Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter

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

March 2021

When Temporary Is Permanent
When we crossed the water, we only brought what we could carry,
But there are always boxes that you never do unpack.
Nothing is more permanent than the temporary.
from "After a Greek Proverb" by A.E. Stallings

Here we are, one year after the start of the pandemic and its various forms of lockdown. We still feel like we're in a temporary holding pattern. Some of us are moving to situations we think are better, while others are staying put, waiting for the right time to make a change. We see a light at the end of the tunnel, but we never quite reach that end. So many things feel temporary that we have trouble making decisions and moving forward.

In the past, I would receive an occasional question about how to settle into a temporary space, usually from someone reassigned for work. Now, I get variations of this theme from people who want to know how to feel comfortable in a home that feels temporary because they don't know what the future will bring. My Feng Shui formula remains the same during these most troubling times: Unpack + Decorate + Declutter = Harmony. You need to set down roots and make a space your own in order to attract peace and harmony. If you have boxes that you have never unpacked, like the couple in the Stallings poem, now is the time to open them and either find a place for what's inside, or move it out of your life. Hang up the art that's been stored in the attic. Refinish the old furniture in the basement. Get rid of unwanted things and buy something new. The more you feel settled, the more likely you are to attract new and better opportunities.

The same goes for celebrating the spring holidays this year. You might not be seeing your family and friends in person, but you can still set the table with the "good dishes" rather than leaving them in a metaphorical box. Even if you are sharing your Passover Seder or Easter dinner via Zoom, you'll feel better if you make it feel festive. The change in weather is a good time to bring out clothes from the back of the closet so you can wear something other than the sweats and slippers that have become your pandemic uniform. March is the time to treat yourself to something new. You can use the Feng Shui Elements to choose new clothes in a color that will attract spring energy and help you move toward a brighter time.

Happy March! Let me know what you have unpacked - actually or symbolically - and what happened as a result.

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Tip of the Month
Feng Shui For Troubled Times
Stress-Reducing Feng Shui Fixes for 3 Key Areas
"Screwed-up-ness!" That's how my client described what's going on in her pandemic world when she asked for tips to turn her home into a refuge from stress and anxiety. I'm also hearing more traditional words like "serenity," "security," "peace," "harmony," and "balance" from my clients in these troubled times. The colors, furniture, and art you choose affect what you attract into your life, and the right Feng Shui combinations will help reduce stress. All areas are important when it comes to achieving balance, but you'll benefit most from a Feng Shui makeover in these three:

Home Workspace. Whether you're working from your bedroom during the pandemic, running a business from a separate home office, or anything in between, you'll reduce stress by minimizing clutter. That means filing things out of sight rather than piling them on every surface. Place your desk or work table 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 "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 some of the negative electromagnetic energy it generates. [Photo courtesy of the "Grow Your Business with Feng Shui" class at Udemy.com.]

Entrance/Foyer. The front door is called the "Mouth of Chi" where all positive energy enters a home, and the foyer spreads that energy to the other rooms. Clutter in your entrance area makes you feel like you can't settle down. It sends the message that you have so much “home work" to do that you're running behind. Avoid piling shoes in the entrance, because this represent "walking away" from a peaceful life in the home. If you have to keep shoes, backpacks, and totes in the foyer, add storage options to keep them out of sight. Avoid locating a mirror across from the front door, because it reflects the soothing positive chi right back out of your home. Choose artwork that makes you feel grounded and happy to be home.

Master Bedroom. The master bedroom should be reserved for "rest and romance" only. Since it's the room where we transition from public to private life (and hopefully, from hectic to peaceful), it's especially important to remove all work-related items. If you must have a work area here, screen it off at night with a standing screen or tall plants. Keep your bedroom as free from electronics as possible. If you keep your cell in the bedroom as an alarm clock, try not to check your email the last thing at night. The best soothing wall color for a bedroom is a skin tone, ranging from ivory to mahogany. Place your bed against a solid wall for security and grounding, and add a headboard for support. Avoid keeping anything under your bed so the chi can circulate and encourage undisturbed sleep. If your storage is limited and you must store something underneath, choose soft things like out of season clothes or linens. Don't store your exercise equipment under the bed or you'll feel like you are "running away" from peaceful sleep.
12 Things to Toss Before You Move
Do you really want to pay a mover to take all that stuff with you to your new home? One easy way to cut down on your packing load is to toss or donate things you never use. Is your utensil drawer so full you can barely close it? Are the plastic containers breeding overnight in your kitchen cabinet? Are you ever again going to use that Bundt pan? Here are a dozen questions to ask yourself to help decide what things you can donate, trash, or share with your friends. When you lighten the load of "stuff," your move will be more peaceful, and your new home will start out clutter-free.

  1. Coffee Mugs. Do you drink that much coffee or tea to justify all the mugs you are keeping? Choose those you love, then share or donate the rest.
  2. Kitchen Utensils. Do you really need all of those duplicate spatulas, wooden spoons, and serving pieces? Offer some things to your friends, then donate or trash the remaining duplicates.
  3. Plastic Containers. Do you have more tops than bottoms, or vice versa? Match up the tops and bottoms, then toss the singletons.
  4. Vases. Are those inexpensive florist vases really worth keeping? Keep a few of the prettiest ones and get rid of the rest.
  5. Magazines. Are the issues on your night table more than two months old? If so, you'll probably never read them. Put them to better use by donating to a school or arts center. If you're reading more articles online, unsubscribe to the printed version.
  6. Unread Books. Do you have a stack of books you "should" read but never get around to it? Donate them to the local library or to those book sharing boxes, or give to friends.
  7. Clothes. Are you holding on to clothes for when you lose weight? You'll actually feel lighter if you get rid of them and make room for new clothes (in smaller sizes).
  8. Kids' Artwork. Are you keeping every masterpiece? If a creation is not worth framing and hanging, take a photo of it and toss the original.
  9. Toys. Have your kids outgrown their toys? Help them choose toys to donate to less fortunate children.
  10. Electronics. Do you have a jungle of power cords and adaptors in your drawer that may or may not work with your current devices? Match cords with the gadgets and let the rest go.
  11. Linens. Do you even know if the sheets in your linen closet fit your beds? Keep two sets of sheets per bed, then find a charity or animal shelter who can use the rest.
  12. Medications. Are any of your prescription or OTC meds expired? Clear out your medicine collection, then look up medication take-back programs rather than flushing or throwing into the trash.

Bonus Question: Are you feeling loaded down with clutter,but not planning a move? Don't wait - find things that you don't need, don't like, or don't want and get rid of them right now.
Q: Your webinar was superb. I have one follow-up question that the moderator didn't get to read: You talked about how you turned around your desk, and if I understand correctly, your back should NOT be to the front door?
A: The most auspicious location for a desk is in the “power position,” which is facing the room door on the diagonal. The least auspicious is when you sit with your back to the door of that room. If your desk is in an open area and your back is to the front door that would be inauspicious. But if your desk is in a separate room, it’s the door to that room that is the concern. The front door would not come into play.

Q: I have been working through my third surgery since the end of last year, and I'm finally improving. I know that healing is all about intention so I’ve set my intention to heal. Any Feng Shui fixers you can suggest that will speed the process?
A: Download a bagua from my website, then take a look at what you're keeping in the Health area of your home. Remove clutter, dead or dying plants, and anything from that area that doesn’t look healthy or whole. Display bushy plants with rounded leaves, and other green or wooden objects. You can also add sweet-smelling flowers and avoid sharp plants like cactus or stunted plants like bonsai. Another option is to display images of healthy growing things, like meadows or forests, in this area. Also give some attention to the center of your home, or Grounding area. Add ceramic objects and images of mountains here, with the intention that these give you a solid base. You can also display photos of your family and friends who support your intention to heal. I’m sending positive energy your way for a speedy return to perfect health.
Success Story
Magic Is Happening
I've been working virtually with clients since the start of the pandemic to help keep us all safe. While I miss the special energy of being in my client's space, the amount I can learn from a Zoom or FaceTime consultation is quite profound. And most important, it allows me to work with clients all over the world. Last month I helped a client who I first worked with when she lived in Washington, DC, and who is now in Europe. She is an author who wanted to focus on her home office. She described the room as having "...too many openings, including a door from the hallway, a huge sliding door from the dining room, a large window, and also double doors opening onto the balcony." She described the energy as feeling too "windy." During the Zoom, I could see how she was losing positive chi through all those doors. Plus, she was sitting with her back to the main entrance, a classic Feng Shui negative, because things were happening "behind her back," actually and symbolically. My primary recommendation was to turn around the desk. I'll let her eloquent words speak for themselves.
Here’s what my client wrote:
Consulting with Carol Olmstead is like getting a brilliant, experienced and respectful editor's feedback on one's draft manuscript; just as we can be blind to problems in our draft manuscripts, so we can fail to see problems in our working and living spaces. Carol showed me where my office furniture, carpets, artwork, lighting, color choices, and more, were not aligning with my intentions for my writing career, and she offered concrete suggestions for improving that alignment. I have more work to do but already, in just following her advice to move the desk, filing cabinets, and carpet, and bring in a strategically placed red scarf - bingo, my office not only looks better, but the energy in the space feels so much more more relaxed, supportive, and coherent. Magic is happening!
Feng Shui Books
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Feng Shui to the Rescue: Rearrange Your Space, Shift Your Energy, Transform Your Life!

My new book is here! Feng Shui to the Rescue includes more than 400 answers to the questions that you - my clients, students, and readers - have been asking for the past 20 years. These are new questions, in addition to those I answered in my first book. I've also included 30 Success Stories (also new!) and 24 sets of topic-specific tips I call Fast 5 to help you avoid problems in the first place. 

The book covers the most-asked topics, like these and more:
* Love (finding it, losing it, finding it again)
* Wealth (making it, keeping it)
* Harmony (maintaining it, especially during the holidays)
* Clutter (tidying up)
* Careers & Business (finding jobs and clients)
* Mirrors (placing or removing them)
* Bedrooms & Beds (encouraging sleep)
* Real Estate (buying or selling a home)

Your book is such a treasure trove for me. I love how it's structured --well that makes sense!-- and I feel like I'm imbibing yummy vitamins when I learn new principles on every page, and am further rewarded by the quotations at the end of the sections. I just cannot imagine all the work that went into it as you teach readers, from scratch, these ancient and newly respected concepts and philosophies. What an accomplishment!
--Jessica Greenbaum, PoemsInCommunity.org
Publisher's Price: $19.99
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Quick Guide Cover

Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love

Still going strong after 10-years! This is my award-winning book that includes easy-to-follow basics, plus secrets to make the practical magic of Feng Shui work for you. This practical and easy-to-understand volume includes success stories from real people who followed these tips with big results. I've also included a tip-a-day calendar with 366 tips (there's one for leap year) to help you attract wealth, achieve harmony, improve relationships, advance your career, and clear clutter every day of the year. As a bonus, there's a month-by-month guide to clutter clearing.

The Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office is the perfect gift for everyone on your list: clients, colleagues, family, friends, and you. Plus, it's a great way for real estate agents to say "thank you" to sellers and to welcome buyers into their new home.

I used to be a Feng Shui consultant; I'm now retired. I read about this new book and thought it would be a good one to brush up my Feng Shui with. (I already have about 50 books on Feng Shui.) I was very pleased to find that this was not just a re-hash of all the other books. It is a really good synopsis of the important points in Feng Shui, in a style that is easy to understand and apply. The author has done us all a real service in writing this one.

Publisher's Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $11.95

365 Feng Shui Secrets: Daily Tips to Attract Wealth, Harmony, and Love

I've revised my ebook! 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 advice in 365 Feng Shui Secrets can bring all this and more. For example, you will learn how to do the “Feng Shui Fling” at the beginning of the year (January 1), discover why you shouldn’t keep shoes near your front door (March 16), find out how to get a good night’s sleep (August 20), and read what gifts to give and avoid giving for the holidays (December 6). The tips cover all the seasons, holidays, and celebrations of your life. The calendar of tips in this e-book cover people and pets; love, marriage, parenting, divorce, remarriage, and blended families; your home, your office, and your car; your bedrooms, bathrooms, and every room in your house; your clothes and your closets. This ebook includes tips to help strengthen your relationships with your spouse and your children, your friends and your family, and even some advice if your loved ones are deployed overseas.

I was so excited when reading this book, that I started moving items around in my home immediately. I have tried to learn Feng Shui several times before, but it always seemed too complex. This book made it easy and is for any American lifestyle and decor style!

Amazon Kindle Price: $5.99
Virtual Consultations Available!

"Feng Shui - Your Way"
When you have Feng Shui questions about your home, office, business, or workspace that go beyond the basics and you need to speak to the 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. This is especially relevant today when we might need to rearrange our space to work at home and/or educate our children.

We'll schedule a 1-hour Zoom, FaceTime, or phone call to answer your questions and help you rearrange your space, shift your energy, and transform your life. It's your choice—ask about any room, any situation, any clutter-clearing problem, or any issue that needs a little Feng Shui TLC.

The "Feng Shui - Your Way" consultation includes:
  • Review of photos or a short video of your space.
  • 1-hour consultation by Zoom, phone, or FaceTime.
  • Personalized Feng Shui advice and guidance.
  • Follow-up coaching check-in so you stay on track.

After you register for the consultation, you'll receive instructions for creating a short video or taking photos, and for scheduling the session. During the consultation, I'll give you practical recommendations to rearrange, reorganize, and reuse what you already have, plus a plan to bring Feng Shui harmony to your space. You can take notes or record the session.

"Feng Shui - Your Way" recommendations typically cover this and more:
  • Re-arranging furniture
  • Picking the right decorations
  • Selecting and hanging artwork
  • Choosing the right color
  • Finding storage solutions
  • Dealing with clutter
  • Correcting lighting
  • Working at home
  • Locating your office power position
  • Setting up an at-home classroom
  • Re-purposing what you already own

This virtual consulting service is effective, and find out how Feng Shui can transform your life.
Feng Shui Training Via Zoom
Now, your entire group can learn practical Feng Shui tips from the comfort of their own homes.

I have taught thousands of clients, readers, and students the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives, and now I can teach them to you and your group via Zoom. My webinars include customized training that I create to meet the specific needs of your organization, office, or group.

For more than 20 years, I have inspired diverse groups ranging from 5 to 500 with my in-person workshops. Now, I'm offering variations of the same presentations via Zoom so we can all stay home and stay safe.

Click here to see a list of of my webinar and workshop clients.

Email for details of how I can customize a webinar for you!
Video Class
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 can make in your home that will advance your career or business. You'll learn six 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 opens the door to success.

People Are Talking About Carol's Videos and Podcasts: 

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! --GO

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. --CW 
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. --RW
Did You Know?

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.
Feng Shui for Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui To The Rescue Newsletter serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results that a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

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