The Unpleasant Truth Behind Why We “Can’t” Break Bad Habits

Think you can't break bad habits? You totally can! But it started by being really honest with yourself about why you think you can't. Click through for 4 tips that will help with long-lasting habit change!

It’s an overcast Tuesday night and it’s happening again.

I’ve been horizontal for two hours now, slowing eating my way through a bag of pizza rolls. The sheet pan lies on the floor and my laptop sits on the coffee table, both within easy reach so I can alternate between eating cheesy pillows of goo and clicking through 90s music videos on Youtube.

Pizza roll. No Diggity. Pizza roll. The Boy Is Mine. Pizza Roll. Karma Police.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. For a 1.5 year window, this pizza roll + music video binge became, well, a habit. Whenever the stars aligned (the weather was bad, Kenny was gone, and I’d worked too hard) I’d find myself on the couch. Somehow, there would be pizza rolls in my mouth and *NSYNC in my ear.

Did you notice how I phrased that paragraph? As though I was powerless? As though this bad habit ‘happened’ to me and I didn’t have any control over it or myself?  AS THOUGH A BAG OF PIZZA ROLLS IS SMARTER THAN ME?

Friends, it’s time to have a brutally honest conversation about bad habits and why we “can’t” break them.

Demoralizing but true: We engage in bad habits because - on some level - they benefit us. Click To Tweet

The Unpleasant Truth Behind Why We “Can’t” Break Bad Habits


True Story: I Write For A Hit TV Show

What's it like to write for tv? How do you become a tv writer? Click through for one tv writer's story + advice!

What would it be like to write for tv? What would it be like to write for a tv show that’s been nominated for five Teen Choice awards since its premiere? Diana Snyder got hired for her first tv writing gig at age 24 (!!) and currently writes for the Freeform comedy Young & Hungry. This is her story. 


9 Articles That Are Good For Your Business, Blog, And Brain

Helpful blogging links about pricing, six-figure launches, and growing your blog. Click through to read 'em!

Friends! How has this month treated your business? I’m launching a new course in on July 10th and I’m scuttling around behind the scenes as usual.

My new course is about lasting habit change and my beta testers have seen amazing results!

  • one has worked out every day since he took the course
  • one referred to is as ‘the missing link’
  • one said “Where has this information been my entire life?!!”

I’m so excited about it! If you want to be the first to know when it come out, sign up here.

Blog + Business links for you!

So helpful! How to maintain your sanity and be productive when you work from home, alone. I do pretty much all of these!

Related: How to structure you workweek when you don’t have any structure.

If you’re drowning in to-do’s, how do you figure out what to outsource?

THIS IS FASCINATING. I got my start as a ghostwriter and I wrote for a loooooot of people who’d prefer you didn’t know they used a ghostwriter.
Her favorite clients were the ones who gave her a personal window into their lives, like the A-list siblings who’d invite her to their Beverly Hills mansions for dinner and have her play with their kids. When one of the siblings changed her diet, Xue spent a day at the house brainstorming recipe ideas and taking photos for a cooking post.

Such an important reminder: the difference between inspiration and imitation.

A great essay about writing, pricing, valuing ourselves, and dealing with trolls.
This was not an anonymous troll calling me an ugly idiot who will never marry, it was a man who works in mainstream media asserting that he could assess the potential value of my knowledge in a professional area that he doesn’t work in. When presented with third-party evidence that he was incorrect, he redoubled his efforts with sweeping claims about the futility of teaching writing at all.

Real talk: why so many blogs fail before they even get going.

Related: How to get really strategic about growing your blog.

Can you have a six-figure launch if you’re selling a product that costs $197? Denise did! And she graciously outlines everything they did here.

photos by Stephen Di Donato and Alesia Kazantceva // cc

Constraints can breed creativity + Limitations can create freedom

“Dude, I dunno. I don’t think you’re going to like having a CSA,” my friend intones, leveling her eyes at me over the top of her drink. She picks at her appetizer while making that I’m-telling-you-this-for-your-own-good face.

“It’s $400 for four months of vegetables you’d never choose yourself. How much kohlrabi can you possibly eat? NOBODY LIKES SWISS CHARD THAT MUCH, SARAH.”

So I’m preemptively annoyed and swiss-chard-aware when I pick up my first farm share. I squint skeptically into my box of greens and weird herbs. But instead of feeling angry about lemon balm I feel … relief. And inspiration. And a bubbling up of culinary creativity.

I can sprinkle lemon balm on top of all those ripe peaches sitting on my counter! I’ve heard grilled spring onions are amazing! I have everything I need to make a frittata! And, yes, I’m even excited to find recipes that feature kohlrabi.

Instead of wandering the aisles of a giant grocery store, unsure of what to buy, the choices have been made for me. Instead of using all my energy examining produce and deciding what to buy, I can use my energy making the most of what I’ve been given.
Crazy as it sounds, there can be freedom in limitations + creativity within constraints. Click To Tweet


True Story: My Identity + $3,462 Was Stolen

What would you do if your identity was stolen? Click through for one woman's story and tips on how to avoid identity theft!

What would you do if your identity was stolen? And fixing it wasn’t just a matter of closing your credit card and waiting for a new one to be delivered? Today Jacqueline shares her story and a reminder why no, we shouldn’t leave our purses unattended – even if we’re in a suburban Whole Foods.