How Daily Habits Form Your Life

How Daily Habits Form Your Life

What kind of habits are you cultivating?

Seriously.

Habits are just that, habits. Good habits can be formed. Bad habits can be broken.

So again, what kind of habits are you cultivating?

Are you cultivating healthy eating habits, or bad eating habits? Are you cultivating getting enough exercise or are you cultivating a couch potato lifestyle? Are you cultivating a good work ethic, or are you cultivating laziness?

Everything in life is cumulative. What you do on a daily basis will accumulate into a lifetime of habits. You can break those habits. The choices you make from hour to hour, day to day effect your weeks, your months, your years, your decades.

The good news is, no matter what your age, you can change your bad habits into good habits. You see, it’s all really a matter of choice. Are you going to choose to sit on your backside watching another Netflix show, or are you going to choose to take a walk? Are you going to choose to eat a burger and fries from 5 Guys, or are you going to choose to make a salad at home? Are you going to choose to make those phone calls for your business, or are you going to scroll through Facebook and Instagram?

We make choices all day long and many of those choices are simply habitual. You can make better choices. You can cultivate better habits and get rid of the bad ones.

Here’s a few tips on setting up better habits for yourself:

1. Commit to your new habit for 30 days – I’ve heard 21 days is the time it takes to form a new habit, but hey, if 21 days is good, then 30 days is golden!

2. Make it daily – Consistency is your friend! Something you only do every so often will make it hard for you to form a habit. Whatever new habit you are trying to form, make sure you are doing it daily.

3. Start simple – Don’t try and make drastic changes all at once. You could be setting yourself up for failure. Don’t go from eating junk food 24/7 to eating a strict vegan diet. Some people can do that, but why not start the first 30 days eliminating junk food, then the next 30 days eliminating meat, then dairy? If you want to start exercising, don’t kill yourself on your first day by working out for an hour and a half and then feel like quitting, because you’re so sore the next day you can’t move. Start with a 30 minute walk a day and build from there.

4. Allow yourself some imperfection – Don’t expect to go from no discipline to the most disciplined person on the planet. If you slip, recognize it and get back on track immediately. Don’t use it as an excuse to fall back into your bad habits.

5. Get rid of temptation – Get rid of the things that would make you fail at forming a new habit. Love ice cream, but you’re keeping it on hand for the kids? Get them a flavor they love and you loathe. Need to work on that next manuscript, blog post, business plan, etc., but Facebook is calling your name? Set a time you’ll play on Facebook and Instagram and also set a time just for work. Adhere to those times no matter what!

6. Remind yourself of the benefits – When you start changing out good habits for bad habits, it helps to remind yourself why you are changing them. Better health, longer life, more money, a better life for your family, etc. are all good reasons for changing bad habits.

7. Do it for you – You cannot make changes for someone else. When it’s all said and done, you’ve got to make a decision that the person in the mirror is worth changing. You are worth the healthier body, the better grades, the better job, the more money, the success. Once you decide that, the decision to change your habits will be easier.

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Why You Should Focus Like A Laser To Reach Your Goals

Why You Should Focus Like A Laser To Reach Your Goals

If you’re like me, you have millions of different interests. For instance, I love topics related to writing, reading, true crime, natural health, wellness, longevity, entrepreneurship, real estate, home decor – the list is endless.

Unfortunately, when you are trying to build a business, all of these distractions are just that – distractions.

For many years, I would read conflicting advice regarding multiple streams of income vs. focusing like a laser on one thing to reach your goals.  Which avenue is the correct one? Which way do I go? Who is right?

Finally, I found someone who’s advice I found great value in. Carrie Wilkerson aka The Barefoot Executive advises to focus like a laser on your main goal and once that is successful, you can move on and build the next thing. Eventually, you will have multiple streams of income as you add more and more. However, starting out, you should focus like a laser on that one thing.

I’ve stated before that when I read Jeff Goins' "The Art of Work," it really clarified my thinking as far as what I really wanted to do with my life. Whenever I would read a motivational book or one that was designed to help you find your passion, they all seem to ask the same thing: When you picture your perfect day, what does it look like? Who are you and what are you doing?

For me, that question was easy. I always picture myself as a best-selling suspense author living in Malibu, CA by the beach.

I want to be as big as James Patterson and entertain millions of people with my stories.

So, that means I need to be focusing like a laser on writing and building a readership that reaches millions.

There have been many days where I  was paralyzed and overwhelmed by uncertainty. Where do I go? What do I do? How am I going to do everything I want to do and not go insane?

I had to come to the realization that I cannot do it all. Choices will have to be made and when I make those choices, the question I will ask is, “Does this activity take you closer or further away from your goal?”

Prioritize your life. Figure out what goals you want to accomplish, then focus like a laser on what you need to do to get there.

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This product outsold everything else this year!

This product outsold everything else this year!

And given the way things have been going in 2020, I'm not surprised!

I hate to clean. No, that’s not strong enough. I LOATHE cleaning. However, when I have to, I do not want to use something with a bunch of toxic chemicals that could be hazardous to my family’s health.

I’ve got three children as well as four-legged furry family members to watch out for!

Of course, with kids and pets come spills, mess and dirt. It could be anything from paint spilled on the floor, to grass stains on the jeans, to coffee spilled on the couch. As for the pets …. let’s just say that sometimes they don’t make it outside before nature calls. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, yikes!

You would think with all of this mess, I would keep an arsenal of cleaning products under my sink. You would be wrong.

I USED to keep everything from bleach, to abrasive cleaners, to glass cleaner, stove cleaner, dust remover, stain lifters, carpet cleaners, bug spray. But not anymore. Why?

Because I found the BEST cleaner I've ever used.


All of that other stuff? Gone! I don’t need it anymore! This stuff gets rid of mildew, cleans my carpets, get’s rid of grease, washes my dishes, helps clean my laundry and helps me keep insects and spiders away.

I have even added a few drops of Purification and Lavender and cleaned my dogs with it when I didn’t have time to give them a full-on bath.

Reagan and Zelda

Have you heard of Thieves Household Cleaner?

You can’t get it in stores. When I first joined Young Living I kept hearing from other people how great this non-toxic cleaner was. I was a little skeptical about everyone’s testimonies, mostly because I couldn’t believe one product could do everything they said it could. But it truly is the best cleaner I have ever used. It’s super effective.

So what’s in it? 100% plant – and mineral-based ingredients, including:

Why It’s Economical

Because you’re not buying a million different products for a million different uses, you save time and money by buying one cleaning product. That means you save gas because you’re not making multiple trips to the grocery store (or Target!) to get your cleaning supplies. You will have one, non-toxic, super-efficient cleaner to do it all.

And, because Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate, you only need to use a small amount and dilute it with water to get the job done. For instance, for most all-purpose cleaning, you would just need to dilute 30 parts of water to 1 part of Thieves Household Cleaner. If you break that done by ounces, one 64 oz bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate equals about 128 all-purpose spray bottles (30 oz. each). That’s about 88 cents a bottle! Can you even FIND a non-toxic all-natural cleaner on the market at that price? I can’t!

Want more in-depth Dilution Ratios? Here you go!

  • All-purpose cleaning – 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Heavy degreasing – 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Light degreasing – 60 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Glass and windows – 50-100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner

Check out the title graphic for this post at the top of the page. This is what it did for me when one of my kids let a pot of pasts boil over for about 8 minutes one night. That wasn’t as bad as the time around Christmas when I had a runaway boilover of melted sugar!

Have you ever had that happen to you? Rock-hard, stuck-to-the-surface, thought-I-would-never-get-it-off panic! Thieves Household Cleaner, Baking Soda and some elbow grease got that stuff unstuck and super clean in no time!

Here is a list of 20 uses for Thieves Household Cleaner

1. Refrigerator

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Clean the outside of the fridge, including top, doors, and exterior water and ice areas. Clean the inside of the fridge, including shelves, produce drawers, doors, ice tray, etc. Plus, you don’t have to worry that your produce is touching toxic chemical residue when you store them.

2. Kitchen appliances

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup of water. Clean stovetops, ovens, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, blenders, mixers, etc. Want to easily clean the interior of a microwave? Fill a microwave safe container with 2 cups of water. Place in microwave and heat for 5-10 minutes. The steam will make it easy to clean up food and food particles.

3. Light fixtures

First, dust light fixtures and bowls. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean fixtures, glass bowls, etc. to remove dirt and sticky residue.

4. Kitchen pantry, bathroom vanity, cupboards, inside drawers, under sinks

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2 cups of water. Wipe down kitchen surfaces to remove dirt, sticky residue, etc.

5. Wooden cabinets, tables, furniture

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1 cup of olive oil (add 2-3 drops of Lemon or Orange essential oil for a fresh citrus scent). Wipe down wooden cabinets, tables and other wooden furniture to remove dirt and clean surfaces.

6. Sinks and countertops

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray sinks, countertops and backsplash and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime.

7. Garbage cans

For interior garbage cans, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray trash cans and wipe clean to remove dirt and grime.

8. Toilets

To clean inside toilets, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to a toilet brush. Clean inside of toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes before flushing.

9. Mildew and grout

Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray grout or surfaces with mildew. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Use a small brush to get mildew stains out. Use less water for stronger concentration as needed.

10. Windows, window sills and mirrors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4-5 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon essential oil for a fresh lemon scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.

11. Walls, outlets and vents

First, dust all wall and outlet surfaces. Then, mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 1/2 cups of water. Clean walls, outlets and vents to remove dirt and grime.

12. Floors

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water (add 2-3 drops of Lemon or Orange essential oil for a fresh citrus scent and/or 1 tsp of white vinegar for streak-free clean). Clean windows, sills and mirrors to remove dirt, sticky residue and grime.

13. Carpet and upholstery cleaner

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with about 6 cups of water and add to carpet or steam cleaner. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstery to remove dirt and grime.(Spot test in an inconspicuous location first.)

14. Dishwasher detergent

Add 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to the bottom of the dishwasher to clean dishes.

15. Pots and pans

Mix 1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3cups of water to clean pots and pans.

16. Laundry detergent

Add 1-2 capfuls (depending on load size) of Thieves Household Cleaner to washer to clean clothes.

17. Baby and kids toys

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray toys, play equipment, train tables, doll houses, toy organizers or shelves, etc. to remove dirt and naturally sanitize to kill germs.

18. Exercise equipment, yoga mats, weights, exercise balls, etc.

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray yoga mats, weights, exercise balls and even your shoes to remove dirt and naturally sanitize to kill germs.

19. Hand cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup of Thieves Household Cleaner with 1/2 cups of water and add to a foaming soap bottle. Use as needed to naturally sanitize hands.

20. Stain remover

Got a tough stain on your clothes? Use Thieves Household Cleaner without dilution on the stain. Scrub gently with a small brush until the stain is gone.

I cannot tell you again, how much I love this cleaner! Try some for yourself and you will LOVE it too!

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If You Read One Post About Following Your Dreams, Read This One!

If You Read One Post About Following Your Dreams, Read This One!

Seriously!

I have thought a lot over the weekend about what it means to follow your heart and go for your dream. Whatever that dream may be, it is never too late to move forward.

Several years ago, I read a profile of a woman in the now-defunct More Magazine. She reached her 50th birthday and was bemoaning the fact she never followed her heart and became a doctor. Her friend asked her why she didn’t just go back to school, then medical school and become a doctor now?

Her response? “I’ll be 58 years old by the time I’m finished!” Her friend just looked at her and said, “You’ll be 58 anyway. Do you want to be a 58 year old doctor, or a 58 year old woman still wishing she was a doctor?”

She applied to medical school, got in and is now a practicing physician.

It is never, ever too late. If there is something that has been burning inside you for years, maybe even decades, it is up to you to push forward and try.

Couch to 5K running

Back in 2012, I started on the Couch to 5k program and eventually worked up to running 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I loved it! Then, our family had some extremely stressful things happen in 2014 and I stopped running. It was probably the WORST time to stop running, because my running could have and would have helped with the stress. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I should have pushed myself.

So, here I am years later, starting the Couch to 5k program all over again with my son, Jackson. This is Week 3. I’m not strictly following the Couch to 5k program, so this morning, we ran for 2 minutes straight and walked 90 seconds. We alternated that for 22 minutes. Eventually, we’ll work up to 20 minutes, then 25 and finally 30.

My point about the running is that I asked my son how he was doing this morning after we finished and he said, “Fine. How about you?” I said, “I’m good. It was hard for me, but good. I pushed myself a little further than my comfort zone today and that’s good.” He said, “Me too. It wasn’t bad, but it was past what I thought I could do.”

And that’s what I remember about running to begin with and how running reminds me about life. When I first started running in 2012, I remember thinking, “I can’t even run 60 seconds without feeling like I’m going to die. How am I ever going to run 30 minutes?” But I did! Not only did I eventually run 30 minutes, but most Saturdays, I would get up and run for an hour. I pushed myself past what I had originally thought I could do. Each week, I go a little bit further toward getting where I want to be.

And that’s a great thing to remember about going for your dreams. It’s not that all of a sudden you’re going to reach your goals. It’s that every day, you will need to push yourself a little bit further outside your comfort zone toward your goal. Then one day, when you look back at where you started, you will be amazed how far you’ve come toward reaching that goal.

Like the doctor in the story above, don’t tell yourself you’re too old. Don’t tell yourself you can’t. Just set the goal, make a plan and get to work. Even if you’re just pushing yourself a little extra every day toward making it happen, you’re doing something.

The time is going to pass anyway.

Do you want to use that time to make your dreams come true or not?

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Are You Dreaming or Doing?

Are You Dreaming or Doing?

Are you wishing for your perfect life? The perfect body? The perfect career?

Or … are you working for them?

There is a difference. I know you know there is a difference. I have read all about the Law of Attraction and I do think there is some merit to it. However, I also think you attract what you become.

I’ve touched on this before, but I could sit on my backside all day long watching television and eating Five Guys, meditating and wishing I had a great body. However, if I don’t get up off the couch and start moving, if I don’t make better choices about what I’m putting into my body, that body will never be a reality.

Wishing does not equal working. Wanting something will not make it magically appear.

I visualize myself as being a best-selling author, but if I don’t actually write my stories and get them published, that will be just a dream.

We have to take action to get the things we want out of life. If you’re wishing you could be like Kanye and Kim, what are you doing to make that a reality? If you want to live on a farm and raise horses, what are you doing to realize that dream? If you see yourself as one of the top achievers in your company, what are you doing to make that happen?

No matter what dream you have for yourself, you can make it a reality, but you must take action. A dream without a goal is just a wish.

Dream big. Set goals. Take action.

It’s a really simple formula, but one that far too few actually adhere to.

Most people are great at dreaming the big dreams. They’re great at visualizing fabulous houses, expensive cars, gorgeous jewelry and breathtaking vacations to exotic locations. But that’s usually where things stop. They never take that next step from dreaming to actually doing.

They never sit down and actually write down long term goals and the steps necessary to take them from point A to point B. And if they do go so far as to make a plan, they never take action on that plan.

This is why so few people are successful. Success is hard work. Success is dedication. Success is giving up that television show, scrolling through Facebook or cruising the internet. Success is saying no to the bad for you food and yes to food that nourishes you. Success is actually doing and working for what you say you want.

I’m going to steal a phrase from Brian Tracy, but it’s one I absolutely love.

What one thing, if you did it today, could get you closer to your goal?

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