Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter

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

Winter 2022
Take Feng Shui Home for the Holidays
Switching to a semi-monthly newsletter has been a bit harder than I thought. My Feng Shui practice takes a seasonal approach, so it feels like I've missed talking with you about a holiday (or two?) somewhere along the line. Now that I've entered my 25th year of practicing Feng Shui (how did that happen so quickly?), I'm planning big changes that may involve going back to a monthly format. I'll let you know about those in the new year.

I was going to title my message for this issue “When Bad Feng Shui Happens to Good People.” For many of us, this was another chaotic year. We are saying we're “post-pandemic,” yet many of us still feel the need to take precautions, and even more find it difficult to define normal. Added to that, many of us have a love-hate relationship with holidays and the emotional family gatherings associated with them. We love the colors of our Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa decorations, and the fun of buying gifts for family and friends, but the strain of cooking those meals, cleaning and decorating the house, and entertaining guests can sometimes result in more stress than harmony. The cause of this discord could also involve how you rearrange your house during the holiday season.

But, Feng Shui comes to the Rescue! I know from experience that making Feng Shui adjustments helps us get through emotionally-laden times. So, I decided instead to use the title “Take Feng Shui Home for the Holidays” to encourage you to make even one Feng Shui change before the end of the year.

How did rearranging your space and shifting your energy transform your life in 2022? Email and let me know what happened this year.

For this issue, I'm rebooting some of my holiday favorites and offering Feng Shui advice for decorating your holiday home according to the bagua, for choosing gifts, and for helping assure a prosperous start to the new year.

Just a reminder: my first Cyber Sale is in full swing. I'm offering discounts on my best-selling book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office, and on Feng Shui Fixers. Both of these sale items make great holiday gifts. And, as a special bonus, if you purchase multiple Feng Shui Fixers by December 15, I'll include a copy of my new info-sheet "52 Feng Shui Tips for Balance and Harmony in 2023."

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Deck the Bagua!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or any other seasonal holiday, when you decorate according to the areas of the Feng Shui bagua, you activate their attributes in that area of your life. Here are some suggestions for where to locate your holiday decorations this year. Even if you have already decorated, there's still time to walk through your home and make a few adjustments. To find these areas in your own home, download the bagua that matches the shape of your home from the Basics section of my website FengShuiForRealLife.com.

  • WEALTH/POWER AREA: Want to increase your wealth? Display Fire Element items in this area to represent abundance, money, and prosperity, such as the Christmas gifts you are giving or Hanukkah gelt.
  • FAME/FUTURE: Want people to think highly of you? Display items here that represent the Fire element, including candles, stars, lights, poinsettias, or a menorah.
  • LOVE/ROMANCE: Want to bring romance into your life or enhance your relationship? Add pairs of Fire Element items that represent love, or display sweet items like cookies, cakes, or chocolate.
  • CREATIVITY: Want to unblock your creativity, improve your relationships with children, or conceive a child? Display items representing the Metal Element, like shiny ornaments, a toy train set, dolls, musical instruments, or a metal dreidel.
  • HELPFUL PEOPLE: Need more help in your life? Display Metal Element items and items that represent people helping you, especially images of Santa, angels, or gifts you have received.
  • CAREER: Time for a career change? Display blue and black items, or objects that represent the Water Element, like snowflakes, icicles, or a snowman (or woman).
  • KNOWLEDGE/WISDOM: Need more harmony in your life? Display Water Element items, books, or images that represent peace and tranquility.
  • FAMILY/HEALTH AREA: Need to encourage family harmony? Display the Wood Element in this area, including the Christmas tree, holly, or wooden decorations.
  • WELL-BEING/GROUNDING: Need to feel balanced? Display Earth Element items in this area that represent nature, such as a new plant or a bowl of fresh fruit.

Give Feng Shui-Friendly Gifts
When you're shopping for gifts for your family and friends, be on the lookout for the hidden Feng Shui meaning in what you choose to buy. Here are my top five Feng Shui holiday gift-giving "dos and don'ts," and advice for balancing any unintended negative energy:

#1: DON'T give an empty wallet, purse, or backpack, because it represents a lack of prosperity.
DO give these items filled with some cash to send the message that your gift will always be overflowing with wealth for the recipient.

#2: DON'T give sharp objects or knives, because these represent cutting a relationship.
DO give a picture of the object and a gift card so the recipient can purchase it. If you receive a sharp object as a gift, hand over a small amount of money to the givereven a penny will workto symbolize that you "bought" the object from them. That action will maintain the bond between you.

#3: DON'T give cactus, spiky plants, or roses with thorns still on the stems because they symbolize piercing a relationship.
DO give a living plant, especially one with rounded leaves in a red pot to symbolize prosperity. If you receive roses with thorns, remove them before displaying to symbolize a smooth relationship or romance.

#4: DON'T give bonsai trees or other miniature growing plants because they symbolize stunted growth.
DO give full-size healthy, growing plants to attract positive energy to any location. If you want to give a plant to someone who already has a stunted-growth plant they want to keep, choose a flowering plant to keep near it to balance the sharpness.

#5: DON'T give clocks, watches, and other gifts that show time because this symbolizes stealing time and a limited life span.
DO give gifts of precious stones to help attract longevity and health, like turquoise for its healing power, amber to protect health, or hematite to enhance memory, to focus, and to improve concentration.

Treat Yourself for the New Year
I know, you're primarily focused on holiday shopping for your family and friends, and you're not ready to think about the New Year, no less what gifts you are giving yourself. But, while you're shopping for others, here are five Feng Shui gifts I recommend you buy for yourself. It's the perfect way to start the New Year off right and assure that all of your New Year's resolutions become reality:
  1. Large tote bag or backpack to carry all the good things you expect this year.
  2. New shoes to symbolically stomp out any frustrations in the coming year.
  3. Jewelry that's gold, silver, or has precious stones, to signify that you can afford fine things.
  4. Red accessory or clothes to represent attracting good fortune in the days ahead.
  5. Fresh fruit basket, flower arrangement, or living plant with rounded leaves to represent good fortune.
Holiday Clutter Clearing From My Readers
It feels like the holiday rush started early this year, and I don’t want to burden you with a to-do list of strategies to clear clutter. Instead, I'm sharing 10 favorite holiday clutter-clearing tips from my clients. It takes a while to establish a clutter-clearing routine, so try putting one or more of these into practice and see what happens:
  1. "Starting right after Halloween, I place at least one piece of old clothing, one unneeded book, and other items in a bag in the trunk of my car each morning. By the end of the year, I have plenty of items to take to Goodwill and it doesn't take a lot of effort."
  2. "I never leave a room without picking up something that belongs in another one."
  3. "I go through my closet at the end of each season, and if I find something I haven't worn it either goes to my church or another charity. My motto is now if I don't use it, lose it."
  4. "I am constantly scanning-in old photos, putting the images on a disk, then getting rid of the old ones."
  5. "I follow the rule of one out, one in. Nothing new comes in until I make room for it by getting rid of something. And sometimes I get rid of something without replacing it. I figure the less I have, the less I have to clean."
  6. "I keep clutter under control by finding ways of enjoying the holidays with friends and family that don't involve stuff, like having a party where everyone contributes something to eat or drink and doesn't bring gifts, or using your family's holiday party to share stories and family history."
  7. "I work hard at avoiding impulse purchases during once the holiday shopping season. You know what I meanthose small items near the checkout area. If I go home and can't get the item out of my head, I'll go back the next day and get it. Most of the time, I never go back."
  8. "When the holidays are over, I get rid of the light strings that aren't working and donate the ornaments we didn't like enough to put on the tree instead of sticking them back in the storage box."
  9. "I gave up on mailing holiday cards, and instead I send out an e-letter, and I wait to do it until after New Year's when I'm sure I have everyone's current address."
  10. "Every year at the beginning of December I help my kids go through their toys and books and encourage them to pick the toys they don't play with anymore and books they aren't going to read again, and then we donate them to children who are less fortunate."
Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: My work at home area is downstairs in the basement of my home. There is a drain in the wealth area of my workspace. My basement flooded years ago and a drain was placed along the rear wall and continues around my work area corner. How can I counter the drainage located in the wealth area of my home workspace? I cannot move my work area to another location within the home. How can I change the constant flow of drainage to a flow of money? Thank you.
A: This is one of those “it depends” situation, because I would need to see a video or photos in order to give your advice for this very specific condition. It would depend on exactly where the drain is located and what it looks like when you are working down there. But, my general suggestion is to find some way to cover up the drain so it’s not visible but that retains its purpose to protect the basement from flooding. Adding plants near the drain would also help because that could symbolically “dry up” some of the draining energy. Are you sure you can’t find another place for your office? You are clearly concerned that your work space is suffering from a money drain, and that could be affecting your work. Sometimes there is a room set aside for another purpose but it is used infrequentlylike a dining roomthat could serve a better purpose.

Q: What does Feng Shui think about re-gifting? My mother-in-law gives me the most beautiful scarves and costume jewelry, but our style is different and some of these gifts are still in boxes. Is it OK to pass these along to friends?
A: Re-gifting is good Feng Shui because it removes things you don’t want from your home and sends them to a place where they’re welcome. Just be sure to avoid re-gifting an object if you have negative feelings about it or the giver, since you might pass along that negative energy to the next person.
Cyndi's New Opportunity
I gave a "Feng Shui For Your Hybrid Workspace" webinar for the company Cyndi worked for, and she contacted me for a followup Room Rescue consultation for her home office. She wasn't happy with her job, especially since the company went hybrid and she rarely went into the office. She felt like her boss didn't notice her anymore, and didn't appreciate her potential. She said something just felt missing from her career.

Here's what Cyndi wrote:
After our home office session, I read your book cover to cover and reviewed the bagua against the layout of my house. Much to my surprise, the section of my house that was Travel and Helpful People was missing, plus that's where I was keeping the trash cans. What a wake-up call that was! I realized this could explain why I wasn't feeling supported in my job. Plus, although I earn a good salary, I always felt like I couldn't hold on to my money. Now, I know that symbolically it was flying right into the trash. I corrected for the missing bagua area following the directions in your book, did a thorough clutter-clearing from that area, and relocated the trash cans and recycling bin far from that area as you suggested. Within what seemed like a few days, my boss called me to offer a transfer to another department. And now that things are more open, this new position will involve travelsomething I have been wanting to do. This was terrific news! Now, I can't wait to see what happens when I start clearing the basement. Thank you!

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 much more. Hang them on the wall, in a closet, near the washer, or on the back of your computer monitor to block any negative energy. You can display one or a collection of them on a table-top easel. Place them anywhere you need to activate a Feng Shui Element.

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! Each framed design includes a small mirror on the back that symbolically pushes away any negative issues and attracts positive energy.

Give a Feng Shui Fixer as a gift to family, friends, or yourself!

SPECIAL OFFER: Feng Shui Fixers work best in groups of three so they can be arranged in the triangle shape that represents wealth, abundance, and power. Choose any three Feng Shui Fixers and receive a 20% discount on your total order, and receive a copy of my "52 Feng Shui Tips for Balance and Harmony in 2023" info sheet.

Click here to send me your three choices to activate this special discount!

You can use this Feng Shui Fixer anywhere in your home or office because it contains all of the Feng Shui Five Elements. The crystals give it just enough sparkle. You can attract positive energy, balance, and well being with this powerful Feng Shui art piece.
Title: "Floral Explosion"
Target Issue: Positive Energy, Balance
Feng Shui Element: Fire, Earth, Earth, Water, Wood
Materials: Silk ribbon, cotton floss, and Czech crystal beads on imported vintage kimono silk textile
Size: 5" round
Framing: Hand-stained bamboo frame, ready to hang
Regular Price: $55
Holiday Sale Price: $45

Click on the title below to see details and to order.
Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
Own the award-winning Feng Shui book that is practical and easy to understand. The book includes easy-to-follow basics plus tips and secrets to make the practical magic of Feng Shui work for you. Sprinkled among the tips are success stories from real people who followed them with big results. The book includes a tip-a-day calendar so you can make small Feng Shui changes each day.
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.
  • 1-hour consultation including analysis of a floor plan

Perfect for any room in your home, condo, or apartment.
  • 30-minute consultation

Ideal for the room where you work, either at home or at the workplace.
  • 30-minute

Great for when you want to rev up your relationship, find a new love, move forward after a divorce or breakup, or improve your self-esteem.
  • 30-minute consultation

Virtual consulting services are effective and will transform your life!

Email Carol for current fees and to schedule.
"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 grow 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.

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