Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter

Helping you attract wealth, harmony, love,
and much more.

Spring 2022

Blossoms, the Loo, and Other Spring Topics
As the spring trees and flowers start to bloom in my neighborhood, I'm happy to be outside among the blossoms, especially since another covid surge could be around the corner. Many of you have shared that you're experiencing various levels of struggle between isolation and connection. That's where Feng Shui comes in.

I define Feng Shui as a design system for arranging your interior surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. We all feel better when we're outside. In nature, everything moves and flows. The words Feng Shui mean "wind and water." Think about being outside on a glorious spring day. The trees are full and the flowers are blooming, the sky is blue, the breeze is pleasant. If you're lucky, you are near meandering water or an undulating landscape. You feel great! In contrast, inside in our built environment, we have to deal with straight lines, harsh angles, and pointed edges before we can feel comfortable. The goal of Feng Shui changes is to position and reposition objects and art to make your interior space feel just as comfortable as when you're outside looking at cherry blossoms and tulips.

And speaking of being outside, covid concerns seem to have made it harder than ever when you're outside and looking for the loo. Earlier this month, a boutique where I've shopped for more than 10 years refused to let me use their restroom after I made my purchases. They said they no longer have a "public" restroom. Hmmm. Guess they no longer have me as a customer, either.

It seems that this is not a new issue for me. Five years ago, I wrote about this same problem in a spring newsletter: "I finally found a Starbucks (is this the only part of the city that doesn't have one on every corner?) and bought a bottle of water. The barista with the key had to personally escort me to the restroom and unlock the door. Then - no surprise here - the restroom was a disgusting mess. And, it was a full flight of stairs deep into the bowels of the building (play on words intended). Looking for the loo shouldn't be this hard."
At least now, five years later, there are apps to help us find restrooms and Starbucks keeps theirs unlocked in many places.

With this on my mind, it won't surprise you that I decided to write about bathrooms for this month's main article. These tips are for your home bathrooms, of course. I have lots of strong advice for public rest rooms, but I'll save that for another rant.

I hope you are able to take away at least one tip from this newsletter to help you create spring harmony in your home and workplace, especially if you work from home in any hybrid arrangement. Starting with this Spring issue, the Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter will become a quarterly publication in keeping with the seasonal theme of my practice. I'm planning more exciting changes that I will announce soon!

Happy Spring! I hope you easily locate a clean restroom wherever your spring wanderings take you so you can get out and enjoy the flowers.

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Balancing Bathrooms
Bathrooms get a bad rap in Feng Shui. Ancient practitioners didn't have to deal with bathrooms, but I find them in all sorts of inauspicious locations in my clients' homes. The "seven deadly sins" of bathroom locations include where they can be seen from the front door, the bed, or the kitchen; when they are located over the bedroom, kitchen, or front door; and when we find them in the center of the home.

Bathrooms create Feng Shui issues because of their association with waste, and with the large amount of water that's drained away. Water represents wealth in Feng Shui, so when that water becomes contaminated and goes down the drain as waste and dirt, it symbolizes a corresponding drain on your finances. I'm not about to give up my indoor bathrooms, and I haven't yet met a client who wants to get rid of theirs, so the real-life challenge is to correct inauspicious bathroom locations.

Here are some of my fast-fix Feng Shui tips for balancing bathrooms:
  1. Keep the toilet lid down to keep from symbolically flushing the positive chi down and out of your home. Yes, I know this creates more work for the one Feng Shui-savvy member of a household because not everyone will comply, but it's worth the extra effort in the long run.
  2. If the bathroom is at the top or bottom of the stairs, keep the door closed so the positive chi is attracted to other parts of your home.
  3. If your bathroom is across from the front door, keep the door closed and hang a mirror or colorful artwork on it to deflect the chi toward other rooms.
  4. If you can see the toilet from the bed, keep the bathroom door closed to assure a good night's sleep.
  5. If the bathroom is in the center of the house, add Earth Element objects, like a ceramic bowl full of river stones, to symbolically soak up and reduce the water.
  6. Fix leaky bathroom faucets or running toilets immediately, because leaking water represents loosing wealth. Check for mold frequently, because if you have a bathroom leak, you could have mold some where.
  7. Grow plants in your bathroom whenever possible to represent the Wood Element that helps to symbolically draw up some of the excess water in the bathroom.
  8. If the head of your bed is against a wall with a toilet on the other side, use a padded headboard or hang a quilt, rug, or fiber art on the wall for extra protection.
Spring Clearing for Easy-to-Forget Places
When the milder weather gives you the urge to start spring cleaning, this year try clearing out slate energy in addition to cleaning. That means focusing on those easy-to-forget, wish-I-didn't-have-to-think-about places like your back deck, front porch, and the refrigerator (inside, on top, and under). This applies to your office as well as your home, and don't forget to clear out your car.
  • Sweep your deck, balcony, patio, and porch to remove dead leaves and dust. Sweep in a direction away from the house instead of toward it as a sign you're ready to start using these spaces again. Uncover the chairs and clean the grill.
  • Dust your front door, and repaint or re-stain if it faded over the winter. Use WD-40 on any squeaky hinges and clean any glass. 
  • Clean your windows so you can see the bright spring world with clarity. Windows are considered the "eyes" of the home, so if you look through dirty windows, it symbolizes viewing your life through a dirty lens. If your have workplace has windows, bring in some cleaner and give them a spray, even if a professional service cleans.
  • Clean behind, above, and under objects you never move. This includes your sofa and big chairs, and appliances like the stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer.
  • Open the windows for a while to remove the negative chi that accumulates during an illness. This is especially important after you have covid or the flu.
  • Dust the shelves and vacuum the floor or carpet in your closets. Don't forget to dust and vacuum in storage areas in your basement, attic, or that messy room you never want to enter.
  • Remove expired prescription meds and OTC products from your medicine cabinet. Check local regulations for safe disposal locations.
  • Sweep and vacuum your garage to remove the road salt and sand that came in with winter storms. Sweep out toward the driveway, rather than in toward the house.
  • Clean the inside and outside of your car. Remove the snow shovel, sack of ice melt, and other cold weather gear from your trunk. A cleaner and lighter car symbolizes the ability to move forward effortlessly.
Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: My desk chair has me looking out the west window, with my back to the door entrance to the room. There is no way I can change that, as all the electronics hook up to a panel in the upper NW corner of the room. I do enjoy looking out the west window at pretty sunsets and daytime scenes. Since it is only me, I am not going to be caught off guard on what happens behind me. Nothing is bright in that room. Any advice when you can't move the main item of furniture? 
A: When you can’t move the desk, the adjustment is to use a mirror placed so you glance up and see what’s going on behind you. That can be as simple as a mirror on a stand on your desk, or a hanging mirror positioned on the wall where you can see behind you. Being able to see out the door while you are working is a symbolic step to putting you in a “command position,” so it’s important even if you work at home alone. In my first book, The Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office, I share the story of what happened when I first discovered Feng Shui and turned around my home office desk because my back was to the door. This simple change resulted in a week-long business trip to Hawaii, which extended into two after I got there. Adding a mirror will also help bring in light, since you write that nothing is bright in the room.

Q: My company is transitioning to a hybrid situation. I'll continue to work from home three days a week, but I have to go to the office on two days of my choice. I have gotten comfortable working from home. Can you share some tips for making the transition back and forth between two offices less stressful for me when I'm at home? Thanks in advance for any help.
A: First, whatever variation of the work-from-home hybrid you find yourself in, you'll reduce stress by minimizing clutter. That means filing things out of sight rather than piling them on every surface. Next, place your desk or worktable in the Power Position, which is with your back against a solid wall, preferably on an angle to the door. Avoid sitting with your back to the door where you can be symbolically "caught off guard" by things that go on behind you. Reduce stress further by balancing yin and yang, the two opposing forces in Feng Shui, and mixing the Five Elements. For example, a home office with too much yang - brightness, angles, electronics - creates a stressful environment. Similarly, too much of the Fire Element - hot red colors and triangular shapes - makes you feel overwhelmed by your work. Place a living plant within 3 feet of your computer to absorb the electromagnetic energy it generates. For your workplace where you aren't there every day, choose a low-light plant. You can check out some Feng Shui-friendly plants at the link below.
Turning a Negative into a Positive
Linda is a long-time reader of this newsletter who shared her clutter-clearing story that began with moving 27 things. Hers was one of my favorite Success Stories, and I like to share it often so newer subscribers can enjoy it. Linda was heartbroken after the loss of her German Shepherd, who was her constant companion. A senior who lived alone, she said her family was concerned about her safety after this loss, but Linda didn't think she had room for a new pet in her life.

Here is what Linda wrote:
I was hesitant to even think about getting a new dog because of the pain I was feeling for my departed pup (he was a senior, too). As fate would have it, I was in the pet store with my daughter when we were introduced to two kittens. A brother and sister who were only 10 weeks old, they were from the Humane Society and were the last two from a litter. I held the little boy and the tears began. Long story short, I left there with both. I was coming from a quiet lifestyle with my senior dog and now transitioning to two very active babies in a compact apartment, so I moved 27 things immediately to kitten-proof my living quarters. I haven't stopped moving things to this very day. Plants had to go except for one, anything glass that didn't have a purpose was put away or sent away, etc. The end results was no clutter, which makes cleaning so much easier. I still feel grief over losing my pup, but I now have two youngsters who gave my heart a boost, and keep me on my toes for what is safe and what is necessary. They show me how to enjoy the moment and not dwell on what cannot be changed. Hope you enjoy my story as much as I am enjoying my reasons for moving 27 plus things.
Enhance Your Space!
The Feng Shui Fixer series includes one-of-a-kind creations that are designed as simple, beautiful, and real-world Feng Shui "cures" and adjustments. These art pieces can be placed in a specific bagua area of a home or workplace to fix a Feng Shui issue, or to attract wealth, harmony, love, and so much more. Hang them on the wall, in a closet, near the washer, on the back of your computer monitor to block any negative energy, or anywhere!

Each unique Feng Shui Fixer starts with an imported vintage silk kimono textile. Then, it is embellished with embroidery floss, silk ribbon, vintage or new glass beads, natural stones, or charms. There are florals, geometrics, abstracts, and freestyle! Every Feng Shui Fixer comes ready to hang in a natural wood, hand-stained, or flexible frame. Or, you can display one or a collection of them on a table-top easel. Each design includes a small mirror on the back that symbolically pushes away any negative issues and helps attract positive energy. The collection also features a series of Feng Shui "Spirals" that are especially useful to cure or correct for the missing Career/Self/Work bagua area.

  • Use one Feng Shui Fixer to correct a problem.
  • Group several to enhance the energy in a specific bagua area.
  • Give one as a gift or gift yourself!

Feng Shui Fixer for April:
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Target Issue: Wealth, Growth
Feng Shui Element: Fire, Wood, Earth
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Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
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Virtual Consulting
When you have Feng Shui questions about your home, office, business, or workspace that go beyond the basics you can find on my website, and you need to speak to a Feng Shui expert, this virtual consulting option is for you! I will customize advice for the way you want to live in your home or work in your workspace.

We'll schedule a Zoom, FaceTime, or phone call to answer your questions and help you rearrange your space, shift your energy, and transform your life.

All sessions include:
  • Review of photos or videos of your space.
  • Consultation by Zoom, phone, or FaceTime.
  • Personalized Feng Shui advice and guidance.
  • Follow-up coaching check-in so you stay on track.

If you're working in a hybrid situation where some days you work from home (WFH) and some days you work at your workplace, I created this package for you. We'll work on both of your office locations.
  • 45-minute consultation including analysis of floor plans

It's your choice—ask about any room, any situation, any clutter-clearing problem, or any issue that needs Feng Shui help.
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Virtual consulting services are effective and will transform your life!

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"Feng Shui for the New Hybrid Workplace"

The new way of working is here to stay. Employees are continuing to work at home, returning to the workplace, or experiencing a combination of both. This hybrid experience is different for each member of the team. The good news is that a few real-world Feng Shui tips can help you achieve balance between your personal and work lives.

For more than 23 years, I have inspired diverse groups ranging from 5 to 500 with my in-person workshops. Now, I'm offering customized versions of the same presentations via Zoom. I have taught thousands of clients, readers, and students the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives and careers, and now I can teach them to you and your group virtually. The "Feng Shui for the New Hybrid Workplace" webinar is specially designed to meet the needs of the new hybrid workforce.

This 1-hour webinar will show each employee how to make Feng Shui “go to work” for them. They will learn how to rearrange their space, shift their energy, and achieve calm in this rapidly-changing world. In this fun and informative session, I share simple and often low-cost tips for using Feng Shui to transform both a home and workplace office. There will be plenty of time for questions.

I will customize the webinar for your group, but a typical session includes:
  • Overview
  • Group Icebreaker
  • Five Power Principles
  • Transformation Tools
  • Top 10 Tips
  • Resources
  • Q&A

All my webinars include customized training that I create to meet the specific needs of your organization, office, or group. I also offer this and other training on a one-to-one basis for individuals. Check out some examples on my website.

People are talking about Carol's Feng Shui Webinars for the New Workplace!
Thank you so much for hosting such a great presentation today. We’ve received really positive feedback from everyone, and I’m so happy to know there are small steps I can take to really feel more comfortable and positive every day.
– EG, Operations Manager, Washington, DC
Thank you again for the webinar yesterday. We got great feedback and tons of excitement around it. We hope to have you back sometime soon.
– AJH, Senior Manager, New York, NY

Feng Shui for Your Office
Take a look at the video I did for the "Interview with the Experts" series for Interior Motions, a custom office design firm in California. I share tips for bringing Feng Shui into any office. I also talk about the Five Power Principles of Feng Shui, how any office can implement these principles to increase productivity, and what you should avoid doing when arranging an office. And of course, I talk about avoiding clutter in the workplace.

Grow Your Business with Feng Shui
My 90-minute, self-paced video course includes tips for activating the Career/Work bagua area, along with simple changes you make at home to advance your career or business. You'll learn six amazing tips to 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 opens the door to success.

People Are Talking About Carol's Classes: 

Carol, you're a rock star! I loved listening to the podcast of your interview with "Law of Attraction Talk Radio with Jewels," so I took your class. You continue to be an inspiration to me and have forever changed the way I arrange each home I've lived in since I first heard you speak in 2012. Keep up the good work! 

I took your class and watched several of your videos. Excellent! You have an absolute warm and welcoming approach. No wonder you are so successful. 
This video class is nothing short of a delicious treat for your career. I loved it! Great practical pieces of advice. Well-taught in a fun, inspiring way. 

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, is certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America and earned Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Articles in the Feng Shui To The Rescue Newsletter are copyrighted, but can be shared with credit to Carol M. Olmstead as author and link to www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.
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©2022, Carol M. Olmstead