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Five habits I want to adopt

Let me start off by excusing me for the quality of the blog post you’re going to read. I still have to write most of it, even though it’s 23:33. I’m tired, I’ve been emotional all day. I don’t have my shit together. But if I don’t post today, I lose my last “skip day” and then it’s basically game over for my 40 Days of Blogging. So, you can all thank the sheer amount of stubbornness I have on days like these for this post. I turn into a bit of weed and stand there. Or in this case, write.

One of the suggested topics for 40 Days of Blogging was: “Which habit are you trying to teach yourself. Or is there a bad habit you want to get rid of?”

I basically never run out of things I want to teach myself of things I want to change about myself (either habits or new skills). I think you can completely shape yourself the way you want to, but it’ll take time and effort. Often I try to make changes, but I run out of willpower before I’m really there. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, better to have tried and learned something about it, than being completely stuck.

At the moment I’m  working on:

  • being kinder to myself – I have low self-esteem and I put the bar for myself quite high. Not an awesome combination, so I’m really trying to be kinder to myself. When I’m thinking about things I’m doing or have done I try to change the way I phrase what I think about myself. Or when I do something stupid, I try not to call myself stupid. The number of times I catch myself being overly harsh is a bit of a shock to me. And if I’m this harsh on myself, I’m probably also to others.
  • get into the habit of doing high-intensity training three times a week (Hello Jillian!) – because I feel like all my muscles melted away. And I need to make my knees work so they stay strong. Cartilage or not, I’m not planning on getting new knees.
  • painting and drawing more – I wish I already had the habit by new of daily drawing, but I still haven’t mastered it. I often feel this call, this urge to grab my pencils or my brushes and paint and I’ve taught myself to ignore it (to my horror). I also want to go to drawing school at least once a week. Since I started the course I’ve had a hard time going regularly There always seems to be a reason not to go.
  • reading more – with some careful planning (such as by not writing my blog post last thing in the day 😉 ) I should be able to get some reading in. Not sure how to cope with falling asleep after only one paragraph, though.
  • spending more time in nature – two year’s ago I put on my birthday list to do more walks & spend more time outdoors. I really loved the hikes we did back then, but it never became a habit. I think going for a long walk in nature should be something I do at least once a month, but preferably more. So, it’s time to get back into this.

So, those are the habits I want to get into. Which habits do you want to create? Or do you have a bad habit you want to break? I didn’t get into my bad habits, the post would never end. 😉

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2 Comments

  • Reply Le petit requin 23 March 2017 at 11:35

    Mooie veranderingen alleszins! Het superstreng zijn voor jezelf herken ik veel te goed. Mijn broer wijst er mij vaak op wat ik eigenlijk tegen mijzelf zeg wanneer ik iets – volgens mij – niet goed doe. Dingen als “stom kalf”, “domme trut”, “stom kieken”. No way dat ik zo’n dingen ooit tegen anderen zou zeggen, maar tegen mijzelf is dat blijkbaar geen probleem. Precies of wij zijn zelf geen mensen die wat respect verdienen… Raar toch he?

  • Reply Asti || atypicalnarrative 24 March 2017 at 15:14

    Haha, this list of habits is one from my own mind! This year I’ve also been working on being kinder to myself, exercising regularly (I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 90 Day Shred!), drawing more, reading more, and encouraging myself to get out more (even if it’s just walking my dogs). Great minds think alike 😉

    I think the first one is the hardest and one that I’ve been working on the most this year so far. I find what works best for me is consciously taking notes about what I like about myself. Each day when I do something that goes well I tell myself I’m kick ass and each night before I go to bed I write a list of things I’m thankful for. I find that as I continue to do this my mind is slowly finding it easier to turn towards those thoughts during the day instead of the bad ones. (And then the challenge is, when I do have bad days, to accept them. As in sometimes I sabotage myself and find myself getting angry and then I just have to remind myself it’s okay, we all have bad days.) So yes, good luck with that one. It’s hard but it’s possible!

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