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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 Your Spring Wardrobe
Spring is officially here and everywhere I look the stores are filled with colorful spring clothes. When it comes to combining Feng Shui and fashion, especially in choosing what to wear for specific activities and occasions, "you are what you wear." Like it or not, the colors you wear affect your emotions and influence how others judge and respond to you. So when you are looking for new clothes this spring, try selecting the color, pattern, fabric, and shape of your clothes based on the Five Element in Feng Shui. Each Element has specific attributes, so when you wear the colors and shapes that represent that Element, you project its attributes.
  • Fire Element. Wear this Element if you are involved in social or communication activities or want to feel dramatic. The colors are red, orange, and purple; the patterns are pointed designs, animal prints; the fabrics are satin and shiny textures; the shapes are angular and form fitting. Red is the ideal color when you want to draw attention to yourself, so wear this color when you speak in public or want to stand out from the crowd. Avoid red if you are nervous or self-conscious. •
  • Earth Element: Wear this Element if you are involved in the community or family oriented activities or want to feel stable and grounded. The colors are brown, yellow, terra cotta; the patterns are checks and plaids; the fabrics are tweed, flannel, textured; the shapes are boxy. Yellow conveys stability so you can wear it when you have an important decision to make, but avoid yellow when you are feeling tired since it might drain your energy levels.
  • Metal Element: Wear this Element if you are involved with cultural activities or want to feel elegant and stand apart. The colors are white, pastel, metallic; the patterns are round, dots, and scrolls; the fabrics are polished, glittery, shiny; the shapes are round. White can be a low-energy color, so wear it when you want to seem casual or playful.
  • Water Element: Wear this Element if you are involved in artistic, intellectual, and spiritual activities, or want to feel elegant and project strength. The colors are black, navy, deep blue; the patterns are wavy, paisley, and abstract; the fabrics are sheer, chiffon; the shapes are flowing. Black conveys authority and power and promotes a sense of depth and strength. Wear black if you need to command leadership or exude mystery. Black makes you stand apart from the crowd, so avoid wearing it when you need to be seen as an equal.
  • Wood Element: Wear this Element if you are involved in health related or athletic activities or want to feel energized and active. The colors are green, blue; the patterns are vertical and stripes; the fabrics are cotton, linen, ribbed fabrics; the shapes are columnar. Green projects growth and development so it's a great color to wear when learning new skills, taking classes, or when you need to be energized. Avoid wearing green when you are restless because it is a stimulating color.
Click here to read more about colors in Feng Shui.

Clutter Clinic -- Declutter Your Tablet and Smartphone
When it comes to clearing clutter, my Feng Shui mantra is "Nothing new comes into your life until you make room for it." This philosophy applies not only to the rooms in your home and workplace, but also to electronics like your computer, mobile phone and tablet that contribute to "visual" clutter. We all deal with some amount of clutter, but in Feng Shui terms, extreme clutter holds you back and keeps you from making progress. Think about that while you're trying to find an app on your phone. Writing for the great site , blogger David Caolo offers these suggestions for clearing the clutter from your mobile devices. This advice can help you decide which unnecessary apps you can safely delete from your smartphone and tablet so there's room for the apps you really use.
  • Delete unused apps. This might sound obvious, but if you don't use an app and you're saving it because you might need it "someday," it's time to admit that someday almost never comes. Make room for new and more exciting apps. •
  • Keep the most-used apps on the device's home screen. Your home screen should only contain the apps you use most often, rather than folders, so you have one-tap access.
  • Organize the keepers. For the rest of your apps, group them and create folders of similar apps that you keep on the second and third screens.
  • Keep photos under control. Photos can devour storage space fast. If you use Apple iPhoto to sync photos, create a "Smart Album" to automatically grab photos from a certain time period. That way you'll always have the latest photos rather than those that are years old. And be sure to delete the dups that are taking up space for no good reason.
  • Reclaim storage space. On an iPhone you can launch "Settings," "General," "Usage" to get a list of your apps and how much space each is using. This will also help you decide which apps you can safely delete.
  • Give it a good scrubbing. Once in a while, remove your case and give the screen the device a good cleaning.

Success Story – Donna's New Job
I especially love hearing repeat success stories from clients who continually make Feng Shui adjustments in both their homes and their offices. I often compare it to visiting a massage therapist, acupuncturist, or chiropractor - sometimes it takes more than one adjustment to get out all the "kinks."

Here's what Donna wrote:
About a month ago I was so frustrated with my job and I wanted something new to do, so one Friday night I stayed late and cleaned out all my drawers, shelves, and desk completely of all the old papers I no longer needed. A few weeks after this major clearing, a position came open in another department at the same office. I had applied for a position last summer in the same department but didn't get the job so I was hesitant to apply. A few days after the position came open the Vice President of Human Resources asked if I was going to apply. I told him I would think about it and let him know in the morning. That same afternoon I received an email from HR asking for my resume to send to the other department. I found a copy and sent it. Well, I had my interview and I got the job! I start in a few weeks. I'm so glad I decided to do a thorough cleaning of my desk that night. Thanks, Feng Shui! Let me know when you'll be back in town so you can come do a check up at my new house.

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 am re-reading your book and one sentence is sticking out to me this time. You said that if you are not meant to do something, the Universe will place obstacles in your way. I'm only 30 years old and have been in chronic pain for the past 3 years and have had to take 2 leaves of absence from work. When I think about obstacles in my life, the only one I can see is my health. I can't imagine that the Universe does not want me to work, but it's certainly making it difficult for me to do. How can I make changes if I don't know the reason for why the obstacles are being placed in my path? Thank you for any help you can provide and just for listening.
A: Thanks for your thoughtful question. I'm so sorry to hear that you are dealing with so much pain, and I can't begin to imagine how frustrating it is for you. The context of that statement in my book is related to something tangible like a career change. In your situation, it sounds like your health issues are preventing you from even exploring what passions you can pursue. The Feng Shui adjustment would be to do a thorough home analysis of your surroundings to determine if there is anything contributing to your health issues. For example, do you sleep with your head near a wall with a toilet on the other side, are there electromagnetic issues in the house, is there a bathroom in the Health area, is there geopathic stress in the land, etc.? There are many other issues to determine. Then, you can make changes to "cure" these situations and assure that your home is supporting your good health. Different areas of the home relate to different areas of the body so that would also be something to investigate. The book that's considered the ultimate source for this is "Feng Shui and Health" by Nancy SantoPietro.

Do you have Feng Shui questions?
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Did you know...? Carol Olmstead is an ordained minister, qualified to perform house blessings and other Feng Shui ceremonies to assure harmony and good health in your home. Email Carol for details.

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.
Voted "Best How-To Book 2010"

Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
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Custom Feng Shui 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

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
I will visit your home, office, or business and help you rearrange your space, shift energy, and transform your life. 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, and Denver). Nationwide, I consult on request throughout the US.

During the consultation I will teach you Feng Shui basics, then we'll go through your space and I'll make suggestions for changing the placement of furniture and objects and dealing with color. We will move what we can at that time and I will leave behind a written step-by-step Feng Shui Makeover Plan of recommendations for you to follow, a ToolKit of information to help you make the remaining changes, and a copy of my award-winning book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. All sessions include 30 days of free Feng Shui coaching to help you continue to make changes and move forward.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's On-Site Feng Shui Consulting:
You stood here in my family room and said, "Now that the renovations are done and no more fixes are needed, there are no more excuses, it's time to write." And that's what I'm doing. Your consultation was a big factor behind this exciting time for me, and you can tell everyone that I said so.

I am love, love, loving my Feng Shui'd home. I have added red to many of the rooms, like you talked about, and what a difference. Thank you again for coming and doing your magic.
J.P., Executive Coach

Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends Click here for details and to schedule.

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.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's off-site Feng Shui consultations:
Thank you for the advice you provided during our Room Rescue consultation. You are the instrument to help me achieve tranquility and peace of mind.

The floor plan analysis told me everything I need to know. I especially appreciate the Hotline Coaching Package so I can continue to check in with you and ask questions as I move things around and before I make purchases. Loved your suggestion for art in my bedroom.

To schedule your on-site or remote Feng Shui consultation, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals.

Beyond Feng Shui – 6 Motivation Tricks for Olympians
I'm still going through withdrawal from last month's Winter Olympics, so I was happy to get a post-Olympic "fix" from the Women & Co Blog with the article 6 Motivation Tricks from the US Olympic Team. Writer Kate Hanley from asked some of athletes who participated in the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games about how they stay inspired and disciplined as they work toward their goals. These tips can help us all move forward toward our own personal equivalent of a gold medal.
1. Find Your Talisman. Let the work you've already put in, and past achievements, bolster you by using it as a physical reminder. Says Erin Hamlin of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Luge Team, "I have a luge charm necklace that I always wear, and that is one thing that reminds me of what I've accomplished and how far I've come."
2. Start with Love. U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team member Julie Chu reminds herself of her guiding principle. "My personal mantra is 'Live the life I love, and I embrace it with enthusiasm," she says. For Chu, it's all about getting clear on where she chooses to devote her time.
3. Put Your Doubts to Good Use. We all have moments where we question ourselves. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street uses that doubt to keep her moving forward rather than letting it stop her. "Until you're actually named to the Olympic team, you have a little bit of doubt in the back of your mind," she says, "and that doubt is what keeps you pushing, keeps you driving, keeps you training hard."
4. Find the Balance Between Preparation and Letting Go. While focus and drive are important, you'll burn out if you never back off from full-steam-ahead mode, and that means finding the balance between work and relaxation, says Hamlin. While we all have skills that could stand improving, once your preparation is done, trust in yours.
5. Turn Up the Tunes. Olympic athletes report that they exercised almost 20% longer when they listened to music than when they didn't. So when you've pushed your brain beyond what you think is your creative limit, give music a try.
6. Avoid Striving for Perfection. To keep yourself from overworking in search of nonexistent "perfection," take a cue from Paralympian alpine skier Alana Nichols, "My personal mantra is to do the best that you can with what you have, where you are," she says.

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Schedule a Consultation or Workshop. If you would like to set up a home, office, or business consultation, or schedule a customized workshop, contact:
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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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