Jane Rae

Do Good. Live Well.

Category: habits

Goddess of Universes

Life is long and life is hard and life is quick and I am strong.


What am I even doing?

Who am I kidding?

Myself, I hope, with all of this Negative Self Talk.

Be nice to my friend Jane;

I love her and I kinda like her.

She can be really fun.


“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

What she’s getting at is that having it all in life is about choosing wisely, not about cramming in everything indiscriminately. I’m trying more and more to follow her advice, and my life is absolutely improved for these efforts. The values I strive for include love, family, generosity, equality, artistic expression, and gratitude.

What are your essential values?


Last week, our new house started feeling more like home (more on that soon!). As things calm down around here, I’m encouraging myself to have good habits as I work on my writing and look for a job. With that in mind, here is how my schedule has looked so far today:

7:30 Get up, brush teeth

8:00 Shower in luxury

8:30 Get dressed and light a candle

8:35 Write/sketch a page in journal, think about blog post, do some yoga stretches

9:00 Eat breakfast, feed the cats

9:20 Start writing an article

…and that’s as far as I’ve gotten today. But I’d say that’s a pretty good start! The reason I’m sharing this is two-fold: it helps me to write down what I’ve done, which gives me a sense of accomplishment, and it also helps me to remember which things are working, and which aren’t, so that I can keep doing the good stuff tomorrow, and again the next day. The implementation of grand plans is always my stumbling block. I can make schedules and plans for hours, but unless I continue, and follow through on my projects, nothing can ever get done. So I’m working on beefing up my (good) habit muscles, and staying happier and healthier in the process.

What habit are you trying to build?

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