New Habits for April

new habits

I have been trying to find a focus for this blog, since I know it is really all over the place regarding topics.  Therefore, I am going to try to focus on one topic per month, as I overhaul my life and create Judy 3.0.  I have been listening to A LOT of life coaching podcast hours, and taking up the blog again is one way I am putting into practice the teachings that I am learning.  Being a “jump in and tackle everything at once” kind of person, I tend to get easily overwhelmed. The most recent example of this is these last couple of weeks, when I was inspired by Cait’s post about personal trackers.  I decided to ignore her advice (and that of everyone else), and added several new habits at once.  Most are not huge habits, but I added four or five instead of just one.  So now I am going to try to focus better instead of scattering my energy. Continue reading “New Habits for April”

My year in review

Year in review

I know it isn’t New Year’s, but this is the time of year when I think a new year begins.  Apparently this was quite common in the past, with March 25 being celebrated as the start of the new year in England and America right up until 1752.  And so, that makes today (the second day of the former new year) the perfect day to consider reviewing the past year.  It also happens to be my birthday, which simply validates my review even more.  Let’s look at several areas of my life and see what kind of progress I have made.  Continue reading “My year in review”

How to use a Personal Tracker

Personal Tracker

Today’s post is a guest post by my daughter Caitlin.  She is so wise that I often wonder that she came from me.  I am so privileged to be able to share some of her wisdom with you today.  To get the trackers that she designed, click here.


Life can be difficult to manage. We have so many obligations from day to day, week to week, month to month – it all seems endless. On top of these obligations (work, college, childcare, friends, family, health) we all have personal habits we’re trying to cultivate and goals we’re trying to meet. These come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple things like keeping the house clean or decluttering the pantry to larger goals like publishing that book, opening your own business, or meditating daily.

No matter how big or small, meeting goals (or building good habits) involve the same basic steps – organizing a plan and following through. The same is true of personal, professional, or health related goals. We need to have a plan to know exactly where we’re going and how we’re going to get there and then we need to follow through with that plan.

Continue reading “How to use a Personal Tracker”

Responsibility – what is it?

Responsibility

I’ve been musing lately over the etymology of words.  I love languages and find it fascinating to study the similarities and differences between them.  I love to understand the roots of words and histories of idioms.  One word that has been brain fodder for some time now is Responsibility.  I am trying to take responsibility for my problems and my life.  For my state of mind, my vibration, and all that that entails.  Responsibility should be empowering, not crippling.

But What exactly does responsibility mean? Continue reading “Responsibility – what is it?”

Reasons why I am fat – Behind the obvious

Weight is such a heavy topic in our culture.  We, especially women, are bombarded with messages pushing us to be thinner, or more fit.  Weight is equated with health, and if you want to be healthy, you have to be within a certain weight range.  And of course, everyone else knows exactly what you need to do to get yourself into that range.  You have to eat certain things, not eat certain things, exercise more, and generally make yourself miserable and hate your body.  We also aren’t allowed to say that we are fat.  We may say that we need to lose weight, but God forbid we call anyone fat.  Fat is almost a swear word. Continue reading “Reasons why I am fat – Behind the obvious”

Apologies and other manners

Apologies

When I was young, my parents taught me my manners. I’m sure yours did, too. But I have noticed that those manners have evolved over the decades. The manners I teach my children are slightly different from what my parents taught me. Why? Aren’t manners considered timeless? Well yes, but not really. Politeness varies from culture to culture. In some cultures, slurping your soup is considered polite, while in others, it is considered rude. Continue reading “Apologies and other manners”

Juggling priorities

juggling priorities

I have been struggling with my blog over who owns whom lately.  I have been doing a lot of work on my relationship with myself over the last year and my priorities have shifted.  I am now taking more time to do things that I enjoy, especially time that I have previously used to zone out online reading clickbait from Facebook.  I have come to value my time more and be more productive.  My house has gotten into better shape as I have kept up on the chores better, I have been publishing this blog three times a week, and I have picked up my crafting again.   Continue reading “Juggling priorities”

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year's resolutions

So many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives at this time of year.  According to Nielsen, popular resolutions include health goals, happiness goals, and financial goals.  I usually fall into the 16% of Americans who don’t make resolutions.  I know that real change needs to come from within, and simply flipping a page on a calendar is not sufficient motivation to sustain real change.  At least not for me, and I guarantee I am not unique in this. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions for 2017”

Toxic relationships {Thankful Thursday}

I love this exercise of finding something each week to be deeply grateful for.  I try every day to be thankful for something, but to write an entire blog post every week about a blessing is a welcome challenge.  At first, I wanted to find crazy things for my focus, but then I shifted to just being grateful for the good things in my life.  Today, I want to be thankful for something that could be considered tragic.  I am grateful today for the lessons from my two dysfunctional marriages. Continue reading “Toxic relationships {Thankful Thursday}”

Thankful for family {Thankful Thursday}

thankful for family

When I first started Thankful Thursday on my blog, I never gave thought to the fact that Thanksgiving is the ultimate Thankful Thursday.  I did not write my post ahead of time, and I have just come back from a delightful day with my in-laws.  Today I am thankful for my family – my family of origin, my family by marriage, and my family by choice. Continue reading “Thankful for family {Thankful Thursday}”