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How to Create Good Habits

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before – 21 Days to a Better You. Apparently, that’s the length of time it takes to truly form a habit.  Good habits produce fruit and we’re all about that, right?

What about when it gets hard? When your goal seems too far to reach?

A good friend/mentor of mine used to always say, “Lia, how do you eat an elephant?” At the age of 21, I would roll my eyes and say, “One piece at a time, William…” He’d watch me get flustered over the thousands of things I wanted to do in my home life, work or friendships and my youth left him with a friendly smirk almost daily.

I didn’t understand how deeply that message penetrated into my being until the age of 28 when I started sharing that small piece of advice with others. It’s funny how the words of wisdom you once ignored don’t seem so great until you get older.

We all do this, by the way, so don’t feel alone in it. Our to-do lists are fifteen miles long and we want to do all of them at once. If only we could become the PERFECT person…whatever that is.

So, over the years, I’ve learned a few things and continually add to this flow of knowledge.

START SLOW.

Whether that’s brushing your teeth every night and choosing to say your prayers and read a chapter or two of your favorite book,  do it for a month. Just one month! Pretty soon, you’ll realize that what once looked like a chore is now a part of your daily routine.

Now add something else.

Put your clothes in the hamper rather than in the floor, choose a “drop zone” for the things you’re carrying, or spend 30 minutes picking up the toys strewn across the living room. When you walk through the door, before you do anything else, do ONE THING habitually.

Not only will the small task increase your productivity, but you will feel peace and will effectively be CREATING A HABIT!

Wa-lah! It really is that easy.

Once a month, add something new! It may take years, and please give yourself grace in this area, but before you realize it, all that you wanted to be will be staring back at you in the mirror.

Live well and happy habit forming!

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.