Cue. Routine. Reward.

The cue is a trigger that usually tells you to indulge in a bad habit or, more positively, a way to start a new positive pattern that will result in a different outcome. The routine is what you do to create a new outcome in your life; it takes approximately three weeks for a new routine to become a part of your life. The reward is what you offer yourself once you have created a new routine.

Maybe 56 is the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

The idea is to get you to think about your sleep as the ideal eight hours every night but in the context of a week. You do not have to be perfect every night. You can have a bad night of sleep, and that’s ok. It is how you respond around it that matters. Multiple nights of poor, short sleep will leave impaired, but again, once bad night surrounded by nights of good sleep and you will be okay.

Being a Step-Mom is the Coolest

My advice if you are a step-mom: Never pretend you are their mother. You can always be their step-mom but never try to be their mom. Regardless of what the situation is, it is so important to respect the mother-child bond. I would also say it’s important to form a friendship, or at least an acquaintanceship, with the kid’s mom. Be her ally and ask her to be yours to when it comes to helping with her kids. Most importantly when it comes to your partner, remember that you have chosen to enter their life with their kids; respect that parent-child bond and never try to come between your partner and their children.

Celebrating the Moms of your World

Now I would say to all the moms, non-moms, and children out there, please do not judge a woman for what she has to do for her children, like you she’s doing her best. Moms are made of resilience, grace, and tenacity. Moms make us into the adults we are today, for better or for worse. Moms are the glue of a family. Moms are the ones that when you are having a bad day are there for you.

My Passion for Running Lost its Harmony

“Harmonious passion is when you are enthusiastic about something because you love doing it. Obsessive passion is when you are excited about an endeavour because you love the external validation and recognition it brings.” ~Steve Magness & Brad Stulberg

Add a little play in your life.

There is a great deal of evidence that the road to mastery of any subject is guided by play. Learning a subject by rote can take one only so far.

The Value of a Nap

Some general guidelines for napping:
– 20 minutes or less: Set an alarm for ~30 minutes giving yourself a few minutes to fall asleep. By only sleeping for a short time you say in the ‘light-sleep’ zone and should after a few minutes feel refreshed from your brief shut-yet.
– 90 mins: Set an alarm for ~2-hours. This allows your body to go through one complete sleep cycle

The Value of Great Friends

You know the ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones that make you giggle when you are feeling down. The ones that know exactly what to say when things are not right in your life.

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like

A recent study acknowledged the tension between drivers and cyclists, going as far as to say that some drivers view cyclists as less than human. In fact, using pictograms the study demonstrated that the drivers who disliked cyclists saw them as cockroaches. Wow, that’s horrible.

Melatonin: Should you be Taking it?

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland that helps with the regulation or your daily sleep-wake cycle. The amount of melatonin your body naturally produces is influenced… Continue reading