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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's Message for the Month
I was in the DC area when the extreme weather hit earlier in the month and I experienced the endless rain from a relentless nor'easter. Fortunately, Hurricane Joaquin headed east and out to sea. But my husband was in Charleston, and it took a long drive to Florida and several changes in airline connections to finally get him home safe and dry. Then, only a few days later, we experienced one of the heaviest hailstorms I've ever seen, localized to our neighborhood. The sun was shining brightly as the hail pounded the roof and bounced off the skylights. Fortunately we didn't have serious damage other than my badly-shredded butterfly bush that was still in bloom. The continuing unusual weather and violent events like hurricanes, earthquakes, and wild fires show us that when it comes to Mother Nature, no area is safe from natural disasters. That's why I decided to update a "Do I Really Need This" article about deciding what "stuff" is really important to keep in your home. You'll find it in the Clutter Clinic section.

What I didn't write about this month was Halloween because I've done it too many times already (check out the Halloween article on my website). Instead, I decided to write about the color orange, which of course is strongly associated with Halloween. If you're a long-time reader you know I'm fascinated by all the "largest pumpkin" contests. This year, a massive 2,145-pound pumpkin grown in Illinois by Gene McMullen broke the record for North America's largest pumpkin. You have to love the play-on-words headlines this elicited, my favorite being "Largest Pumpkin in North America Squashes Competition." (Insert groan here.) There are still more pumpkin "weigh-offs" to come, so it remains to be seen if Gene's pumpkin will keep the title, but either way he's going to have one scary-dude jack-o-lantern.

All of which makes me want to add another question to my "Do I Really Need This" list: Do you really need a massive pumpkin that bears a strong resemblance to Jabba the Hutt?

Happy October and Happy Halloween to all who celebrate.
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Using the Color Orange
"I'm not going to write about Halloween," has been my mantra this month, because everyone else is doing it. But I decided to relent and write about something that's near and dear to this holiday--the color orange. In Feng Shui orange is known as the "social color" because it helps draw people together and encourages conversation, so that means it's a good thing to add a pop of orange in your home and workplace long after you've put away the Halloween decorations and the jack-o-lantern is a shriveled up mess. In Feng Shui and in color therapy, orange is used to overcome abuse, shock, and depression. People either love or hate orange, and some color therapists believe that If you don't like orange it's an indication that you need it for healing. Adding orange, either in modest or dramatic doses, can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated.

Try using a slice of the color orange in your home and office in any of these ways:
• Orange represents the Fire Element, so use it to power up a space located in the Fame, Reputation, or Love area of your home.
• Choose orange, terracotta, or peach paint for a room where you need to bring people together, such as your family room.
• Use orange in combination with other warm colors to encourage collaboration in small offices settings.
• Add some orange to your studio space when your creativity feels blocked.
• Wear orange when you are meeting people for the first time and it will make you seem more approachable, especially if you are in a communications profession.
• Surround yourself with the color orange when you're recovering from an accident, surgery, or a dental procedure.
• If you're a family therapist or work with family groups, add orange accents to your office to symbolize joy in relationships.
• Display orange flowers like gladiolus or begonias when you need to boost the energy in any commercial space, especially in a restaurant.
• Toss orange pillows on the sofa or armchair or hang artwork with orange accents to bring energy into a windowless office or dark room.
• Avoid orange in a bedroom or any room where you want to avoid need intense focus and concentration.

Read about how Feng Shui uses color in my article about the Five Elements.

Clutter Clinic -- Is It Really Worth Keeping?
The continuing pattern of unusual weather and violent events like hurricanes, earthquakes, and wild fires reminds us that when it comes to Mother Nature, no area is safe from natural disasters. In Feng Shui terms, extreme weather asks us to take a look at what we're keeping and what we would need to take with us if we had to evacuate. Is it really worth adding another item to your collection? Last year during hurricane season the organizing site offered a list of questions that can help you determine which items to keep and which items no longer have a place in your home. I've updated the list with a few more of my own to help you decide whether any object is really worth keeping:

• Do I have something else like this that serves the same purpose?
• If this is a duplicate item, which of the items is in the best condition, the best quality, and will last the longest?
• If this item in disrepair and needs to be replaced or fixed, why haven't I either fixed it or let it go?
• Does this item make my life easier, save me time, save me money, or fill an essential need?
• Where does this object "live" in my house and is this the best place for it?
• Is this the best object to fulfill its basic purpose?
• If this is a perishable item, has it passed the expiration date?
• Will this item be easy for someone else to care for in case I can't do it?
• If I had to evacuate, would I take this item with me?
• Does this item still make me happy?

Count up your "yes" and "no" answers to help you decide whether an item is a keeper or it's clutter that needs to go out the door.

You can find a month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Success Story – Erika’s Office Adjustments
When I arrive for a consultation, I often tell my clients that they already know everything I'm going to explain about Feng Shui, but they don't know it by terms like bagua, and chi, and the elements. And the question is whether or not they have been acting on it. Sometimes we make changes that we think are helpful but in Feng Shui terms they actually block what we want to attract. But other times, we make changes and don't realize we are making them according to good Feng Shui principles, and the result is that we get what we wanted to attract. Erika is a Virtual Assistant whose business was doing fine, but she wanted it to be better. Erika learned much of what she knows about Feng Shui from reading my newsletters.

Here's what Erika wrote:
I went to the your website and downloaded the bagua. If I'm reading this correctly, and I'm pretty sure I am, my office is smack in the Power/Wealth/Abundance area. When I redecorated my office I decided on teal, white, and red. Yes, red! I have red accents all over my office, including my computer desktop and iPad cover. And since redecorating and adding all that red, my business has nearly doubled! I didn't think I did it on purpose, but dang, looking around at all that red now I'm thinking maybe something seeped in by reading your newsletters and I did it by osmosis. Thanks for this, it was really cool to figure this out.

Check out Erika Yocom's Virtual Personal Assistant website.

Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I read your newsletter with the answer to the question about whether it's OK to have a glass front door. WOW... I have a new house and my front door is very nice but there is a large leaded glass pane in the door. You can "see" in my house. I really don't want to buy another door, is there a fix that would work? I find there are just some very strange things that cost me money that go on with the house. I will put up at least a mini-blind this week to block the insight into my house some. Thoughts on how to fix this?
A: The front door is called the "mouth of chi" where wealth enters your home, so in Feng Shui terms it does sound like the glass in your front door is causing the money to symbolically flow right through your house. And that's manifesting as the unexpected expenses. The "fix" for the problem is exactly what you're already figured out - covering the glass. It doesn't matter whether you choose translucent or opaque curtains, mini-blinds, or another kind of draping, as long as you cover up the glass you'll help stop the energy loss.

Q: With the help of the information in your book, my fiancé and I found our dream house and will move in a few weeks. Are there any items I shouldn't take with me?
A: Avoid taking anything with you that you don't like, don't use, or don't need. If anything has negative associations for you this would be the perfect time to get rid of it rather than bring that stale energy into your new home. Make sure you don't bring anything from a past relationship (you shouldn't have that around anymore, anyway!) If the previous owner left behind any furniture, plants, or art it's best to get rid of them rather than keep them. You want to love everything you bring into your new home and make sure it all has special meaning to you. Also, I recommend you do a space clearing or blessing ceremony at your new home before you move in any of your possessions. Email me if you want me to do this for you. Congratulations and good luck with your move!

Q: Can you ever over-do it and place too many Feng Shui cures? Will it have the opposite effect of what I really want to attract?
A: Feng Shui is all about setting the intention for something to enter your life, and you can do this by making simple adjustments in your home and workplace. I worked with a client who was desperate to find a relationship and had placed all kinds of pairs of red objects in his Relationship Area - two red candles, two red tassels, two red hearts, two red hats, and even a pair of red socks (don't ask!), but he wasn't meeting anyone. I recommended he remove all of that and replace it with one simple piece of art with a romantic theme to open up his energy to the possibility of a relationship. It worked.

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

Feng Shui Video Class – Grow Your Business With Feng Shui
It's a great year to start or expand your a business! My 90-minute, self-paced course includes 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.

Among other things, you'll learn 6 amazing tips that will help you create a space that supports you and your business. Watch as I 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.

Buy One Class For Yourself, Buy Another To Give to a Friend
Click here to watch the introductory video and register to take the class.

Feng Shui For Real Life Bookstore
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365 Feng Shui Secrets
Announcing my new ebook, 365 Feng Shui Secrets. Want to earn more money? Yearning to rev up your love life? Looking to create family harmony? Need to control clutter before it controls you? Or do you just need a good night's sleep? The simple Feng Shui tips in this ebook can bring all of this and more. Includes Feng Shui basics to get you started and a tip-a-day calendar to help you make Feng Shui changes seasonally. The tips cover all of the seasons, holidays, celebrations, adventures, and misadventures of your life. Also includes new success stories from my clients to illustrate how everyday people used these Feng Shui tips to improve their lives. Start the calendar on any date and work through a full year of daily advice.
365 Feng Shui Secrets
80 pages
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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
254 pages
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Special web price: $12.95
Click here to purchase your signed paperback copy.
Also available for Kindle.

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.

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

Beyond Feng Shui – The Big Chill At The Office
Are you chilly at the office? If so, it's a pretty good bet that you're a woman. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change is adding fuel to the "Great Arctic Office Conspiracy" by reporting that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men. The study concludes that buildings should "reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort" because setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming.

"In a lot of buildings, energy consumption is a lot higher because the standard is calibrated for men's body heat production," said Boris Kingma, a co-author of the study and a biophysicist at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. "If you have a more accurate view of the thermal demand of the people inside, then you can design the building so that you are wasting a lot less energy, and that means the carbon dioxide emission is less."

According to the study findings, thermostats in most building are set to follow a "thermal comfort model" that was developed in the 1960s, which considers factors like air temperature, air speed, vapor pressure, and clothing insulation. But Dr. Kingma and colleague Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt write that one variable in the formula, resting metabolic rate (how fast we generate heat), is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds. However, in today's workplace women account for half of the work force and usually have slower metabolic rates than men, mostly because they are smaller and have more body fat. The study says that the current model "may overestimate resting heat production of women by up to 35 percent."

The scientists also report that "the phenomenon of women getting cold is very, very obvious," and cold or hot employees are less productive. The eventual solution is individualized temperature controls, which are obviously more expensive, and other researchers are developing systems to let workers make their cubicles warmer or cooler.

How much warmer an office needs to become would vary, of course, but the study cites research finding as much as a five-degree difference in women and men's preferences.

Click here to read more in the New York Times article "Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men" by Pam Belluck.

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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII, 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.

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