6 Habits I’m Working On Mastering

3 weeks.

21 days.

That’s how long someone once said that it takes to form a habit.

Studies have now been done that show it takes somewhere more like 2-8 months, depending on the habit.   Nothing miraculous is going to happen at day 21 that is life changing.

Either way, you can’t get started doing good things and making positive changes unless you start with day ONE so….

Here are some things that I’m working on right now.  Some of them I should have been doing all the time (ahem…. #1) but I’m a work in progress in every area of my life.

#1 Making the bed.

I feel so accomplished when my bed is made before I leave the room.  I also think that I sleep better in a bed that is nice and straight.

Before I quit working full time, I had to leave for work about 6:30 a.m. and I just couldn’t seem to get this little task done before heading out the door.  Now that I’m doing it, I realize it actually only takes about two minutes.  Sigh.

#2 Drinking more water.

I have a 30 oz cup and I try to fill it three times throughout the day.  I am trying to adjust to drinking plain water but I do prefer a flavor packet or lemon added.  My search now is to find a flavor packet that does not contain aspartame.

#3 Walking more.

I am trying to walk at least 7,000 steps a day.  For some of you, that may seem like nothing. For others, it may seem like a lot.  I encourage you to track your steps for a while just to see where you are measuring in your daily steps.  I had a Fitbit but it was lost in the flood.  I have recently bought a cheap knock off and it has worked just as well.

My husband and I also walk a mile a day using one of the Leslie Sansone videos that is available through you tube.  We started with this slow one and now prefer this one by her walking partner, Nick.

I prefer walking outside when the weather cooperates.  A little pavement therapy always lifts my spirit!

#4 Being positive.

I am working, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to take my thoughts captive.  I am prone to worry but I am so thankful to say that I have been able to remove much of that anxiety from my life.

I’ve also had to make some changes in who I choose to engage in long conversations.  Some people are just more likely to pass worry on to me.  I have been convicted that worry is a sin and I am thankful that I have made some progress in that area.

#5  Cutting out Processed Foods.

I know. I know.  It’s the latest trend and the food pyramid is deceptive. Everyone is counting carbs.  That being said, I do feel much better when I cut out the processed food.  We are certainly not Whole 30 around here but we aren’t eating the Little Debbie cakes either.

I’ve made progress on this in a few ways.  I’m too frugal to waste money.  Enrolling in our CSA and paying for it up front forces me to cook and eat more vegetables.

#6 Saying no.

This is a new one for me and it might sound a bit pessimistic.  I mean, shouldn’t we search out opportunities and just go for them?

For the past month, we haven’t been home much during “home” schooling.  I said yes to so many things and our calendar filled quickly.  They were good things but they took time, energy, and resources that just left me feel overwhelmed.

Since recognizing this, I have tried to say no to things that don’t align with our mission.  I left the hustle and bustle two years ago with the hope of creating a calm, peaceful day.  I have to be careful not to get sucked back into the rat race mindset.

I’m always a work in progress.  I know that there are many areas in which I could improve.  Baby steps. 🙂

What about you?  Anything new that you are working into (or out of) your life?

 

Banned Words

She always goes first!  

She never takes turns!

My fourth grader is currently using the curriculum Institute for Excellence in Writing.  In one of the early lessons, the students were given a list of banned words.  Words such as good, bad, like, and said were banned from their papers.  The students were given a list of alternative words to use to make their writing more interesting to the reader.  For instance, using words such as  state, assert, claim, and announce rather than using say and said.

It has certainly helped to advance her writing ability.

My girls don’t fight often, but when they do it escalates quickly.  This week has been one of those weeks.  I was reminded (during an argument between the girls) of a rule that we have in our home that fits the “banned words” category.  When they want to “report” on each other  (tattle) they often say, “She NEVER or she ALWAYS.”

At the beginning of this year, I banned those words.  I have to remind them every now and then but they understand that using those words isn’t accurate.  There are very few instances in which someone ALWAYS or NEVER does something.  It just isn’t a true statement.  It is an unfair assessment.

Banning those words has actually caused the girls to pause before making an accusation against someone.

As an adult, I know that I often need to stop and think before I speak.  Hopefully I can instill this in them in the early years!

What about you?

Other than the obvious inappropriate words, are there words that you don’t allow in your home?

 

What’s Cookin’?

I’m that person who looks at what others are buying in the grocery store.  I love to check out the conveyor belt and try to figure out what’s on the menu.  Is that weird?

I think this is mostly because I get tired of cooking the same.things.every.week.  Your shopping cart may have just the culinary inspiration that I need.

I’m putting my menu plans for the week out here so that if you lack inspiration, or if there is a dish that you have forgotten about, maybe you will get an idea.

Monday  – We have Bible Study Fellowship so we always needs a quick meal.

Taco Night

ground beef, shredded cheese, instant pot refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream

Tuesday 

Breakfast Night

stone ground grits (in our CSA box last week), scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and smoothies

Wednesday

Mississippi Roast in the crockpot, rolls in the bread machine

Thursday

Instant Pot Ribs (amazing), vegetables that come in our CSA box this week

Friday

Grilled Pork chops, parmesan asparagus, mashed potatoes

Saturday 

Leftovers

Sunday

Birthday Lunch Out

 

Breakfast is usually either muffins ( I use Krusteaz classic mix from Sam’s and rotate between strawberry, chocolate, and blueberry add ins), cereal, or smoothies.

Lunches consists of sandwiches and chips,  toothpick lunches (the girls’ name for their favorite lunch-things that can be eaten with a toothpick such as banana slices, crackers, sliced cheese sticks, and diced fruit), or simple pizzas from pita breads, shredded mozzarella, and sauce.

 

I hope that maybe you’ve found an idea or two that you’d like to try or had forgotten.  If you have a second, tell me in the comments what you’re cookin’ at your house.