Small Steps Can Lead to Lasting Change

This radio piece is a helpful discussion of using small steps to create lasting change in your life. I wanted to share it here because I think that our moods have strong ties to the so-called "little things."

Sid Garza-Hillman is talking about healthy eating but the idea of "small step change" is applicable to almost everything in your life. The theory is that if you want to improve how you feel it may be as simple as changing a few very small things that are part of your every day.

It might be about what you eat but as far as I'm concerned this link is helpful from all kinds of perspectives. It's just as likely to be about how you spend your time or the clutter in your environment. I'm dealing with that - I live in a small house; I have too much stuff and we're remodeling. That's just such a bad combination.

I found consolation in knowing that Garza-Hillman has clients who can only take on an assignment to drink a glass of water every morning. He says that's a fine place to start.

I'm ready to start selling off some of my art work that is cluttering my house and trading in some books I need to admit that I will never, ever read. My small start is to put the books in a pile and to list the art on my etsy site. What do you need to start on?

--Heidi

 

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Changing Your Habits by Changing Your Environment.


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Aromatherapy Mood Sprays, Clutter, and Art Studio thoughts.


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Five Ways to Make Your Mark on the World

This three-minute video from Box of Crayons shows us five ways we can make our mark on the world.

 

I don't know about you, but I really struggle to identify what it is, exactly, that I'm "good" at or what sets me free. I'm "good," in a way, at sorting out other people's problems or taking care of things they don't want to do - but I'm not sure it's really that good for me.

I don't want to look in the shadows. I know that the answer is that I must look anyway -  but that's easier said than done. What I know is lurking there scares me. The number one thought I've had lately is that I don't care nearly as much about [specific] things as I once believed. This sets chaos in motion as I work to redefine how my life has been organized up until now. It's painful for me and for those around me, I suppose.

There's no spray for that. Just a great deal of agonized journaling, I suppose (since I can't afford therapy). And, quite frankly, I quit journaling some years ago. And I don't mean to be flip - I'm being realistic. I'm 42, I'm on a budget, and I have to be candid about who and what I am able to change. But 42 isn't 82, there's still time. Right? Right. The question is where to start.

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The Importance of Building Strong Relationships - Robert Steven Kaplan

Unsatisfying relationships are a source of stress for many people. In order to have a strong relationship, you have to share something fundamental about yourself with the other person. Tell them who you are. Robert Steven Kaplan from Harvard University discusses the importance of building strong relationships.

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Vida Vegan Con 2013 Swag Bags

Anti-bad-mood sprays were part of the swag bags at Vida Vegan Con 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

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Thoughts on Rationalization, Denial, and Burnout.

We often try to intellectualize or rationalize away feelings or thoughts we feel are unacceptable or inappropriate. Try not to do this, as it is one of the most fundamental forms of self-denial. In other words, if there's a conflict between what your heart (your feelings) and your head (your intellect) are telling you, go with your heart.

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