Fifteen Small Steps To
One. push yourself to get up before the rest of
the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the
nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun
Two. push yourself to fall asleep earlier -
start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning
feeling re-energized and comfortable.
Three. erase processed food from your diet.
start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice,
cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t
identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
Four. get into the habit of cooking yourself a
beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter
and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way
too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing
Five. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as
hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head.
stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
Six. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing
yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it
Seven. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful
black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates,
appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day.
no detail is too small.
Eight. strip your bed of your sheets and empty
your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop
of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in
Nine. organise your room. fold all your clothes
(and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your
laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
Ten. have a luxurious shower with your favourite
music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth.
lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part
between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
Eleven. push yourself to go for a walk. take
your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers
walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring
your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can
learn from your dog.
Twelve. message old friends with personal jokes.
reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t
follow through. push yourself to follow through.
Thirteen. think long and hard about what
interests you. crime? boarding school? long-forgotten romance
etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book
about literally everything.
Fourteen. become the person you would ideally
fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving.
pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the
machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on
their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for
a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture.
look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to
acquaintances so they become friends.
Fifteen. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the
life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your
eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.