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Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Hotel Room Feng Shui

My flight home last week was cancelled due to mechanical problems, forcing me to spend the night at an airport hotel, and reminding me of the importance of having a "Feng Shui Travel Kit" on hand. This kit includes simple things like a picture of your family, a couple of light scarves, and a lavender aromatherapy candle. Wherever your travels take you, when you take along some Feng Shui tips for your hotel room you make your business trip smoother or your vacation more enjoyable and harmonious.

1. When you make your reservation, request a room far from the elevator, ice machine, hotel lounge, or pool. These areas generate strong chi that could interfere with your ability to relax.
2. Check out your room when you arrive at your hotel and if it has any odors, immediately request another room. If possible, open the windows or door to the patio or balcony to let some fresh air and new positive chi into your room. This will help remove any negative energy or "predecessor chi" that was left behind by a previous guest.
3. Unpack as soon as you can to bring your own positive energy into the room. Place the picture of your family on the night table to help keep you connected to your loved ones not traveling with you.
4. If traveling for business, place your laptop or tablet in the Power/Wealth area of the room to assure business success. This area is located in the far left corner of the room.
5. Place the lavender candle on top of the dresser so its aroma will help you relax and sleep soundly. I don't recommend lighting a candle in a hotel room, just use it for fragrance.
6. Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed so the chi flows around your bed rather than into the bathroom and "down the drain." This is especially important if you can see the toilet from the bed.
7. To reduce the active, or yang, energy in the room and help you sleep, close the TV cabinet or use a scarf to drape it. You can use another scarf to drape a mirror if it's located across from the bed.
8. If you don't need the alarm clock, make sure it's set to "off" so you won't have an unpleasant surprise early in the morning.
Want more Feng Shui travel tips? Check out the article "Feng Shui For Your Hotel Room" on my website.

Do you have a favorite tip for making your hotel room feel more comfortable? Post your thoughts on my Feng Shui For Real Life page on Facebook.

Clutter Clinic -- Controlling E-mail While Traveling
Feng Shui decluttering principles also apply to your computer, especially to all that junk and spam e-mail. If you're like me, you check e-mail less frequently when you travel so the accumulation of e-mail is especially bad and you pay a heavy price for those few e-mail free days. The always informative organizing site has some help for vacationers and road warriors to make your next trip a bit less cluttered with e-mail.
• Use a smartphone, but keep the ringer off and the message alerts set to vibrate.
• Check messages during lulls in your schedule, like waiting in line at the airport or between sessions at a conference.
• Only check work e-mail. If someone needs to contact you about an important personal matter, he/she will text or call you. Check your personal email account on weekends or after you get home from traveling.
• Only respond to items that can be handled in less than one minute. Delete or archive anything that doesn't need a response and only send short messages of less than a paragraph to priority emails.
• Use an automated out-of-office message reply that says you will have limited access to emails and no one should expect a response until a certain date.
• Work on some e-mail every night in your hotel room, but limit the time to no more than 30 minutes.

Share your tips for controlling e-mail inbox clutter on my Feng Shui For Real Life page on Facebook.

Success Story – A Quick Home Sale
My client is a seasoned real estate agent who hired me to help stage a listing she had just accepted. The home, which had been the model, had high-end finishes and a good layout, but the community had become undesirable because the developer pulled out after completing only two models and four other homes. The previous listing agent had few showings, and the seller was getting desperate because her husband had been transferred across the country last year and was living alone in an apartment. When I saw the house, the outside still looked like a model because it had a pathway from a gravel parking lot to an awning-covered commercial door that had been constructed in what had been the sales office, but was now the seller's guest room. In addition, a path connected it to the second model. Inside, there was too much furniture, the master bed headboard was too small for the room, the guest bed headboard was so big it blocked the windows, and the spare room was being used for storage instead of showcased as an office or bedroom.

Here's what my client wrote:

I helped the seller pick out two blue planters to place near the front door, and we also followed your suggestions to add a bench and planters near the front walk to direct buyers to the front door. I had some high school guys switch out the beds and remove one dresser, which made the bedrooms look more balanced and showed off the view. We cleared the office and added a desk and comfortable chair. As you suggested, I had the client hang pictures of her new city in the Helpful People/Travel Area to symbolize her relocation there. After some resistance, she finally agreed to screen off the ugly parking lot with natural fencing, remove the awning, and repaint the side door so it looked less commercial. We did about 85% of everything you told us to do before we started to actively market the house. Now I have fabulous news for you. The home went under contract yesterday after only 19 days on the market! The seller is thrilled and says she is now a believer in Feng Shui. Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: My boyfriend broke things off, and while I'm not ready to date again just yet, I want to make sure I arrange my apartment so I'm ready for what the Universe brings me next. For a single person, what things can I do to eventually attract a new relationship?
A: The Feng Shui recommendation for moving forward after a breakup is to remove everything from your apartment that reminds you of your former relationship. That includes photos, gifts, and other objects that you acquired during the relationship. The goal is to clear out old energy to make room for a new relationship to find you. It's also best to buy yourself new linens, and to replace the mattress and bed if it was a long term relationship. Be sure to arrange things in pairs in your bedroom and avoid artwork or objects that feel single, solitary, and lonely, especially in this room. Good luck!

Q: We always enter our house through the back door, is this OK? I read in your newsletter where I should try to use my front door every day, so I do go out that way every morning to get the newspaper, but the back door is so much more convenient for entering the house.
A: Of course it's OK to use your back door as an entrance. Just make sure you treat this door with the same care you give to your front door. Keep the door clear and paint or stain it as needed, use the same door mat here as you do at the front door, and if you decorate your front door seasonally do the same for your back door. Make sure the area behind your back door is clutter free so the door opens easily and completely. Doors represent opportunities in Feng Shui, so a door that opens completely represents wide open possibilities. And in addition to exiting your front door to get the paper, occasionally be sure to enter your house that way as well.

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

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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.

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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

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, ASID, Samuel Design Group

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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.

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I work with clients nationwide, either on-site in person, or remote by phone, e-mail, and Skype.

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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 – The Best and the Brightest
Researchers have long known that natural daylight is better than fluorescent bulbs for humans, and that adding windows or simply improving artificial light in offices has been shown to increase productivity, boost morale, and reduce sick days, headaches, and eyestrain among workers. The effect is so strong that companies like Lockheed Martin believe they've won billions of dollars in additional contracts just by incorporating more natural light into their work spaces. But researchers at the applied-research group Fraunhofer wondered whether an office with a ceiling that mimicked a daytime sky, complete with gently passing clouds, would make workers even happier.
Since daylight includes a balanced spectrum of all colors of light, which are scarce in both incandescent bulbs and fluorescents, the research group first outfitted ceiling tiles with red, green, blue, and white LEDs that produced 16 million different hues to imitate the balance of natural light. Next, to have the panels look more like a real sky, they reduced the ceiling's resolution by covering the LEDs with a layer of foil diffusers. Then they measured ambient outdoor light during different weather conditions and times, and programmed the virtual sky to match. Finally, they added lighting that changed slowly over the course of the day like a sunny day with moving clouds.
The results of this preliminary study showed that the test subjects were extremely pleased with this dynamic lighting. On the final day of the sturdy when participants could choose which type of lighting they wanted, 80 percent opted for the fast, dynamic lighting. Click here to read more about this research.

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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.

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