Inhale and exhale.
2023 was quite a ride, ...wasn't it?
There was so much good and many sticky spots and learning experiences. The girls and I were going over our year last night and noticed how much our lives have changed in small ways but are basically the same in the bigger ways. It was a roller coaster year and we held on for the ride!
One thing that's really been standing out for me lately is the power of stacking good habits. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg didn't make a bit shift in my thinking at the time, but has been slowly percolating over the years since I've read it.
Our brains take as many shortcuts as possible and prefer familiar discomfort over the unfamiliar. The more that we can form helpful habits, the more we free our brain space for bigger and more important decisions.
While each of us can feel spread a little too thin sometimes, there are small shifts that each of us can make that stack up over time and add up to big changes. We can sit down a little less, we can sometimes read a book instead of scrolling, we can choose to eat something green instead of something white. It can be easy to feel as though each of these actions doesn't make a difference, but perhaps together, they make all the difference in the world.
Cheers to new challenges, cheers to small steps adding up, and cheers to clean slates!