Habits

I recently went on vacation for a week with my three besties.  It was so nice to get away from the harried schedule of my every day.  We had a very laid back week.  Lots of eating, playing games, watching movies, and sleeping—something I needed more than I realized.

Upon returning home, it has become clear to me how much so many of the things I do, habitually, every day are circumstantial.  For instance, I’ve been a bit of a diet coke hound throughout my life.  It’s just been a habit to go with the girls at work over to get a coke on our morning break.  I didn’t miss it while I was gone.  However—that first day back at work, I was jonesing for a diet coke, big time!  It’s the same with my sleeping habits.  I regularly go to bed late, but on vacation I was ready for bed around 10 (I know—it’s vacation—live a little!).  My wake-up routine was also different.  But, the moment I’m back in my own house, in my own bed, I’m right back to my regular habits.  I hate to admit it, but I also watch way more t.v. than I know is good for me.  Vacation?  Very little t.v.  I did a lot of reading.  At home, I feel like there is no time for reading.

My goal is to keep this awareness about circumstantial habits alive over the next several weeks.  I want to make a contentious note of when I’m doing something just because it is that time of day or just because it has been my habit to, and then take a good hard look at that habit.  Is it serving me?  Is it making me a better person?  Is it affecting my health negatively?  What might I do in its place that would help get a little bit closer to the person I want to be?

It’s time to shake up the routine and look at all the little things as they relate to the big picture.  This could be life changing.

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