I began writing this morning and realised the last entry was three weeks ago. I can’t believe how quickly time passes. I started this blog at the beginning of 2019, aiming to write each day. This schedule gradually settled into a more manageable three times per week.

So, what has changed?

On a simple level, life has got in the way. October is the start of our Christmas show season, and I’m busy on the stand which leaves little time or energy for writing.

I have written many times about the power of habits, about creating them, maintaining them consistently, and the positive results they bring.

Writing this blog was one of my “good habits,” a significant part of my morning routine, and I believe one of the critical factors in the prosperous year Valentte has had.

But like all our good habits, we take them for granted at our peril.

One day of non-writing turned into two, then three then a week and so on. Suddenly a previously cast-iron habit has been forgotten. Restarting is hard, once the pattern has broken. It feels like pushing a rock up a hill. Daunting, scary, intimidating and overwhelming.

Weirdly, restarting occurred in combination with fixing another broken habit. I haven’t done any exercise in nearly a month. Wanting to fix this, two days ago I bought a turbo trainer for my bike so I can exercise on it without having to brave the cold weather.

I started using it and hey presto I have started writing again. Maybe it’s the endorphins from the physical exercise, or perhaps it’s the feel-good factor of restarting one habit that has given me the mental strength to fix another.

Either way, it feels good, and I’m glad to be back at the keyboard.

Are you going through something similar and letting your good habits slip? Sometimes its not tough words you need, or even a kick up the backside. Sometimes all it takes is the rush of energy and good feelings that exercise brings to get you back on track

Together, we climb the mountain, not in giant leaps but one small step at a time.

Hi, I'm Luke Bream, the author of this blog, and one of the co-founders of Valentte. Thanks for taking the time to read about our journey.

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5 thoughts on “Endorphins”

  1. I am a fairly new customer, I look forward to your blog and the lovely parcels that arrive, each one beautifully packaged. My newest arrival, along with candles and room mists, has been a pot of your lime and grapefruit hand cream. Not only does it make my hands feel lovely, the scent is very uplifting, we all need it in our lives at this time of year
    Keep up the good work

  2. HI Luke

    Just wanted to let you know how much i have missed your blog. Put a smile on my face when i opened my emails this morning. Your such an inspirational person and owning a business myself find that there are never enough hours in the day. But nice to hear that business is good for you. Love your products and hope to catch you at a christmas show soon to stock up on christmas presents.

  3. Hi Luke
    I read all your blogs and have really missed them. Glad if the exercise has put you in a better place.For me it’s swimming, I really can tell when I miss a few days. Swimming gives me my mojo.

    Glad you are back.

  4. Great to see you back Luke on my very early emails this morning. Missed your blog!!!
    Couldn’t agree more it is so easy to let things slip and once slipped so hard to get back into again, whatever it is. Particularly exercise and healthy eating to keep the weight down!!! So easy to slip in a biscuit or 2 and then the bad habits restart. Or let the filing invoices slip!!!! You know that one.
    Keep up the blog however long or short . We need them to get us through the crazy Christmas period. Good luck with xmas business. !!!

  5. Lovely to hear from you. Both myself and my husband miss you’re inspirational blog.
    So much so that Steve has asked me to order 2 of your candles for his new outdoor living space. Saying that you deserve the trade for all your efforts!!


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