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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 rearrange spaces, shift energy, and transform your life.

Carol’s Message for September
How was your summer? Mine flew by, and if you're a long-time reader you probably noticed that the ezine went on summer vacation. That was so I could devote my time to a major commercial client. Now, I'm again working with all kinds of on-site and off-site clients, and the ezine returns with this issue. This month the feature article is about transitioning into fall, my favorite season. This is the in-between time when we get to leave behind the hot, light, yang energy of summer but we don't yet have to deal with all the cold, dark, yin energy of winter. It's also back-to-school time, so check out the September Special Discount on my new "Grow Your Business with Feng Shui" video class.

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Feng Shui Tip of the Month – The Feng Shui Way to Transition into Fall
It's still hot in most of the US, but there's no doubt that fall is on the way. I have timers on lamps all over the house and they're starting to come on a bit too late because the days are getting shorter. As you start spending more time inside your home, you can make a few Feng Shui adjustments to transition into the cooler season. Fall is also a good time to check out your existing Feng Shui cures to see if they need to be adjusted, because they can wear out over time - colors fade, furniture wears out or goes out of style, or your preferences in art change.

Here are 10 simple Feng Shui tips ways to help you welcome the approaching season:
1. Replace your doormat this month to help attract fresh new opportunities to your door.
2. Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street so positive chi can always find you, especially with the earlier darkness.
3. Pull up dead flowers in your garden because they represent stale chi, and replace them with colorful mums or hardy pansies that will give you active chi until the first frost.
4. Display a bowl of crisp red apples on your kitchen counter to symbolize that your home will always have food and you can always afford to feed your family.
5. Clear the cobwebs from the outdoor furniture before you cover it for the winter because accumulated cobwebs symbolize being so wrapped up and stuck that you can't move forward.
6. Even if the weather turns chilly, open your windows daily during the cooler months to let in fresh air and circulate the chi.
7. Frequently remove dead leaves from your roof and gutters and trim back any overgrown limbs that overhang your house because they represent an added weight on your shoulders.
8. Rearrange your furniture, even if you only move the sofa a few inches closer to the window or the lamp to a different side of the table, to bring different energy into your room.
9. Burn scented candles to change your perspective for a new season: vanilla to make a room feel comforting, peppermint to curb your appetite, strawberry to boost energy and make you want to exercise, a floral fragrance to enhance learning, pine to enhance well-being.
10. Remove any vines that are growing on your house. The image of an ivy-covered cottage may be romantic, but vines growing on your home symbolize something eating away at your life.

Want more Feng Shui Tips for transitioning between seasons?
Check out Part IV, "Tips for All Seasons," in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. Click here to order your copy from in paperback or for Kindle.

Feng Shui Video Class – Grow Your Business with Feng Shui
You don't need to leave your home to go "back to school" with Feng Shui, because I'm offering a September Special 50% Discount on my new Feng Shui video class, "Grow Your Business and Career with Feng Shui." This 90-minute, self-paced course includes numerous tips for activating the Career/Work bagua area, along with simple changes you can make in your home that will advance your career or business. There is a section on how to choose a desk, lighting, plants, and art, as well as a hands-on demonstration of how to rearrange an office for success.

Here's a list of the videos in the series:
ALL ABOUT FENG SHUI: In the first video, hear how I discovered Feng Shui and how by making a simple rearrangement in my home office I changed my career in an unexpected and wonderful way. It's been almost 17 years since then, and that one little change resulted in a career consulting, teaching, writing, and speaking on Feng Shui and transforming lives around the world. You, too will learn how to shift the energy in your Career, your business, and in your life for greater success.

THE BAGUA - CAREER GUA. In this video you learn all about the bagua, or mapping tool, that Feng Shui uses to find where the nine life energies fall in your home: Wealth, Future, Relationships, Creativity, Helpful People, Career, Harmony, Health, and Grounding. With this knowledge, you can start adjusting any room in your home for greater well-being and success. We focus specifically on the Career Area, where we begin our journey to grow your business.

ACTIVATE THE CAREER GUA. This video teaches you how to use Feng Shui cures and adjustments to activate the energies in your Career Area for greater success. We review the basic influences, especially the appropriate Element - that is, the shape and colors of the Career sector - and share simple cures you can implement immediately to enhance the flow of energy in your own business and life. We also dive deeper into the influences in this area, including the Constructive and Destructive Cycles of energy, objects and artwork that lift the chi, and the effects of clutter and other objects that can deplete your chi.

SIX AMAZING TIPS. Watch this video to learn six amazing tips that will help you create a space that supports you and your business. We start by helping you choose the right desk and chair, then move to the best desk placement for success, and cover topics like adding living plants and healthy lighting to create a space that encourages you to flourish and thrive! Of course we talk about the way that clearing the clutter can help you attain the success you deserve.

ARRANGE YOUR WORKSPACE: We have so much information to share to help you arrange your workspace for success that we split it into two parts. In Part One, we help you find the best place to set up your home office and pick the ideal location for your desk and all that "stuff" you need to run your business. In Part Two, we help you choose artwork that supports your goals and uplifts your chi, and how to avoid those "poison arrows" that send too much harsh energy your way. You learn the best ways to prevent clutter and how set up systems that work for you. Since your office may fall in any of the nine guas of the Feng Shui bagua, we also offer a tip or two on how to enhance each of the nine life energies.

HANDS-ON TRANSFORMATION: Watch as we use Feng Shui principles to conduct a hands-on transformation of a client's workplace and create a dynamic home office that gives more clarity, less clutter and distractions, and ultimately, more success. You learn how to apply these principles to create a space that supports you as you share your passion and purpose with the world.

September Special - 50% discount!
Click here to watch the introductory video and register to take the class.

Clutter Clinic -- Five Ways to Conquer the Fear of Letting Go
If physical clutter is keeping you from focusing on the things that really matter and living your dreams, it could actually be the fear of letting go that's cluttering up your life. In the "Clutter Clinic" chapter of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office, I refer to this as the dilemma of prosperity consciousness /versus /poverty mentality. Prosperity consciousness is knowing that you can get rid of unneeded items because you can afford to replace them if you ever need to, while poverty mentality means holding on to these things because you fear you might never have enough money to replace them.

These strategies from can help you conquering this fear of letting go, and let you see the world through a prosperity viewpoint:
  1. The fear that you're making a mistake. Mistakes are a part of life, and you're going to make them. As long as the mistake isn't fatal, you can recover from it. You'll feel more comfortable getting rid of what you think is clutter if you believe you can buy the item back if you ever need it again. For one-of-a-kind items that you might not easily replace, consider loaning these to close friends or family members so you can "borrow" them back if you find you ever need to.
  2. The fear that you'll fall on hard times. We all fear falling on difficult times, but keeping clutter isn't going to help you through a tough situation. And if fact, if you're surrounded by clutter if could keep you from responding quickly to a problem or handle it well. The fewer things you have to maintain during a negative situation will allow you to focus on what really matters.
  3. The fear that people in your life won't understand. Yes, it's quite possible that someone in your life will be confused by your need to get rid of things and live without clutter. But that shouldn't 't keep you from being friends or enjoying their company. Keep in mind that it's your "stuff," even if some of the things you need to purge came from loving friends.
  4. The fear that someone else in your house will just clutter it all up again. The risk that the space might become cluttered again isn't a reason to avoid getting rid of clutter. There's also a big possibility that the space won't get cluttered again. Uncluttering and organizing take practice, just like all skills.
  5. The fear that your life will change, and change is hard even when it's good. You won't ever know how amazing an uncluttered life can be until you give it a try.

Success Story – Karen's Mirrored Furniture
The minute I walked into Karen's bedroom and saw the mirrored black lacquer headboard and matching dresser with the mirrored front, I knew they had to go. These mirrors were the explanation for her sleep problems and her inability to relax, not to mention the lack of love in her love life. Mirrors activate the chi in a bedroom so the Feng Shui recommendation is to limit them to no more than one, and to locate it where you can't see yourself in it the first thing in the morning. Karen's mirror arrangement created a Versailles-like bouncing of reflection back and forth across the room that was interfering with peaceful sleep. But Karen was not about to give up her furniture, or even agree to drape scarves across the mirrors at night, arguing that she had the furniture for more than a decade. I persisted, she resisted, and we finally agreed to disagree.

Here is what Karen wrote:

It was a delight to meet you last Saturday. You'll be extremely proud of and excited for me. After you left, I agreed with you that the mirrors had to go, since I realized my sleep and relationship problems started after I bought that furniture. It actually didn't take me long to find what I can live with for another decade, a unique, classy, and elegant new wood bedroom set. Wood, like you suggested, to grow a relationship. They delivered it the next day, and my young cousin took the lacquered stuff that evening. I also hung a print of a man and woman in a loving embrace. I have been on an emotional and psychological high since then because I'm sleeping soundly and having the most wonderful dreams. Everything seems to have come up roses this week. Now I'm ready for that new man in my life and, as you said, all those mirrors aren't there to reflect him away.

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'm trying to use Feng Shui to bring balance into my life and I'm starting with my kitchen. I have a set of steak knives that I don't use and would like to get rid of, but I don't know how to do it. I don't want to donate them if they have negative energy that will harm someone else.
A: The main issue with knives is giving them as a gift because it symbolizes cutting a friendship. I don't see any problem with donating knives, for example to a nonprofit that will resell them, as long as they are in good condition. However, if the knives were damaged or are especially dangerous for any reason, it would be better to wrap them securely and dispose of them rather than donate them.

Q: My shy 6-year-old daughter is starting school and is uncomfortable meeting new people. Is there a specific color I can add to her bedroom that will help her better adjust to new people and new surroundings?
A: Start by adding some green to her bedroom, the Feng Shui Wood Element that represents growth and supports people who feel unsettled in a new environment. Another good color is a light pink, the gentle version of the Fire Element and the color of universal love, to help reassure her that she is loved at home. Pink and green is an especially soothing combination of Feng Shui Elements. You could also add some blue, the Water Element, to calm and relax her and lessen her anxieties.

Q: Is it OK to have a skylight right over my bed? I loved being able to look at the stars at night, but I read that it's not the best Feng Shui recommendation so now I'm concerned.
A: A skylight can be seen as a hole in the room that can let chi escape so it's not always good Feng Shui to have one directly over your bed. But, the primary consideration is whether you feel safe and secure under the skylight, or whether you can't sleep and feel exhausted in the morning. If you feel good and want to keep your bed in this location, make sure you keep the skylight clean and maintained, because windows of any kind are considered the "eyes" of a home and for you to see clearly the skylights should also be clear. You could also install shades over the skylight so you could close them at night if your sleep ever feels disturbed.

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.

Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
My latest post for the monthly Eco Lifestyle & Home Newsletter is "Feng Shui For Your Car." Your car connects you to the community as you drive around handling the details of your life. But just like your home, if your car is out of Feng Shui balance it can make you and your passengers feel out of balance, too. Read the article to learn five simple ways to Feng Shui your car and help bring harmony to your life. Click here to read the article and to subscribe to the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog.

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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, 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 – How to Recycle Your Cell Phone
You can tell I can't wait for the launch of the new iPhone 6 because I'm already researching ways to recycle my old phone. And I was amazed to read that more than half of American cell phone owners have unused phone in their homes, and most have two or more cell phones collecting dust. So you know I was attracted to this 2-step process for getting rid of them.

Step 1 - Remove all the data. Back up all of your data and then find out how to remove it from your specific device. Your can find general instructions for iPhone and Android phones on sites like or

Step 2: Determine if you want to sell, donate, or recycle the phone. Newer phones can usually be sold even if they are broken or cracked, but if your older phone can't be sold you have many recycling choices:
  • • Sell or give away to a friend or relative.
  • • Sell in a general marketplace, such as eBay or Craigslist.
  • • Donate to Goodwill or similar charity.
  • • Sell to an online company like GreenCitizen or Gazelle, or use the Trade-In Store.
  • • Use the trade-in/buyback program from your cell phone manufacturer or service provider, who will give you gift cards or billing credits for their own products and services rather than cash.
  • • Donate to one of the many groups that collect phones for good causes, like Cell Phones for Soldiers. Keep in mind that these groups usually don't give the phones away, but instead sell them to a third party and donate the proceeds. For example, Cell Phones for Soldiers says: "The money received from the recycling of cell phones is used to purchase international calling cards for active-duty military deployed overseas to connect with their friends and family back home."
  • • Find a recycling location through a site like Call2Recycle.

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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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