Creating Good Habits
I've been thinking about how we create good habits. What makes us choose them and execute the steps to create them. For me, everything starts out with a list. When you write down what you want to achieve, seeing the goal on paper makes it real.
Years ago, I wanted to pray more, start a journal, and incorporate exercise into my daily life. The spiritual goal was quite easy. I just started. I had some prayer books and picked out what I wanted to read. Over the years, I've added more prayers, readings and feel that I've met my goal that I set out so long ago. I have a list of people and intentions that are in my prayers.
The journal writing was a bit trickier. I used to journal when I was a teen and young adult. I don't know why I quit. I wanted to start up again and something stopped me. Maybe I wanted perfection? Maybe I thought my writing would be boring. I really don't know. I do remember though buying the perfect journal and the perfect pen and just doing it. Who cares whether it is good or bad? It's for me and me alone. I must say that Amanda from the habit of being blog and her prompts have been motivating and a source of inspiration.
This past week, I've been participating in a journaling class that is being offered by Lori at project based homeschooling-campcreek blog. She generously offered this class free to celebrate her birthday last month. I've been receiving emails every day with nitty gritty thought provoking words and more inspiration. I'm loving it. Through this class, I've broaden my view of my journals and have some ideas of expanding how I create in them.
Lastly the exercise.....This has been the toughest habit to incorporate because I LOVE to sit. Really, that is what a knitter does, sits and knits. In March, I started doing beginning yoga with this app- yoga studio. Oh how I love it. There are quite a few beginner's programs to choose from and I can do the routines in my home. I have noticed a significant improvement in my flexibility and strength. Moving my body makes me feel much better.
You already know I walk Frodo. In the past, this was a few times a week. Now I walk him daily sometimes twice daily. Both my husband and I bought activity trackers, mine is a Withings pulse and his is a fitbit one. We have tons of fun comparing how many steps we've done in a given day. I think it's a fun gadget and a tiny motivational tool.
How do you incorporate a good habit in your life?
Have a lovely weekend!!