Managing life by creating the habits you want.

The Why and How of Gratitude Journaling

We have something special today! This is a guest post by my friend Suzie from Cinnamon Sunrise. She’s sharing her knowledge of gratitude journaling – something I have never tried before!

Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling carries a host of benefits, and the act of “being thankful” has been a part of philosophical and spiritual life for most of human history. Gratitude journaling is, at heart, very simple. In some ways, deceptively simple. It’s the act of taking a few minutes each day to write down things from the day that you are grateful for. Continue reading →

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Gain Confidence in 8 Steps

You don’t have to feel confident in order to appear confident. Taking steps to look more confident to others also translates into feeling more confident yourself.

Confident people are more willing to take healthy risks and reap the rewards. This could be in personal relationships, careers, or self-development. People who are low in self-confidence are often averse to risk, afraid to lose what they currently have.

Here are eight ways to appear confident even when you’re not. Continue reading →

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How to Make Exercising a Habit

I don’t enjoy exercising, but I do like being stronger, the endorphin high, and knowing I’m doing something good for my body. There have been periods over the last few years where I was in a very good exercising habit, but in 2017 other things took priority and I found myself exercising less and less until now I can’t remember the last time I exercised. Our abundance of yardwork and projects this summer has helped me get outside, but I know I’ve lost strength and flexibility that I used to have.

Periods of consistency and irregular or non-existent exercise habits are common for a lot of people. Exercising more is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. Why is it such a hard one to keep? Continue reading →

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Keeping Habits While on Vacation

One of the easiest ways to keep your habits on track is with a regular routine. If you are used to washing your face and brushing your teeth right before you go to bed, you are likely to keep doing it. If you always take a walk around the block during your work break, it’s easy to remember. What do you do if your regular routine is shaken up? You might stay up later than normal and so feel too tired to wash your face, or forget to go on a walk over the weekend when you don’t have that regular break to remind you.

Taking a vacation is an obvious example of this. The whole purpose of vacations is to get out of your daily grind. You’re usually in a new place, doing things that you don’t normally do. This makes it easy to forget the things that you do normally do. Your workflow is broken. Continue reading →

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How to Drink More Water

You’ve probably been told to drink more water many times in your life. A common recommendation is 8 glasses a day. This is easy to remember, but does not measure your personal level of hydration. You may need more or less depending on the weather, your health, and how much you exercise. Continue reading →

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Meal Planning for Beginners

I used to come home from a long day at work tired and stressed, and then have to decide what’s for dinner. Hamburger helper, anyone? As I discovered in my own life and verified while researching for my decision fatigue post, my brain clocks out at that time of day. I dreaded the daily dinner decision, and so I turned to meal planning to solve it.

I didn’t do anything scientific. My husband and I would just think of a few meals we’d like to eat that week and jot them down. Often we would make some meal decisions at the grocery store as well. We were childless and both working full-time, so that worked for us. When I cut down my working hours, some of my goals were to cook more from scratch and spend less on our groceries. Continue reading →

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