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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 Your Cubicle
If you're a recent grad about to start your career in a cubicle, or if you're already spending a large part of your professional life sitting in "cube," a few simple Feng Shui changes can help you maximize the potential of your small space, create harmony around you, and help advance your career. One of the Feng Shui concerns about cubicles is that they isolate without giving privacy, so the more you can personalize your space the more secure you will feel, and that will help your career flourish. Here are practical tips to help bring the power of Feng Shui into your cubicle.
  • Position your desk so you can see the entrance to your cubicle when you are facing your computer monitor. This is considered the "power position" in Feng Shui. If you can't move your desk, place a mirror or small reflective object near your monitor so you can look up and see what is going on behind you, and symbolically you won't be "caught off-guard" by your competitors or colleagues.
  • Add a living plant to your space. Since many cubicle-dwellers can't see a window while they are working, it's important to add at least one living plant to your cubicle to connect you with the natural, living world outside. Place the plant at least 3 feet from your computer to correct any negative electromagnetic energy it generates. If possible, place a plant on the floor on both sides of your doorway to form a threshold and usher the positive chi into your space. Plants that work well in an office include peace lily, philodendron, and lucky bamboo.
  • Clear the clutter from your desk and only keep current projects on your desk. In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward, so when you are surrounded by clutter in an office it's hard to advance your career. Perhaps you can move some of your files to the company's supply or file room instead of keeping everything in your small space.
  • Add artwork to you space that shows landscapes, flowers, and outdoor scenes. If you can, hang an image of a mountain behind you for support and an image of moving water or a gentle waterfall in front of you to represent the flow of success into your career. Just be sure that the water is flowing into your office, not out of it.
  • Play soft music in your cubicle, especially if you work in a noisy office. If it's not possible to bring in a CD player, radio, or use an iPod, listen to Pandora or similar streaming service on your computer, or consider adding a "white noise" machine or a small fountain with a soothing sound so you can tune out what is going on around you.
  • Sit on the best chair you can find, and be sure to clean it frequently since a dirty chair represents disregard for your career. If you desk chair is ripped or stained, replace it as soon as you can.

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Membership Benefits:
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  • • Monthly conference call for the entire community to meet virtually
  • • Exclusive articles and videos from experts in a variety of specialties
  • • Special e-mail hotline -- your basic questions answered on a priority basis
  • • Weekly Feng Shui tip for rearranging your space in harmony with the changing seasons
  • • Monthly e-zine with tips, clutter-clearing advice, success stories, and articles "beyond Feng Shui"
  • • Copy of Carol's award-winning book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love

Membership in Feng Shui 360 gives you exclusive access to practical advice, inspiration, and community to support your Feng Shui journey. Join today to become part of our dynamic Feng Shui 360 community.
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Clutter Clinic -- Five Reasons For Clutter
In Feng Shui, clutter represents "postponed decisions" and the "inability to move forward," so it's no surprise that clutter is the biggest issue many of my clients face. Why do you hold on to things, and why can't you "just say throw?" Here are five of the reasons why we keep too much stuff, and a Feng Shui solution for moving past the reason and clearing out space where the positive chi can flow:
1. Just In Case. You worry that if you get rid of something you might need it in the future.
Solution: Go through your house and collect at least six things you can't quite part with, and put them in a box marked "Open in Six Months." Tuck the box away in your basement, attic, or storage facility, and then check the box in six months. If you find you didn't need the items, go ahead and sell, donate, or get rid of them.
2. Guilt. You feel guilty because you bought something that became a mistake, like that overpriced pair of shoes that hurt your feet. Or, you are afraid that getting rid of a gift is disrespectful to the giver, even if you don't like the object.
Solution: For mistake purchases, accept that it happens to everyone, and donate them where they will do good. For an unwanted gift, remember that when you receive a gift your only responsibility is to thank the giver, not to keep the gift forever.
3. Future Value: You are saving items because they might someday become "antiques," or that they will be worth something in the future.
Solution: Check out the selling price of a similar item on eBay or Craig's List. If the price looks promising, consider having the item appraised by an expert. If there is no real promise that your item has value, move it out of your home.
4. Looking For a Good Home: You want the "treasures" you are getting rid of to go to the right person, but this results in holding on to everything.
Solution: To satisfy your desire for perfect placement, look for a charity with which you feel a strong connection. These economic times are especially challenging for nonprofits and most will welcome your gift, but contact them first to make sure they have room for your donation.
5. Fear of Forgetting It: You are afraid to put things like bills out of sight because you worry that if you don't see something, you will forget about it.
Solution: For bills, set up automatic bill pay or e-mail reminders to help you remember to pay them. For the things you move out of your closets, store them in clear plastic bins so you can always see what is inside.

Success Story – Barbara's Unexpected Windfall
I did a Room Rescue consultation for Barbara to help her stop the money drain she was experiencing. I wasn't surprised when the floor plan she sent showed she was missing both the Wealth Area and the Helpful People Area. I explained to Barbara how to correct for these missing areas and bring their attributes back into her life, plus I suggested she get rid of everything she was still keeping that reminded her of her ex-husband. As she started to make changes and correct for the missing areas, Barbara began experiencing a series of money-generating experiences, both small and large.

Here's what Barbara wrote in a series of e-mails:
I started my clutter clearing found some old pictures of my ex-husband in a photo album in the Helpful People Area. Can you imagine that? So, I gave them to my son. Soon after I received a bill from the gas company -- with a huge credit.

Today I sold the silverware from my marriage for three times more than the same company offered four years ago. I'll pay some bills and save the rest.

This has been a fun day. I went through my drawers and found a necklace and matching bracelet that were gifts from my ex-husband. I took them to the jeweler and a nice amount of cash for them.

Today I returned some lettuce to the grocery store, and they gave me double my money back. I found out this has always been their guarantee, but funny, I have returned things before but this was the first time that they mentioned "double your money back."

Yesterday my CPA called to tell me I'd receive a $1,300 tax refund, which was totally unexpected. I had goose bumps just hearing about it. Hooray for you and Feng Shui! Everyday, I will make it my aim to declutter something.
Are you missing a bagua area from your home? You can find directions for correcting this situation in Chapter 6 of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. Click here to order your copy from the Feng Shui Store.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: Is there anything I can do to reduce the impact of the electromagnetic field from an electrical transformer box in our backyard? Unfortunately, it is 20 feet behind our bedroom.
A: Dealing with a transformer near your bedroom is a complicated issue because the electromagnetic energy (EMFs) can affect health and relationships. You can also search online for special paints and fabrics that help shield and deflect electromagnetic energy, and in the meantime here are some quick Feng Shui solutions: First, plant soft bushes around the transformer, and/or plant trees between the transformer and the house (either in the ground or in big pots). Next, hang a convex bagua mirror outside on the house facing the transformer to reflect the negative energy away from your bedroom. This octagon-shaped mirror should only be used outside. You can order the mirror from the Feng Shui Store on my website. Finally, if your bedroom wall backs up to the transformer, hang a rug or fiber art, and if it's the window, hang wood shutters and close them at night.

Q: I have collected all of the school papers, art projects, birthday cards, etc., from my two boys. Does holding on to them represent negative energy?
A. It's not negative to collect memories, unless it becomes clutter for you. And it depends on whether your boys are still young and living at home or whether they are now grown and living on their own. When you hold on to too much "stuff" you don't have enough room for new things to flow into your life. So instead of holding on to everything, one option is to take photos and keep a digital file for all of your children's artwork and the cards they send you. Then, choose one or two representative items to save, and get rid of the others.

Q: How do I fix a missing bagua area in an apartment, where I can't put a correction outside or in the middle of my neighbor's living room?
A: The correction for a missing bagua area when you don't have control over the outside space is to hang an object on the wall adjacent to the missing area to symbolically move the wall and bring the missing bagua area back into your own space. Either of these objects will work to symbolically move walls:
--Mirror. When you hang a mirror on the wall, you no longer see the wall, but rather, you see what the mirror reflects. In essence you are seeing through the wall and therefore moving it symbolically. Be sure that the mirror reflects a positive view.
--Art.When you hang images of things you see in nature, like trees, flowers, meadows, rivers, mountains, etc., symbolically you no longer see the wall but a representation of what you would see if you could look through the wall. As with a mirror, this symbolically moves the wall. If you choose a photograph make sure it's in color rather than black and white.

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

Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
My the latest post on my blog, Click here. Spring is the start of wedding season, and as a result it's also the time when I start to get the questions about combining bedroom furniture and household possessions. Should she keep her dresser, or he keep his knick-knacks?" What about hanging grandpa's photo in bedroom?

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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 --
Carol rocked it with her powerful workshop, and how great to have the entire day to soak it as she covered so much. Everyone really LOVED it! Carol's fresh take on Feng Shui is invigorating yet light enough to actually make changes and see immediate results in a space. Her book is additional reinforcement to her live trainings. Carol makes the process fun and yes, anyone can do this! --Jennifer Ashton, Jennifer Ashton Interiors

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 – Nine Things To Organize Before a Disaster
Tragic events like the Boston bombing, the explosion in Texas, and the raging wildfires in the Western US all bring home the need to have your personal data organized in a way that a designated family member or friend knows how to take care of you and your property in the event of a tragedy. So, I was struck by the post on detailing the things we all need to write down, beyond the more obvious living will and durable power of attorney for health care. Here is list of nine things someone needs to know to run your life for you:
1. What medicines are you taking? Do you have any allergies? What immunizations have you had? What are the major events in your medical history like surgeries, etc.?
2. If you have pets, what do they get fed, and when? Are they taking any medications? If so, where are those medications and how do they get taken?
3. What's the password to pick up your voice mail messages? How would someone check your email?
4. Where is your calendar? If it's online, how does it get accessed? Are there any standing appointments that should be cancelled?
5. Where is your address book? If it's online, how does it get accessed? Who should be notified if there's a serious problem?
6. Do you have a post office box where mail should be checked? Where's the key for the box?
7. What regular bills get paid automatically, and which ones need to get paid manually? Will someone need access to your online bill paying systems? Will someone need the PIN for your ATM card?
8. Is there a home alarm system? If so, how does it work?
9. Are there any quirks about your home that someone should know about?
10. At first it may seem that pulling this information together only matters if you're single, but actually, everyone can benefit by gathering this information and sharing it with trusted people, especially since there is always the possibility that both spouses or partners would need help at the same time.


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Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, 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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