Do you ever?

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Habit development is an essential part to personal growth. Just like in the cultivation of plants, when the proper balance of amendments are present in the soil, the most beautiful growth can occur.

Cultivating habits that foster growth is no easy feat, but then again, when has anything good ever been easy to attain? Take this morning for instance. Every day I start the day by popping out of bed, resisting the urge to look at my phone (some days I fail at this, that's a habit development in progress), and go out to take care of the animals.

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After tending to my critters, I come inside and spend at least fifteen minutes in the realm that I like to call Me time. This time is my non-negotiable minutes of the day where I work on developing my self. I read my Daily Stoic entry of the day, a chapter out of a whatever self-development book I am working my way through, and do at least one lesson of Spanish in Duolingo.


That time is now a habit.


As is blogging on Hive at least once every other day. But here's the thing, some days I just don't feel like blogging. It's a rare occurrence, but they do happen. Today's one of them. Since the end of July I have been on a marathon of life living, it's been beyond a melee of to do's, fires to put out, and a whole megaton of manual labor. I am tired.

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But you know what? That means I am alive, and so instead of grumbling (which I do, I am very human), thanks to my habit-development and time spent with the thoughts of other contemplative humans, I metacognitively catch myself grousing and take the time to reframe things.

I am tired yes, but that's because I am living.


It's okay to rest, and I am blessed that I could do that if I want to, I just have to practice saying no.


And thanks to my habit of building good for me habits, here I am blogging, even though I am a bit on the exhausted side from spending an entire day splitting and stacking wood for my parents yesterday.


Because here's the thing, Life is glorious, beautiful, trying, and very messy, but if you build consistent habits that help develop you, then even on the days you don't really feel like doing things, all that glorious positive development programming will kick in and your brain will help you to realize that your feeling, while valid, doesn't have to dictate your actions or the tone of your day.

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For instance, even though I felt a bit of resistance about writing a post this morning, I have trained myself to embrace discomfort (when it comes to things that matter to me) and do it anyway.

And guess what? As I wandered through this thought bubble of a post, my love for writing took over and any feelings of meh have evaporated. Because here's the thing, I love writing, and once I start tapping on the keys I get sucked in to that place where the world melts away and what I want to say enraptures my being.

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Consistently showing up for yourself will never fail to yield fruit, because at the end of the day, cultivating a better you means the world gets the best of the wonderful combination of gifts that only you possess. You don't have to be the best at anything, it's more than enough to just be you, a work in progress, gloriously flawed, but willing to make an effort to refine that which you possess in the service of others.

And on that note, I'm off to live, because that is the greatest gift of all😊



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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's fully charged and not being shipped anywhere on a slow barge iPhone, the header and footer images were made in Canva.



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Thanks for the inspiration 🙏

I been lacking in doing videos. Maybe this post by you is the kick in the rumplestilskin I needed. 😉

!BBH

!ALIVE

!CTP

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Well, I hope you don't kick yourself too hard, you need to be able to sit down for those videos 😁

Hope all is well and wonderful today!

!CTP

!PIZZA

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Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha 🤣 😂

Nope never kicked that hard. Having a better day now 😉

!BBH

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Your timely post was enough to get me off my butt and go outside and work in the gardens, finishing up 2 of them that I look at a lot.

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Ooh! That made me smile, lol, I hope they are progressing nicely😊

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You are a superstar and happy you find the time to create content and allow us to enjoy it, but taking a break, soaking up all that life ;-) is what it's all about. You definitely earn it.

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Aww, thanks so much for all that Jimmy, seriously! I've been a bit down as of late with a health thing and I have been having to push myself extra hard, so I will listen to that gem of wisdom of yours and do some life soaking lol!

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You don't have to be the best at anything, it's more than enough to just be you, a work in progress, gloriously flawed, but willing to make an effort to refine that which you possess in the service of others.

That's a powerful thought. I should copy it and put it on my fridge, or some other obvious place where I'll be reminded to ponder it often.

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You know what, that's a great idea! But you are full of them, so I'm not surprised😊

That said, a visual reminder that we are works in progress and it's beyond okay to be so definitely should be a thing on my fridge, especially right now as there is plumbing catastrophes and food that needs to be taken care of everywhere at my house lol!

!PIZZA

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Your the ray of sunshine we all need.Yes for those that make a living out of blogging or blog just to blog it does get tiring and rest is much needed.It's like riding on a tractor all day either cutting or baling hay it has to be done but at the end of the day your worn out and need that rest so it can be done all over again the next day.As you have said writing is like your escape from the outside world and you can let your fingers talk for you.Be well and get that much needed rest.We all need MeTime.

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You are so right, we all need MeTime and I hope you are getting some too! Thank you so much for the kind words and I so hope that today has been kind to you😊

!PIZZA

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Great post I need to work on some of my habits for sure, I have a some new goals I'm working towards. But great post, thanks for dropping those gems.

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Thank you! And I so, so hope you crush those goals!!😊

!PIZZA

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Let me just start by saying that I'm happy to read you are forcing yourself to have some needed me-time because you have been a very busy bee from what I read!

You'd think I'm all over my Duolingo Spanish as well, as we are living here lol, but so far I have not found the time to start it again. Or should I say I have not forced myself to do so yet? Well, either way, I'm first trying to give myself a bit of time to get adjusted to the newly school-schedule especially now that taxes have to be filed soon too. But already implemented some things important to me too, but thank you for the reminder to add more :) lol

And let me just say that this little cat in the picture is SO ADORABLE! my gosh, what a pretty little thing! Is he/she as fierce as the eyes look?

!CTP <3

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It's sorta sad that I have to schedule resting, but a lot of it comes from living mom-life for so many years. For fifteen years I homeschooled the kids, worked part-time at the library (and other places), and helped run the farm, so somewhere along the way I forgot how to just sit down and be. Working on finding that very important skill again lol!

And I love Duolingo! The streak thing is what really motivates me, I have a 176 day one as of today, but to be honest, there are days I only do one lesson or so, but that's okay with me lol, and holy wow lady! You are still getting all settled in, I am sure someone as awesome and motivated as you will get cracking on that soon. Plus you have the added bonus of cultural immersion, I might be jealous lol!

That little kitty is Munchkin, he is the runt and absolutely hilarious/mischievous! He will plop himself in your lap and reach out to grab your hand for pets ha ha! Very busy and full of all sorts of personality.

Hope you all are having a fantastic day!

!CTP

!PIZZA

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Great inspirational post. Last year I paid for a course that I have yet to finish. I am going to have to set aside time every day to work on it. I don't want to not finish it. So today I will spend 20 minutes on it. That is manageable. I have access to the course forever so there is no huge rush.
Love your photos too!
!ALIVE
!CTP

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Thanks so much! And I am so glad to hear that I am not alone when it comes to needing to finish up courses. There are so many I want to do (or need to do), and it really does help me if I intentionally block out time to get er done.

Sometimes I swear I could use about three Kat clones lol!

Hope you are having a lovely afternoon!!

!PIZZA

!CTP

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You're welcome and thank you, @generikat! Yeah, I bought that course almost a year ago on a Black Friday sale. It helps to have ongoing access so there is no pressure but I still want to get it done. I did spend about a half hour on it yesterday. I feel like I never learned anything in school about grammar and punctuation. Or I just wasn't paying attention. I understand that feeling. Have an awesome day!
!ALIVE
!CTP

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I would imagine that you need to be self-disciplined to be able to manage a life such as yours. You do not have the luxury of taking a few "mental health" days off of work.
Your homestead and all of its critters rely on you.

It is good that you force yourself to take "me time"

Very inspiring post, @generikat

!CTP
!ALIVE

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When I had long Covid earlier this year it was really a struggle (where were those dang rest days?!), I still don't know how I got the chores done some of those days, but I would like to think all those good habits I have been working on helped😊

And look at you, you have to deal with the public and their health, that's a very demanding thing indeed, I hope you get lots of mental health days in your schedule!

Thanks for stopping by!

!PIZZA

!CTP

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I made myself post last night because I need to be a little consistent and guess what? I had scheduled a post 14 hours before that. Pfft.

I could have saved it for Saturday as Markets go tonight. Oi! You are right though. I whine, but, I am living!

Love to you!

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