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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 – In Celebration of the Color Orange
Orange is the color we associate with Halloween, and in Feng Shui it's also known as the "social color" because it helps draw people together and encourages conversation. That means using lots of orange decorations for a Halloween party can help encourage conversation and connection. But on the more serious side, the color orange can be used to help overcome abuse, shock, and depression because surrounding yourself with the color can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated.

People either love or hate orange. One example is the project called "The Gates," where artists Cristo and Jeanne-Claude weaved miles of orange fabric gates throughout New York's Central Park. Like the color orange itself, some people loved these gates while others hated them, but the project was an expressive demonstration of how powerful the color orange can be. You may not need to produce such drama when you use the color orange, but you can add orange to your home and workplace in both dramatic and modest ways.

Shades of orange that are close to red represent the Feng Shui Fire Element, so use it to power up a space located in the Fame, Reputation, or Love area of your home. Shades of orange like terracotta or brick represent the Feng Shui Earth Element and can be used where you need some grounding, such as in a bedroom.
  • • Paint an accent wall orange or terracotta in a room where you need to bring people together, like your family room.
  • • Use earthy orange in combination with other warm desert colors to stimulate collaboration in small offices.
  • • Add some bright orange to your studio space when your creativity feels blocked.
  • • Wear an orange accessory when you are meeting someone for the first time because it makes you seem more approachable, especially if you are in a communications profession.
  • • Surround yourself with the color orange if you are recovering from an accident, surgery, or a dental procedure.
  • • If you are a family therapist or work with family groups, add orange accents to your office to symbolize joy in relationships.
  • • Display orange flowers like gladiolus or begonias when you need to boost the energy in any commercial space, especially in a restaurant.
  • • Throw orange pillows on the sofa or armchair to bring energy into a windowless office or dark room.

Of course, no article about the color orange would be complete without mentioning that seasonal representation of the color -- the pumpkin. The world's largest pumpkin has been grown by Ron Wallace in Rhode Island, with his massive tribute to the color orange weighing in at a whopping 2,009 pounds. That represents a whole lot of the color orange out there in the field and one pretty scary jack-o-lantern.Click here to watch the video.

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Clutter Clinic -- Questions to Ask When Clearing Out a Loved One's House
If you are going through the process of clearing out or downsizing a loved one's home, you can be dealing with a lot of emotions when you decide what to keep and what to donate or sell. However, you can take some of the emotional sting out of the process by asking yourself these three questions that writer Kate Hanley suggests in her post for the blog Women & Co.

Question 1: Do I love it?
If you need to think about your answer to this question, the item is not worth keeping. On the other hand, if your answer is an immediate "yes," you don't need to ask the other two questions. It's yours and you should keep it. If you love your grandmother's emerald broach, keep it and wear it proudly.

Question 2: Is it an important piece of family history?
If you have fond memories of the object being an important part of special occasions, holidays, or even a regular Friday night family meal in the kitchen, then it's worth keeping. The 1940's tie with the reindeer that your father wore every Christmas is worth keeping if it still makes you smile.

Question #3: Does it have a story?
Sometimes objects aren't a piece of your family history, but they have stories that go with them. Just be careful that the story is truly something you want to preserve. Keeping your grandma's old egg beater because you remember making holiday cookies with her is one thing, but Hanley suggests that keeping the wooden spoon that smacked your bottom is another.

Notice the questions that didn't make this list: Is it valuable? Could I find some use for it? Is it pretty? Would it hurt anyone to know that this piece will no longer be in the family? Hanley suggests that when you let these other concerns factor into your decision-making, you'll wind up inundated with things that keep your house from feeling like your own.
Click here to read the full article from Women & Co.

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Success Story – Jacob's L-Shaped House
According to Feng Shui principles, the most auspicious shape for a house is a rectangle or square because it represents an equal division of all nine areas of the bagua. But most of us live in houses that have unusual shapes, especially if you have a garage in the front or a deck or porch in the back. Jacob lived in an L-shaped house that was missing the Helpful People/Mentors Area. His business was failing because his competitors were stealing his ideas. Jacob longed to restart a career in academia but didn't know how to make it happen. I recommended he restore the missing area of his home by placing three small rocks in the front corner to anchor it in place.
Here's what Jacob wrote:
My wife and I had a fun trip to the lake, where we collected rocks to anchor the missing area of our house.The following week the most amazing thing happened. A friend who worked at the local community college called to give me a heads up about a new position being created, working for a person I knew. When I called, the person admitted he wouldn't have thought of me for the job, but that I would be perfect. I had two easy interviews, then he offered me the job. I would have never found out about the job if my friend and mentor hadn't called me about it. I am convinced that filling in the mentors area of our home made the difference.

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Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: My daughter's bedroom is very small and the only options for her bed are either under a window or on a wall that backs up to the bathroom pipes. Which location is better?
A: While neither location is ideal in Feng Shui terms, it's better to place the bed under the window because there is risk of health problems if she sleeps with her head against the wall that backs up to the pipes. Whichever location you choose, be sure to place a solid wood or fabric headboard behind her. If she has to sleep against the pipes, hang a mirror on the wall over the bed, with the reflective side facing the wall to deflect the negative energy. Decorate the back of the mirror or cover with fabric so it doesn't look so unattractive. If she sleeps under the window, make sure you have solid window treatments on the window and remember to close them each night.

Q: Any Feng Shui suggestions for correcting the feeling of low energy in my basement apartment?
A: A basement apartment can be a Feng Shui challenge because there is typically limited natural light, plus you can feel like you are living underground and disconnected from the natural world. Also, your unit can be affected by what's located above you. Simple Feng Shui adjustments to get the chi moving include adding air-purifying plants that tolerate low light, choosing light-colored wall paints made with light reflecting pigment, and adding art with active outdoor themes to get the chi circulating. Also, place a plant near the entrance to your apartment if you can, since that will help you connect to nature. Click here to read more about Feng Shui friendly houseplants.

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

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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.
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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
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Special web price: $12.95
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Also available for Kindle.

Trending on Social Media
The Tao of Dana
Feng Shui Tips For Fall
One of the liveliest Feng Shui blogs is "The Tao of Dana" from fellow Pyramid School grad Dana Claudat. Click to read Dana's re-post of my article. Click here to read.

Feng Shui News, Canada
Thanksgiving Feng Shui
Read the re-post of my 3 tips for achieving the "3H's" around the Thanksgiving table: Harmonious Seating, Harmonious Decor, Harmonious Foods.
E-mail me for a copy of the article.

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 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

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, Founder, 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 – How to Keep Your Mobile Phone Safe
October 20-27 is Protect Your Identity Week, and the theme for this year is "ID Theft Protection on the Go" and keeping your mobile phone safe. In reading about identity theft, I was disturbed by these statistics about Smartphones: 32% of users don't update to a new operating system when it becomes available, 62% don't use a password on their home screen, and 32% save login information on their mobile device, 68% of people with social media profiles shared their birthday information, 63% shared their school name, 18% shared their phone number, and 12% shared their pet's name. Protect Your Identity Week is also a good time to learn about securely wiping data from cell phones, electronics, and storage media:
  1. Wipe data from cell phones. You can wipe the data from your phone by using the menu settings and then performing a factory reset. But, the only way to totally guarantee old cell phone data is gone for good is to take the phone apart and physically destroy the memory chip.
  2. Physically destroy old flash drives. Open the drive and smash the circuit board and chips.
  3. Wipe old computer hard drives. Rather than just deleting files, use specialized software to destroy all personal data and files, or physically destroy the hard drive and take the computer to an electronics recycling center.
  4. Erase the hard drive on unwanted digital copiers. Every digital photocopier has a hard drive that stores an image of each document processed, so check your machine's manual for instructions for clearing the data before getting rid of the copier.
  5. Destroy CDs and DVDs. Physically break them into many pieces. If you are destroying older media, such as floppy disks and tapes, remove the film and cut it into small pieces.
Read more from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse for guarding against identity theft.
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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.

©2012, Carol M. Olmstead

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