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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life Ezine, 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 – Create a Foyer
Recently, I worked with three clients in a row - in different neighborhoods - living in homes that didn't have a foyer. Your front door is called the "Mouth of Chi" because that's where all the positive chi enters your home. When you don't have a defined foyer, the energy tends to pool at the door rather than flow gently through your home, or it runs straight into the first room it finds without reaching the rest of the rooms. It's usually easy to create a foyer, or enhance a small foyer, without making a major investment. Here are a few Feng Shui friendly ways to create a foyer where none exists:

1. Place furniture strategically. Locate a sofa at right angles to the door so the back creates the feeling of an entry hall. If you have space, place a table behind the sofa to create a place to drop your keys and purse, as well as to give protection when sitting here.
2. Add an area rug or install an entry pad. Adding an area rug that fits the entry space will enhance the perception that you really have an entry. Or, install flooring in the area taken up by the swing of the front door to visually suggest an entry. Just be sure to keep whatever material you choose level with rest of the room's floor coverings.
3. Turn your hall closet into an alcove. Taking the doors off a hall closet and turning it into an open space for a chest, artwork, or mirror fools the eye into believing you have an entry.
4. Take advantage of the swing of your door. A door that swings inward so that its back is against the seating group will create a slight barrier between the two, and will help block sight lines into the conversation area.
5. Define the space with a bookcase. A shallow bookcase placed at right angles to the door can define an entry area while taking up very little space, plus it gives you a place to put all those things you need to take with you when you leave the house.
6. Add a storage piece. A storage piece next to the door helps create a sense of entry, plus it gives you a home for shoes and other things you want near the door, but that should be kept out of sight.
7. Build a half wall. If your front door is at the end of your living area rather than in the middle, a short wall could be a good way to create a sense of division and the suggestion of a foyer.

Want more foyer tips?
Click here to watch my YouTube video "Feng Shui For the Foyer."

Clutter Clinic -- Rituals To Help You Control Clutter
Do you have any "rituals" you follow religiously to help deal with the seemingly relentless inflow of stuff into your home? asked this question of readers and came up with some pretty interesting answers. Some people said they cleared clutter before their birthday, holidays, or New Year's Eve, while others said they only cleared clutter before entertaining guests, and that only included the areas of the house where guests were likely to go. Some people wrote about the uncluttering and cleaning that was part of the ritual of their religion or culture. But some of their suggestions were universal.

Here are four ritualistic habits and four seasonal traditions that Unclutterer readers suggest we might want to establish:

Rituals and Habits:
1. Don't bring clutter in. Keep a trashcan, recycling bin, and shredder where you can immediately trash the trash, recycle what can be recycled, and shred anything you don't need that contains personal information on it.
2. Follow the one-in-one-out rule. Each time you bring in a newer version of something you already have, get rid of an older one - like getting rid of your oldest pair of jeans when you buy a new pair. If you're starting to notice one-in-one-out isn't enough, aim for one-in-two-out.
3. Set up a permanent box for donations. Keep a bin in your closet or laundry room for items to be donated. Once the bin is full, toss it in the car and drop it off at the charity of your choice
4. Put things away after you use them. When you put things away after you use them, you don't have stray items all over your home, and it reminds you not to bring in more stuff than you can store.

Seasonal Traditions:
1. Spring cleaning. Getting your home ready for the warmer months helps you notice "sha chi," that is, anything that isn't working or was damaged during the winter, and gives you time to fix it.
2. Fall cleaning. Cleaning before winter is less of a tradition than spring cleaning, but it helps you winterize to avoid damage.
3. Cabin fever uncluttering. Take advantage of that point during the winter when you become so tired of being stuck inside because of snow, ice, and cold that you're mentally ready to do a thorough uncluttering.
4. Too hot uncluttering. Conversely, when it is too hot to go outside, use this as an opportunity to do another whole-house uncluttering project.

Do you have any uncluttering traditions?
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Success Story – Ted's New Job
My long-time client Ted had made many Feng Shui changes in his home and office in the past that resulted in good things flowing for the entire family. However, when he called me for a return consultation, things were tense at his home because the company he worked for had started to lay off employees. Ted feared that his division would be hit next. He was taking the obvious steps of sending out resumes and activating his network, but he wanted to make a few Feng Shui changes to move the positive energy toward finding a new job quickly. Ted's "Helpful People/Mentors" area was in his garage, and it was a mess. I recommended he activate the energy in that area by first clearing all the unnecessary items out of the garage, then decorating it with images that represented a peaceful job transition.

Here is what Ted wrote after the consultation:

At first I was hesitant to hang the job-related things in the garage like you suggested, but my wife reminded me that Feng Shui had worked for us before. So I took your advice and hung up the business card from the head of the company that I had interviewed with, and artwork with a river image (with the water flowing into the garage as you said), along with some other career-related items. Then I rearranged everything and gave the garage a good sweeping - as you said, I directed the dirt out of the garage instead of in to it. Wouldn't you know it, within a few days I was offered a great new job! And I had enough leave accumulated that I could take a short vacation before starting the new job. Thanks for this intriguing suggestion about how to move my energy. I'll try not to neglect my garage in the future.

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 recently moved into a new apartment that I love, and the energy feels really good inside. However, the trash and recycling for the building is near my back porch, just outside the Wealth corner of my apartment. I was wondering if this is a good place to use a Feng Shui mirror? And if so, would I use the convex or concave type? Thanks again for all your great teachings!
A: You definitely want to push the negative energy from the trash/recycling center away from your apartment, and a bagua mirror is one way to do this. Choose a convex mirror to push it away, rather than a concave mirror that would draw it toward you. Hang the mirror outside facing the trash area. Also, if possible you could place tall evergreen shrubs in containers on your porch to block any negative energy that's being generated by the trash.

Q: I just started a new job and my office is so close to the restrooms that I can hear the flushing toilets. I knew this was going to be a problem but took the job anyway with the promise that I would be relocated to another space as soon as possible. Anything I can do in the short run to protect my career?
A: This is obviously not the best Feng Shui location, and this negative energy from the toilets could affect your health as well as your job performance. First, get a white noise machine so you don't have to listen to the flushing. Next, make sure you desk is located as far as possible from the wall adjacent to the restroom. Also, hang a rug or textile art on that wall with the toilet to help block the negative energy as well as muffle the sound.

Q: Where do I keep a paper shredder?
A: The general Feng Shui recommendation is to avoid keeping a paper shredder in the Wealth Area of your home or the Wealth corner in a specific room because it symbolically destroys your money. Beyond that, the best location might depend on how you view the purpose of the shredder. For example, if you think of a shredder as something that helps keep you safe by destroying data that could be stolen, you would locate it in the Helpful People Area of your home, or that corner of your home office or wherever you pay your bills.

Do you have Feng Shui questions?
Email them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this ezine for the answers.

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.

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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, email 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, email, 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, email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals.

Beyond Feng Shui – Foods That Heal The Body Part They Resemble
Did you know that some foods that are good for a particular part of the body actually looks like that organ? It seems that nature has a way to show us what foods to eat to heal us. Check out these fascinating food-body connections:

Carrots for the Eyes. Slice a carrot and it looks just like an eye. Carrots get their orange color from beta-carotene, which reduces the risk of developing cataracts and protects against macular degeneration.

Walnuts for the Brain. The gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain. These nuts contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which may break down the protein-based plaque associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Tomatoes for the Heart. A tomato has chambers like our heart. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers.

Grapes for the Lungs. Our lungs are made up of a branches of airways that finish up with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli that resemble bunches of grapes, and that allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream. A diet high in fruit like grapes reduces the risk of lung cancer and emphysema, and grape seeds also contain proanthocyanidin, which appears to reduce the severity of asthma.

Ginger for the Stomach. Root ginger often looks just like the stomach. Chinese medicine uses ginger to calm the stomach and cure nausea and motion sickness.

Bananas for Depression. A curve of a banana resembles a smile, and the fruit contains the protein tryptophan, which once digested converts into serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical in the brain.

Mushrooms for the Ear. Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear. Eating mushrooms could improve your hearing because they are one of the foods that contain vitamin D, which strengthens bones, including tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain.

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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 Ezine 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.

©2014, Carol M. Olmstead

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