My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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Small Habits Make Big Changes

“What if someone told you to floss only one tooth everyday? Or start the new year, not with grand resolutions, but with a simple challenge?”
~BJ Fogg, “Forget Big Change, Start with a Tiny Habit”

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Okay, this video was not just smart & insightful, it was entertaining. As I’m sure you gleaned from the title, Mr. Fogg advocates making small changes over time if you want to make a big change. He believes you are more likely to stick with a habit you can perform quickly & easily, than some lofty goal that can be onerous & discouraging. From there you build on those small changes until the big change sneaks up on you, already a habit. Continue reading

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Try Something New for Thirty Day | Ted Talks

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”
~Matt Cutts,
Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

I talk a lot about habit building & routines.  Probably because I’m not good at them, so I am always building & rebuilding, creating new schemes.  Well, it’s that time again.

To that end I have been doing some researching.  I’ve watched a few videos on the topic.  There is so much good information on the topic, I’ve decided instead of trying to cram it into one article I’m going to spread it out over the week. Continue reading


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New Path | Achieve Believe Succeed (& a running update)

New Path from Achieve Believe Succeed

New Path

This came from Aaron Schulefand’s blog, Achieve Believe Succeed, today & I thought I would share, along with a quick update.

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Habit Building

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
~Victor Kiam

3 Things To Do Daily To Build Healthy Habits

This is the swanky cover I made for my habit building pocketmod.

Okay, I have mentioned my habit building a couple of times, so I am finally going to spill it.

I took the idea of the PocketMod folded booklet.  (I am told the original site is no longer being supported, so a new site has sprung up to continue the work: rePocketMod.)

You print one piece of paper that is folded into eight pages.  The site has an online constructor that lets you choose from a wide variety of pages to make any sort of booklet that suits you: calendars, food journal, games, to-do lists, tip tables, planner pages, graph pages, etc.  Many of the pages can be customized.  Of course they can’t be customized as much as I wanted, so I found a forum post elsewhere that showed the arrangement of the individual pages on the paper for the right order after folding & made my own in GIMP.  I just had to have fancy fonts & arrangements, & quotes on every page. Continue reading