Monthly Archives: June 2016


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

So the truth of the matter is that I just need to be disciplined enough to create new habits.

I learned from the book, “The Genie Within” that you can’t UNLEARN old beliefs- you have to overpower them with new beliefs. Just like you can’t break a bad habit, you just need to replace it with a good habit.

I need to form some habits.

I listened to a podcast yesterday from Michael Hyatt about how to become a morning person. To be fair, I’ve spent most of my life as a morning person. It’s only been since I’ve been with Matt that this fact has changed. Coincidence? I think not!

But that’s okay, because Matt is freaking awesome. I just need to help him become a morning person so we can be morning people together.

A couple things I learned from this aforementioned podcast:

• It takes 6 weeks to form a new habit.

• There are lots of things you can do to help build this habit (I already knew all of these).

• Coffee is good for you.

• You should have an accountability partner. I’ve decided to use this public blog as mine. Not that anyone reads it. It’s just for me.

• The most successful people in this world, the people who are healthier, who live longer, are those who wake up and follow a morning routine. Late-night people (night owls?) tend to be more unhealthy, less productive, and die sooner. And are more depressed. And overweight.

Oh. My God. I’m becoming that thing.


So here’s the plan. There are basically 1.5 million new habits I want to form.

But I am intelligent enough to understand that though they would all be good for me, trying to do it all at the same time would be a ginormous mistake. Thus, we’ll take it just a few at a time. (Good thing these are just my ‘old habits’, right?!?!?! Should be like riding a bike. Here’s a pic of me riding a bike:)


As I see it, here’s what I need to have happen:

• A morning routine that incorporates the things I think are most important.

(Meditation, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Gratitude, Writing, Nutrition)

• A bedtime routine that incorporates things that are important.

(Morning prep, wash my face, moisturize, brush teeth, gratitude, read)

• A nutritional diet. Seriously. Only eating what is good for me.

And that’s it!

But here’s what it really comes down to: WHY.

WHY do I want to do those things? Is it just to live longer? I’m  not sure that this is good enough motivation for someone with the kind of self-destructive tendencies I have.

I’ll have to leave that one and think on it some more. The WHY.

Well, I know the HOW. Now, let’s talk about metrics. Because if I can come up with what I want to have happen…the WHY behind these things, then that can be measured. Kind of.


Good morning, sunshine! It’s now the next day. It took me some time, but I think I’ve decided I get to go ‘old school’ on this thing.

I’m talking about assessments! WOO HOO! Because I’m a teacher, of course.

I’m going to wrap this post and tell you all about it in the next one. Here’s a pretty picture:

A beautiful Monday sunrise in Gothic, Colorado in July.<br />
A beautiful Monday sunrise in Gothic, Colorado in July.
Elisa Jones eye of the dragon Rattlesnake Arches Hike Grand Junction, Colorado panorama


“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
J.K. Rowling

I can hardly believe that it’s been nearly a year since I last wrote. Yet such is life.

I’ve spent the last year struggling in so many ways, and loving my life in so many ways. I’ve accomplished some things, and failed at far more.

But the good news is, I’ve been learning from every experience.

I’ve discovered this insane need to change- I’ve developed some habits and mindsets that I just hate hate hate- but to date, nothing I have tried has created lasting change. Steve Chandler would be so pissed at that statement. Ha ha ha!

I have discovered many tools, etc. The thing is: I feel like every day is a transition. Every week I see change trying to happen in my life, but every week it’s still the same. It’s a very odd sensation: for someone like me, who, on a whim will set a goal and then do what I have to to achieve it.

This brings me to why I’m writing again. I want to make the change happen and keeping it to myself is kind of…not working.

So here’s where I’m at: I’m in the worst physical shape I’ve been in  since 2010. I don’t sleep enough, I don’t have a routine that’s working for me. And though  I have some pretty lofty physical goals set for myself, they don’t seem to be motivation enough.

I have no doubt that part of my issue is that I have been struggling with my ‘work life’. Or my ‘career’. This has been an issue for me over the last couple of years. I keep trying new things -brilliant things!- but they haven’t been the right things. Either they don’t sell, or I end up not wanting to do it, or I make excuses, or it doesn’t seem worthwhile or….or…or…

So I’ve explored where my issues might lie, discovered many potential solutions, and finally feel like I know what I WANT to do (ironically, it’s the same thing I said I wanted to do a year ago, but didn’t think would fly or be lucrative enough). But just thinking about it makes me soar. I have so many ideas, I really feel like I can contribute in a way I want, and I think I can make it pretty lucrative as well. I still have a lot of research to do, but I’m enthusiastic.

Why am I writing then?

Because I need measures. Here’s what I NEED to do:

  1. Establish and maintain a daily morning routine that helps me accomplish the tasks I want to do DAILY (meditation, exercise, writing, affirmations, motivation, etc.)
  2. Clean up my diet so that I can feel and be healthier. This means I will no longer be drinking my calories.
  3. Continue my exercise plan- with focus on being 100% confident in my physical strength and endurance for my upcoming bike trip.
  4. Ensure I get proper sleep every night.

Just those four things. Doesn’t seem too hard. Have a routine. Eat right. Exercise. Sleep.

See- I know what I need to do. Now I just have to do it.

Tomorrow I’ll think about how I’m going to measure the success of these things. Should I post measurements? Like weight, size, etc? Hmm….I’m going to think on it. Metrics, baby, metrics.

For now…enjoy some pictures of my trail adventures over the last year!

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