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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-mail magazine with Feng Shui tips, success stories, clutter-clearing advice, and other information to help you bring simple Feng Shui improvements into your life. Also, check out the posts on my, the weekly articles I write for the Feng Shui site, and my own site, Feng Shui For Real
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month -- Feng Shui Your Car
June is the start of summer vacation season and many of us are taking "staycations" and traveling by car to nearby destinations. But a car that's out of symbolic balance can make the driver and passengers feel out of balance, too, even on a vacation trip. Feng Shui is not just for homes and offices -- a few Feng Shui adjustments can make the time you spend in your car more enjoyable and safe, whether you're running errands, commuting, or just cruising.
• Clear the Clutter. Treat your vehicle like a room, rather than a moving trash can, and it will move your life and career forward. Remember to check the glove compartment, the storages spaces, the cup holders, and the junk in the trunk.
• Clean the Windows. Windows represent eyes, so if you are driving with filmy, cracked, or broken windows your vision toward the future is cloudy as well.
• Drink Water. The Water Element represents a smooth and flowing experience, so sipping water occasionally while you drive may help you smoothly cope with traffic and avoid road rage.
• Play Music. Choose the music that matches the mood of your trip, like classical music when you need to relax and energizing sounds to stay alert.
• Wash Your Car. Keep both the inside and outside of your car clean as a symbol that your future path will be clear and easy.

What Color Car Do You Drive?
In Feng Shui, each color has certain attributes and energy, so when it’s time to get a new car, choose the color of the Feng Shui Element that matches your personality. Read more in the article I posted on my Feng Shui site at

Clutter Clinic -- 10 Quick Summer Clutter-Clearing Projects
Here are a few quick clutter-clearing ideas that will make your home feel lighter as the temperatures get hotter. Try one of two of these tips whenever you have some extra time.
1. Wipe down your front door.
2. Clean all of your telephones, including mobile phones.
3. Clear out the top drawer of your dresser.
4. Sweep your patio, aiming away from your house.
5. Wash all trashcans, including those inside your house and outside.
6. Remove old food from your refrigerator and wash the shelves.
7. Prune your houseplants.
8. Declutter the area where you pay bills.
9. Sort through your kids' school papers and selectively keep a few.
10. Rip out the articles you plan to read from your magazines, then recycle the rest.
Are there other clutter-clearing and organizing tasks that can be completed in ten minutes or less? Post them on my Feng Shui For Real Life Page on Facebook, and I'll also share them in a future newsletter.

You can also find more clutter-clearing tips in the month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Success Story -- Small Changes, Big Results
Sometimes, a small Feng Shui change makes a big impact. Here are a few of the immediate positive results my clients experienced after making the small change I recommended in their home or workspace.
From Maya -- The registrations for the painting class I am teaching were slow in coming in, until I did what you said and placed artwork with moving water in my studio; the next day five people signed up for my workshop.
From Barbara -- Yesterday morning the handyman removed the dead tree near my bedroom window. I am usually a restless sleeper who wakes several times a night, but last night was the first night without the dead tree and I slept so soundly that I felt like I woke up about 15 minutes after I went to bed.
As you know my consulting business has been slow, so right after you left I moved my desk so I faced the door. Then, I took the cactus out of the room. This morning I received a call back from a potential client who I have been trying to reach for months.
From Lila -- We rearranged the furniture in our living room the way you suggested, and now my husband and I smile every time we go in the room because the flow of energy is really open and wonderful. Even our dogs seem happier when they are in the room.
Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: What is the best Feng Shui symbol to display in my wealth area?
There is no one object that symbolizes wealth to everyone, so instead choose to display objects and art that represent wealth to you. Whatever you value most in your life can give you ideas for symbols of wealth, abundance, and prosperity. For example, if wealth means being able to take fabulous vacations, display photographs taken on your favorite trips or images of new places you want to visit.

Q: I downloaded a bagua map from your website and realized that there is a bathroom in my Wealth area. Help! How do I fix this so all my wealth doesn't go down the drain?
Water is associated with wealth, but in bathrooms there is too much water that is associated with "waste" (i.e., it goes down the toilet and down the drains). To balance this, you need to symbolically "dry up" some of that water by adding the Fire Element or the Earth Element to the room. This is especially important for a bathroom located in the Wealth/Abundance area. Paint the room or one wall in a Fire Element color (red, orange, or brown), choose towels in those colors, or add terracotta and tile objects. It's especially important to hang artwork with images that make you feel wealthy, abundant, and prosperous. And resist the urge to decorate with seashells and beach scenes for this room.
Where is the bathroom located in your home? Download a bagua mapping chart from the basics section of my website,

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

Feng Shui in the News
Thanks to Professional Organizer Miriam Ortiz y Pino of More Than Organized for posting my "Fable of the Magic Red Geranium" on her blog. The fable, which reminds us that seeing things from a new perspective can be the catalyst to positive change, appears in the "Clutter Clinic" section of the Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office. Miriam and I have given Feng Shui and Clutter workshops together and have worked in tandem with clients.

Celebrity Feng Shui Stories
In my book I talk about how actor Rob Lowe used Feng Shui to secure his "West Wing" role. Now, Lowe and his belief in Feng Shui are in the news again because the star of the TV show "Brothers and Sisters" admits he consults a Feng Shui practitioner to make sure good fortune stays on his side. "I think there is a lot to that stuff," says Lowe. "A billion Chinese can't be wrong. I'm looking for any edge I can get."

After two of "Top Chef" star Anita Lo's New York restaurants closed and another burned down, she and her partner turned to Feng Shui. The Feng Shui analysis of the restaurant showed there had been too much of the Fire Element in the space, notwithstanding the fire that destroyed it, and that the partners had too much Fire. So round shapes, metal, and water were added to diminish that Fire, water was strategically placed in vases, and a round metal mirror hangs in the front of the restaurant. Six Chinese lucky coins were placed on both sides of the stairs leading from the kitchen to the dining room. Lo was advised not to place important guests at certain tables, and the restaurant now plays piano music to bring in even more Metal. The dining room maintained its golden coloring but a red wall was added because these two colors "encourage digestion in food," Finally, the existing logo was changed because it looked too much like a flame on a log.

Do you want Feng Shui tips and tidbits to include in your blog, website, or newsletter? Check out my website or e-mail me with a request about a specific topic.

Quick Tips from the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
It's mid-year, a great time to walk-through of your home and conduct a mid-year "Feng Shui Checkup" to make sure your adjustments are still in place. Re-adjust where necessary to help recharge your space to ensure prosperity for the second half of the year. And while you are making changes, here are three summer tips from the "Calendar of 366 Tips" in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office:
1. Your stove represents wealth in Feng Shui, so even if you prefer using the barbecue grill and microwave in hot weather, use your stove occasionally since an unused stove implies untapped resources and ignored opportunities.
2. The corkscrew energy of a ceiling fan directly over your bed could cause pain or illness; hang a crystal from the pull chain to balance its cutting force.
3. Place matching planters or ceramic pots filled with bright red flowers on both sides of your front door to act as a threshold to usher positive energy into your home.

You will find hundreds of practical tips like these in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results
Southwest Book Design Award, 2009-2010
Order your copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office from the Feng Shui Store at

From the Feng Shui Store
In Feng Shui, keeping your purse on the floor represents disregard for your wealth, plus scientific studies show that your purse can pick up all kinds of bacteria when it sits on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have finally 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 at the Feng Shui Store at

Home, Office, and Business Consultations
Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting
To help you get started with a plan of Feng Shui changes for your home, I am now offering Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting and Floor Plan Review. This service includes review of the floor plan and photos of your home, office, or business, followed by a telephone consultation with recommendations and changes you can make to the placement of furniture, artwork, and objects to activate the positive energy in your home and clients into your business. The service also includes 30 days of follow-up consulting. Sign up for this service through the Online Store at, or call 1.800.652.9038.

On-Site Consultation
Nationwide, I schedule residential and commercial consultations on request. On a regular basis I work with clients in the Northeast (Washington, DC, Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends, so schedule your consultation now to get the date you want. E-mail me with the date you would like to schedule your consultation.

Workshops for Your Group or Organization
Bring one of my customized workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation to help your business or group 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 workshops are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund-raisers, and they always sell out. E-mail me for details on scheduling a customized session for your group.

Upcoming Workshops Open to the Public
October 3, 2010, 12:45pm-1:30pm
New Mexico Women Authors' Book Festival

I was once again select to speak and sign books at the 3rd Annual New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival, October 3, 2010, at the New Mexico History Museum. More than 100 authors will participate this year. If you are planning to be in Santa Fe this Fall - or need an excuse to visit - put this outstanding event on your calendar. I'll post the complete list of the outstanding women authors who will be presenting as soon as it is available.

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great are a whiz.
I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, E-mail me or call 1.800.652.9038.

Beyond Feng Shui -- Caring For Your Books
Sometimes it's hard to part with books, even when you know you need to declutter your shelves to make room for new energy to flow into you life. So one compromise is to keep only those books that have special meaning or value, or that have been in your collection for a long time. The problem is that these older books often have mold and mildew problems. According to Yasmeen Khan, rare-book conservator for the Library of Congress, all books are susceptible to mold and mildew because of the high moisture content in paper. "Since paper is made of moisture-sucking cellulose, the pages dry at a snail's pace," she says, "creating the ideal damp environment for bacteria to thrive." To solve this problem, get rid of any moisture in a book by standing it upright in front of an air conditioner or a fan for two to three days, with its pages fanned out. Then store the book inside a closed plastic storage container with an open box of baking soda until the mustiness clears. Khan says this may take up to a week for hardbacks because their thick covers retain more moisture.

If you just finished reading a book and want to read another like it, go to and type in the title and author. Site compiles suggestions based on information from Amazon and LibraryThings.

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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
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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.

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.

©2010, Carol M. Olmstead

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