Creating Habits & Strawberry Mint Juleps

Creating Habits & Strawberry Mint Juleps

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~ Jim Ryun, Olympic Athlete

Are you REALLY good at starting projects but then something happens? Chances are it isn’t that you can’t change your behavior but that you are not creating strong habits to maintain the changes.

This week we discuss the four stages of habit developed by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. By understanding how we create habits, we can stay motivated and continue to reinvest to make long-lasting change.

We also review the research of Phillipa Lally at University College London on how long it takes for a new habit to become routine. Turns out, the adage it takes 21 days to develop a new habit was a misunderstood bit of information.  

Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic suregeon, published a book in 1960 about behavior changes in his clients. He notices, on average, it takes his patients 21 days to adjust to changes in their appearance or stature. And thus, the myth of 21 days to develop a habit is born.



And just in time for the Kentucky Derby this weekend, this week’s cocktail puts a spin on this traditional derby favorite…

Strawberry Mint Juleps


A fun and fancy twist on this classic cocktail.


  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 Strawberries
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon (Or Bourbon of Choice)
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • Strawberries (Garnish)
  • Mint Leaves (Garnish)
  1. Muddle simple syrup, strawberries & mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add in bourbon and lemon juice. Fill shaker with ice and shake to blend.

  3. Strain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves.


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Creating Habits & Strawberry Mint Juleps
Strawberry Mint Juleps
Creating Habits & Strawberry Mint Juleps

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