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April

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 – Wear Feng Shui Colors
As the weather starts to get warmer and you replace your winter clothes with their lighter-weight cousins, give some thought to the Feng Shui meaning of the color of the clothes you choose to wear. Like it or not, the colors you wear can influence how others judge and respond to you, plus they will affect your emotions and outlook. Think about the color of your clothes based on the Five Elements in Feng Shui, because when you wear a specific Element, you project its attributes.
  • Purple is associated with royalty and luxury. Wear purple clothes or accessories when you are in the midst of transition, want to attract new opportunities, or in a spiritual setting.
  • Red is the ideal color when you want to draw attention to yourself. Wear red when you speak in public or want to stand out from the crowd, but avoid red if you are nervous or are self-conscious.
  • Pink is the color of romance and fun. Wear pink if you want to resolve a situation with a loved one, because it is soothing and helps dissolve feelings of anger.
  • Yellow conveys stability, so you can wear it when you have an important decision to make. Avoid yellow when you are feeling tired or it might drain your energy levels.
  • Green projects growth and advancement. This is a great color to wear when learning new skills, taking classes, or when you need to be energized. Avoid wearing green when you are restless because it is a stimulating color.
  • Brown is a comforting and grounding color that you can wear if you feel scared or insecure. Brown makes you feel safe, but avoid wearing it when dealing with stubborn people.
  • Black conveys authority and power, and promotes a sense of depth and strength. Wear black if you need to command leadership or exude mystery. Black makes you stand apart from the crowd, so avoid wearing it when you need to be seen as an equal.
Click here to read more in my article "Feng Shui and Fashion."

Feng Shui Webinar Series
Live Webinar, April 30, 2013
"Creating Home Sanctuary with Feng Shui"

Most of us spend the bulk of our time away from home at a workplace or work in a home office, which makes it important to create a special place -- or home sanctuary -- to relax when the work day is done. Creating Feng Shui home sanctuary doesn't mean creating a religious space, but rather it means setting up a special place or safe haven at home where you can renew, restore, slow down, and just let go.

Where do you go at home to rest and restore?
Do you have a favorite room or space where you go to de-stress after a hard day?
How can your home help you recharge and energize?


Join me and my guest Lainie Grimmer of Creating Clarity Coaching for a live interactive webinar, where we will answer these questions and share simple ways you can rearrange your space to create harmony at home. We'll cover the 7 steps for creating your special space, and much more.

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 -- Get Rid of Tax Record Clutter
The sequestration and resulting cut back on services may have one hidden benefit: it's forcing us to simplify. One area where we can all do some simplification and clutter-clearing is with our tax records. A little Feng Shui clutter-clearing after you file your taxes can help you make room for new wealth to flow into your life, even if you didn't get a refund this year. This is especially true when tax records still clutter your desk or the dining room table long past April 15. In Feng Shui, keeping too much paper clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward. Everyone has to deal with some amount of record-keeping clutter at tax time, but in Feng Shui terms extreme paper clutter holds you back and keeps you from making progress.

The first US income tax was levied in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln signed into law this revenue-raising method to help the government pay for the Civil War. If you just filed your taxes it may seem like your records have been cluttering your desk or kitchen table since way back then. Professionals recommend that you keep personal tax records for 7 years, and anything related to real estate property bought or sold indefinitely. But you can safely shred at least the oldest box of other paper records after you file each year.

How do you decide what papers you need to keep in addition to what is required by law? If you want to get rid of paper and make space for new things to flow into your life, answer these three taxing questions to decide whether a piece of paper is clutter or a keeper:
  1. If I throw this away, will I get arrested? If the answer is NO, toss it.
  2. Did I need this during the last year? If the answer is NO, out it goes.
  3. Can I get it someplace else, especially on the Internet? If the answer is YES, trash it.
What you accumulate, where you put it, and why you keep it says a lot about you. Click here to read more in my article, "Where You Have Clutter."

Quick Tip:
If you paid too much in taxes this year, place three valuable coins in the Wealth Area of your home to help activate the flow of prosperity.

Success Story – Creating a Feng Shui Vision Board Revolution
Denise wrote to thank me for my e-zine article about arranging a vision board according to the Feng Shui bagua. She explained that she has never been one to make a goal list because putting her goals in writing was always an impossible feat, but the suggestion of a vision board made more sense to her.

Here's what Denise wrote:
Feng Shui is scary on point sometimes. Being artistic and creative at heart, I spent this morning cutting out pictures and words and placed them over your bagua creating a collage of my visions. It makes so much more sense than a list. I keep looking at the board and I can see where I need to add visions and where my goals are good. I placed pictures of jade plants in the Wood Area. I just bought a jade plant on Sunday and placed it in the left corner of my home desk to increase job prosperity and today, only two days later, I got very good news regarding my yearly bonus. It was enough for me to finally get my acupuncture license application in to the state! Talk about serendipity! Feng Shui rocks.
And then additional good news from Denise:
More serendipity. I just got an email from an acupuncturist friend in town who's been begging me to work with him since he has 3 locations going at the moment and urgently needs my help. I keep making tiny additions to the board when something crosses my path, like a good fortune in a fortune cookie, because I see it as a dynamic rather than a static set of goals. I'm lovin' this vision board! You may have started a vision board revolution.
Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I am a consultant and executive coach. When I walk into a client's site for a workshop or a meeting, what can I do to bring some Feng Shui balance to a space I know nothing about? I won't be able to rearrange the furniture.
A: You might be able to do more rearranging than you think. For example, if you have a choice of where to sit, pick the seat that faces the door, which is called the Power Position, and puts you in control of the meeting. If you are facing the window and there's a glare, ask your client to close the blinds or ask to move to another location in the office. You can also think about the colors you wear based on what you know about the client: Red if you need to exert power over the situation, blue if you want to help things move smoothly, brown or earthy colors if you think your client needs some grounding, etc.

Q: I just moved in with my fiancé, and while I used to sleep soundly, now I can't fall asleep. He's been divorced twice and we sleep on the bed he has had since college. Does that have anything to do with it? The bedroom is in what used to be in the attic and the ceiling is sloped low over the bed.
A: When you sleep on a bed from a past relationship, you are sleeping with all of the energy-positive or negative-from those relationships. It's time for you and your fiancé to get a new bed, mattress, and linens. Also, if you are sleeping under a low sloping ceiling the chi presses down on you making it difficult to sleep. The remedy for this is to place up-lighting or tall floor plants in all four corners of the room to symbolically lift the ceiling. Also make sure that there isn't a mirror aimed at you when in bed.

Q: Are there any Feng Shui corrections for a washer/dryer in the middle of your apartment?
A: The middle of any space is the Grounding Area that is activated by the Earth Element, and having water in that area can reduce that Element. Make sure you have adequate Earth around your washer and dryer, like the colors yellow or brown, images of mountains, tile floors, etc., and make sure your washer and dryer are stable and balanced. Keep the area clutter free, and get rid of all that dryer lint, which is not only clutter, but also a fire hazard.

Do you have Feng Shui questions? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this newsletter for the answers.

Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
Here's a sample post from the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog:
"Rearranging Rooms For Happiness." Read about the four rooms that most affect your happiness, and learn some Feng Shui tips for improving them.

Click here to read the latest at www.FengShuiForRealLifeBlog.com, and sign up to receive my posts directly.

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 – Does Anybody Want My...
Got clutter? More than 1.4 million Americans suffer from chronic hoarding and clutter. We never use 80 percent of what we own, and we waste at least 55 minutes a day looking for things. It's time to let your "stuff" go. Here are 10 places where you can donate and feel good about cleaning out your closets.
Vintage Clothing: www.webthriftstore.com. Designate a charity to receive the proceeds of your old clothes, electronics, and gift cards.
Teddy Bears: www.lovinghugs.org. Give your gently loved bears to children in war zones, refugee camps, and orphanages.
Men's Suits: www.careergear.org. Donate suits to unemployed men to wear to interviews.
Onesies: www.newbornsinneed.org. Help provide essentials for a child's first weeks of life to hospitals serving ill and impoverished babies.
Prom Dresses: www.donatemydress.org. Provide prom, Sweet 16, and Quinceanera dresses to girls who can't afford them.
Wedding Gowns: www.bridesacrossamerica.com. Donate your gown to a military bride.
Eyeglasses: www.neweyesfortheneedy.org. Send them abroad to developing countries.
Arts and Crafts: www.made4aid.org Sell your supplies to crafters and artisans, and the proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
iPods: www.musicandmemory.org. Help lift the spirits of patients with Alzheimer's, MS, and cancer.
Video Games: www.getwellgamers.org. Send new and used games to this foundation that gives them to hospitalized children.


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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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