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February

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's Message for the Month
When people contact me about a Feng Shui consultation, they usual ask about what I call the "Big 3." These themes are so universal I made them the subtitle of my first book: "...Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love." Over the years I've found that one of these three predominates depending on what's happening around us. For example, I answered a lot of questions about wealth in the 90s, after September 11 the questions included words like "security," "serenity," and "harmony," and wealth questions came back in a big way during the recession. But questions about love are always there - how to find love, how to keep love, how to revive love. February is National Wedding Month, National Heart Month, Creative Romance Month, An Affair To Remember Month, and within my family ones it's also Birthday Month. (February is also National Grapefruit Month but I couldn't find a way to work that into this message.) So in honor of a month of things about love, I've answered a Valentine's Day question in the Q&A section and I'm sharing one of my favorite quotes:
All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.


Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Find a New Job with Feng Shui
I've been getting a lot of requests for Feng Shui help with changing careers or launching a business this year, which I take as a positive sign the economy continues to improve and people are on the move. Here are nine Feng Shui steps you can take to help attract your dream job or jump-start your business. Begin by downloading a bagua from the "Basics" section at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com so you can identify and activate the appropriate bagua areas.

1. Correct any missing areas of the bagua, especially the Helpful People/Travel area. You can find detailed instructions in Chapter 6 of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
2. Decide how far you want to commute from home, then print out a map of that area and display it prominently in the room that occupies the Helpful People Area.
3. While you're in Helpful People, take a careful look at what you're keeping in that room, clear the clutter, and remove anything that's broken, stained, torn, or has negative associations.
4. If you want a career that involves travel, store your suitcases and out-of-town maps in Helpful People. If you prefer a job or business where you stay closer to home, remove suitcases and maps from this room. If you can't relocate your suitcases, tie a red ribbon around them to symbolically separate them from this bagua area.
5. Write out a detailed description of a perfect day at your new job or business, and place that in the room that occupies the Career Area.
6. Be sure that everyone in the family has an assigned seat at the dining table so you have a place to "land" rather than feel like you're in a "holding pattern" for a new career.
7. Clear clutter in all bagua areas, and pay special attention to the closet that's closest to your front door, because this door is known as the "Mouth of Chi" where wealth enters your home.
8. Hang a wind chime outside near the front door to "call" a new job or customers to your business. If you live in an apartment or condo, hang the chimes on your patio or balcony.
9. Introduce yourself to 9 people for 9 days. You don't have to ask them for a job or urge them to patronize your business, this step involves generating positive energy by meeting new people - either in person or online through LinkedIn, Facebook, or similar sites.

Click here to watch the free introduction to my online video class "Grow Your Business with Feng Shui," then register for the full class.

Clutter Clinic -- Do I Really Need That?
We always come up with good reasons why we keep things we know we should move out of our homes, especially when it comes to keepsakes and supplies. Sometimes, looking at what you're telling yourself about an item will help you decide whether you really need to save it.

Books
What you're telling yourself: I might read these some day; I have good memories of reading that book; It's part of my identity.
The real story: If a book doesn't have strong sentimental value, you won't reread it. And if you don't want it, chances are your friends and family won't either. Donate rather than pass along the clutter.

Purses and Bags
What you're telling yourself: There will be an occasion for this purse; I paid a lot of money for this; I'll keep one more tote bag just in case.
The real story: If you didn't use it last year, you won't use it this year. Give yourself two more weeks, and if you don't use it, out it goes.

Hand Me Down Furniture
What you're telling yourself: This piece has a family story; It was free; I don't like it but it's hard to get rid of it.
The real story: It furniture isn't comfortable, beautiful, or has no deep meaning, it doesn't enrich your life. If a relative doesn't want it, donate or Freecycle it.

Clothes
What you're telling yourself: I'm holding on to this for when I lose weight; I'll need this when I start playing (fill in the sport) again; I paid a lot for this.
The real story: If you haven't used something for a year, it's time for it to go. And if you lose weight, you'll deserve new clothes - including a cute new sports outfit.

Office Supplies
What you're telling yourself: These could come in handy; It's wasteful to toss useful things; I've already paid for these.
The real story: Collect all your sticky notes and other supplies and store in one place in your office, then "shop" from there before you buy anything new.

Toys
What you're telling yourself: The kids might ask for it; These toys were expensive; There are memories attached to this.
The real story: Purging and updating your kids toy collection symbolizes helping them learn, develop, and grow.

High School, College, Grad School Mementos
What you're telling yourself: This shows all the work I did; There are still treasures in here; School was the best time of my life.
The real story: You're probably never going to use any of this again and your kids won't need it. Keep only what's truly important like a thesis, scan it, and get rid of the rest.
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Click here to email Carol Olmstead.

Success Story – Adele’s Big Move
Adele is my client in England and I've written before about her success with Feng Shui, but her latest story about selling her home was a surprise, even to me.

Here's what Adele wrote:
Things went from good, to better, to brilliant since I transformed my house using your book. I enjoy a lovely, peaceful, happy life that is full of love and happiness. My passion for life has been so re-ignited by being so comfortable that I decided to emigrate to Australia! I'm selling my house and have been looking at your book for advice on how to speed things up. I've had a steady flow of viewers and people seem really tempted, but no one had committed. Then I saw your suggestion to pack up five value things as a sign that I'm detaching from the house and ready to move. I put it off for a while, and then I finally did that. Then, I de-personalised the house of things that were keeping me in my routine of comfort, and starting going through cupboards and packing up other stuff. I realised I had created such a wonderful home that although I was looking forward to my move, it was also hard to leave it. Boy was that an eye-opener. I realised I had avoided thinking and planning the actual move and buyers could sense that I wasn't in a hurry. The next weekend I had a showing and I was offered the full asking price on my house! Can you believe it? I'm convinced my packing up and detaching is the reason. Now, I'm ready to launch my adventure.
Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: It's Valentine's Day again and I'm alone again since I just broke up with my boyfriend. Are there some simple Feng Shui changes I can make so I can fall in love, then next year I won't have to ask this question again?
A: Start with your bedroom and remove these five things to make room for love to find you:
1. Remove art with "single" images and replace it with images that are paired, coupled, and romantic.
2. Remove everything that reminds you of past relationships, especially linens and gifts from lovers.
3. Remove photos of children, parents, and friends so they won't be "watching" you in bed.
4. Remove stuffed animals and extra pillows from the bed so there's room for a lover to join you.
5. Remove clutter from your closet as a symbol you have room for your lover's clothes.

Q: Is there any safe place to put an antique clock that I don't intend to have running? I have kept it in a closet since my dad died - he was the clock collector. I'm thinking about a guest room that is rarely used, but it is used occasionally for bodywork clients and regularly for exercise when we don't have a guest. Is there a better room, like the office, living room, or kitchen, surely not our bedroom?
A: The general Feng Shui recommendation is for all clocks to be running and telling time accurately. A stopped clock represents "limited opportunities" since time has symbolically stopped and nothing is moving forward. You certainly wouldn't want to locate a nonworking clock in your office or a room where you see clients or workout to stay healthy. If the clock is working, then it can be located in the Helpful People or Family Areas to represent a legacy from your father.

Q: My house is in the in the middle of the cul-de-sac. What can I do to block the bad energy?
A: Cul-de-sacs are a love it or hate it thing. The chi in a cul-de-sac isn't bad, but living in the middle of a cul-de-sac could be considered a negative Feng Shui issue because the chi rapidly moves around the curve like a slingshot and might not reach all of the houses. If you feel comfortable living in your house you probably don't need to make any changes, but if you feel uncomfortable, some Feng Shui adjustments.

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

Feng Shui Video Class – Grow Your Business With Feng Shui
It's a great year to start or expand your a business! My 90-minute, self-paced course includes tips for activating the Career/Work bagua area, along with simple changes you can make in your home that will advance your career or business.

Among other things, you'll learn 6 amazing tips that will help you create a space that supports you and your business. Watch as I use Feng Shui principles to conduct a hands-on transformation of a client's workplace and create a dynamic home office that gives more clarity, less clutter and distractions, and ultimately, more success.

Buy One Class For Yourself, Buy Another To Give to a Friend
Click here to watch the introductory video and register to take the class.

New on Carol's Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
My posts from last month included:
Cemeteries and Other Predecessor Chi
Packing and Detaching to Sell Your Home
Caught Up in Cobwebs
Marsala Wine with Everything
Click here to read these posts and more, and then subscribe to the blog so you won't miss a thing.

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.

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, email, FaceTime, 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, email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals

Beyond Feng Shui – 11 Things Successful People Do On Sunday
More than three-quarters of adults surveyed admit to suffering from the "Sunday Night Blues" on a regular basis. For some of us, Sunday is the conclusion to a relaxing retreat from work, but for others it's a day to stress about upcoming deadlines and projects. Even if you love your job, it's easy to feel a bit moody on Sundays if you worry about the stress waiting for you on Monday morning, writes Laura Vanderkam in her book, "What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend." Here are the 11 things she says successful people do on their Sunday nights:
1. They spend quality time with their families, friends, and significant others. Successful people know that their weeks will be jammed so they make the most of their Sunday nights by spending time with their loved ones.
2. They plan something fun. This extends the weekend and keeps them focused on the fun to come on Sunday night, rather than give in to the Sunday Night Blues.
3. They organize and plan for the week ahead. Some successful people like to look at their calendars and set goals for the week, but the trick is to do it without stress.
4. They exercise. It's a great way to sweat out the toxins of the week so they can center themselves for Monday.
5. They eat something healthy. Instead of unwinding with a glass of wine, which is a depressant that can make them feel less energized the next morning, they eat a healthy meal on Sunday night.
6. They catch up on reading that has been neglected. Many successful people read every night before bed and stick to that schedule on Sunday.
7. They follow up on commitments. Sunday nights often give them the undivided time to respond to emails and fulfill commitments that they didn't meet during the week.
8. They relax. When they know that the week ahead will be full, a good night's sleep and a healthy meal are essential.
9. They reflect. They take a step back and write down their feelings to get to the bottom of what's bugging them and give the perspective that things aren't so bad after all.
10. They volunteer. They take their mind off their own stress by helping people who are less fortunate.
11. They end Sunday on a high note. Monday comes no matter how you feel about it, so they engage in positive thinking and reflect on positive experiences before ending the weekend.

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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, FSII, 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.

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