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Im not so good with conformity … can you tell?

As you are guessing, I am not so good with conformity.  Posting to a ‘set’ structure really isn’t me and frankly, a tad constraining.  Blogging structure like, on Tuesdays we post about travel.  Wednesday, well Wednesdays are wordless; but you can throwback your Thursday’s ARHHHHHHH.  Yes YES, I know I can set my blog up how ever I wish too – there are no true set in stone rules or guidelines.  But after some time of blogging, certain styles and structure form; especially with certain types of blogs.  Sadly, the longer you blog; these structure become very clear and very standardised – and very done.  Even the themes and hashtags that we all use – they are, in a way – restricting our creativity.

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But it seems the more I try to conform, the less I post.  And to be honest what is the point of towing the line when I am not enjoying it.  Especially when it seems that when I am free writing I seem to post frequently and most importantly – I feel I enjoy my blog as much as I hope the people that drop by do.  After a bit of time away and reflecting a few thoughts on exactly WHY I blog – I have decided to throw out all forms of conformity – and just get back to why I started in the first place.  From today I am going to blog whatever drops into my crazy uncomforted mind.  No longer will I constrict myself, my creatively nor my blog to travelling Tuesdays and wordless Wednesday’s.  HECK, I might throw caution into the wind and do a WEEK of wordlessness – why should Wednesday be so lucky and wordless? :O.

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Just think of the scandal – no words for a week!  Then totally confuse everyone and write poems or recipes for the following week.  What is better?  Blogging to a set structure – where posts are forced and infrequent.  Or blogging for pleasure, sharing my adventures and creative self.  Getting back to the grass roots of just what WordPress was all about – back when people blogged from the pleasure of sharing and not the dream of recognition from the masses – which it seems like some blogs are trying to achieve.

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So from today who knows where/what I will post.  Because, truthfully, its about the journey that we all take; and not the end destination.

Mabel

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It takes 21 days to make a habit 

Well, I can tell you that making a habit in 21 days is either a myth or a load of…… That is unless the 21 days are turtle days?  LOL – because it is NOT a day in my human timeframe!  So why or what habit am I trying to make?  You see since returning from the United States in December last year, I have been a tad obsessed with trying to create a gym (bunny) habit for myself.  I have been so obessed that the rest of my life has been pushed to the side a little – including posting blogs, editing images, eating and sleeping.  WELL, maybe not eating or sleeping LOL but in general it feels as if I have stopped everything else.

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I have been going at it for 21 days exactly… nope, no habit has been created!  I am still having the same old yelling match with myself just leading up to heading out to the gym.  Though, I can report that I am enjoying the gym more, than say, day 1.  Day 1, I walked out of the gym looking like a wet, old, buggered bunny.  But enough about why I have stopped all other forms of living and why I am trying to create – ‘Mabel the gym bunny’.  Let’s talk about why someone got it into their head, that all I had to do to create a habit was to repeat the task for 21 days and BOOM – Mabel transformed – NOT!

I decided that I needed to do a little research on the subject – I let me fingers do the walking and goggled ’21 days habit or myth’.  What I found did not surprise me in the least.

This myth, that a habit can be created in a mere 21 days became from a misunderstanding from work by Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s.  Populism created this misunderstanding and BOOM – the 21 day habit took on a world of its own.  Mainstream populism once again grabbed onto something, flipped it inside out and created something totally incorrect and mostly unattandable – like if you drink 2L of water a day and exercise 30mins 5 days a week you will become fit.  Populism changed Maltz’s work to create a belief that if you put all your willpower into repeating a ‘task’ 21 days in a row – you will create a habit.  Then placed fear into people that it only take half the time to break a habit.  If you looked at this populism created myth from a Marxist view – its no different to ‘the more you work harder – the higher up the ladder you will climb.  But that is an all together another discussion; and one for another time.  BUT, one that you will have to have with me face to face, as I try to keep the hard stuff off the blog :).

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Populism, or the mainstream myths really do have a lot to answer for.  Heck, when I think back, I even think that there was some mid 1990’s lame drug reform movie that was based on this very myth – trust Hollywood to reinforce populism bull!

So again, it looks like the mainstream way is not going to work for me – I have NOT been able to create the habit of transforming into a gym addict aka Mabel the gym bunny.  It looks like I am going to have to keep yelling at myself everyday, that I am going to have to draw on my shear determination.  That I will just have to repeat over the next few MONTHS until my attitude slowly changes.  It looks like, yes, I DO have to REPEAT the task of going to the gym every day –  over and over and over again… That to create the gym habit, I have to break through the desire to enjoy life, the outdoors, living, eating and sleeping (again I am slightly over playing the no eating and sleeping part).  That, for myself and others to truly create a habit, I have to create a subconsious, second nature task of going to the gym to create the habit.  ALL OF WHICH takes a heck of a lot longer than a mere 21 days!  BUT saying this, if I can pack a suitcase with my eyes closed and load a car like a Tetris pro; then I can create a habit of hitting the gym.


I just need to keep hanging my invisable travel carrot out in front of me – eye on the prize!  So, I leave you now (to head to the gym) with one final question…

WHY the hell did I decide to attempt creating this habit during the summer :X

M

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Travel Tuesday

The Local Tourist

At the dramatic end of our last big trip – where we missed our return flight to New Zealand.  Due to Calvin being sped away by LA paramedics (from airside LAX – of all places!)  Calvin and I have decided 2017 will be the year we become ‘local tourists’.

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What is a local tourist you are thinking?  Well, a local tourist is where you ‘visit’ your own town, and your own country – like a person would, that is, if they were visiting from another country.  While Calvin and I have actually already toured from the tippy top to the flat bottom of New Zealand – many years ago.  We have not re-explored much of New Zealand since moving back four years ago.  Instead, we have seen more of Australia, Singapore, Fiji, and another massive roadie around the good old U.S of A; and that’s just since we moved back to New Zealand!

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The funny thing is – while we were travelling around the U.S.A NOV/DEC 0f 2016.  Everyone that we spoke too (and the list was many lol), all asked us… “why did you leave New Zealand to visit HERE!”  Which, when you think about it – is a good question!  Where have we been/seen in New Zealand in that time we have returned?  Well, we have popped into Dunedin for a weekend, Wellington for our anniversary and let us not forget the many MANY day trips down to our fav hot pool (hot springs) spot down in Rotorua (aka Roto-vegas).  We haven’t really seen/been anywhere else!

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Don’t get me wrong, I geographically know New Zealand – I just don’t feel like I ‘know’ my own homeland.  While I know all the places to see, the times of year to see it and a good part of the history that goes along with it.  I DONT know her, not like some visitors do.  And, sadly, not like I know other places in other countries.  And, WELL, I see that as a big trouble that I/We really need to rectify – starting this year!  So, that’s our plan for travel in 2017 – we will be re-seeing New Zealand and taking a ‘good old’ Kiwi Roadtrip!  With, maybe the odd hop over the ditch to Sydney for a weekend to catch up with our friends we left behind 😦 HEY nearly everyone says Sydney is an extension on New Zealand – so it’s not that out of the brief 😉

Anyways, that’s it for this edition of my travel Tuesday session – HAPPY TT everyone ❤

Mabel

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