As promised, I made some calendars if you’re interested in participating in the Don’t Break the Chain thing.

Check them out here. There’s a little different formatting on each and room at the top to be able to write in the goal you’re working on each day!

What are you going to be working on?


Seriously, it’s April?

The fact that the calendar says that it’s not only April, but the middle of the month already, has me simply baffled. To the core group who has stuck with this 12 changes thing, you guys ROCK! Seriously, I mean, I’m having some trouble keeping up and I helped come up with the idea!

I don’t want to focus on what I’ve done wrong though, I’d rather pay attention to how I’m going to get back to work and what I’m going to change here in April.

As of the posting of this on Saturday, I will no longer be working at Barnes & Noble. If you haven’t caught the few postings on twitter about my new job, don’t worry, I’m not just leaving one position and wandering off into the unknown. No, instead I now have a regular 8-5 office gig. It’s actually almost an hour commute for me, so I’m out of the house about 7:15-6:00 every day, but the pay is far better than B&N and I love me some NPR, so I can make it work.

I can especially make it work because it gives me some routine. It’s been hard to do with some B&N evening shifts that keep me out of the house until 11:30PM, so I’m very much looking forward to next week.

This weekend I am going to a friend’s place a couple hours away, and while he is studying on Saturday, I plan on getting a jump start on a new blogging routine I’d like to begin. Starting on Monday, I will be writing for at least 20 minutes every night at home. I’d like to make it more, but I don’t want to commit to anything until I really get into it and see how it will work in my day.

I also happen to be writing this on my lunch break at work, which I can do because I get a longer lunch break, and I can eat my lunch at my desk and then email the post to myself. It would be totally killer to be able to actually write and post on my lunch, but that’s not an option with this position, and that’s okay.

I also plan on bringing my lunches to work, partially for the time, if I don’t have to go somewhere to get food, I have more time to eat/relax/write/sleep/vlog/whatevs. It also will allow me to keep more of this new paycheck that I’m getting, which is ideal, since the time at B&N was pretty much going to pay for my gas and food for the week.

So the routine of writing at work and at for a bit at home, combined with the bringing (and therefore making) my lunches, I hope will get me to a more productive place and allow me to make adjustments to the routine to fit other changes in as I decide to make them.

Things like running, since this new job has me sitting at a desk all day rather than showing people all around a bookstore for that perfect book.


Welcome to 12 changes in 12 months, the place where many people are coming together to get a drastically different life without making any dramatic changes!

The idea started in early December 2011 when Stephany and I were chatting about some frustrations we had with being unable to meet some personal goals. If you think about it, making changes can be super intimidating. There’s all these little parts to the person you want to become, and trying to get to all of them is so daunting that it’s often easier to just say, “Forget it!” and stay with the status quo.

But what if you broke up those goals into little pieces?

This is what Stephany and I decided to do for the 12 months that make up 2012. Rather than say we want to be healthier and forcing ourselves to make lots of little decisions every day about that, we are focusing on one small aspect of our big change each month.

For January, mine is drinking more water.

We both started to get really excited about this idea, and we thought it would be even cooler to get 12 people in on this project, for symmetry, you know. So I put the call out to Twitter and I was just floored by the response. We had more than 24 in less than an hour. Now, almost a month later, we’re getting close to 60!

Not only do we have a big group, this is a great group! I can see us all succeeding just because of the kinds of people we’ve got here to support us!

If we don’t already have your information, please fill this out and join us! After I have that, I’ll send you out the emails and all that fun stuff!

If you have a list of things you know you want to change, whether it’s full or not, I’d love to see those right over here!

Can’t wait to have you on board!

(Also please excuse some of the delays and hiccups, we’re all working as volunteers over here!)