Creating a habit

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I’ve heard that it takes 21 days for someone to make or break a habit. Does it?


This blog is about putting that idea to the test. Over the course of 2015, I plan on spending 28 days focusing on one aspect of my life that I think deserves sharper focus and attention. Never really having been fond of annual resolutions myself, I understand that January is the time of the year to consider aspects of life that we would like to change or improve and attempt to establish overall goals for the year ahead. Really though, like our responsiblities and interests, our goals should change over time, especially as we work toward and reach one, then another and so on.

In 2015, I resolve to be more aware of myself, my body and my mind and to nourish those aspects of myself just as I honor and nourish my marriage, my son’s growth, and my personal and professional relationships.

The plan…

  • January: Fitness
  • February: No Sugar
  • March: No Alcohol
  • April: Limited Budget
  • May: Learn an Instrument
  • June: Learn a Language
  • July: Sewing what we need, or buying it used
  • August: Purging of Stuffs
  • September: Organizing life
  • October: Vegetarianism ?
  • November: TBD
  • December: TBD

As you can see, I have not yet finished the monthly theme list for the latter part of 2015. I will, but if you have suggestions, please do share in the comments! I also reserve the right to modify this plan before the month has arrived.

I don’t want to say too much about the month’s themes before their time. I will say though, that some months terrify me while others are simply an experiment in self-control. I don’t think I am alone in thinking that life is too comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to have what we have and do what my family is able to do. However, convenience has a tendency to breed laziness and I believe I come from a culture of contradictions, but also increasing laziness. It is important for me to know that I can rise above this before I have to, or am otherwise forced to because of decreasing availability or mobility. It is additionally important because, while my son is probably too young to know what is happening now, one day he will understand through the positive actions I undertake over 2015 and beyond that he does not have to follow the herd, that he can brave his own path and have it not be an alien endeavour for him.

Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This a tundra flower, specifically a Pasque Flower. It is a robust perenial that grows in the northern northwest of the United States up to northern Alaska. In spite of severe cold, it returns to bloom every year.  Throughout hardship it perseveres.

Pasque flower is a pretty tundra plant. It is a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which is Latin for little frog. The name was given to the family because a group of plants in this family grow where frogs live. (From

2 thoughts on “Creating a habit

    • Thanks for your comment of encouragement!

      I think I will, which means my family will too. It will be interesting, to say the least!! I live in the land of MEAT!!! Meat, potatoes, and beer to be more precise!!!


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