Sometimes I see ads on Facebook and they look kind of sketch. Lately though, I've been getting things that are more legit like Hungryroot (which is still deliciously fabulous by the way). Just the other day, I saw an ad for vitamins. I know, never take candy from strangers, but I checked these people out and nobody has been carted off in a non-descript van so far as I can tell. Plus, the vitamins taste like peppermint instead of fish bowl and disappointment. I got my first bottle in the mail the other day and was delighted to discover that they come with stickers. There is a little card with numbers 1-21 and 21 corresponding stickers. Every day you take a vitamin, you get to mark off a number with a sticker. This is designed to help you create a healthy habit.
I love stickers. I love them almost as much as ice cream and puppies. This got me thinking about the piles of stickers I have in my craft drawer and all the motivational pictures I've been printing off of pinterest. I thought, if I get a sticker for taking vitamins, what else can I get them for. Then I had an epiphany: do something else for 21 days. Make more habits only good ones to replace the bad ones. So that's what I've been doing. I made a morning routine and an evening routine. In the morning I get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then take my vitamins, shower and dress, and eat breakfast. I've even got Ian eating breakfast with me. Then, at night, I shine my sinks (something the flylady taught me), pack lunches, lay out my clothes, and brush my teeth and take off my makeup.
I just started a new job with the city on Monday and I can't tell you how much this has helped me. Eventually, these routines will become habits and I will be able to branch out and do all the things (ok, maybe not all the things, but a lot of the things). The older I get, the more I realize that most things aren't impossible, they just look that way until you get out the blow torch and a weed eater and cut them down to size.
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