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#175788 - 01/05/09 08:24 AM The Fix: January Week One
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Here at the FIX we learn how to evaluate our lives. We keep a monthly summary of what we're doing, what our plans are and how we're doing on any given day. The FIX allows us to see and create balance in our lives. It takes some work because we ask that you evaluate your life and then jump into FIXing the areas that need some attention.

For inquiring minds... The FIX doesn't stand for anything specific, just that we are FIXing our lives by bringing them into balance.

To evaluate our lives, we start by using what we call our wheely thing or charty thing, or some assemblance of those words.

Draw a circle, slice the circle into pie segments, each section represents each element of your life. Most of us have about 12-15 sections. (Your sections may be fewer, and defined as you choose!)

For example:

Career
Health
Spiritual
Environment
Education
Fun/Leisure
Finances
Family
Friends
Significant Other
Pets
Children
Becoming Me
Big Goals
Hobbies
Community
Time Management

Take some time and define what it means to be 'successful' for YOU in each area/section you've chosen. That helps to make a better & more concrete evaluation of what your life really looks like.

For Example: success in one person's health area might look like: "I cook balanced meals including lots of fresh veggies, drink lots of water, take my supplements, exercise and relax. I'm not overweight and enjoy outdoor adventures." For someone in the midst of a hightened medical situation, success in the health area probably will look radically different.

Then on a scale of 1 to 10 or high-medium-low or great-good-ok-bad-awful, determine and chart how satisfied you are with each area and how close are you to what you think is 'ideal' for you. (You get to choose whether 10 is best or worst!)

On your circle, the number or term you determine is bad, is in the center - the good number is on the outside. You might want to show the numbers in between as well. For evaluating, the better an area of your life is, the closer you make it to the outside of the chart. And the worse a section of your life is, the closer it is to the center. The purpose is that when your chart is finished, you can see where you have a 'flat tire' in life i.e. where the chart dips into the middle.

To actually chart each area, put a dot at the good or bad level you've determined for each section. Then draw an arc from one inside edge of each slice, up to the dot, then back down to the other outside edge of the slice. You might want to color the arc just to keep things interesting.

When you get the chart complete, it is a picture of where your life is and how its working. From there you can set goals to make things better in the areas where you aren't doing so well. And continue to maintain the areas that are doing pretty good.

Good planning will make this year so much more enjoyable. So good luck, I can't wait to see where we all go from here!
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#175791 - 01/05/09 08:36 AM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: STRIVING]
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Did I tell you that I oh so love this emoticon?! For me it describes the post holiday season so well. After all of the hustle and bustle from the past weeks, I do look forward to a "slower" pace for a while.

In addition, the weather in my part of the country is downright frigid from now until mid March. So that kind of eliminates any outside adventures. That makes me a little unhappy. However, it is what it is.

This is a good time to implement some spring/summer plans. I would like to finish up some items as well from the never ending P list.

I have been pretty good over my extended breaks, Christmas and New Years, to finish some projects. I usually leave the holiday decorations up through the twelve days of Christmas. This year, however, I did take them down on the third. It fit my schedule better.

I cleaned the girl's room and helped DS with his. Even though he does have a nightly pick up and a weekly room clean he always seems to be living in a mess.

I sent out the New Years letters and pictures today.

We went sledding and had a good time. In addition the kids played outside when the weather was above zero. DS helped with shoveling the driveway and the patio in the back.

I did a good cleaning of the house on the 29th of December. In between times I've kept up with the laundry and the kitchen, until last night. I have a load of dishes to wash this evening.

I made up a recipe for white chili, it was very tasty.

Overall things are going well, I'd like to keep up with the momentum and continue to work on some goals. What are you up to?

Please post your goals not only for January but where you would like to be in a year's time. I'm looking forward to goals and steady plodding along that help make those goals a reality.
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#175793 - 01/05/09 08:46 AM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: STRIVING]
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So glad this is up STRIVING, I am hoping to be more faithful to the fix. Time to get back on the wheel!

After all my kids left for their homes, I was exhausted for a day or so! Not use to all the people around. It was great to see a snowman in the yard, and grandma didn't think to take a photo! Darn! I also didn't get a family photo either. I really should have written it down, like I thought of and didn't do!

Ok, NEW YEAR NEW ME, is my motto! I am already trying to plan something each month for ME to get together with friends and try and do something different.

Have already registered for two women's weekends. One in a suburb close so I don't have to sleep over in March and will go with my friend next door, and the other one is in April In Lake Geneva with 4 friends. There we will be staying for the weekend!
Booked Gypsy at my son's! LOL They can come and feed the cats.

Am working on setting up Maria's Oh So Easy Filing system, while going thru and tossing (will shred) the old bills from last year.
This is going to take a few days.

Have some receipe filing back to do also. Took out some cookie receipes, but didn't make but two I think. No one missed it,and brought cookies with them.

Had a gathering with some relatives. Took my BIL/SIL out for their separate birthdays. Got all the cards for Jan. ready to send.

Pretty much discovered I have the gifts for this year's Christmas (bonus ones, along with the checks!). Forgot all about the packages in the garage. Pays to clean things out and go thru them!

Well, I'm jumping all over but this is my beginning plan for this year....
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#175796 - 01/05/09 08:58 AM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: dianaro2]
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Hello Dianaro! You seem to be already to go in 2009! You're certainly on the ball!

I have a list of stuff prepared for the upcoming little while. I'm not sure how long the stuff will take to get accomplished, but I'm certainly looking foward in getting it off of my list.

Elizabeth: When DS got his braces, he only needed full pain meds for two full days. Then it was in the morning and before he slept
at night. Within a week he was off of full meds. I would recommend definitely stocking up on it. He also needed about a days worth after the orthodontist tighten his braces.
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#175800 - 01/05/09 10:16 AM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: STRIVING]
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Hello everyone,

I recognize that this is the place I need to be as well.

Dianaro, I want to 'borrow' your motto because I truly believe 2009 will be the year of a new me. I am super excited about the prospect of what this year may bring but I am kinda nervous too.

Striving, I am looking forward to seeing your upcoming list.

I recognize that I need to make a clear cut list too. I have quite a bit that I would like to get done.

I am waiting on my teaching license so in the meantime I need to start applying for jobs within and outside my field. I can also spend some extra time on cleaning up my house, organizing areas that are bothering me, setting up Maria's Filing System too, taking a couple of classes I need, and spending some time working on a budget and meal planning. Feeling slightly overwhelmed by it all.


Edited by tinytina (01/05/09 10:17 AM)
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#175839 - 01/05/09 01:42 PM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: tinytina]
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Tinytina:
Just do one thing at a time. Maybe try not being nervous about what this year will bring. Enjoy it and challenge yourself!
That is what I am planning.

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This week I am planning on finishing up putting the decorations away (found two hiding in the dining room, the little devils!), and working on the filing system, and shredding.

Also going out his week for some bday fun and next too! You know I always like to stretch things out to celebrate as long as I can! I also found the cutest candy molds to make thank you 's out of them! I know I will be receiving gifts! I am like a little kid! Anyhow, also having a neighbor couple over that I was going to do for the past 3 years. This is the year!
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#175938 - 01/06/09 11:34 AM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: dianaro2]
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Guess I scared everyone off!
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#175949 - 01/06/09 12:50 PM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: dianaro2]
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Nope Diana, I scared myself off. I've been hesitant to admit to myself just how out of whack my wheel has been. I'm not starting 2009 out the way I was hoping for.

Career: Very busy but I've been intensely frustrated because of the holidays. I wasn't able to get people to do anything for about 2 weeks. I'd send emails and they all got shoved off until yesterday. Still trying to get responses to most of my stuff. Just have to take everything one step at a time.

DH: I have to admit, I've been really short with him lately. He's been stressed and in a funk and I've been trying to be supportive but there are times I just want to shake him.

Perfect example - last night, he couldn't sleep so he got out of bed at 3am. The cat was driving him nuts wanting to go out. This morning he's complaining about it. I just looked at him and said - well, 4 months ago I spent $65 to buy a cat door and asked you to install it. If that was done, the cat wouldn't be driving you nuts. His response? I don't know where you want it installed. HUH? We had a lengthy discussion about whether or not he had the tools to cut the hole in the door leading from our bedroom to the back deck.

I went over the Master List again with him this weekend and he did pick the laundry room and tackled some of those projects yesterday.

DD: She started back to school yesterday. We've got some issues about chores going on but other than that all seems to be well.

Spiritual: Next Thursday, DH and another couple and I will be attending an Evening with the Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartze Monastery. It is a Tibetan Monastery, now located in exile in Southern India. The monks travel to teach about life in the monastery, the purpose of the monastery, what they study, what life is like in exile and discuss the teachings of the Dalai Lama. They are staying nearby for a month and will be building a sand mandala which I'm hoping to get to visit.

Environment: The vast majority of the house is neat and clean EXCEPT MY OFFICE. Yes, it is my ROTM. I am so frustrated with it, I don't even want to be in here. It's MUCH smaller than my previous office and I'm having trouble figuring out how to make it function.

I have lots more to mention but I have to get back to work!
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#175960 - 01/06/09 03:03 PM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: Kimberly Purcell]
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I'm kind of in the same boat as ChefSam. I was hoping to be further along than I am. The weather is so cold that it's zapping my motivation and lethargy is setting in.

Work has been so busy because two of the bosses are leaving for four months to winter in a warmer climate.

DH and I are attending a six week course for our foster parenting.

A couple of medical problems are happening too. My focus isn't where it normally is, but I'm still trying to put one foot in front of the other.

I hope everything is going well for you!
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#175964 - 01/06/09 03:39 PM Re: The Fix: January Week One [Re: STRIVING]
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Hello everyone!

The first 3 weeks of January are so busy for me!

Friends/Family: My b-day is coming up this Sunday so I have various lunches/dinners planed with various friends & family. My dad's wedding is next week. I am flying out Thursday with family and coming back on Monday. I have to figure out how to get my bridesmaid dress there since I am only bringing a carry-on.

Me time: I saw a movie on Sunday that I have been waiting awhile to see. I would like to read the book its based on but am having a hard time tracking down a copy.

Environment: Its looking pretty good around here. \:\) Just a magazine and some books that I am thinking about selling are on the floor. It helped that the cat spilled water all over the floor so everything had to be put away. lol

Health: Pretty good in this area too. I have been eating my fruits everyday. Not doing so well with veggies but thats ok. I got a talking jump rope for x-mas that is supposed to motivate me to excercise! If I could only figure out how it works!

Career/School: I am having some communication problems with my new school so I have some issues to resolve. It doesn't help that they have switched my counselors several times!

I think thats it for now. I will check back later. \:\)
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