be "watching" you in bed.
5. Display a current photo of you and your spouse/partner doing something fun together; if you aren't in a relationship right now, display a romantic image.
6. If your love life has gone stale, treat yourself to new, luxurious bedding to freshen your relationship.
7. Remove items from your bedroom that remind you of a past lover, including your ex's photo, old sweater, or gifts that could remind you of love that went bad.
8. Relocate all work-related items away from your bedroom, especially your computer and desk, so you can focus on romance instead of your career.
9. Remove the extra pillows and stuffed animals from your bed because they send the message that you have no room for anyone else to join you.
10. Place a pair of night tables in your bedroom. For singles, the second table invites a partner into your bedroom; for couples, it encourages equality in your relationship.

Want more Feng Shui tips to rev up your love life? I would love to send you my Special Report "27 Ways to Rev Up Your Love Life." E-mail me with the words "27 Ways" in the subject line to request your copy.


Happy Chinese New Year 2013
Creating a Year of the Snake Vision Board
Chinese New Year starts on February 10, and this will be the Year of the Female Water Snake. Since the snake is known for shedding its skin, it's the perfect time to let go of the old and welcome in new energy by creating a Feng Shui vision board.

I arrange mine according to the Feng Shui bagua, which you can download from the Basics page on this site. For example, I place images that relate to wealth and prosperity in the upper left hand corner of my vision board, those relating to love and romance in the upper right, those relating to mentors and clients in the lower right, etc., until I fill the board. I hang the finished board in the Helpful People Area of my home, which happens to be my garage. I always make sure the images I use in my board feel rich and prosperous, including lots of dollar signs and images of stacks of money.

Feng Shui experts in China are predicting that blue, green, and purple will be the lucky colors in the Year of the Snake, so incorporate these colors into your 2013 vision board. You can also choose these colors for clothes, furniture and home accessories, and for buying anything from a new car to a cell phone case. The least favorable colors will be red and yellow, and while you don't need to avoid them totally, it's best not to include too much of these colors in this year's board.

The Year of the Water Snake is expected to be one of "correction" that will bring lots of new opportunities, systems, leadership, rules, regulations, and a way to move forward in the uncertain situation. Some Feng Shui masters are predicting that the Water Snake will set us on a path for re-birth, and new beginnings. We can expect transformation as she sheds her skin, and that's a great theme for a vision board.

Read more about predictions for the Year of the Water Snake in my blog post, "Release the Dragon and Welcome the Snake."


Feng Shui 360
Join Feng Shui 360
Feng Shui 360 is the new international 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.
Click here to register.


Clutter Clinic -- Controlling Closet Clutter
Organizing your closet is not about which kind of hanger you use or having a fancy closet system, it's about keeping your clothes. My colleague Miriam Ortiz y Pino, CPO, owner of More than Organized, has seen all kinds of closets, and the one thing that stands out for her is that you need a plan to create a functional closet. I asked her to pull together her top tips for controlling closet clutter. "You only wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time," Miriam says, "so it doesn't matter if you have 2 outfits or 200, it's all about how much space you can free up with a plan."
1. Fit the Space. Your wardrobe needs to fit in the space you have, so using the closet itself as the space limiter will keep you from cluttering your wardrobe. How much is enough? A few great outfits will serve you much better than a bunch of clothes that almost, but don't quite, work for your life.
2. Consider the Cost. How much money do you spend on your clothes and accessories and how much does it cost to take care of them? Trips to the dry cleaner, alterations, laundry, extra hangers, dusting, and single purpose items can actually add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your wardrobe. Having fewer pieces allows you to get use out of all of them, plus as these wear out you can replace them with items that are actually in style. Grouping like things together will help you see the redundancy and allow you to purge duplicates.
3. Control the Time. How much time do you spend taking care of, fighting with, and shopping for clothes and accessories, and trying them on to find the right outfit in the morning? How often do you buy something new just because it was at the store and so were you? That's a lot of time. What if your plan was to keep only what looks great on you in one closet and didn't switch out for seasons?
Read more about closet organizing on Miriam's blog and website More Than Organized.

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


Success Story – Feng Shui Works Fast
My client sent me an e-mail with the subject "Feng Shui is Weird," and I was delighted to read that he meant it was weird in a very good way. His story shows how my mantra "you are what you see" has special meaning, even when you only make a small Feng Shui change.

Here's what he wrote:
The "art" that hangs on the wall directly across from my desk straddles the Career and Helpful People areas of my office. It's a poster with a series of images and text describing one of the first projects I worked on at my current job--also one of my all-time favorites. The poster had been there for years, was getting old and faded, and had mistakes in it. I finally got around to replacing it with an updated and corrected version that also has brighter colors and new photos. That same day, I received an e-mail asking me to assist with a proposal for a new project. The partner in charge of this new project is not only one of my favorite people in the company, he is also the same person who was in charge of that old, favorite project. The time gap between hanging the new poster and getting the e-mail? 12 minutes. Does Feng Shui usually work this fast?

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


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: When we did a phone consultation for my new apartment, you said I should get a "cityscape" piece of art for my creativity wall. My question is whether I should pick the DC cityscape since that's where I live, or could I pick a view of London because I love it? I don't have any plans or wishes to move somewhere else, so that's why I'm unsure of what to pick.
A: The simple answer is to pick the cityscape that you like the best. Does the image of either city speak to your creativity, playfulness, joy, etc? That's the one that should go in a Creativity Area. By the way, if you did want to travel or move to a new location, you would hang a poster of that city in your Helpful People/Travel Area. So, be clear about your intention when choosing and hanging either image, because when you make Feng Shui changes you get what you need, not necessarily what you think you want. Enjoy your new art.

Q: We are renovating our basement to put in a home gym. What color should we paint it? I'm thinking about yellow or blue to perk things up.
A: Yellow, the Feng Shui Earth Element color, is good for a workout room because it's both cheerful and energizing. Blue, the Water Element, might not work in a gym because it calms the body and you would have to work even harder to elevate your heart rate. You could also consider green, the Wood Element, because it's the color that represents growth.

Q: We have a couple of pairs of crutches and canes that have served us at various times when we've had torn ligaments and the like. I realized that I might be storing them in the health/well-being sections of the bagua in my house. Short of getting rid of them, is there a cure for keeping old medical equipment in your home? My husband doesn't want to get rid of them because of the replacement cost if we ever need them again.
A: The Feng Shui symbolism of keeping these mobility aids in the house is that you expect to need them in the future. Therefore, the recommendation is to move these out of your home, because keeping them sends a negative message. Donate them to a nonprofit, and make sure you send them on the way with the affirmation that you will continue to be healthy, won't need them anymore, and that you will be taken care of in the future. If all else fails and your husband won't let them out of the house, wrap them in red cloth or red paper and store them out of sight in a closet.
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 --
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. Seating is limited, and preregistration is recommended to hold your place.

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


New in the Feng Shui Store
I'm thrilled to announce that one of my favorite artists, Morgan Connor Leshinsky, is creating a series of whimsical animal prints we call the Feng Shui Menagerie Collection, that will work as Feng Shui cures for specific bagua areas in your home. Right now, Morgan is working on a modern take of the classic Feng Shui wealth cure of nine fish -- eight gold and one black -- and I can't wait to share her finished masterpiece with you. The animal themes in the series are modeled on the traditional Chinese zodiac, with a fresh simplicity that is both clever and funny. Morgan's flourishing colors radiate positive energy in imagery and composition.
Click here to see Morgan's current creations, and watch for the announcement of the Feng Shui Menagerie Collection.

Read more about symbols in Feng Shui.


Purse Hangers
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 – Four Ways to Protect Your Privacy

Personal privacy seems to be a thing of the past in this age of social media. As a statistician analyzing purchasing data told The New York Times, "Just wait, we'll be sending you coupons for things you want before you even know you want them." Once you realize your data is being mined, you understand the risks you take by over-sharing. Here are four ways to safeguard your privacy in the face of this "virtual" reality.

1. Carry cash. One of the simplest things you can do is pay cash for purchases, either sparingly for items that you don't want others to know about, or more to keep your life as private as possible.
2. Use social networks carefully. All social media communication is documented and sold to data mining companies. On Facebook, think twice before clicking 'Like' on topics that may not help your professional image. Even private messages and status updates for only a few select viewers are part of your data profile as well.
3. Clear your browser history and delete cookies. Set your browser preferences to "never remember your history." This helps to keep your online activities less exposed to tracking. You can also disguise your online identity using software such as Tor, which can prevent your IP address from being watched as you surf, and private email companies that promise to not sell your information to data miners.
4. Go anonymous. Software like DeleteMe will scrub the Internet and remove photos, contact information, personal data and more.

You don't need to retreat to a mountain cabin to retain your privacy. Just be aware about how you can stay in control of your information. Read more about protecting your privacy 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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