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A few weeks ago, in the midst of feeling overwhelmed and a bit ‘out of control’ of my life (by out of control, I am referring to my eating and spending habits, my anxiety levels weren’t in check, etc.), I decided to implement a 60 day habit challenge. I thoughtfully chose five habits that I would complete every day for 60 consecutive days. I chose things that I wanted to do badly, so it would be as natural for me as brushing my teeth. These daily habits included: taking the dogs for a walk, reading 10 pages, drinking a certain amount of water, no screen time for at least 30 minutes after I woke up, and (minimum) 10 minutes of stretching, core work, or yoga.
Easy enough, right?
Week one was great. I felt excited, motivated, and I fairly easily completed those five habits every day.
The next week I went on a snowboarding trip for my birthday—and being out of town—well, most of those habits went out the window for that long weekend. (But the trip was a blast and I don’t regret one second!
The following week I got back on track, but it became a little stressful to make sure I did all these things each day. It felt overwhelming. I was getting frustrated with myself that I couldn’t easily complete these five things each day.
At that point, I had an ‘a-ha’ moment. I realized that trying to build FIVE new habits all at once is a bit unrealistic (for me anyway). No wonder I was frustrated. Making or breaking ONE small habit at once is likely a more realistic approach. Then, once that habit is mastered, move on to another habit.
The good parts that came out of this (failed) habit challenge? The no screen time for the first 30 minutes after waking up… that one really stuck. At this point, I think I can officially consider it a habit. It comes naturally. I have also enjoyed going to a yoga class a couple of times a week at Wildlight Wellness. For this CrossFit girl who did NO stretching, that’s a big step! I’ve also been taking daily multivitamins, and overall eating a bit healthier. I take the dogs for a walk most every day (unless it’s raining) and I definitely am drinking more water than I was before. Life certainly isn’t perfect, but I feel more in control.
I share this because I’m a big believer in habits. I think our lives are basically made up of a bunch of little habits that we do each day. From brushing your teeth to making your bed to the things you pick out at the grocery store and your coffee order. It is very possible to change your life in a BIG way by creating new habits and dropping bad ones. Based on my experience, I’d encourage you to choose ONE habit at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? Be patient with yourself and know that the good stuff—the important stuff—takes time.
We are thrilled to have Dr. Nichols on our cover this month! I had the pleasure of meeting her at this cover shoot and she and her team are such genuine and kind people! Read all about Nichols Hearing & Audiology HERE.
April (and early May) are CHOCK full of events! It almost feels (dare I say it?)… back to normal!
Here are a few you may want to add to your calendar! (and as always, check out our full calendar of events on page 112 and on our website, forsythwoman.com):
- Empty Bowls
- Trellis Hope Run
- Clemmons Community Day
- Forsyth Woman Mag’s Girls’ Night Out
- Hope du Jour
- Triple Crown Casino Night
- Clemmons Lip Sync Battle
- Tour of Fine Spaces
Oh, and ICYMI—our first-ever Women on the Move Conference happened on Monday, March 28th! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages (@forsythmags) for photos and videos from the event! Stay tuned for our 2023 WOMC date!
We hope you enjoy reading through this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together! As always, if you have any comments or just want to say hello, feel free to send me an email! [email protected]
Wishing you a happy and healthy month of April!
All my best,