Hello friends, and happy Friday.
Aaaaand…just when you thought things couldn’t get more crazy in this world of ours, they do. So much for dry January. A few years ago I finally realized alcohol just messes with my sleep, so I’ve yet to imbibe, but I’ve definitely had a few scoops of rocky road. However, I’m keeping to my healthy eating routine by keeping my other meals balanced. BTW, if you haven’t eaten savory veg with breakfast, you’re totally missing out.
The other day I took the dogs for a walk, but I was hungry for breakfast and my to-do list was long. It would take too long to do our regular route. We’d have to make it a short one. As we got to the half way point and I started crossing to the right side of the road toward home, my dog Zoee automatically pulled me to the left to head up the hill and go the usual, longer route. Not even thinking about it, I tugged her leash to the right. We were on our way home. But once again, she pulled me to the left. She didn’t know there was a change of plans. She didn’t know why today would be any different than every other walk we’ve walked.
So I had a choice to make. Either I take the regular route and give up 30 minutes of our walk, or I follow my dogs muscle memory and go the long way.
It wasn’t a hard choice to make. I followed her lead and headed up the hill and we walked our route for another 30 minutes. Did I have the time? Of course I did. I made the time. Did my hunger pains go away? Sheesh, I pretty much forgot about them within the first few steps. We were outside! We were breathing! We were happy! Of course I have time for that.
Finishing what we had set out to do, something as simple as a morning walk, is a reminder that creating the muscle memory of small habits are essential to making lifelong change.
Don’t give in to the doubts, or the voices speaking otherwise. Stick with your intentions and just keep going.
Let’s walk the walk.
But first, let’s take a look at this week’s Friday Faves.
Now THIS is important…How to get your Girl Scout cookies safely this spring. !!
#9 totally drew me in (I want one!) and #95 forever changed the way I’ll pack another bag of groceries: 172 genius solutions that should be implemented everywhere.
Sit, beg, good pup! Ben & Jerry’s now has a doggie ice cream.
Until your garden thaws, this windowsill herb garden will add flavor to your kitchen all winter long.
Cuddle up in this literal burrito blanket. So funny!
Craving comfort in a big way so I’m totally making this soup this weekend.
This salmon recipe is about to become a staple.
This week’s winning chicken dinner.
A real family pleaser: Taco pizza with crunch.
If you love Snickers, these are the protein bar you can get behind.
Make eating healthy easy with these Greek meatballs.
What a lovely, healthy salad! Gorg!
This chicken dish proves chicken thighs are forever.
These Thai burritos are a crazy good looking lunch.
I’ve been craving the heat: Quick kimchi.
Shrooming with these mushroom-subbed-for-meat classic recipes:
I’m a huge fan of hominy so obviously this pozole looks so good to me.
“I worked 2 hours instead of 6 and this is what happened.” Not sure how, but I want to know.
Vanity Fair’s list of 20 best books of 2020.
Creative bullet journaling ideas to keep you going.
25 non-romantic Valentine’s gifts to gift to just about anyone.
You own it. How to boost your sexual self-esteem.
Take me away: DIY lavender eye pillow.
This sweater on top with just about anything on bottom is just right for right now.
I have a feeling we’re about to see a whole lotta Sex In the City looks coming back around.
11 DIY 90’s beauty trends on their way back. Hate to tell ‘ya, but they’re already here.
New study says 11 minutes of exercise a day is all you need to live longer.
From the experts: The most flattering lighting for video calls.
This mirror with a ladder on the back is a v. smart storage solution.
I love these storage boxes because they stack so neatly and easily.
The high sides on this storage container is so smart so bottles don’t tip when it turns.
This little bird bath is so sweet.
I took advantage of West Elm’s 20% off bedding sale and replaced my duvet with this one.
This pre-fab mobile cabin is totally fab.
The world’s largest and America’s most expensive home is for sale for a cool $350 million.
How to clear cookies from your phone and why you should.
Just gazing over here: look to the skies to see Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury this weekend.
That’s it for this week. Have a safe and happy new year weekend!
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