How to make a smash book (and why you’d want to!)

How to make a smash book - an easy way to record your life

Years ago when our firstborns were babes in arms my sister Al and I decided that we would become scrapbookers. We had visions of ourselves spending long afternoons lovingly cutting out photos and embellishing them with... well, scrapbooky stuff. To be honest, our scrapbooking dreams were rather hazy. We bought some cardboard, we even visited a ...

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How to break a bad habit | Done

How to break a habit

Knowing why, commitment, distraction, substitution and focus are all very, very important when it comes to habit busting, but there is something even more important. You mustn't give up on yourself. How to break a bad habit Step 9. Do it until it's done Truth is, I think a bad habit that you've had for a very long time takes a very long time ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 8

How to break a bad habit

I never bought into the 'multi-tasker' thing, even when it was mega-important to be one of (all of?) those kinds of people back in the nineties. You HAD to have 'great at multi-tasking' written somewhere on your CV or you were toast. That was the theory anyway. Instead, I always wrote the thing that I actually am good at. "Great ability to focus ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 7

How to break a bad habit

We are trundling along at pace on our habit busting mission. How are you feeling about everything? Still overwhelmed or are you feeling a little bit more like you can do this. You can do this! So yesterday we thought about substitutions for our habits and examined the need to change the rhythm of our days. Today is a similar kind of thing, but ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 6

How to break a bad habit

We are doing this! Ain't life grand?  Have you started your 21 day commitment yet or do you need to know more? I'm guessing you might want a few more tips about how to get out of the habit of having your habit! I think the hardest part of breaking up with a habit is realising you can never go back. Even if we are desperate to undo something, ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 5

How to break a bad habit

Phew, can you believe we are five days into this habit kickin' series? I told you it was rather involved. BUT, the further we go along, the more I think we are becoming aware of just how complex habit breaking actually is. Complex, difficult but ultimately really achievable. That's the path we are on right now. So, you've identified why you have ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 4

How to break a bad habit 4

How are you going with your habit busting so far? If you've just stumbled onto this post, click here to see Steps 1 -3 then pop back here when you're all caught up. So far we've pulled our habit out, examined the whys and decided to change. The trouble is, change can be super-tough. It's such an overwhelming feeling to face up to something ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 3

How to break a bad habit 3

This is the third post in my How to break a bad habit series. You can see Step 1 here and Step 2 here. So far we've identified why we have our bad habits in the first place and made the decision to stop. A much harder decision to make than you'd think! One of the main reasons it's so hard to really, truly decide to end a bad habit is that we ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 2

How to break a bad habit - step 2

Yesterday in Step 1 of this series, we spent some time examining what exactly our bad habit is giving us that's good.  See there's always some kind of good that outweighs the bad. Nobody slogs through quicksand to claim a pile of more quicksand at the end... or do they? That's the thing about habits. They often exist purely because we are too ...

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How to break a bad habit | Step 1

How to break a bad habit

I've patiently waited three months to write this series. That's how long ago I finally stopped drinking diet coke, a daily bad habit I'd had for more than 20  years. Twenty years! Erk! Let me tell you, bad habits are haaaaaard to break. I know this because in my time I've kicked a few doozies: smoking a pack a day for more than 10 years ...

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