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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 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 – Change Your Lightbulbs
It's hard to ignore the fact that the US will be eliminating incandescent lightbulbs beginning in 2012. An energy bill passed by Congress requires the phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs beginning with the 100-watt bulb in 2012 and ending in 2014 with the 40-watt. All light bulbs must be 70% more efficient by 2020. While the replacement CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) do use less energy and last longer, the harsh light they cast is certainly not Feng Shui friendly. Plus, the toxic mercury in CFLs poses problems when the bulbs break or eventually reach landfills. Several clients who have already made the switch to CFLs complain of headaches from the harsh lighting, not to mention the unflattering light these bulbs cast in every room. And their twister shape is, well, ugly. Other than hoarding traditional incandescents, is there anything you can do to find Feng Shui-friendly bulbs? Here are two available alternatives to CFLs.

Halogens. A better Feng Shui choice, halogens are a type of incandescent. These bulbs are omnidirectional, which means they throw light in all directions, making them good for a table lamp or a chandelier. Halogens produce light waves on the warmer end of the color spectrum -- orange, red, yellow -- making them a good match for similarly warm-colored rooms, but a weak one for rooms done in blues or grays. Halogens need to be handled carefully because they run hotter than traditional incandescents, and they can't be used if the outer coating is scratched. Halogen bulbs work with dimmers, contain no mercury, and don't flicker or create electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

LEDs. Another good Feng Shui choice, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs now come in a few standard bulb shapes for home lighting. LEDs are unidirectional, throwing light in only one direction, and they emit only low light levels. LEDs are costly, especially those that work with dimmers. The quality of LED lighting, even the "soft white" type, is noticeably cooler than halogen. LEDs work well for recessed lights or lamps that spotlight artwork, but this single-focus light is a problem for standard shaded lamps.
Read more in the article on my website, "Let There Be Lightbulbs."

Clutter Clinic -- Clutter-Free Networking
What do you do with all of those materials and samples you collect at networking meetings? Do you ever really use all those pens, enter all those business cards into your address books, and subscribe to all those mailing lists on the flyers you bring home? Here are three great suggestions for clutter-free networking, modified from the blog posted by my colleague Hazel Thornton, a professional organizer whose company is Organized For Life.

Don't take It. The best way to avoid networking clutter is to avoid taking home a copy of every flyer, brochure, promotional item, sample, and business card that comes your way at a networking event. Only pick up samples you will actually use and information about services you're actually interested in for yourself or for a colleague, and leave the rest.

Don't take it if you aren't going to follow up. If you received material from people who were handing out stuff to everyone, and you have no interest in following up, don't bring the materials home with you. If you do plan to follow up, try to do so within 48 hours of making the contact. I share Hazel's personal pet peeve about being added to an e-mail list without your permission, and suggest unsubscribing immediately to any newsletters you didn't request.

Corral the clutter. When you get home, deposit all the material you collected in a designated spot in your office, like a drawer, box, or basket. But before you add any new materials to this area, get rid of some of the older stuff -- like pens and letter openers you thought you'd use but never did. Purge this area regularly to get rid of duplicates and out of date materials, and to followup on any timely information.
Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Post them on my Facebook page.

Success Story – Gale’s Clean Out
I received this wonderful note from my colleague Gale about her major clutter-clearing project. She released the dead energy from piles of stuff she had been saving, and as a result had what she calls a transformative experience.
I finished reading your book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide, then began the clutter clearing process on my house. What a transformative experience! After two divorces and my mother's passing, my house had become a receptacle for dead energy and many past skeletons. I thought I had dealt with all of these past events but for some reason I kept storing furniture, art, recipes, gifts, etc. from my past marriages. During the clutter clearing process, I kept asking myself, "why are you keeping this? Throw it out and move forward with your life!" I have huge piles of items to take to consignment, Goodwill, and the dump. I also did what you did - I turned my office desk around so my back is no longer facing the door. I love coming into my office now. I still have a fantastic view out my window, but now my desk looks so important the way its positioned looking out into my office featuring my own photography and artwork! I've noticed an extra bounce in my step, I'm smiling more and I'm full of energy! Thank you so much Carol! I'm now following your Blog and will be looking forward to future Feng Shui posts on your Facebook page and Twitter. Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: Are there any Feng Shui animal symbols that are especially appropriate to display for Halloween?
A: Owls and ravens are the most often used Halloween Feng Shui animal symbols. Outdoors, display owls by your front door facing out toward the street, and inside place them in the front windows facing out. The deep black color of ravens represents mystery, and their legendary powerful yet macabre presence makes them a typical Halloween symbol. Owls act as guardians and symbolically keep the roving spirits from entering your home and causing mischief on Halloween night. Also display them pointing out, not into, your home. Click here to read more about "Halloween Feng Shui."

Q: My son just moved into an apartment near a cemetery. Is this an acceptable location according to Feng Shui? His door is painted red, does that help?
A: In Chinese Feng Shui, a cemetery is thought to have the strong yin energy of death and to draw chi away from the surrounding homes, so it's possible that living near a cemetery over time could deplete your son's energy. A red door is helpful, but only if it is directly across from the cemetery. He could also paint the interior wall across from the cemetery in a bright red. He should also make sure the apartment is well lit to balance the dark chi from the cemetery. And, he can hang a convex bagua mirror on the outside of the apartment pointed at the cemetery to send back any negative energy. If that isn't possible, he can hang a round, flat mirror in the window pointed at the cemetery. He can also conduct a space clearing or house blessing, which is a good to do whenever moving into a new residential or commercial space Click here to order a classic bagua mirror.

Need a space clearing or house blessing? Contact Carol for details.

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
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 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 – Green Ways to Save Money
Saving money is always good Feng Shui. Here are a few more ways you can save money -- and “go green” -- at your favorite stores and restaurants.
Places where you can get a discount for coffee if you bring your own reusable mug –
• Einstein Bros. Bagels -- Coffee in your own mug costs $1.
• Peet’s Coffee & Tea -- 10 cents off with a refillable cup.
• Starbucks -- Save 10 cents when you bring a mug.

Businesses that give you something when you recycle their products --
• Apple -- Go to to find out if your old computer is worth anything; turn in an old iPod and get 10 percent off a new one.
• MAC Cosmetics -- Return six used product containers receive a free lipstick.
• Staples -- Bring in used ink or toner cartridge and receive $2 in store rewards for future purchases.

Companies that will reward you for bringing a reusable tote --
• Giant -- 5 cents a bag.
• Kroger -- 4 cents a bag.
• ShopRite -- 2 cents a bag.
• Target -- 5 cents a bag.
• Whole Foods -- 5 or 10 cents a bag

Stores that give a discount to teachers and students --
• Apple -- Students, teachers, and administrators receive $50 to $450 off computers.
• Club Monaco -- 20% off for college students and professors.
• J.Crew –- 15% off for college students and professors.
• Loft –- 15% off for teachers, with enrollment

This list was compiled from suggestions submitted by my readers. Send me your additions and I’ll publish an updated list in a few months.

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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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