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Last August I wrote about the Whole Lifestyle Model, a way to balance key aspects of one’s life to make it a better experience.  I’ve been meaning to develop a matrix for this model, but alas my time has pretty much been dominated by a few time-consuming aspects of life.  I attached a sample of the draft model I developed showing nine different aspects of life.  The categories may change.  The basic premise of the model is that it is preferrable to balance the different aspects than to focus too much on just a few of them.  When too much focus is placed on the few, the others aspects suffer, leaving one feeling in a state of disequilibrium. 
 
I placed Faith & Spiritual Growth at the center of my model, but I think all aspects of life are important.  The model is not intended as a way to dictate how to manage one’s life; rather, it is a model for how to devote a most precious commodity–time–to all aspects of life so that life is balanced and fulfilling.  For example, my focus on investing is a part of Financial Security and Hobbies & Exploration.  However, I don’t want to let investing get in the way of exercising, which is necessary for Physical Health & Wellness.  Unfortunately, I still don’t exercise as much as I do, and I probably too much attention to investing.  I need to remedy that.
 
Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on this model.  What do you think of it?  Is it a good idea?  Did I miss any important aspects of life that should be added to this model?
 
Blog Note:  I’m reminded something I’ve been meaning to ask you, Dear Reader.  I’ve noticed that although many people visit World Adventurers, few people leave comments.  Why is this?  I love comments and feedback.  You’re always welcome to post a comment or two.
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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12 Comments

  1. Theresa's Gravatar Theresa
    February 19, 2006    

    First of all let me tell you how much I love your space and congrats on being chosen as one of The Best of MSN Spaces!  I love the matrix but wonder if "Dreams" could be added.  Take care and come visit me sometime!  Cheers!

  2. Unknown's Gravatar Unknown
    February 19, 2006    

    It’s the sign-in thing…it took me several tries just to get this far. I never use my Passports any more, so it’s hard to remember what they are when the occasion demands.

  3. Katrina's Gravatar Katrina
    February 20, 2006    

    Today marks my first experience into the world of Blogs.  I had heard of them, but til now, had no need nor interest particularily.
    Today I happened upon MSN "My Space" and have created my first attempt and added my first blog entry.
     
    It was with great delight that I click on your space.  How soothing the music, how thought-provoking today’s entry (Feb. 19th).   It is so polished & refined that I must go back and refine my space some more.  (How does one add music?)
     
    Thank you so much for your inspiration!
    Sending you wishes of peace & prosperity from Canada to Korea!
     – Katrina

  4. Stephan's Gravatar Stephan
    February 20, 2006    

    very new at Blogging , find your space wich also inspired me a little (o.k. a lot) hope we can share ideas and stories ,

  5. Unknown's Gravatar Unknown
    February 20, 2006    

    if u really wanna adventure
    come over to china for the best risk

  6. Fantazmagorya's Gravatar Fantazmagorya
    February 20, 2006    

    hello there,I really would love to join ur journeys across the world , i am from Egypt , i didnt start my Adentures yet , i ve been training ,and increasing my skills and talents to perfect and ready for such things,i really want to explore different places in the earths,find secrets and remnants even may be some special messages that was meant and left for us to find it,to hunt treasures,etc…am sorry for leaving u this message as a comment in ur (personal-Philosophy) section with in ur block,and am really thanking you for the nice information about ur strategies and thinking in the money world…tell me about ur trips , and the aim of this trips,coz i really hate the touristial related trips,when they just come to watch and they beleive it as a fun,and beleive me,nothing is more precious,more beautyfull than contacting the nature physicaly and spiritualy ,about me
    i am ABdo  20 years old cairo/Egypt 195 cm tall strong mascular body ,am crazy in computer and digital technology ,medicine ,and physics ,i am a national champion in wrestling,weightlifting , i had excellent trainings in sky diving and scuba diving,and lots of things ,etc,,,i would love to know more about u , and wat u do,IT WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF WE MAD A WHOLE GLOBAL TEAM OF WORLD ADVERNTURES BY COMBINING THE WHOLE TEAM TOGETHER AND CONNECTING THEM DIGITALY,,,COZ DIGITS ARE MIGHTY,,,BYE BYE,,,SALAMO ALEEKOM

  7. Fantazmagorya's Gravatar Fantazmagorya
    February 20, 2006    

    THIS IS MY EMAIL FOR A CONTACT LINK
     
    Beasts_Master@hotmail.com
     
    I AM NOT BLOGGING YET….

  8. Angeline's Gravatar Angeline
    February 20, 2006    

    Hi Mike, your model is great!  You did not miss any aspect of life.  You are doing great as a husband and father.  Maybe, you need to create time to exercise in a fun way with your family together. Hope my comments are helpful.
    Angeline

  9. Cheryl's Gravatar Cheryl
    February 23, 2006    

    Looking at you space because it was a featured one.  I have found your space rather interesting not at all what I expected.  As for you lifestyles model I like the idea of it but I feel that family and home should be in the center of it. I feel that if people put more into family and home we as a world would probably be better off in the long run.
     
     On a different note, I would be very interested in finding out how you were able to add musice to you space.  I love the bagpipes and would like to find some music to add to mine.

  10. B K's Gravatar B K
    February 23, 2006    

    The only thing I can see missing from the model is where do you put your friends? 

  11. B K's Gravatar B K
    February 23, 2006    

    By the way, I do like the fact that faith and spiritual growth are at the center.  As a Christian, I feel that if God is at the center of your life and you’re truly endeavouring to follow godly principles in life, then all the other areas of life will be impacted positively through that focus.

  12. smpx's Gravatar smpx
    March 7, 2006    

    http://www.wall32.comYOUR WEB PAGE(nice spaces and pics!!!)
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