Way back in January, I wrote about resolutions and monthly goals. I tried really hard for a while (January, February, some of March?) to always be working toward a goal, then to add another the next month. But changing your habits is hard! Fortunately for me I had a major life event that up-ended every part of my life. A great time to make new habits!
In a Fresh Air episode from March, Terry Gross talked to Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business. Several of the points in that interview were really interesting, like how it’s easier to break a habit in a new environment. And so I took this chance (and the extra time I have) to make some new habits, many that I had been trying to convince myself to do for a long time. The most interesting thing, I think, is that on our trips back to Cincinnati, I so quickly fell out of my new patterns and into my old, especially since we were staying in our house with our familiar stuff and patterns around us.
Most exciting to me are the little things – I added a bunch of things to my bed-time routine. When before I would brush my teeth, squint at myself in the mirror, and flop into bed, I now wash my face, floss my teeth, brush my teeth, and put scar cream on my knees! Because I really would like those scars to fade, pleasethankyou.
Also, I’ve started running pretty steadily. It’s super hot, so most of my running is done indoors on the treadmill. It’s kind of miserable, but between the 8 TVs and my NPR podcasts, I manage to not get too bored. Plus, the treadmills are at an actual gym, so I’ve been lifting weights too! I love to lift but I refuse to pay for a gym membership when I can just run outside FOR FREE. So this treat won’t last forever. Right now it comes with our apartment, and our next apartment, so I have at least 6 more months available to me.
Finally, I’ve been reading a TON. I’m on my 17th book since we moved! It’s been great to get back into reading, and I mostly read in the evenings so I hope it will be something I continue to do.