Issue 15 | Sept. 21st, 2021 |

Reify 8&21

Welcome to your 3-minute pause. 

Let's focus on your practice of pursuing awesome.


There's a loofah flower and a gourd!

"I come to my gardening habit through the influence of my mother, both grandmothers, and the mothers from my childhood neighborhood, which boasted backyard vegetable gardens, fruiting trees, and flowers galore. 


Dedicating time each day to tend to my own garden——watering, pruning, weeding, and harvesting——forces me to slow down and get out of my head. 


My gardening habit gives me a moment every day to reflect and consciously make note of the subtle changes and growth. You can NOT rush a garden! Seeds germinate, buds bloom, and fruit ripens on their own schedule. It is through my gardening habit that I get to be a witness to the life that is unfolding around us all."


- Sarah Egan Warren, Co-Editor of Reify 8&21


"Doing one thing by yourself, for yourself, that creates joy is such an important habit." 

- Podcaster Jay Shetty


A Habit as a Mantra


When we asked Tricia, 

“Do you have a day-to-day mantra?”

She replied,


“Whatever the mantra is for me, it MUST include a 60-90 minute walk. I do not deviate and will bundle up in all sorts of weather to ‘get out’ and get away to be free in my thoughts."

- Tricia Lucas, Co-Founder of Lucas Select and 

Founder of The Alliance for Women in Tech Leadership


"Courage is like—it's a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. 

It's like learning to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging."


—Marie M. Daly (1921–2003), Biochemist & the first African American woman in the US to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.


A Habit as a Challenge 


"I joke around that we moved back from San Francisco eating avocado toast with a yoga habit. 


Yoga is time to be with yourself and challenge your body and mind! I'm getting better at not letting my mind race."

- Anita Vila-Parrish, PhD, Sr. Director of Product Management at Ontada


"Cultivate the habit of zest. Purposefully seek out the beauty in the seemingly trivial. 

Especially the trivial. The colors and shape of the foods you eat. The shadows a vase makes on your table. The interesting faces of the people on the bus with you."

—Writer Karen Salmansohn



“Abitudine” is Italian for “habit”


"I'm learning Italian - started last month with Duolingo and so far - brava! 


Planning a trip to Italy next year for our 20th anniversary."

Dawn Daria, Education Director with Flow Circus and 

Engagement Specialist with Energizing Events


"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."

—Actor Peter Ustinov  (1921-2004)


A Habit Recipe

"On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances… In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days.


Interestingly, the researchers also found that ‘missing one opportunity to perform the behavior did not materially affect the habit formation process.’ 


In other words, it doesn’t matter if you mess up every now and then. 


Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process."


James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits


"Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me."

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge


What's a habit that you enjoy, or that helps you feel like you?


Great job!

Way to take a pause and give 3 minutes to your practice of pursuing awesome with this issue's theme. You rock!


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Reify 8&21 is a digital publication 

intentionally sent on the 8th and 21st
to disrupt your status-quo 

with an encouraging reset.


Photo Credits: 


Sprout photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Water photo by Anastasia Taioglou on Unsplash

Vase and shadow photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Gondola photo by Karen Uppal on Unsplash

Book photo by Karen Uppal on Unsplash

Gardening photo by Karen Uppal on Unsplash