Nothing Wasted

We awakened to a beautiful snowscape today. The foothills with a sprinkling of white against the periwinkle sky. Evergreens coated in what could be mistaken for globs of frosting. There was a crew hastily shoveling the walkways and clearing snow from the parking lot. I’ve never had to shovel snow yet, I wonder how difficult it is? I decided today would be spent indoors. Brrr.

I joined Audible when they had a special and told myself I’d cancel it when it ended, but oops. I have 2 credits to use, then I will cancel it. They always get me that way, I forget about it and end up paying the regular price until I notice I forgot to cancel. There are so many audiobooks to check out from the library that I don’t need to buy them. I just used one credit, I got https://lorigottlieb.com/books/maybe-you-should-talk-to-someone/. I’ll have to do some research to decide how I want to use my last credit.

It’s hard to feel creative and inspired when you’re under the weather. Yet still, I keep trying. I peck away every day, at least I have this year. This encourages me because eventually, persistence pays off in one way or another. Most things do not progress in a linear fashion. I can take comfort in that. There can be many setbacks along the way, but no matter what, we are growing, learning, becoming stronger and wiser through it all. We are gaining even when on the surface it appears otherwise, we are always benefitting somehow. Nothing is wasted.

I’m wondering if it would be okay to take two baths a day? I feel better after bathing, would it be too greedy to have one in the morning and another in the evening? Why not? I will give it a try. I’ll get more reading done that way too.

I’ve been sipping hot Celestial Seasonings herbal tea all day. I love how the electric kettle sends steam billowing in the air. I waft it towards my face and breathe it in. That reminds me, I will put a pot of water on the stove with cinnamon and vanilla and let it simmer to humidify the air with yumminess.

It looks like I am back to taking it more slowly again. The flu shot triggered something in my immune system, so I am playing it by ear. Oh darn, I won’t be able to do the 30 Day Shred just yet. My weighted hula hoop will stay waiting for me in the corner along with the stability ball and hand weights. I’m losing weight without even trying so that’s a positive. Losing excess fat will help decrease inflammation in my body too.

I’m reading some good tips about changing my habits from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. I’m on Chapter 16 now. To create a good habit you should make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. To break a bad habit you need to make it invisible, unattractive, difficult, and unsatisfying. https://s3.amazonaws.com/jamesclear/Atomic+Habits/Habits+Cheat+Sheet.pdf

I’ve already been putting into practice many of the methods he describes, I’ve picked them up along the way by reading, learning, and experimenting. I keep trying different things until I find what works for me.

I grew up having to practice music every day, so I think that has helped me be more agreeable to doing something extra, routinely every day. I enjoy learning about ways to improve our lives and become healthier, more engaged, and impactful.

I will begin a new habit starting tomorrow. I wish to have more daylight hours so I will be waking up earlier. Time to set an alarm again. Woot.

Now I’m going to read more of Atomic Habits in my hot bath. Ttfn 🙂

Michelle Miyagi
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