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    Default Need a life overhaul.

    So I basically want to overhaul my life and don't know where to start. Without going in to details my health, home, money , marriage are just an unorganised mess and I just want to change everything so I am not so stressed. Has anyone made a concerted effort to do this? How did you do it?

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    I would suggest one thing at a time! Baby steps. More likely for changes to last 😀 good luck!

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    This might not be what you are looking for but I got a Leonie Dawson Workbook which is basically a life planner in cute packaging. It helped me to write things down and be accountable to myself. The workbooks are divided into sections like relationships, work, home, creativity etc. It all sounds a bit airy fairy but I have really enjoyed it, I also have the diary which I love.

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    I'm in a hurry so will have to be brief.

    Health - I had a health scare earlier this year. I've taken a long hard look at my diet. Banned all bought biscuits, cakes, junk food and takeaway from entering the house. If we want something sweet it has to be homemade. Any baking I do is full of things like wholemeal flour, fruit, nuts, seeds, bran. I've found a recipe for bran muffins that is surprisingly not too bad. I'm forcing myself to eat porridge for breakfast and legumes everyday eg lentils, chickpeas, beans. Much to the kids disgust we have switched to wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta. I'm forcing myself to eat 2 pieces of fruit and 5 veg per day. I'm aiming to eat 30 grams minimum of fibre everyday. I'm working my up to exercising, taking baby steps here. The diet change was pretty radical so I'm trying to get the hang of that first. I'm also pretty time poor and the only timeslot I have free is 5am in the morning and I like my sleep too much.

    Money - I've recently downloaded 12 months of transactions from my bank account and mastercard to an excel spreadsheet. I then divided all spending up into categories along the lines of food, electricity, water, phone, internet, water, rates, insurance, fuel, transport, car repairs etc. This worked for me because I use my cards for everything so I was able to get a pretty accurate picture of my spending patterns. Was very eye opening to see just how much I was spending on food. Scary actually. All those little top up shops of $20 here, $30 there add up very quickly. My actual food was MUCH more than I thought it was. I've now set weekly limits on some things and don't let myself go over.

    Home - my house is chaos at the moment so I'm on the lookout for tips myself

    Marriage - I'm divorced so not the best person to give anyone advice on that
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    Have you thought about getting a life coach? I've not had one myself but Ive heard good things about them.

    And good luck!

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    Do you know where you want to be in life? I think maybe having a vision board/plan of where you want to be with realistic goals for the aspects you want to improve may be helpful.

    And remember changes take time. And mini steps - with steps back so having a visual goal to keep you motivated may help?

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    My DP and I did Michelle Bridges12wbt a few years ago. It really did change our lives.
    We lost the weight, but we also ended up being a lot happier. We sorted out the stuff in our relationship that wasn't working and ended up being on the same page. That in turn got us talking about the future and our finances.
    Sounds like a cop out but it really did change our lives. I'm not sure if it would have the same effect if your DP didn't support or participate at the same time. But for us it turned everything around.

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    Sorry op I don't have advice. Subbing as I feel similar. My life is feeling chaotic and out of control at the moment.

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    My partner and I have been unhappy for a few months... He was unhappy because his work was 1.5 hours from our house (50min plus peak hour traffic). I was unhappy because I felt I was raising our kids alone. Also I've put on 7kg in the past year from not being able to go to the gym or yoga because no one could watch our kids.

    This weekend we moved house so we are 5 mins from his work. Almost the same distance from my work and in a location where we are able to cycle or jog everyday. (Moving from the country on 3 acres to inner city Brisbane). We're both really happy with the change.

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    Subbing too! I'm so busy I don't even know how I'll fit in the changes. Great thread OP

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