Reflecting on Habits

Day 4

The easiest times come when we’re not looking at what’s going on around. Busy bees that we are, it’s the distractions that help us forget the things that we don’t want to remember.

Friday was not too exciting. Pretty forgettable and unmemorable. After going to bed at 3am and waking up at 10am, only to find that most of the morning is pretty much shot, I realized that I’m officially in the midst of a funky Friday.

The only way out of this funky Friday is an order of my beloved Pad Thai from Lannam in Union Square. After munching on half my order I started wondering about replacement vices.

During my month of dairy-free living, I’ve taken it upon myself to research alternatives and replacements for dairy. I’m almost afraid, very afraid, because this slight plight of mines is only a small bump in the big scheme of things.

What happens when I want to do a month of carb-free living? Then I started wondering….

Is it worth giving up one habit if means picking up another?

What are habits? Routines that become integral to our everyday living? I don’t think habits are neither good nor bad. They are just behaviors; things that we do, sometimes without thinking.

What we do with these routines and behaviors are what defines its’ value in our lives.

For example, some say that cursing is bad. While for some it may be defined as bad, for the record, cursing is not a bad habit.

Constantly berating others and using words which hit below the belt is the core issue and that’s the thing that’s bad because really, sometimes you need a good curse word to effectively convey a feeling.

Which brings me to dairy. I’m still on the fence as to whether dairy is a good or bad habit. I’ve done some reading that says dairy is not good for asthmatics.

After having endured a week of icky sickness in January, not only am I determined to take whatever precautions I need to avoid a repeat spout but I’m also committed to just general change and experimentations with what I decide to consume.

But in all honesty, it stopped being about fixing a bad habit. It’s about replacing an old one with a new one, preferably one that is better for me in the long run.

Vicky Ayala

My name is Vicky & I am a brand strategist & visual storyteller. By day, I work with multi-passionate entrepreneurs to organize their creative genius into a memorable brand experience with engaging design, authentic storytelling and strategic online marketing. When I'm not conjuring brand magic, you can find me musing about the entrepreneurial journey which includes everything from finding the perfect chai latte to plotting my domestic move to Miami.