One of the most insidious contributors to living in a rut is not just bad habits, but good habits. You want to save time so you can have more with your family, friends, or yourself. You want to save money so you can travel to different places. So you go to the same grocery store every time where you know the layout, know the sales, and know the prices and selection are good. There's nothing wrong with this for the most part! But if you're anything like me, one day you'll look at your refrigerator/cupboard and say "Oh my gosh, I've been eating the same cereal for a year now!"
The downside of habits of any type is they remove the conscious thought from your activities. And conscious thought is never a bad thing to spend a little time having. When you review your habits regularly, you get to make conscious decisions about whether or not they still support you. You get to make a powerful choice, and that's what mixing it up is all about!
Of course there are millions of habits you can review, but today, I'd like you to look at your grocery shopping habits. Do you grab the same type of soup off the shelf every time because you know it's good and cheap? Do you always go for the same brand of tofu or cut of meat? If the answer is yes, there's an easy fix: shop at a different grocery store.
In Seattle alone there are dozens of options, but even the smallest town should have a couple. The advantage of mixing up your grocery shopping is that you will see foods you might never have thought of before simply because the layout is different. You will be forced to pay attention to each aisle as you're looking for the essentials, so you may discover a new type of juice or bread that you would have overlooked every time at your usual store.
This is not to say you should spend a fortune trying new food! The basics of grocery shopping should still hold for you -- don't shop hungry, go in with a list and a budget, and don't allow yourself too many impulse buys. But you will also hopefully come home with a cart full of food that is slightly different from your usual fare. For example, I'm having mango sticky rice from Trader Joe's for breakfast. Yum!
You are what you eat, so the saying goes, and if you don't try shopping at new places, you'll be eating the same thing every day, every week, every year. Mix it up, and go to a different grocery store today!