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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 – Limit Your Exposure to EMFs
In Feng Shui, bau-biology is the study of the impact of the built environment on health and the use of this knowledge in building and modifying homes and workplaces. An important part of bau-biology is dealing with electromagnetic fields, or EMFs. EMFs are formed when you plug something into an outlet, even when the appliance or equipment isn't turned on, and by power lines and substations in your neighborhood. Studies continue to show that long-term exposure to EMFs can disrupt the body's nervous system and creates stress. Symptoms of over-exposure included anything from insomnia, anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior, to a higher risk of some disease. The type of wiring, proximity, and the length of time spent near the EMF are all important.

My approach to Feng Shui is realistic and practical, and I know it's hard to change our electronic "habits." Most of us just can't remove all electric devices from our environment. But, I do want to recommend some simple Feng Shui adjustments especially for your bedroom. Making even one of these changes will limit your exposure to EMFs and protect your health and well-being.
  • • Laptop - Try to use your laptop on a desk rather than on your lap so you are not directly exposed to the EMFs it generates. The greater the distance between you and the monitor the better. Remember to wash your hands with cold water after prolonged time at your keyboard. Place a living plant within 3 feet of your computer to help remove some EMFs from your environment. You can read about plants that clean the air in the article "Feng Shui Friendly House Plants" on my website.
  • • Cell Phone - Try to keep your cell phone in your purse, tote, or briefcase rather than on your body when it's in the active mode. If your cell phone is your only phone and you keep it in your bedroom at night and don't turn it off, try to locate it on a piece of furniture that's across the room from the bed, rather than on the night table right next to it.
  • • Bedroom - Locate your bed on a wall that doesn't back up to electronic equipment if you can, and avoid using the power outlets located behind the bed and instead use the outlets that are on the side or across the room. Move as many electrical items away from your bed as possible; the greater the distance away from the bed the weaker the field. See if you can switch to a mattress and box spring without metal springs, select linens in natural fibers rather than synthetics, and avoid electric blankets.
  • • Whole House - Go as EMF-free as you can before bedtime by shutting off mobile phones, powering down computers, turning off printers and other electronics, and shutting down the Wi-Fi. Try to maintain a humidity level at 40-60% in your home, and use natural rather than synthetic fabrics in your décor and in your clothing. And of course, remove the clutter.

Clutter Clinic -- What Your Clutter Says About Your Personality
In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward. What you accumulate, where you put it, and why you keep it says a lot about who you are. When you surround yourself with your favorite things you add clarity and focus to your life. But by contrast, when you surround yourself with things that you no longer love or that hold negative memories, your life can lack direction. Check out how keeping objects in certain rooms can reveal a lot about your personality:

A packed basement indicates a loyal and emotional person. Individuals who form strong attachments to people and events find it difficult to throw away things, perhaps because they fear that losing these objects would mean losing the memories themselves. But spending too much time going through memorabilia without focusing on the present can lead to depression.

A crowded linen closet indicates a creative person. Creative people like visual stimulation around them, but sometimes aren't enthusiastic about cleaning up. Closing the door on clutter gives them respite from it, while they can focus on the thoughts and ideas in their head. But they may not realize that this type of clutter does have a negative effect on their thinking at a subconscious level.

A full kitchen table indicates a person who is a nurturer and preserver. Deep inside, they might be afraid of not having enough, so they like to stock up, and find the sight of a full table reassuring. However, all that clutter can actually trigger stress and overeating.

An overflowing bedside table indicates a curious personality. People who like to read in bed crave knowledge, ideas, and information, which of course is good. But a night table full of books and magazines can also indicate a crowded, overworked mind that can rob an individual of restful sleep.

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Success Story – Summer Success Stories
This summer has been filled with e-mails with success stories and progress updates from many clients, including those I worked with at their homes and offices, and those I met off-site through my Room Rescue consultations. Her are a few of their Success Stories:

From Donna: It has been a while since I have written, and I need a consultation for my new house. We moved late last year, and much to our delight our house sold in 14 days despite a tough market in our neighborhood. I staged it myself and followed the advice in your book. I packed up my most valued possessions, like two of my favorite chandeliers, plus I made a vision board following your recommendations and put a picture of our dream house in the corner of the board. My husband found our new home by accident. So, indeed, it works.

From Karla's post on my Facebook page: I finally finishing all the suggestions for my office suite made by Carol Olmstead, Feng Shui Goddess. Had some moon chimes hung in the eaves of the office, having "money red" painted on the concrete in front of the doors, having a bathroom wall painted with a fire color. It's been a process that has shifted things.

From Sarah: Thank you for the clarification about the mirror above our dresser. As you recommended, I placed a decorative box with large bills and coins on our dresser so it would be reflected in the mirror. Shortly after, a transaction I had been working on for a while finally closed.

From Mitchell: Your suggestions for my condo were so on the mark, and I found exactly what furniture I needed to buy on sale. Oh, I did want to mention that my condo seems to have gone up at $150,000 since I bought it less than 6 months ago. So that must be the Wealth section kicking in because I've been focusing on that area.

I would love to share YOUR success story. Email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038 to schedule your home or office consultation.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I want to repaint my son's room to assure he has a good year in school. What colors are best for the walls in a child's bedroom? His favorite color is blue, is that OK for his room?
A: My general recommendation for a bedroom color for a child's room is to choose one that most closely resembles a "skin tone" to encourage peaceful sleep. Soft, warm colors create a sense of stability for a child, so it's best to avoid cold colors like pure white or gray. A lot of people want to use blue for a boy's bedroom, which is also good because it's a restful color. Just be sure you avoid an icy or cold shade of blue.

Q: My house has the number four in the address, and I read that this is an unlucky number in Feng Shui. My life is pretty happy and I certainly don't plan to move. Should I do anything to keep my luck going in the right direction?
A: The concept of numbers in Chinese Feng Shui is important because each number has a specific, symbolic meaning. However, the number four is sometimes considered unlucky in Chinese because it sounds like the word "death" in certain dialects. But the number four doesn't have this association for Western cultures. If the number four doesn't have any cultural associations for you, then instead of worrying whether it's unlucky, try thinking of "four" as sounding like the word "more." Read about "Numbers in Feng Shui" in my guest post for the women's networking blog

Q: We are house hunting, and I have fallen in love with a house that has exposed ceiling beams over the bed. I think they make the room look cozy, but I've heard that beams are not good Feng Shui. If we buy the house, are the beams going to cause us problems?
A: If the ceiling is high, the beams probably won't be much of an issue. But if the ceiling is low and the beams feel like a heavy weight over your head, that's a situation you want to remedy because it could affect your sleep and health. Some tips include aiming lighting up at them, painting or staining them the same color as the ceiling, or draping them in soft fabric. You could also place tall furniture, floor lamps, or floor plants in the corners of the room to symbolically raise the ceiling and keep the beams from pressing down on you. You can also hang art in the room with a strong image so your focus is pulled to the walls rather than up to the ceiling.

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
Here's a recent post from the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog:
Obesogenic is a real word meaning "making you fat," so you can imagine that as a Feng Shui practitioner I just had to blog when I read an article about it in Real Simple magazine. Click here to read my blog post "Is Your Home Making You Fat?" and to subscribe to the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog.

Feng Shui For Real Life Bookstore
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.
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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

New in the Feng Shui Store
"Nine Goldfish" by Morgan C. Leshinsky for the Feng Shui Menagerie Collection
The first print in the Feng Shui Menagerie Collection is now available for order. This original series of highly quality giclée prints was created to use as Feng Shui cures for specific bagua areas in your home. "Nine Goldfish," is a Feng Shui Wealth Cure. Click here to see a larger image.
Click here to order "Nine Goldfish."

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. The Feng Shui 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.

Click here to order a purse hanger for yourself and for your friends at the Feng Shui Store at

Beyond Feng Shui – The Value in Planting Trees
With wildfires raging throughout the Western US and natural wonders like the ancient sequoias being threatened, I've been thinking a lot about what the loss of trees can mean. Here's a thought-provoking description of the value of trees from Debe Holland Garden Design. Debe compares trees to "humans" turned inside out, since they are sensitive to many of the same diseases, such as cancer. The health of the trees on your property is an indicator of the health of your land and the presence of underground fields that can be harmful to human life.
  • • Trees store carbon and clean our air. In 50 years, one tree generates $30,000 in oxygen, recycles $35,000 of water, and removes $60,000 of air pollution.
  • • Trees prevent or reduce soil erosion.
  • • Trees make life more pleasant by softening the harsh outlines of buildings and reducing noise pollution.
  • • Trees screen unsightly views and provide privacy in our neighborhoods.
  • • Living windbreaks reduce cooling and heating costs, reduce wind damage, provide wildlife habitat, and add beauty to our environment.
  • • Research shows that trees reduce stress in the workplace and speed the recover of a patient in the hospital.
  • • Living snow fences and strategically placed trees hold snow away from roads, reducing accidents and maintenance costs.
  • • Trees planted as memorials leave a valuable gift for future generations.
  • • Trees increase the ambiance and cohesion of a neighborhood, and thus reduce crime rates.

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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.

©2013, Carol M. Olmstead

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