Series Introduction: Habits
BY: NIKKI MICHELLE CHARNSTROM
We are creatures of habit. Routines are unavoidable as we are naturally drawn to repetition and the familiar. It’s comfortable, predictable and safe. Have you ever considered just how odd it truly is for us to find belonging and purpose in the rhythm of routine? What cadence carries you through your day to day? Is it slow and harmonious, or frantic and high-strung? At times, perhaps it’s both. I would hope if you’re in a constant “go, go, go” state of mind, you find moments to decompress. If not, that’s a whole different topic we can cover later this month.
Since the beginning of this year, no… not even… let’s just say, lately, I’ve been really into the power of a routine and how the ebb and flow of a day can transform our ability to live fully. In recognizing this, I am paying attention to the importance of habits and how they seep into every area of our lives. Habits either build upon or break down our hopes, dreams and aspirations for living out our best. I know if we all take one minute to reflect on the things we do every single day, we’d find both good and bad habits. There are those we wish to be rid of, and those we can’t imagine doing any differently.
I have both a morning and a night routine, as I’m sure you do. While I know the beginning and end to my days aren’t quite where I want them to be yet, I am in the process of bettering each routine. Why? Because I want my habits to serve me well. When I wake up an hour earlier on a work day, I give myself the time and space to get my head in the right place. I can enjoy my coffee and read my devotional, without feeling the pressure of the ticking clock. A slow morning is my secret to a successful day — but, girl… I am SO not a morning person. I love sleeping in late and waking up when my body tells me I’m rested. So, developing this new habit has been quite the adjustment to say the least.
If I asked you what new habits would you incorporate into your day, what would you say? And, would you be able to tell me why? You can’t begin to start or break a habit without incentive — remember that. As we walk you through this month dedicated to habits here on Crowned Chics, give yourself the time to reflect on your routines. Ask yourself both questions, “What can I do to empower myself to spend my time wiser?” and “Am I hindering my ability to _____ (i.e. be there for my children, do excellent work in my job, chase my dreams, honor my husband, make time for myself, etc.)?”
Whatever it may be, write it down and just start doing it. All it takes is a made-up mind and the discipline to see the results before they come. The ways in which you live your life are in your control, girlfriend. Do yourself a favor and make wise decisions in HOW your show up. The power is in your hands. Although we’re still navigating how to be the greatest versions of ourselves, we are going to do our best in showing you how to get there. Through honesty, vulnerability and encouragement, Crowned Chics is here to give you the tools you need to be successful.
Let's do this, ladies.
Nikki is the owner and founder of Crowned Chics. She lives in the warm desert of Phoenix, Arizona with her beloved family. If she's not ferociously clanking away on her typewriter, she's behind the camera capturing moments for her business Charnstrom Captures Photography.