Why Solid Habits are Important

Life has a way of throwing you off balance sometimes. One minute, you have your routine down, you are getting things done, and the next thing you know four months have gone by and your progression has stalled.

This recently happened to me, I was on a role. I was reading daily, I was writing, I was journaling, I was staying ahead of my to do list. Then one day it stopped. I got busy and stopped making time to read. I stopped writing. I stopped trying to advertise for my boutique. I was barely doing the basics that I needed to do.

Looking back now, I wasn’t busy. I got wrapped up spending my time doing the wrong things. I was letting my feelings get the best of me. This year has been a lot, some ups, a lot of downs and I lot of wondering what the heck am I doing. I got to the point where, I didn’t want to do anything anymore. I didn’t want to read (which is one of my favorite things to do), I didn’t want to write, and I had to force myself to work and be a mom. If I could have, I would have happily stayed in bed and binged out on Netflix and Social Media.

I recently went through a job change and knew this would fix my funk. It has to a degree but it was the instantaneous fix that I was hoping for. Last week, I was in bed trying to figure out how to get out of the hole. How to feel passionate again about things, to be excited to work on my to-do list instead of forcing myself to work on it. I realized that trying to fix everything at once was not going to work. That I could not just jump back in and be the same productive person I was four months ago, I needed to start out small and work my way back up.

I decided to start with reading, my goal was to read at least 30 minutes a day. By day 2, I was hungry for reading. I didn’t have to force myself to open my book. It was something I looked forward too. I have read almost every day since, if I missed a day then I doubled up the next day. Reading for me helps bring my passion back.

I realized that this all goes back to the habits you build. When you have a routine with solid habits, it is a lot harder to get thrown off course. I had a routine but my habits got broken because they were not set in stone. I sat in that brokenness instead of finding a way out. I am happy to say that my head is coming out of the clouds and things are looking up. I am excited to work on my habits again and start building some new ones along the way.

Start with one thing, anything you want to do, add it to a part of your daily routine and watch that habit become part of your every day life.

Share some love, we could all use a little more love.
XOXOXO
Casey

When Life Smacks You in the Face … Laugh

Life can be a wild ride. You can get thrown curve balls. You can get hit smack in the face, (I have plenty of times!) You can think you have all the plans, dreams, and goals mapped out, while God says watch this and shakes it all up. 2022 has been that kind of year for me. The last few months have really stopped me in my tracks.

When this happens for me, I get hit with the – “Is this what I am really supposed to be doing?” “Is it really supposed to be this hard?” “What if this isn’t the right path for me?”

One thing I have learned, is that plans, dreams, and goals can blow up in a single instant. Everything that you thought was going to happen, won’t anymore. Everything that you had been working for, it wasn’t meant to be. Coming to the realization that no matter how much you plan, it doesn’t always work in your favor is a tough pill to swallow. While, it may seem like everything is crashing down, know, there is beauty in everything.

There is something peaceful about not being tied to 10 year plans. There is excitement about waking up and just focusing on the day. Working to be just a little bit better than you were yesterday. There is simplicity in just working on your next step and not the five steps after it. There is curiosity in stepping out and trying something new. There is bravery in being open to all the amazing things that can come your way, once you open your doors.

A conversation with a customer sat with me. “There is never a bad day, there are only bad moments in the day.” While everything may seem like it is crashing down or falling apart, maybe it was supposed to happen that way. Maybe, there are just bad moments in your life. Maybe just maybe, they happened for a reason. To show you another side, one you never knew you had.

Your perspective on things matters. More than you know. This, I have learned the hard way. Embrace the changes that are coming. Know that God, the universe, whatever you believe, has got your back. Pray, meditate, burn sage, sing, dance, or write, whatever you need to do to get your happy back. Put a big smile on your face and know that amazing things are coming your way. Most of all laugh. Not just a chuckle, the deep belly laughs. Those remind you that in all the chaos, life is still good. Shout out to my kiddo who reminds me to laugh and to never stop believing in the unexpected.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Contagious – Why Things Catch On – Book Review

I recently read Contagious – Why Things Catch On. Did you know that 7% of word of mouth happens online? Just think about that for a minute. 7%. With the right frame work, something shared could go viral. We have all seen the overnight posts that just run rapid.

There are 6 Principles of Contagiousness (Likeliness to Spread) or better known as STEPPS. These six things cause things to be talked about, shared, and imitated.

Social Currency – People like to share things that make them look good to others. What people talk about also affects what people think of them. Ideally, companies need to give people a way to make themselves look good while also promoting the company’s products. Scarcity and exclusivity of products also helps products catch on by making them seem more desirable. If something is difficult to obtain, people assume that it must be worth the effort.

Triggers – Stimuli that prompt people to think about related things. When hearing peanut butter it reminds us of jelly. Products and ideas need to take advantage of existing triggers. Sights, smells, and sounds can trigger related thoughts and ideas, making them more top of mind. By acting as reminders, triggers not only get people talking, they keep them talking.

Emotion – When we care, we share. People want to be moved. Be sure to select high arousal emotions that drive people to action; awe, excitement, and amusement.

Public – Making products and ideas more public. Making things more observable makes them easier to share, which makes them more likely to become popular. The more public a product or service is, the more it triggers people to take action. For small companies or organizations, try designing products that advertise themselves, this cuts down on spending resources

Practical Value – People like to help others (normally), if you can show them how your product or idea will save time, improve health, or save money, the word will spread. People use the price they expect to pay for something as their reference point. When it comes to having things on sale, for low priced items, be sure to use a % off. For high priced items, use the dollar off option. An easy way to remember this is the Rule of 100 – if the product is less than $100 use the % off option.

Stories – People don’t just share information, they tell stories. People have gotten so used to telling stories, that they create narratives even when they don’t need too. The key, when telling stories, make sure the narrative connects back to you.

This was a really good read with tons of examples and explanations for reach step. If you are creating content or sharing content, I highly recommend reading this book.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love
XOXOXOXO
Casey