Making Changes

It’s Monday again, woohoo! Good morning (or whatever time it is when you read this) to all. I hope everybody enjoyed their weekends. I know you all had to have started it off well by listening to my latest podcast episode. I really didn’t do a whole lot this weekend. Friday was a bit busy, but Saturday was pretty chill and Sunday wasn’t too hectic either. All that said, we made it to another Monday. I always wonder why our calendar marks Sunday as the beginning of the week instead of the end… everyone knows the sabbath was the seventh day, but I digress. Any who, I’ve been trying to figure out what to talk to y’all about today. I think this is a good week to encourage change.

I’ve recently been laying out my plans for this year and noticed that most of what I really want from myself and out of this year requires a great deal of change. Even the things I’m praying for require me to make changes. So I’ve started praying for the Lord to grant me the strength and direction for change. I have to admit, change is scary, especially when you have to be intentional about it. I say change, but I don’t, mean just changing what route you take to work tomorrow morning. I mean changing your habits and lifestyle as a means for elevation, and that can be scary.

Big changes require faith, discipline, and hard work. I just saw a quote that said, “the things you’re not changing, you’re choosing,” and wasn’t that a word that came right on time?!? Truly change is a part of life. Change is a part of elevation. Change is a part of supplementation of all those dreams and desires you have. So all in all, change is extremely necessary. There is a study that says it takes 30 consistent days of an action to make it a habit. Research from 2009 says it can take anywhere from 18-254 days to break a habit and research from 2012 says realistically people take about 2 1/2 months. Woooooow! Look at how little time it takes to start doing something new as opposed to get out of doing the same old thing over and over. The good news here is that you can do both simultaneously; you can start new habits while getting out of old ones.

Change is more than just habits though; it’s also those things that you are deciding you don’t want. That toxic relationship (listen to my first two podcast episodes for my views on dealing with and getting out of toxic relationships), that job that doesn’t benefit you, that house or area that you’re living in that doesn’t add any value to your life; it’s time to make a plan and start getting out of those things. If you’ve been around for a while, then you know I’m a plant parent and a dog mom. Much like a regular parent, I’m always so excited to see my pup or my plants doing something new; whether it’s new leaves or needing a new pot, or my pup learning a new command or a new trick, it’s exciting, rewarding to know that I nurtured that new thing. We should all feel the same way in our personal lives; excited and rewarded by the growth and change we make.

If you aren’t a parent of any sort, I advise you get a plant. Any kind of house plant, low maintenance plants are an option if you’re busy or new to plant parenting. Whatever kind of plant it is, name it after yourself or your business, and nurture it, take care of it, watch it grow and change, and in turn, you should start to see some of your own results. You and your plant will mirror each other. When you’re taking care of you, it’s easy to remember that you have a plant baby to take care of too. When you’re not feeling great, taking care of that plant, speaking kind words to it, watering it and pulling dead leaves and repotting it can help boost you so much. Allow yourself to see that plant as a mirror, make the changes you need, shed those dead leaves, pull the dead ones that won’t fall off on their own, and grow taller and wider and more rooted in yourself and your beliefs. I promise, it only takes one small step to get the ball rolling. So remember that growth comes when you learn how to eat an elephant; just take it one bite at a time.

Until next week, I wish you all love, joy, peace, wisdom, and patience; and I hope you decide to make a change!

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