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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life Ezine, 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 – Passover and Easter Feng Shui
The two spring family holidays, Passover and Easter, focus on new beginnings and making your home ready for that big family dinner or Seder. Among the many parallels between these two holidays and Feng Shui is freeing yourself from clutter, arranging your home to promote a fresh start, and creating a fresh flow of energy in your home. Here are a few Feng Shui tips for a harmonious holiday gathering. These guidelines apply to all celebrations where the family comes together.
  • • A round or oval table is the best to encourage the easy flow of conversation. If you have a rectangular table, soften the hard edges with a white tablecloth.
  • • Avoid seating a husband directly across from a wife because this "confrontational seating" could cause arguments.
  • • Decorate the table with a Feng Shui color scheme that includes blue for harmony and new beginnings, white for clarity, and gold for power.
  • • Place fresh flowers in the room to symbolize growth and rebirth, preferably in front of a mirror to symbolically double their positive energy.
  • • It's Easter and Passover tradition to wear new clothes, but be sure to avoid wearing red at your dinner. This color represents the hot Feng Shui Fire Element, and adding more heat and fire could lead to family disagreements, especially mixed with the heat of all that cooking.
  • • The Feng Shui parallel to the Passover tradition of searching the house for crumbs of bread (called "chametz") is to search for dust, remove old dried flowers, replace air filters, wash windows, and make other seasonal adjustments.


Clutter Clinic -- Spring Clearing Those Easy-To-Forget Places
Does the mild weather give you the urge to start your spring cleaning? This year, try clearing out old energy instead of just cleaning house by remembering to clear out those easy-to-forget places that you might otherwise ignore. In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward, so when you clear your clutter on a seasonal basis you take advantage of the natural changes around you to make room for new energy to flow in to take its place.
• Sweep your deck, patio, porch, or portal to get rid of dead leaves and dust. Be sure to sweep the dirt away from your home rather than toward it
• Uncover the chairs and barbeque grill and clear the way to start using the space again. Make sure you get rid of cobwebs because they represent being so "caught up" you can't move forward.
• Your front door is where all the positive energy enters your home, so clean, re-paint, or re-stain it, use some WD-40 on the hinges, and clean the glass windows.
• Windows are the "eyes" of your home, so clean your windows and you can see the world with clarity. It's especially important to clean the windows in your home office or you will be looking at your career through a dirty lens.
• Clear out behind or under furniture that you haven't moved in years, like the living room sofa, the master bed, and the china closet.
• When it's time to change out your winter clothes, dust the shelves before you bring in your spring clothes and remove those misshapen wire hangers. There's a reason the dry cleaner gives them out free and they don't belong in your closet.
• Dust or wash your silk plants, and replace any that are badly faded or dull looking.
• Avoid storing your cleaning products, mops, brooms, and vacuum in the open, and especially avoid storing them in the kitchen or dining room, pantry, or anywhere you keep food because storing cleaning products together with food symbolizes cleaning out your health, nutrition, income, and prosperity.
• If anyone in your household just got over an end-of-the winter cold or flu, it's important to leave your windows open for an hour after thoroughly cleaning your home.
Click here to read more in my article "Seasonal Clutter Clearing."


Success Story – Lori's Chocolate Trail to a Quick Sale
My client Lori and her husband found the new house they had long been looking for, so they put their current house on the market and hoped for a quick sale. Houses take on the personality of their owners, and when trying to sell a house it's always good Feng Shui advice to have your home reflect the happy life that the occupants are living there. But Lori surpassed all expectations through a natural expression of what she was feeling in her home.

Here's what Lori wrote:

A funny thing happened here today, Valentine's Day. I was planning to meet my husband for lunch, and before I left I created a surprise for when we came home: a peppermint pattie and chocolate heart trail from the garage, through the kitchen, and into the living room, where I had a box of his favorite dark chocolates and a Valentine's Day card waiting. We had just started lunch when the real estate agent called to say she was in the neighborhood with clients who wanted to see the house. Today?? My husband was concerned that the house was too messy, so I had to fess up and admit that not only had I cleaned up the house, but also I had left the candy trail. I told the agent to show the house despite the candy. The buyers loved the house, and told our agent that they thought the candy was charming. Although my candy trail was no longer a surprise when we got home, we were treated to an even better surprise later that evening, when the real estate agent called with an offer -- that we accepted! Who would have known that candy could sell a house.
While I don't suggest you need to leave a candy trail around your house to sell it, this Success Story does illustrate how a house can reflect the "predecessor chi," or energy, of it's occupants.

I would love to share YOUR success story. Email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038 to schedule your home or office consultation.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: What Feng Shui cure can help a bunk bed for my daughter who doesn't like sleeping in the bottom bunk? My two girls like sharing a room, but the younger one doesn't like being on the bottom.
A: Bunk beds are not considered a good Feng Shui choice because the weight of the top bed pushes down on the child who sleeps on the bottom and can cause health issues. If you have to keep the beds, place a mirror facing up on the bottom of the top bunk (that is, when your daughter is in the lower bunk she'll see the back of the mirror) to symbolically push away the top bunk. Another option is to loosely drape material from the bottom of the top bunk, using fabric that has a pattern with the moon, stars, or upward moving images. The fabric will shield her from the sharp edges (called poison arrows) projecting from the slats of the top bunk. If you can replace the bunks, choose twin beds or a trundle bed.

Q: Where is the best place to keep the trashcan in a room?
A: This is one of my favorite questions because it was the first one I asked my teacher when I started to study Feng Shui. I knew I didn't want to keep the trash in bagua areas like the Wealth, Love, or Health Area, but I couldn't figure out which gua area was best. His answer, and the one I have repeated so often, is to first choose the smallest trashcan you can live with. Then, place it in the part of the room that relates to the gua that's exceptionally strong for you rather than in the gua that you feel is not working so well in your life. Wherever you place the trash, empty the can frequently so the negative chi doesn't have time to accumulate.

Q: I moved to a new state and have been staying with friends while I find a permanent place to live. I feel like I live out of my suitcases because in additional to living in "borrowed" space, I travel for work. I feel like there's no point in unpacking.
A: It's always good Feng Shui to unpack when you stay in temporary space so you can feel as settled as you can. For business travel, perhaps you could put together a "kit" containing a few special things that you could unpack and put in your room wherever you are staying. For example, your kit could include a picture of your loved ones to help you feel connected, a precious stone to feel grounded, a scented candle to make your space special, a favorite scarf to drape over an inconveniently-placed mirror, and other similar items to make your temporary location feel more like your own. In your room at your friends' home, hang a picture of the type of house/apartment you are looking for as a symbol that you are ready to move in to your own space.

Do you have Feng Shui questions?
Email them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this ezine for the answers.

Did you know...? Carol Olmstead is an ordained minister, qualified to perform house blessings and other Feng Shui ceremonies to assure harmony and good health in your home. Email Carol for details.


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Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office --
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Custom Feng Shui 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 --
Carol rocked it with her powerful workshop, and how great to have the entire day to soak it as she covered so much. Everyone really LOVED it! Carol's fresh take on Feng Shui is invigorating yet light enough to actually make changes and see immediate results in a space. Her book is additional reinforcement to her live trainings. Carol makes the process fun and yes, anyone can do this! -- Jennifer Ashton, Jennifer Ashton Interiors

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

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, email 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
I will visit your home, office, or business and help you rearrange your space, shift energy, and transform your life. 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, and Denver). Nationwide, I consult on request throughout the US.

During the consultation I will teach you Feng Shui basics, then we'll go through your space and I'll make suggestions for changing the placement of furniture and objects and dealing with color. We will move what we can at that time and I will leave behind a written step-by-step Feng Shui Makeover Plan of recommendations for you to follow, a ToolKit of information to help you make the remaining changes, and a copy of my award-winning book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. All sessions include 30 days of free Feng Shui coaching to help you continue to make changes and move forward.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's On-Site Feng Shui Consulting:
You stood here in my family room and said, "Now that the renovations are done and no more fixes are needed, there are no more excuses, it's time to write." And that's what I'm doing. Your consultation was a big factor behind this exciting time for me, and you can tell everyone that I said so.

I am love, love, loving my Feng Shui'd home. I have added red to many of the rooms, like you talked about, and what a difference. Thank you again for coming and doing your magic.
J.P., Executive Coach

Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends Click here for details and to schedule.


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.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's off-site Feng Shui consultations:
Thank you for the advice you provided during our Room Rescue consultation. You are the instrument to help me achieve tranquility and peace of mind.

The floor plan analysis told me everything I need to know. I especially appreciate the Hotline Coaching Package so I can continue to check in with you and ask questions as I move things around and before I make purchases. Loved your suggestion for art in my bedroom.

To schedule your on-site or remote Feng Shui consultation, email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals.


Beyond Feng Shui – Home Improvements That Add Value
If you're planning a major home improvement project this spring, you're definitely not alone, according to AngiesList.com. After two straight years of solid growth in the home remodeling industry, the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University predicts "double-digit gains in annual home improvement spending" through the first half of 2014. Homeowners are most interested in making strategic improvements to boost functionality, increase efficiency, and take advantage of existing space. Here are the top trends:
1. Opening up the kitchen. Removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room remains one of the hottest trends in home remodeling. The project appeals to homeowners because it instantly creates more space and dramatically changes the look and feel of the home
2. Installing hardwood flooring in the kitchen. The popularity of open kitchens sparked a new flooring trend because homeowners want to have continuity when they open up that wall from the living room to continue that flow there to make it one big room. Although hardwood usually costs more than other flooring options, it offers durability and timeless look.
3. Customizing the home. Homeowners are making targeted improvements to ensure the home is a good fit for their personal lifestyle and family size. Making use of every room in the house is important now, such as turning empty-nesters unused bedrooms into offices or hobby rooms. Remodelers report an increase in requests for custom charging stations for smartphones and custom cabinets to keep them out of sight.
4. Separating the shower and tub. Home remodelers say the latest trend is to get rid of the tub or to keep it separate from the shower. Homeowners are asking for separate showers, tiled in with a glass door.
5. Combining old and new styles. A hot design trend in 2014 involves juxtaposing old and new concepts, like contemporary products with older materials - like a stainless steel refrigerator sitting next to a reclaimed farmhouse sink. Remodelers also report an increased demand for recycled building materials to enhance this old-meets-new design.
6. Going greener. Green home improvements have been trendy for years, and remodelers and designers say homeowners continue to improve the efficiency of their homes, from installing home automation systems that prevent energy waste to replacing outdated light bulbs, to using water-saving showerheads. Due to technological advancements and lower costs, homeowners are now using LEDs for all types of interior and exterior lighting.


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Carol Olmstead is an Ordained Minister specializing in Feng Shui house blessing ceremonies and space clearing. Call 1.800.652.9038 or email 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
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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 Ezine 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.

©2014, Carol M. Olmstead




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