Slipping Away, One Hour At A Time

Day 15

One of the things I dread when taking on a new goal, is the inevitable negligence of other areas of my life. As if it weren’t hard enough balancing online domination with meaningful soul searching, I now have to be sure that I don’t lose it altogether.

I’ve always struggled with waking up. When the bed is so cozy and warm on a cold morning, finding the gumption is difficult, to say the least.

And while I’m getting in a solid dairy-free living groove, I’m losing my grasp on core habits which can debilitate me more than dairy.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again differently.

In an attempt to work on my writing and goal sticking, I embarked on this 28 day series to address a number of different habits that I wanted to change.

Unfortunately the first attempt was a wash. In January I tried to become a habitual early riser. A little over a week into the month and I was doing well. Until sickness reared it’s fugly head.

10 days later and most of the month was gone, as was my regular routine of waking up at 6am. Since then, I’ve vowed to return to early rising, but with a stronger conviction and better vitamin intake regime.

During the month of January I made a promise that I would address only 1 habit per month, since change is difficult and I didn’t want to set myself for disappointment.

That does not stop me for trying for a 2nd and 3rd habit on the DL. (For the record, I stopped biting my nails for the month of February and will reward myself with a pretty manicure in March!)

Going dairy-free proved to be difficult for a number of reasons. Unlike early rising or nail biting (2 habits which are more about mental willpower), cutting out a substantial portion of one’s diet requires better preparation than what I gave.

I’d hate to justify or make excuses for my relapse moments but I’m confident that had I better thought out exactly what it meant to be dairy-free, I could have had alternatives available for the chocolate cravings.

I’m also not sure the substitutes I’ve used are much better than dairy itself.

Lessons are learned and will be applied to the next series. I just wish I had a better handle on my sleeping issues.

These past few days had me feeling like although I’m winning a battle here and there, I’ve lost sight on winning the war.

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.