How to stick to a habit

I love to read, and the latest author I’ve encountered is Gretchen Rubin. I have to admit there are a few things in her books that irk me (like her stance on water, artificial sweeteners, and diet soda – that’s another story altogether!) but she does have a lot of valuable insights to share. One of my big interests these days is habit formation so Better Than Before was on the must-read list.

One insight in particular from that book, which has provided more than one lightbulb moment on the homefront, is

Growth and Resistance

Winter is a natural time for going inside – literally and figuratively in your heart and in your thoughts. It’s become more popular to have a “theme” for the year, and I’m glad the trend is happening.  I think it’s a much more natural and fruitful way of going about life than New Year’s Resolutions – especially for women. In my circles, we come up with 3 words to focus on for the year: “seeds” to plant in the fallow of winter and allow to germinate and grow over the year. The analogy is one that speaks to me deeply, and I have found that the act of consciously planting these “seeds”, as a form of intention, really does set some interesting things in motion. Be careful what you wish for!

Peeling back the layers to your true intention

Intention is the act of focusing on something specific, which impacts both mind and energy. In reality, we are creating intentions at some level every moment of the day with our thoughts, and, sadly, many of our thoughts are a stream of negative commentary about ourselves and what’s around us. Now, wouldn’t you rather consciously choose what your focus will be?

What to do when life turns upside down

When there is too much going on – or at least too much of the wrong things! – pressures, heightened emotions, disagreements, or whatever else may be happening in your life.

I know how it is. We all cycle through it periodically. Sometimes life throws unexpected curves our way, so the question is not why or when, but how. How do we navigate it all? How do we manage when life turns upside down?

"Peace begins with me"

"Peace begins with me"

Like many people, the events of the world have me feeling somewhat discomforted and unsettled. Delving deeper, I’ve been feeling a greater awareness of each of us as individuals. As the saying goes, peace begins with me.

It begins with each one of us.

It begins in each of our families.

And when we can’t truly get a handle with what’s happening in our own hearts and minds, in our homes, and in our neighbourhoods, how can we expect events to transpire any differently?

So I offer these questions for you to ponder and journal about

21 days to form a habit? I don't think so!

21 days to form a habit?  I don't think so!

I've never believed - and honestly get a bit irritated when I hear it - that "it takes 21 days to form a habit." After all, I've done things for 21 days, or more, only to drop them again... and then wish I could more easily get back into a routine with whatever it was.

I don't think I'm a hopeless case, and I don't think I'm all that unusual either. So (naturally!) I figured the statement must be one of those things that is massively misquoted.

Well, it turns out I was partly right - and partly wrong too.

Easy beet and apple salad

Easy beet and apple salad

We all know we need to eat more veggies... but we get tired of the same old things.  We've also become conditioned to variety, so we tend to be able to eat more healthy foods when there is a mixture of flavours and textures.  The challenge, of course, is the time and effort involved in food preparation.

This recipe is a family favourite, and one that the kids never grow tired of.