Worst Blogger Ever

So apparently habits are hard to keep up when YOU DON’T REALLY TRY. Who would have thought? Anywho, I was MIA all weekend so that I could spend the precious time I had to be in the present with the people I had the opportunity to see.

This weekend was mostly spent celebrating relationships, whether it be my own or purchasing gifts for friends that are moving into a new (scary) season of MARRIAGE. I have a number of weddings throughout the summer to go to so I have weddings on the brain, and I’m sure a post or two (or ten) will probably be about it! I was surprised with 6th-row tickets to the Tour de Compadres tour (needtobreathe, Ben Rector, Colony House, Drew Holcomb, etc) on Saturday and it was SO GREAT. I loved every second of it; the music was FANTASTIC (and Ben Rector is my absolute favorite).

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See picture above WITH NO ZOOM!! We were SO CLOSE and all the music was great. I’m not feeling super eloquent using the word “so” and seeing how many times I can say great. It reminds me of the Dead Poet’s Society quote about using the word very:

So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.

Good thing I’m not trying to woo any women!

Well, onto the habits part. I did awfully with the blog posts (obviously) and did slightly less terrible¬†with the steps. I was unsuccessful on Friday, but more than doubled what I needed on Saturday (some of which were probably aided with clapping on the concert, but that still counts, right?). I’m guessing I also made my step count on Sunday, but I don’t know for sure since I left my tracker on the charger all day, but I think I made it.

I struggled a lot with what my next habit should be. Eat something green with every meal? Declutter something in my life every day? Give up TV? Those will probably be coming up in a few weeks, but the new one to try right now is: wake up and get out of bed at 5:30 every morning – but of course I didn’t decide this until today when I got out of bed at 7:40 ūüôā It will help me have more hours in my day to eat breakfast, have my quiet time, and beautify myself as opposed to rushing to get out the door before 8AM. I’ve always been a morning person, if you consider waking up before all your friends in college after a long night as being a morning person, but it will definitely be a stretch to be up before the sun.


Habits:

1. >5,000 steps (started 5/11): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2. Blog posts (started 5/14): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
3. 5:30AM (starting 5/19): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Worst Blogger Ever

Single with Bad Habits

First of all, I should say, I’m not single. Well, technically, I am, according to my taxes and the bank, but I have been dating a pretty excellent guy for almost 6 months (who’s even agreed to go shopping with me this weekend!). I’ve been reading blogs left and right for as long as I can remember and I finally mustered up the courage to start one (though I still don’t have the courage to post it all over the place to get reads).

I was thinking what I could write about. I’m not a mom, so I can’t write about my kids/family life (let’s be real here, baby blogs are the cutest). I’m not a fashionista or a chef, so I don’t have fantastic outfits or recipes to post. Finally, it landed. I’m not my perfect self; there are so many things I want to change. From watching less TV and flossing every day to being a more outgoing person and getting rock hard abs (and maybe outfitting myself in a snazzy wardrobe and learning how to make a grilled cheese without the microwave while I’m at it). The saying goes, “It takes 21 days to form a habit” so I’ll catalogue my efforts in developing these habits and just my general thoughts during the day, but I might leave out the gruesome details of flossing every day. I will attempt to add a new habit every Sunday or two and say which one’s I’m sticking with and which ones were fun to try but realistically, it’s just not going to work out.

Don’t get me wrong here, I love myself (in the least conceited way possible), but there’s definitely room for improvement and I’m suffering from the classic girl self-esteem problems. That’s why I titled this blog “Building the Frame.” I’m building myself, hoping to develop good habits so I can be the best me in all the ways I define myself: Christian, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, babysitter, and in the future, wife and mother (and maybe a writer now!).

Luckily, I started a “goal” on Monday that I can turn into a habit pretty quickly. Log at least 5,000 steps a day on my fitbit. Sounds pretty easy¬†since the recommended amount is closer to 10k, right? Not for a girl with an 8-5 desk job with an hour commute home from work usually. I’ve had this fitbit for 18 months now and I average about 2,500 steps a day just walking around work and my house, so I have to go well out of my way (on a walk, run, or shopping adventure) to hit that 5,000 benchmark. I THINK about being healthy a lot¬†but have really poor follow through (hence this blog), so seeing it written out for me that I’m only moving about 1/4 of the amount I should be has been pretty alarming.

My first “new” habit to start will be to blog every day for 21 days. I feel like this will be the most difficult since I’m not a writer and don’t have anything to write about yet, but hey, I have day one down!


Habits:

1. >5,000 steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2. Blog posts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Single with Bad Habits