Musings of a Museum Fanatic: October 2020

10.14.2020

8 Tips to Help You Create New Habits

A habit is repeated behavior that you do regularly without thinking about it. I am one who lets bad habits quickly take over and can be slow to make good habits. Breaking bad habits take a lot of time but making the new ones can be just as hard. 

I've been working the past two months to instill good habits in my regular routine. It's been difficult and I've had some set backs but when I follow these 8 tips it's easier to create those new habits. 


One habit at a time
Focusing on one new habit at a time will allow you to focus your will power on one thing. This will help you not stretch yourself too thin and make sure that new habit sticks.

Don't wait
Most of us want things to be perfect and we're always waiting for that perfect moment to start things. Don't wait! Start working on that new habit today not tomorrow. There is no better time than today.

Commit for 30 days
It takes time to make a new habit automatic so committing for at least 30 days will help when implementing it.   

Break it up into small bits
Don't feel like you need to tackle a huge habit all at once. This can set you up for failure. Break up the new habit into smaller, manageable pieces. 

Keep yourself accountable
Whether you're able to keep yourself accountable on your own with a tracker or you need a buddy to keep yourself accountable find what works best for you and do it. 

Revisit part way through
Like any project you should always take a step back and look at your progress part way through. This is the time to see what's been working and what should be changed. Do you need to be more intense or ease back. Take time to really look at your progress. 

Be patient
It might take more than 30 days or it might take several times to create a new habit. Don't beat yourself up if it takes longer than planned or there are set backs. 

Reward yourself
You've been working hard! Don't forget to reward your progress along the way and success. Using rewards along the way can be a helpful tool to creating the habit as well. 

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10.07.2020

Decorating with Photowall

***I received this product for free and to review but all opinions are my own. 

A year and a half into owning a home again and I'm starting to feel like we're getting more settled down. We have finally been able to think through decorative touches that we want to add to our home. One space that made me very frustrated was one of the walls in our bedroom. That's where Photowall came to our rescue. 


We have cathedral ceilings in our master bedroom so two of the walls are huge spaces. The bed side has our headboard to break up the space but the opposite wall was just this huge, white expanse and I didn't know what to do with it. 


Photowall has several options that are great for larger spaces. We had originally planned on getting a wallpaper or wall mural through Photowall. We thought it would be a great way to maximize the large space. You can see they have thousands of different image options from beautiful landscape scenes to maps and skylines to crazy ones like a Victorian Yoda

I knew from the get go that I wanted to put a large Chicago skyline in the space. With the horizontalness of the space it was perfect. Photowall came through with over 30 options relating to Chicago. As you can see we ultimately went with the Chicago Illinois Skyline in blue. There were several other contenders but those will be for another project I think!


When we started to measure and figure out the size of the wallpaper needed for the space we realized that it wouldn't work for the space because of the size and where the cathedral part of the ceiling started. No worries though because not only does Photowall do amazing murals and wallpapers you can actually get most of the same prints as canvases and the size can go quite large. 


We ended up going with the largest size canvas we could get, 59x39 inches! I was definitely excited for it to come in the mail and not sure how the delivery guy was going to handle the huge package without damaging the canvas. One thing I didn't realize was that it came in pieces and you put it together. Once I learned that was the case I was much less worried!


Putting the canvas together was mostly a breeze. We followed the directions and measured everything several times before sticking the wood pieces on the canvas. When it came time to bolt the corners together we couldn't get some together at first. Soon we realized that we had to apply some pressure to the frame because the canvas needed to be tight on the frame. After that it was smooth sailing!


Voila! A beautiful canvas piece that is perfect in the space. While the canvas was waiting in the hallway we discovered that this size would work perfectly in the space too. Looks like we'll have to add that to our list! Maybe this time we'll use our own photo and create a special canvas of our own special moments. 

Photowall is even giving my readers a discount for the next month! 25% with this code "museumfanatic2021" now is the perfect time to give your home a little update in the decor department.


Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!