I read a lot of online articles on a variety of topics; I keep what's useful and delete what's not. (Pinterest has been extremely helpful in keeping me organized and my inbox manageable!) One article in particular that caught my attention a while back was "6 Easy Feng Shui Tips That Work For Everyone." Now I don't know a lot about Feng Shui or even if it's something I'm interested in learning more about but I liked the ideas and felt that it was "pin-worthy." (The link is at the end of the blog.)
All of the tips were useful (I especially liked the one about the toilet; never thought of that!!) but the one that kept drawing me in was "Fix What's Broken." A couple of weeks ago, I decided to pursue this idea, fixing what wasn't working. I started with a bathroom exhaust fan that had stopped working. I thought I would need to replace it but after vacuuming out the dust buildup and a little oil, it's working great. Every time I go in the bathroom, I turn on the fan and I smile. I fixed it!!
Last weekend, I had last-minute overnight visitors. During a flurry of cleaning, one of my bifold closet doors fell off the track. I didn't have time to really deal with it, so I put it back together as best I could and told everyone, "Don't open that closet door!" After they left, I made the necessary adjustments (really not all that hard) and it's better than it has been in a very long time. Every time I walk by the closet doors, I open them up and I smile. I fixed it!!
Winter is coming faster and faster. We have had cold temperatures, a lot of wind and we got 7" of snow on Thanksgiving Day (thankfully, it's melting quickly; it's a lot warmer now.) My furnace runs all the time and I can sit and watch the dollar bills flying out my old-house leaky windows. Yesterday, I spent the morning sealing leaks and securing storm windows. I will put insulating plastic on the worst offenders but already I can tell the difference. Every time I walk by a window, I put my hand on the glass and it seems warmer, I smile. I fixed it!!
Funny thing about Fixing What's Broken. It makes me look around for other projects. It doesn't even have to be something obvious like a nonfunctioning fan or a loose closet door. Thanksgiving Day and Friday were carb-overload days for me and I'm definitely feeling it. Yesterday, I began my day with a green smoothie and as I took in all the things my body likes best, I smiled. I'm on my way to fixing it!!
My November Challenge to myself was an outstanding success (exercise EVERY DAY.) I exceeded my regular monthly goal by 5 hours and I liked how I felt each day I accomplished this. I will continue doing this (it really wasn't all that hard) but for December, my goal will be to Fix What's Broken. It might be something physical that needs repair but it also might be a bad attitude, making poor food choices, procrastinating (or totally ignoring) my need for daily exercise. I see a couple of short-term projects right now as I'm looking around my room; they will be addressed this morning.
And I will smile. I fixed it!!
Is there an opportunity for you today to fix what's broken? It's a great feeling to be able to smile as you say, "I FIXED IT!!"