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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?