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Life Compass Living is for those who want to be good at adulting, aging, and assisting others through the challenges of growing up and growing old. It will help you reduce your fear and anxiety, gain confidence about the future, enrich your most important relationships, and connect you to more resources than you know about right now.
You will learn all you need to know so that you and your family can say, “We help one another flourish in every stage of life and manage life transitions with elegance. We do that by helping one another create LIFE COMPASS PLANS to build the lives we want, with the People we want, in the Place we want. We help one another put those Plans together and find the resources to make them a reality.”
The Life Compass Plan Protocol is based on aging science, family systems theory, and an extensive study of how to support effective conversations and decision making. You will learn how to have your Essential Conversations defined as “talking to the most important people about the most important things in our lives.” Those Essential Conversations will enrich your relationships and give you what you need to make life plans to fulfill your shared life vision. Life will always be uncertain and include some chaos but with Life Compass Living you will become more confident about a future you can shape. You will also be prepared to deal with life transitions when they happen.
This is a “how-to” for real people who want to share life well by using their time, money, and relationships in a life plan that works for everyone.
George H Fuller Jr – Life Compass Living was born out of George’s 40 years as a minister and community leader focused on the homeless, mental illness, older adults, and addiction. He also wanted to collect and share some wisdom found in the crucible of his 13-year journey as a caregiver (with his family) for both his parents and his in-laws through the end of life. He discovered how confusing and emotionally draining it was to be a caregiver. The Life Compass Plan Protocol utilizes aging science, brain science, motivational interviewing, and family systems theory. The process helps people of all ages navigate the complexities of aging and address young adults’ insecurities while securing the resources needed to share life with those we love. George holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry with a specialty in small-group process. He is also a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and a Family and Financial mediator.
George’s greatest passion is his family, including his wife Tammy, his two sons, Tripp and Steven, their partners in life Alecia and Chase, and his awesome grandchildren. They give him his favorite role as Gpops. Elgin, Wake, Khora, Beckon, Haven, and River motivate his determination to strengthen our families of choice and heal the world they will inherit. His hobbies include guitar, music gigs singing classic acoustic rock, fishing, hunting, porch time with friends and neighbors, and reading focused on the sciences, spirituality, biographies, and poetry. (Recently, he has added a near addiction to podcasts.)
The best day of the week is date night with Tammy. The best time of the day is spent in his chair before the sun rises and the demands arrive. That is where he reorients himself to his Life Compass and anticipates the way he will invest his life in the day.
The answer may be “no one”. You will learn how to choose the ways you want to depend on others and invite them to depend on you. (page 72 and 94) Being responsible “for” someone is very different than being responsible for them. (page 56) We all need to know who will be responsible for supporting us in a crisis and we all can give the gift of availability in a plan that encourages personal responsibility. (Chapter 6, page 193)
Yes. In fact, you must start work before you seek their input. You will see how you can always develop your Life Compass Plan and let others participate as they are willing and able. You will use the tools of Parallel Planning (page 90) and let the Six Factors that impact how you can share life inform what you might expect from yourself and others. (page 99).
You may be tempted to take action to finance your fears but we will show you how to slow down and resource your relationships, beginning with how you care for yourself and honor your truest way of living and flourishing as yourself. You will learn why a Life Compass should guide all you do (page 12) and just what that includes (Chapters 2, 3, and 4). You will also learn the specific tasks of a First Folder Checklist (Chapter 6) that will get you started and quickly reduce your vulnerability and enrich a few of your most important relationships.
Yes. It is the same kind of stress that leads to growth in love and mutual support. The tools of LERA (page 88) and the ordered stages of Essential Conversations (page 90) will reduce the stress and maximize the power of the Shared Life Vision you create (page 97).
You will learn how to build a budget that enables you to be with the people you love and help one another share life and fulfill dreams. (chapter 7) That will take less money than the budget for a life when services and experiences must be purchased and there is no one you can count on to share and expand the joys of being home and on your daily adventure. It is probably less than $80K a year per household and a Family of Choice might be wealthy in ways money can only enhance.