Do something small every day

My husband (Chris) and I have been renovating our 110-year old house since we first bought it almost two years ago. Slowly and steadily we are literally spending dozens of hours in every room, every section, of our large, historic home and income property.

It’s a labor of love (most of the time).

At any given time I could list off the half-dozen projects Chris is working on at once. Right now, that includes repainting the exterior of the house, yard and tree work, putting up (and taking down) a fence, installing our front door, installing interior trim in our dining room, and – oh – raising a beam in our basement. When I list off all of those projects, it can seem hopelessly overwhelming. And, truly, it is A LOT of work.

But Chris doesn’t see it that way.

You see, Chris has this amazing ability to look at a bunch of “things that need to get done”, prioritize which one needs his attention the most, and spends an hour or two each day addressing it. And each day we follow the same routine: work, renovate, rest, sleep. The thing is, he still has PLENTY of “rest” time (i.e. Chris kicks up his feet and watches TV), and none of it ever seems to really get to him (except those long weekend work days).

You can do hard things by doing a little bit every day

His approach is SO simple, and yet – it’s also kind of amazing.

Because at the end of the week, or the end of the weekend, one of those projects will be done. And by the end of the month, half of those projects will be done. And by the end of (probably next) year, all of the projects will be done. And, in between, we’ll have plenty of living. Plenty of family time, plenty of cookouts, plenty of visits with friends.

And it no longer feels like we’re sacrificing or giving anything up for the sake of the projects.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I prepare for yoga teacher training. This spring alone, I’ve started and stopped a dozen wellness routines. I’ve tried. And I’ve exhausted myself.

And this time, I just can’t do that.

It’s not good for me, and it’s not good for my yoga practice.

I think you get where I’m going with this. What I need is not to overwhelm or over-prepare or exhaust myself with building up to what will surely be one of the most intense experiences of my life. No. What I need is to take a little advice from my husband. To start small. And to do a little bit every day.

You can do almost anything, if you start by doing something small every day

Next week I’ll share more about what that means for me. So stay tuned, on Tuesdays, as I share my journey towards – and in – yoga teacher training.



Julie Love Gagen

After unexplained illness, with no diagnosis, forced me to take medical leave of absence in college, I chose yoga as a path towards healing. For me, it was a gentle way for me to get back into my body. And the experience, and practice, gave me the confidence I needed to believe I could heal. It worked. And it’s been magic ever since. In 2012, I chose to do a personal wellness challenge – 30 days of Hot Power Yoga – in celebration of my 30th birthday. The studio I picked was Baptiste Yoga in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The studio which, just a few years later, would be the inspiration and the setting for my RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher training. The style of yoga I teach is a little different from what you’ve seen before. In my class, we focus on strengthening your core, elongating your spine, and finding the ideal position for each body, regardless of what it looks like.