Best Boot Forward- Habits

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen some of my previous #BestBootForward posts. A group of us bloggers, all want to inspire you all to look for the best positive pieces of your lives.

Today we are discussing things that you take for granted and habits that you may need to pack in, or habits that you should be thankful you have. I am a firm believer that if something makes you happy, why quit? Obviously, you need to look after yourself. Your health is paramount but your happiness is equally as important. Finding the right balance is key. Love yourself, love what you do and love your life.

Today’s questions come from the lovely Chloe from Indigo Wilderness. If you want to read more, or better still JOIN IN, check out the #BestBootForward Community on Facebook.

What do you take for granted?

 I am a very appreciative person. I always try to appreciate even the smallest things in life. The health of my children, the wonderful relationship I have with my husband, my beautiful home, my abilities to be a very practical person. I do however believe I take my lifestyle for granted. I am lucky enough to not have to go out to work each day, my husband is the breadwinner and I am a part time ‘lady of leisure’. Yet we live a very frugal lifestyle. We try to spend as little as we can, buying reduced food and using as many reusable products as possible. We do this because we want to- not because we have to. I forget that there are people living in this world who do not have the choice to live frugally- they are forced to. Our frugal lifestyle is a hobby. If we wanted to pack it all in tomorrow, we could.

Could you change a habit to improve your life?

Smoking. 100%. Not many of my readers will know that I smoke. I tend to keep it quiet. However, if you know me from day to day life, it is likely that you know that I smoke. I have a strange relationship with smoking. I can go hours (or even days or weeks- especially in pregnancy) without a cigarette, quite happily. For me smoking is routine. I do the school run and the kids are not around- I pop the kettle on and go for a quick smoke. I go to feed the chickens- and have a smoke. Pop to the greenhouse- smoke. Spending lots of time outside means lots of opportunities to smoke.

I have recently been looking into switching from ciggies to vaping. I have friends who have completely made the switch from smoking to vaping and found the transition really easy! I really need to sit and read The Beginners Guide To Vaping, an in-depth guide to vaping. I need to get to grips with it all as there are so many options when it comes to choosing the right vaporizer. I feel a bit lost when friends talk about ejuices, coils, battery packs and mods. Mind=blown.

What good habits do you have or could you get into? I am really good at making plans for the day and sticking to them! I never used to be like this though. I used to be a push over, I would start the day with good intentions and plans would go out of the window when another option would pop up. Sometimes we just have to learn to say “no”. Something I would never do. I started to refuse to babysit kids, turn down popping out for coffee or even just turning the TV on and choosing the telly over getting stuff done.

I soon realised things had to change, especially once I became self-employed, deadlines had to be met and there was no putting off certain jobs. Yes, I still see my friends and have fun but I am much better now at managing my time and doing the things I want to do, not what others what me to do. I am worried this sounds selfish but my life has certainly improved over the last few months.

Could you ask yourself these questions and put your #BestBootForward? It’s amazing what you can achieve with a little positivity!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Well you certainly surprised me with the smoking revelation – not what I would have imagined from someone so into wholesome living. Not judging at all, just surprised. Vaping sounds as complex as contraceptive choices was my next thought! Glad you put yourself first and it always reads as if you have a good life and have learned a lot over the years too. I need to restrict my telly viewing I think – too much like my Mum in watching loads of it. Interesting post as ever and thanks for sticking with #BestBootForward

  2. It’s amazing how many people are smokers! My other half smokes like a chimney but I’m glad I never fell into it. He’s a chef though and all most everyone in our workplace smokes, it’s a sign on the stress of the industry and goes hand in hand with all the drinking and socialising we do! I did work out that I spend as much on coffee as he does on cigarettes though… oops!

    Vaping is a weird thing, nearly all of my friends now do that instead of smoking and it’s much better for health but kind of still an unknown and all most like a kind of cult in some respects, ha!

    Any tips on time management much appreciates as I’m still struggling to cram everything in! Thanks for coming along with us again this week for Best Boot Forward!

  3. I really need to hit the smoking on the head, but I won’t be switching to vaping, it appeals less than the smoking if I’m honest #bestbootforward

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