growth · self-care

The Essential 7 #heartsoulmindbodyspirit

loved this week’s episode of Happier With Gretchen Rubin.

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Gretchen and her sister/co-host, Elizabeth Craft, talked about the essential seven habits.  Most of Gretchen’s writings are about habits and happiness, and she’s identified that most habits fall into seven categories.

I decided to use this week’s reminder of the essential seven habits as an opportunity to examine any changes I might like to make in each of these areas.

1. Eat or drink more healthfully.

Oy – where to begin?

When I am busy or stressed, my healthy eating and drinking habits are the first to be abandoned.  I really don’t even know where to start here.

I guess if I had to pick one change to make – it would be to give up candy.  Especially the stress-induced gummy candy I buy at the gas station on my way home from a crazy day at work.

2. Exercise regularly.

This is the question of the day: how do I effectively exercise while spending time with my baby boy?

There will be a dance party when Teddy is big enough for the jogging stroller.  (It’ll be at least two more months, I think; head control is key!)

Until that day, my proposed change is to take a walk with Teddy (and Tee?!) every day after work.

3. Save, spend, and earn wisely.

This one’s pretty easy.


I really can’t make it any clearer.

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4. Rest, relax, and enjoy.

Make your evening routine more hygienic and peaceful – pajamas, music, screen-free, headphones-free.

5. Stop procrastinating. Make progress now.

Figure out how to make money writing.  Or, if now’s not the right time for that – just write like a motherfucker until you have time to figure it out.

6. Simplify, clear, and organize.  

Get to your personal inbox zero every day – texts, e-mails, phone calls.  Handle your personal communication as efficiently as you handle your work communications.

7. Engage more deeply.

This one’s a secret, for now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to report on progress eventually.


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