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Fix What's Broken

Sunday, December 01, 2013

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!!"

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    2546 days ago
    Great idea something I need to work on and I will.
    2549 days ago
    Here's to fixing what's broken and emoticon emoticon on your November success!
    2549 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Great blog! Thanks for attaching the link to the article too. I definitely need to fix some things, and appreciate your sharing this!
    2550 days ago
    very interesting! thanx! emoticon
    2550 days ago
    This is a great, uplifting blog. Each little thing you do makes a difference. Those little differences add to the bigger picture like good maintenance of your home or a healthier body. To Jaf_Henninton1 you can't repair a child's broken spirit like new but you certainly can repair it. There are a lot of adults who were broken children who are repaired adults. Wispy this was an inspiring article. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 12/2/2013 12:57:01 AM
    Awesome! HUGS
    2550 days ago
  • -WISPY-
    Good going Kathi, I love the concept. There are so many ways we can apply the idea.

    Thank you for a great idea to get us motivated.

    Hugs Wispy
    2550 days ago
  • JLKL1980
    Kathi - I loved this blog! It actually states what I have been doing lately around the house. Seeing something in disrepair and "just fixing it". I do have a real feeling of accomplishment after the repair is done. Even my hubby is getting with the program.

    Hugs - Joy
    2550 days ago
    What a great blog! I think we all have things we need to "fix." I love your way with words.

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    2550 days ago
    My husband and I are busy doing this now.
    2550 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    I love, love, love your blog!
    OMGOSH what a great blog!
    I am going to go check out the link.
    2550 days ago
    During the last year we sold our 17 year old house and bought a home of similar age. While the house was on the market I would make some improvement to the house every day. I have tried to continue that in the current house. It can be as simple as replacing missing screws in a switch plate ( who loses those?)...It always makes me happy. This year I had my glue gun going while I decorated for Christmas. I made several ornament repairs that have bugged me for years. I like Fix Whats Broken December...great idea!

    2550 days ago
    The link is totally pin-worthy!

    On Thanksgiving - it's just the two of us, so no prep to do - I pulled out some clothing that needed mending and got to it. I even mentioned to my husband that sometimes it feels great to get 2-3 little things DONE.

    And the toilet tip? Yeah, we always close the lids. Our cats have been caught off guard (think 'little swimmer') enough times to make sure that it stays shut!

    2550 days ago
    What a great, inspirational idea. I know how good I feel when I fix something. I saw a good storm door for $8 at the thrift store on Friday, came home and measured my mom's front door and decided to go early on Saturday morning, measure that door and buy it if it would work. So I took my mom down, we measured it and I bought it. Had to call a friend with a truck to come load it and haul it to the house. Spent about an hour washing it down and taping paper over the glass and spraying it a lovely blue color. Now will hang it today when my mom gets home from church. I've been doing lots of repair jobs...my house was built in 1921 so something always seems to need fixing. I feel so proud of myself when I can do the wiring or plumbing jobs myself. But there are lots of areas of my life that also need repair. Thanks again for the motivation. It will also be my new goal for December...to fix what's broken!!
    2550 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14171584
    very nice.. sometimes I think some things are broken beyond repair.. like a child's spirit..some things cannot be fixed
    2550 days ago
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    Time to go fix something! HUGS!
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    I loved the link and found out all I need to do is get rid of some clutter!

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    2550 days ago
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