It’s time for habit 23: Only wear shoes that are in excellent condition and that fit you well.
This is a habit that will improve your health, your appearance, and your posture. Gone with scuffs and tears on your shoes. Gone with shoes that blister your heels or make your toes bleed or that cut into the tops of your feet. Your shoes should be comfortable and they should be clean and in good repair. Make a habit of wiping your shoes with paper towels or rags to remove dirt and mud. Sprinkle baking soda in them to keep them from getting smelly. Replace them when they’re too old to be attractive or supportive.
I have a special fondness for cute lace-up shoes (because in those, you can take out the garbage or go hiking at will), but you can wear whichever kind of shoe suits you. If you’re going to wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toenails are trimmed and cleaned; and I hope that you’ll have a pedicure. But I won’t mandate the pedicure part.
By the way, if you own shoes that don’t fit my criteria, get them out of your life. Donate them, throw them away, or give them to a friend–but don’t leave yourself with the temptation to wear shoes that are ugly or that hurt your feet.
It’s time for scoring! Give yourself 1 point for every task you accomplished during the day and post your score in the comments. I’ll do the same. Wait! Are you new here? Don’t overwhelm yourself by jumping in; start by reading Primer One and putting on some chap stick. We’re building up habits one day at a time, and I want you to have time to really learn all of the concepts.
1. Apply chap stick.
2. Drink a big glass of water.
3. Sit and stand with excellent posture.
4. Exercise for thirty minutes.
5. Clean your nails thoroughly.
6. Dress in clothes that fit you perfectly.
7. Apply lotion to your feet and hands at bedtime.
8. Wear one piece of pretty jewelry.
9. Wear a dab or a spritz of perfume.
10. Stretch gently for five minutes at bedtime.
11. Floss and thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day.
12. Smile at everyone.
13. Refuse to say anything bad about anyone, including yourself.
14. Remove profanity from your speech.
15. Go to bed in time to get eight hours of sleep.
16. Wear a signature piece.
17. Cook at least one meal with healthy ingredients.
18. Don’t criticize anyone.
19. Look your conversation partners in the eye.
20. Pronounce every syllable when you speak.
21. Read the headlines.
22. Make your bed.
23. Only wear shoes that are in excellent condition and that fit you well.
– Miss Fitzgerald