Habit Building in 2014


Last year a few months after Leo was born, I went to see my childhood dentist, who promptly told me I needed a root canal and 11 fillings. Not bad for having not really gone consistently to a dentist for 10 years (except for 2 other teeth I had to pull in that time), but still disappointing because I've gone countless times since to fix all the problems in my mouth. Well, no more. Ever since that first appointment, I've started to floss every night before bed and I intend to keep it up. Flossing has finally become a habit after years of knowing I should do it but not.

I cannot tell you what a big deal it is to be able to say that, and since realizing this has indeed become a habit, I began to ask myself "why now?" What it boiled down to was me being so sick and tired of my mouth being problematic that I decided to take caring for my mouth seriously.

And that was that.

This attitude is boiling into other areas of my life as well. I don't know where it's coming from, but I'm filled with a desire to take action, whether it's the blog, business, the house, my kids. I've spent so much time (YEARS!) talking about things that I want to get done, never committing fully to anything in case it tanks and I get disappointed. I'm sick and tired of that. I want all that to change however, and I truly believe that habits will help.

Encouraged by my success with flossing, here are some other habits I will be working on this year:

  • Making the bed every morning
  • Blogging every weekday ( so far so good!)
  • Incorporating a daily cleaning routine into my schedule
  • Tidying up the house (with particular emphasis on the kitchen) before going to bed
  • Journaling regularly (not quite sure what that means yet)

These all have to do with a greater desire to

  • Live in a beautiful and orderly environment
  • Stay in touch with my self
  • Keep my creative juices flowing

I definitely won't be tackling these all at once, and I certainly won't be expecting success right away, but I will be chipping away at them slowly as I feel my determination to work on them intensify. I've been extremely kind to myself as I've worked on flossing and blogging, and I've discovered something interesting: the kinder to myself I've been, the more determined I've been to not let myself down. I fully embrace not having the answers and not forcing changes that just aren't ready to be made yet. This should be interesting, and I'm so excited about a new year of habits.

p.s. I've been subscribed to Leo Babauta's Habits of Entrepreneurs (NOT an affiliate link) and it's been so great to watch what habits do for successful entrepreneurs (who also happen to be really nice people.) It's a paid subscription, so the quality is great and I've enjoyed it so far.