They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and today I just successfully formed the habit of chasing the sunrise!
It definitely wasn't easy, especially for the first week!
I start work at 11am, so I used to wake up at around 9. Having to wake up more than 2 hours earlier everyday took a LOT of determination. Not only was it hard to crawl out of bed, but I found myself feeling so tired and sleepy in the early evening – but I suppose this helped the cycle, because being tired early made me fall asleep early, so it was easier to wake up early the next day.
Eventually, it became easier, and nowadays I would even find myself waking up right before my alarm clock went off.
Luckily, my flatmates Jemma and Mildred were also planning to kickstart this habit, so we started this together and I became less likely to ignore my alarm clock and burrow into my covers, knowing that there were people waiting for me.
So more than determination, I credit the buddy system for what made me stick to my guns.
So if you're planning to start a healthy hobby – find a reliable buddy. Find someone with resolve, who won't easily quit and make you quit, too.
It also helped to find something to look forward to in our exercises, so it wasn't just a chore, but something enjoyable too.
East Coast Park is a beautiful location with plenty of photogenic corners, so I snapped a photo against the sunrise on day 1 and since then, we looked for different spots to take our photos of the day. I won't post photos of all 21 days, but below is a sample!
I also loved seeing a lot of cute dogs being walked in the park and snapped a lot of dogs of the day.
All we did was walk, nothing too hardcore, but it's still better than just spending two hours snoozing, isn't it?
We also spent two Saturdays away from East Coast Park, but I want to blog about those separately some other time.
P. S. This is my favourite picture taken in East Coast Park: