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The majority of us want to make one change or another in our lives, but how do we get changes to stick? Or when’s the perfect time to try a new thing you’ve been wanting to? What are some small changes to make your life exponentially better? Sometimes change can be uncomfortable, and that’s okay. Breathe and lean into the discomfort. You know yourself best and what’s best for you right now, so pick and choose from these ideas below accordingly. Start anytime, and do as many as or as few as you’d like.
If you’re feeling inspired, check out my last post about bettering your everyday life in small and meaningful ways.
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Kate O’Reilly can’t really follow directions but manages to find plenty of work somehow. Loves food, affection and a big stack of things to read. Never uses the internet to argue or win things. Follow her on Instagram at @cleverkate.
BY Kate O'Reilly - February 3, 2018
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
This is a great list to begin making positive differences to our lives. Thank you! 🙂
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks, Charmaine!
I like what you suggest!
With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
I’ve listened to some of my favorite podcasters describe their experiences doing breathwork, it was honestly fascinating. I think they were more surprised than anyone with it, especially since their show is all about being skeptics. If the opportunity arose, I’d do it in a heartbeat!
Interesting! I’ve personally had amazing and surpising results.
Maybe ‘privilege’ instead of ‘whiteness’? To assume makes an ass of u and me!
Use whichever word works for you, Lucy! Report back on how it goes.
I agree with Lucy that this should be changed in the piece. It implies you imagine your entire readership is white.
Seriously, I agree with Anna & Lucy. Why do you assume we’re all white and that’s the norm? (Not asking for an answer, but it’s worth examining yourself.)
It’s especially galling in a prescriptive list positioned as ‘what to do’ vs ‘here’s what I’m doing’. What a tone-deaf sentence and response.
Thanks for commenting. The idea has been taken down, because we all realized it was poorly worded. Again, thanks.
Lucy, we review every post to ensure this place is a safe and inclusive space for all our readers and regret that we didn’t remove this polarizing language before publication. Thank you for using your voice to speak up. I appreciate your comment.
I’ve unsubscribed from a few e-mail lists I was put in and it literally is the best decision ever. Also, I’ve been trying to get a fresh notebook myself! I’ve never tried kombucha though.
I really adore this list, and the small changes seem really doable.
Have a lovely weekend xo
Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog
Yay! Nice work, Joanne. Keep at it. Enjoy your weekend, as well.
Did you know a lot of libraries offer free access to Lynda.com? It’s such a great tool! Love a lot of these and will probably start implementing in my own life… perhaps starting with abandoning social media tomorrow?!
Yes! Isn’t that amazing? Thanks, Lauren. And yes, tomorrow may be the perfect day. Cheers!
What wonderful ideas! And I appreciate how manageable they all seem, nothing too ridiculous.
I love this list, thank you so much for making this, Kate. 🙂
Thanks, Hannah. I tried to make things bite-sized as that’s where all good change happens.
I love this list! I started 2018 with a plan to implement little changes like this in my life by using a habit tracker in a bullet journal. Little things like “Moisturize each night before bed” and things like that. It really does a make a difference in your daily life!
I love the idea of a habit tracker! Hope it all goes well, Kelsey. Thanks for all the great ideas.
I’m stuck on number 9 Read an article about using your whiteness for good
Christina, I deeply apologize that I did not catch and remove this note before publishing, I review every post to ensure this place is a safe and inclusive space for all our readers and regret that we didn’t remove this polarizing language before publication. Thank you so much for your comment.
I’m with you on the fresh notebooks. I have stacks of them, all with about three to five pages used. Still, I buy more. I’ll add to your list two things: put floss in your car, and take a bath – a real bath, with epsom salts and body oils and dim lights and no interruptions and a book. It works best if, after an hour, you have to add more hot water.
Sounds wonderful. Thanks, Amy. Definitely putting floss in my car!
I agree with the several commenters who have bristled at #9: read an article about using your whiteness for good. This is tone deaf. So is brushing off the gentle reminder to not assume all your readers are white as “use whichever word works for you!”
Four individual commenters have taken offense at this. Might be worth recognizing that.
Hey, Amy. Not assuming at all and I personally have recognized that it bristled some folks. Some of these ideas will be for some people, and some won’t. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.
I deeply apologize for not catching this note before publishing this article, we review every post to ensure this place is a safe and inclusive space for all our readers and regret that we didn’t remove #9. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate you speaking up.
I love the idea..
thanku for sharing .. I appreciate your comment.
I agree on everyone’s sentiment’s on the now edited #9. It took me a few days to process and diminished a once daily read into a pure avoidance. Perhaps, this little place of the internet, is also another avenue in which white women declare their authority on morale and good excluding all others in the process. I really am taken aback by the tone of the writer’s dismissive attitude in her replies to comments she received. The utter tone deafness, “some of these comments will be for some people, and some won’t” is the exact issue with the writer. I… Read more »
i love the unic idea
i love it ..
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