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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 For Recognition
Whether you are trying to get recognized at work to win a promotion or simply want to be appreciated for all you do at home, activate the Feng Shui Fame/Future/ Reputation Area in your home and workplace. Located opposite the entry door, this area relates to receiving recognition for what you contribute to your world, whether it's at work, school, or home. You can activate this area by using the Fire Element, which includes triangular shapes, and the colors red, orange, and purple. Locate this area using the bagua map, then determine if it reflects your current reputation. For example:

Is this the room in your home where you keep the worn and cast-off furniture? Your shabby furniture sends a message of disregard for your reputation and that you don't deserve anything new, like that promotion.

Is this area cluttered? This represents hoarding and a poverty mentality rather than a prosperity consciousness. Hording results from the fear you'll never again be able to afford to replace something if you let it go. Feng Shui principles suggest that adopting a prosperity consciousness instead will help you attract wealth.

Are the walls empty, or do they need to be repainted? This symbolizes lack of commitment to moving forward, and that life is passing you by. The Feng Shui law of attraction suggests that "you are what you see," so if you are looking at blank, faded, or dirty walls, you are looking at a blank future.

Does the artwork have depressing themes? If you surround yourself with images that are bleak, lonely, or remind you of unpleasant situations in your past, that's what you will attract into your life rather than the recognition you deserve.

To achieve the recognition you deserve, display these items in your Fame/Future/Reputation Area:
· Diplomas, certifications, awards, citations for a job well done.
· Objects and art with the colors red, orange, deep purple
· Triangular or cone-shaped objects
· Candles to brighten the future
· Vision board
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Clutter Clinic -- Six Ways to Avoid Clutter
There is a story making the rounds among Feng Shui consultants about the wise Feng Shui practitioner and the confused, cluttered client. When the wise practitioner walked into the cluttered client's home, all she could see were piles of paper everywhere. "There are two types of people," the wise practitioner said to the client, "those who put their papers in files, and those who put their papers into piles."

"Which is better," the cluttered client asked, "the one who files or the one who piles?"

"The one who throws things away," said the wise practitioner.

The best way to keep your life moving forward is to avoid accumulating cutter. Readers of Real Simple magazine suggested these six simple ways to avoid clutter -

1. Donate Weekly. At least once a week, collect 10 things you don't need and donate to your favorite charity, give to friends, or throw away.
2. Practice the Five-Minute Rule. At work, find three things you can do in five minutes or less--and do them immediately rather than add another piece of paper to your in-box.
3. Organize Your Closet. Try rearranging your clothes so your outfits are grouped together. Grab the outfit on the right side of your closet in the morning, then at night hang it on the left side so you will rotate your clothes and never "outwear" your favorites.
4. Derail Junk Mail. Locate your recycling bin and shredder near your mail sorting area and get rid of the junk mail immediately.
5. Plan Ahead. Locate a bench or cabinet near your front door or door to the garage, and each night place your briefcase, purse, and kids backpacks there rather than scattered all over the house, so you can grab them on your way out in the morning.
6. Just Say No. If you really don't have time to take on another new client or volunteer project--and all the paraphernalia and clutter that comes with it--politely decline.
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.

Success Story – Geri’s New Career
Geri tried making Feng Shui adjustments in her home, but after being unemployed for too long, she hired me for an onsite consultation to see what she might have missed. The first thing I noticed was the dozens of nails that were protruding through the roof of her front porch, like daggers hitting her every time she entered her home. They had to go.
Here is what Geri wrote -
Your fresh and objective perspectives were insightful because I could see what I had previously overlooked. Some things that I thought were Feng Shui "OK" in fact were detrimental to what I wanted to achieve. As you recommended, I removed the nails from my front porch overhang, got rid of pictures from my past, got a new green doormat, placed beautiful red pots with trees on both sides of my door, and got a new front door, which as you pointed out was sticking and preventing new opportunities from coming in. I also powered up my Wealth/Abundance and Travel/Helpful People. The result? A friend put my resume in the hands of the hiring manager for a position that I wanted. Even with fierce competition in a tough employment market I ended up getting the job. Most important, it includes business travel to Canada, China, and Hawaii. It was interesting to see how help from other people, a new job, and international travel actually manifested after I made changes to these areas in my home. Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook Fan Page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: The fame area in my house is the kitchen sink. What can I do to improve this situation?
A: The Fame/Future Area of a house should be activated by the Fire Element, but your kitchen sink represents the Water Element that could be putting out the Fire and negatively affecting your future prospects and reputation. To balance these two Elements you need to decorate in the Fire Element and symbolically dry up some of the excess Water. That means using the colors red, orange or deep purple, and adding things that have a triangular shape, which are the colors and shapes of the Fire Element. Try to avoid adding blue things or displaying artwork with images of water in your kitchen. Click here to read more about balancing the Five Elements in the article on my website.

Q: I like to carry a calender in my purse. Is there a color that the outside cover should be to attract more good days?
A: There are several options for calendar colors, depending on which of the Feng Shui Elements you want to activate in your life. If you want things to flow smoothly, choose a blue calendar; if you want to attract wealth, use a red calendar; if you want your daily activities to expand and grow, choose a green calendar; if you want to feel more stable, select a brown calendar.

Q: I'm scheduled for surgery and want to know if there is anything I can do to make the environment conducive to healing?
A: First, use the bagua map on my website to locate the Health and Grounding areas of your home, then remove all clutter, dead or sickly plants, and anything that doesn't look healthy or whole in that area. In the Health Area, display lots of bushy plants with rounded leaves, and other green and wooden objects, along with images of healthy growing things, like meadows, forests. For the Grounding area, add rocks or ceramic objects and images of mountains to give you a solid base. In your hospital room, surround yourself with sweet-smelling flowers and plants, and avoid sharp plants like cactus or stunted plants like Bonsai. Display photos of your family and friends who support you. Bring upbeat reading material, and play soft, pleasant music in the room or use an iPod so you don't have to deal with unpleasant hospital noises and conversations. Be sure to bring your own nightgowns rather than wearing those institutional ones.

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

Downturn to Upturn
Do you want to change the global economic downturn into your own personal upturn?
Give Feng Shui a try.

Out of ideas to sell your home, or attract clients, or get a promotion in this tough economy?
Give Feng Shui a try.

Do you need to reduce stress and create a home where you can shut out the chaotic world?
Give Feng Shui a try.

Are you finally ready to find the love of your life?
Give Feng Shui a try.

After 15 years of helping thousands of clients, students, and readers I know that Feng Shui works, and that even one Feng Shui change can ripple into all aspects of your life. Feng Shui doesn't have to be all about red ribbons, crystals, and bamboo flutes; instead, it's time to discover practical Feng Shui 2.0 for today's world. To help more people give Feng Shui a try, I'm announcing my Downturn to Upturn program of recession rollbacks. I'm temporarily dropping prices on my Feng Shui books and products and reducing Feng Shui consulting fees to pre-recession rates.

If you've been thinking about trying Feng Shui "some day" -- that day is here.
Give Feng Shui for Real Life a try.
E-mail or call 1.800.652.9038 for the details.

Feng Shui Books
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.
Now also available for Kindle, Nook and iBooks.

Feng Shui Workshops
Workshops Open to the Public
October 8, 2011 1:00pm-2:00pm
4th Annual Women Author's Book Festival
Feng Shui Presentation and Book Signing by Carol Olmstead
New Mexico History Museum
Santa Fe, NM
75 outstanding women authors

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 fund raisers because they always sell out.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
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, Samuel Design Group

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, 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

Beyond Feng Shui – Energy Saving Options That Also Save Money
In many part of the US, Fall is the time to put away the beach chairs and start getting your home ready for the cooler months. Energy-efficient homes are not only more comfortable, but they save money. Americans spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, and light their homes, but certain improvements can significantly reduce that cost. Many of these improvements are Feng Shui-friendly; for example, repairing a leaky faucet helps keep your wealth from symbolically going right down the drain. Here are a few repairs that can have a large impact on your energy bills this winter:
• Sealing heating ducts can save up to 25% on your home energy bill.
• Repairing leaky faucets can save 212 gallons of water a month.
• Insulating the hot water heater can save 4-9% in water heating costs.
• Replacing shower heads with low-flow versions can save 10-16% of heating costs.
• Caulking around windows and doors reduces leaks; also caulk around light switches and electrical outlets if you can feel air coming through.
• Installing a timer on the hot water heater will turn it off when not in use.

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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 (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.

©2011, Carol M. Olmstead

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