Got on the scale this morning and to my shock the number was something higher than I had seen in about 20 years (minus an impending birth of one of my three kids) OUCH! I mean seriously, I was stunned. It takes about 21 days to build a habit. And well, here we are… I am building habits, people!
I am in the habit of looking for Easter chocolates at lunch, dinner and beyond. I am in the habit of binge watching my favorite show every night with one of my ultimate snacking weaknesses, pretzel pieces – cheddar please – and a glass of red wine nearby. I am in the habit of deciding it’s a better idea to stay up til midnight (watching said shows) and pull the covers over my head far too many cold mornings than I should rather than taking a brisk walk before home schooling my second grader begins.
“The new normal”, a common phrase right now. This is my new normal. And I am raising the white flag right now. I need to make some changes!
Some of the habits I do not want to change:
- resurrecting Harry Potter and reading it aloud as my little discovers it
- baking with my sophomore and cooking dinners with my senior
- walks alone where I can breathe and think and pray
- phone calls to my parents and siblings replacing endless streams of texts in between all the busy
- more family dinners together
- board games
- time to journal and write
- mailing more letters
- living for today
In my heart I know there is no going back. Just like our worlds were forever altered in some capacity after 911, this global emergency will leave a long-lasting mark. The bell can’t be unrung. But out of all this new habits have formed that I know will leave long-lasting marks that I want to be left.
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