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Hello, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was fairly productive, but still relaxed. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I wanted to begin today’s post by thanking you for your outstanding response to my 52 Habits post I shared a week ago. It was comforting to know that others are feeling the same way as me. I also hope that those of you who decided to check out You Are a Badass (How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life) are enjoying it as much as I did. Be sure to let me know your thoughts below. As promised, I wanted to give you a little recap / update. I think I’m going to do this every couple weeks and see how that works. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read my 52 Habits post here.)

Week 1: Work out for 30 minutes every day before noon.

As I’ve heard over and over again, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Exercise has always been a part of my life, but it was never a priority or a habit. In fact, it was always the first thing to get cut from my so-called busy life. But here’s the thing: if I can spend a half hour on social media or watching a show on TV, then I can certainly find the time to exercise. Right? In addition to just working out, I decided to commit myself to doing it before noon as I didn’t want this habit to become a stressor. Doing it before noon meant that I wouldn’t have to worry about fitting it in later in the day.

So, how’d I do? Pretty good actually. I only missed one day. And honestly, I’m kicking myself for missing that day. I was stressed out and it just didn’t happen. I didn’t push myself enough. However, I didn’t let the habit fade away when I missed one day, I got right back to it the following day. Part of the reason I skipped this day too was because I was struggling with the workout method I chose. With the weather being so bad, I decided to try the T25 exercise videos. While I’m sure they work great, I quickly learned they just aren’t my thing. I’m not coordinated enough to follow along. Hot mess, people. Hot me. So, I started to do Walk Away The Pounds. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Trust me, I do. But here’s the thing, I walk five miles (10,000 steps) every day. That ain’t too shabby, right? It’s better than my usual half hour watching cat videos on YouTube. Right?

Through this I learned that while giving up is obviously the easiest option, I need to find what works for me. If these are going to be new lifelong habits, I better enjoy every minute of it.

Week 2: Clean as you go.

In addition to my daily exercise, I’m adding another habit during Week 2. I actually realized this horrible habit of mine last week. In fact it wasn’t even part of my part my original list and it’s probably one of my worst habits. I blame it on my creative spirit, but no matter what I’m working on, I usually make a mess. Which, is a bad habit on its own. The worst part is I hate cleaning up after any project. Whether it’s washing the dishes after cooking, putting paint supplies away, sticking the clean laundry in the drawer after folding it, putting things away after shopping, etc. You get the point. I usually end up just rushing the process to get it done, which is great in the moment, but not so great down the road.

It hit me last week that this habit causes more stress in my life than any of my “bad” habits. First, I can seriously never find anything. Ever. It’s like my house is one giant junk drawer. Now, I may be exaggerating a bit, but that’s seriously what it feels like sometimes. Second, my house is never ready for company. After closing my B&B, I wanted my house to be a place where my friends and family could always stop by. It’d be a relaxed, organized, and happy home. It’s not a good feeling immediately stressing out when someone pulls into your driveway. Third, I’m positive it will save me time. I’ve always thought that cleaning up quickly and putting things in random locations, shoving things in drawers, etc was very efficient. However, when I spend a half hour looking for my hot glue gun or cleaning off my dining room table because that’s where I put stuff I didn’t want to deal with, I end up wasting time. It’s ridiculous.

I’m hoping that by adjusting this one habit, I’ll be able to eliminate a lot of frustration which will hopefully open up a lot of room for happiness!

Now, I’m only one week in to my 52 Habits journey so I’m not noticing any huge changes. However, I do find myself feeling happier. I also feel a little more encouraged and excited to tackled projects that have been on to-do list for much too long. So, all in all, that’s pretty good! I’ve also started reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It is fantastic! So much so that I’m reading it again.

For those of you joining along, have you made any progress? What habits are you working on?

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  • Becky @ A Calculated Whisk at

    Great ideas! I’ve been working out pretty consistently with Barre3 online videos, but lately I usually don’t start until 8 or 9 at night. I love the idea of making exercise in the MORNING part of the goal. Maybe then I can go to bed earlier, too!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      As long as you are doing it, that’s what matters, right? For me, planning the most important things in the morning works best.

      xo Michael

  • Shannon M at

    I had a hard time getting to your full post from my email ???? I had to eventually click on your 52 habits post and then click on your inspired by charm logo to get to the article. I’m on my iPad…. So I don’t know…..anyway… Great post and motivator. It’s so much easier to get motivated when other people are along for the ride. I’m headed into the tundra of my closet today…. If you never hear from me again…well just call 911…. It’s a dangerous place, my closet!!!! Have some happy today!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      SO sorry about that Shannon. I just switch to a new system to manage daily emails. There should have been a “READ MORE” button, but it somehow disappeared in cyberland. Thanks for your patience. It will be fixed for tomorrow.

      And best of luck with your closet. If you manage to get out, you can come and help do mine next. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Jan Tanis at

    Over the weekend, I made out my list of things that I need to do – without putting them off any longer. I’m not typically a procrastinator…but after a bad fall, then getting Bell’s Palsy and being knocked for a loop for nearly 2 years now…and then one of my Pups dying (only 4 1/2 yrs old) in December, I haven’t felt motivated. But, I knew it was time to at least give it a “try” with some of the things on my To-Do List and start changing my Habits.

    I cleaned out my huge walk-in closet – sent loads of things to Goodwill and the garbage! I rearranged some furniture and found that my “plans” that had been way-laid a while ago, really did work out just like I thought they would.

    I’m waiting for my “Bad-Ass” book to arrive…tomorrow! And, one by one, I’m going to tackle the habits I’ve gotten into since my first debilitating day of Bell’s Palsy – Memorial Day 2012, May 28th. Although I’m not back to my normal {???} self since that day, I’m much better and continuing to improve.

    Good luck to you with your exercising and house-cleaning! 😀

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s fabulous Jan! I’m sure if you keep working as hard as you are you’ll be back to your old self (or even BETTER than you old self) before you know it. Keep believing it! Tell yourself it every mooring! And you’ll get there! Thanks for sharing. I’m cheering you on!

      xo Michael

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    That is so funny. I love dance videos but I quickly learned that it isnt for me. I even got beginner ones and it was just a joke. I end up flailing my limbs around, 5 steps behind and totally unmotivated. Yay for you getting back on that pony!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Omg. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m the same way. I’m sure with anything the more you do it, the better. However, I just didn’t enjoy it.

      xo Michael

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