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March

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 To Help You Sleep
Many people are facing complex times right now because of the uncertain economy and all of its potential ramifications. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans report these causes of sleepless nights: work (74%), money (73%), workload (66%), children (64%), family duties (50%), your health (55%), spouse's/child's health (55%), parent's/other family health (54%), housing costs (51%), and intimate relationships (47%). While making Feng Shui changes will help you deal with these worries, you can't begin to solve anything and move ahead if you can't get a good night's sleep. Adjustments in these four areas of your bedroom can help assure a good night's sleep and a clear mind in the morning to face new challenges:

1. Around: The most restful color for bedroom walls is a "skin tone," ranging from ivory to mahogany. If you look at a paint color and it makes you think of the glow of healthy skin or the warm blush on cheeks, then it's the right color for your bedroom. Cold colors like pure white, gray, and icy blue make it difficult to get a good night's sleep, and greens are too stimulating. It's also important to keep all work-related items out of your bedroom, limit electronics, and surround yourself with peaceful artwork.

2. Under: Avoid storing anything under your bed so the positive sleep-inducing chi can flow all around you. For example, if you sleep with workout equipment under your bed, you are symbolically "running" all night, or if you sleep with shoes under the bed you feel tired when you wake because you were symbolically "walking away" from a good night's sleep. If your storage space is limited and you must store things under your bed.

3. Across: Avoid sleeping with a mirror across from your bed because this results in overly active chi. Mirrors catch and reflect light, keeping a room awake and contributing to a restless night. Limit the number of mirrors in a bedroom to no more than one, and position it so you can't see yourself in it while you are in bed. And be sure to keep your mirrors clean or they will cloud your vision.

4. Above: A ceiling fan is certainly useful to circulate the chi in a room, but if it is located directly above your bed, its "cutting" chi could lead to poor sleep or even illness. And it could symbolically "cool down" your relationship. If you can't relocate your bed, hang a small, round faceted crystal from the center of the fan, to symbolically reduce some of the Metal Element of the fan.

Want to know the best Feng Shui location for your bed? Watch my video "Feng Shui Bed Placement."


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 -- Pare Down Your Pantry
Are you getting ready for a big Spring Cleaning but dreading it at the same time? Organizing guru Peter Walsh, writing for Oprah.com, suggests five ways to lighten your load and do some good at the same time. My favorite is his suggestion to "Pare Down Your Pantry in 30 Minutes or Less."
1. Check the Dates. Pick up each item and get rid of anything that's long past the expiration date, like those ancient jars of pickles, now-stale brownie mix, and chicken soup you bought to take you through flu season - back in 2009.
2. Banish "Aspirational" Foods. This category includes anything you bought for a special dinner party but never used, mixes that require additional ingredients you never keep in your pantry, or anything where the instructions sound too complex.
3. Group "Like" Foods. Assign each category its own section of shelf, like canned beans, pasta sauces, packaged snacks. Then, keep only what fits in the allotted space. Pack everything else into a box marked "donate."
4. Atone for Your Waste. In addition to dropping off edible non-perishables at a local food bank, Walsh suggests estimating the cost of your expired cans and then writing a check for that amount. "That will help you commit to eating what you buy," he says.
5. Get Rid of it for Good. Visit foodpantries.org to find a soup kitchen or food bank near you.

In addition to paring down your pantry, Walsh's four other weekend projects are:
• Household Shoe Purge
• Two-Step Toy Tidy-Up
• Closet De-clutter-fest for Couples
• Progressive De-clutter Party
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.


Success Story – Joan Becomes a Believer
Joan came to my workshop on "Women, Wealth, and Feng Shui," and acknowledged to the group that she wasn't a "believer." That's not a problem for me, because all I need to do is recommend a few Feng Shui changes and let the results speak for themselves.

Here's what Joan wrote after the workshop:
Thanks for your workshop, it was fun, informative, and thought provoking. I've started getting rid of some papers and clutter and that feels good. I don't want to admit this since I am still skeptical, but the day after I cleared out the clutter someone from out of town contacted me about doing work for them. I had contacted this person earlier but hadn't heard back. Either way, whether I'm a skeptic or not, it doesn't hurt to get rid of things that don't bring us pleasure.

And shortly after, I received this followup from Joan:
I did get the work I was telling you about! I was paid $4,000 for delivering a day of training, which is $500 more than I normally get from this agency. So, I just may have to become a believer! Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I'm having a problem with my staff coming into my office to ask a question, and then overstaying their welcome. How do I get them to stay for shorter periods of time so I can get my own work done?
A. Make sure you are seated in the Power Position, which is facing the door, preferably on a diagonal. If you move around the chairs when people visit your office, remain in the Power Position rather than giving it to your visitors. Also, consider hanging a clock with a second hand or a picture of moving water to create and encourage movement in your office.

Q: Can you provide advice to correct the Feng Shui of an open spiral staircase in the center of my home? There is a mirror the size of a doorway facing the start of the stairway. I have read that this staircase is very bad situation causing major money leaks (this is happening) and instability (I feel this way).
A: The Feng Shui concern about a spiral staircase in the center of a home is that it can act like a "corkscrew,' removing the core of energy from what is considered the Grounding Area of your home. People often feel unstable on a spiral staircase because there is nothing underneath them for support. The general Feng Shui advice is to place plants at the base of the staircase to act as a cushion. Choose plants that have soft, rounded rather than pointed leaves or thorns. I would advise against placing plants on the steps because that will narrow the width of the stairs. It's hard to know for sure without seeing your space but it's probably not a good idea for a mirror to reflect the stairs. Mirrors double what they reflect and this would represent doubling the "hole" in the middle of your home. And be sure the staircase is well lit.

Q: This is the second year I have been called in for an IRS tax audit and both times I ended up being assessed a penalty. Any Feng Shui changes I can make?
A: First, look for water issues in your home, especially in your Wealth Area and in the basement. Water represents wealth in Feng Shui, so if you have been leaking water you have been losing your wealth. Also, take care of any maintenance issues you've been ignoring. Second, control tax record clutter because clutter represents the inability to move forward, in this case, forward past a tax audit. Keep only the paperwork and records you need and organize them neatly in boxes for each year. Professionals recommend that you keep personal tax files for 7 years, and anything related to real estate property bought or sold indefinitely, but you can safely shred at least one older box of other paper records after you file each year.
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.

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 -- Feng Shui Menagerie Collection
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.


Beyond Feng Shui – 6 Ways To Trick Your Brain into Being Productive
It's not just willpower and self-control that help you to get things done, you can also try little tricks on your brain to make it work more productively. Writing for Lifehacker.com, Thorin Klosowski offers these scientifically-backed ways to boost productivity without even trying, ranging from raising the temperature, to taking a nap, to looking at photos of puppies.

1. Use Your Procrastination to Your Advantage. We all have dreaded tasks on our to-do lists, but you can trick your brain to work on them through "productive procrastination." That is, rank projects that seem significant yet have more flexible deadlines at the top of your list, like reorganizing your workspace or learning a new technique. You may find that there are newer important tasks that have joined your list, making that original one look all the more alluring.

2. Use Office Temperature to Boost Productivity. A study from Cornell that examined temperature and productivity found that when temperatures were low (68 degrees or 20 degrees Celsius) employees made 44% more mistakes than at optimal room temperature (77 degrees or 25 degrees Celsius). This means adjusting the heat and AC, or at least keeping yourself warm with a sweater.

3. Take Your Work to a Coffee Shop. Research reported in The Wall Street Journal shows that small doses of distraction prompt the mind to work at a more abstract level, which is also a more creative level. If you're stuck in the middle of an unproductive day, getting out of the office and into a noisy coffee is one way to trick your brain into working a little harder.

4. Take a Nap. It's not easy to take a nap in the middle of the day, but a well-timed nap can boost your productivity, memory, cognitive ability, and performance. Studies show the best time for a power nap is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, and you should keep it at about 15 to 20 minutes for maximum benefit.

5. Play Unfamiliar Music. Listening to unfamiliar music will help increase focus. Think about the music genre that you usually listen to when you are not trying to be productive, then, counter-intuitively, select the opposite kind of music. Your brain releases dopamine when it hears music, and unfamiliar music in the background forces your brain to focus harder and release more dopamine.

6. Look at Photos of Cute Baby Animals. A Japanese study found that after looking at cute animals, participants increased their performance on concentration tasks by 44 percent. Researchers believe this happened because caring for babies requires careful attention to physical and mental states, as well as vigilance against possible threats.


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Need a Space Clearing or House Blessing?
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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, 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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