There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Susie Zol  | Artist

The most important factor for my continued success is staying true to myself. I know which paintings are my most authentic because they sell so quickly! There is a connection between the viewer and the painting that is immediate. Some describe it by saying I painted exactly what they were feeling! I enjoy this very much and know it is a result of my ability to create art that is unique to me. My way of holding the brush, my way of spreading the paint, my way of making a mark. If I overthink or overwork a painting, I’m not painting from my heart and it shows. The paintings become standard or ordinary. I have a few favorite rituals to help me get and stay in my authentic zone so I can paint freely without harsh criticism or comparison. I believe that staying true to myself when I paint will always keep me successful in my painting career. Read more>>

Madeline Barr | Elopement & Wedding Photographer

Making people feel confident and beautiful is my favorite part of my job and truly (I think) the key to success. The great Maya Angelou said ““People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. As a photographer, I work really hard to create a space where folks feel confident and comfortable, because that is always going to shine through in a photo. Its always a win when clients end a shoot by saying “That was so much fun and way easier than we thought it would be!” Read more>>

Breanna Payton | Bridal Hair and Make Up Specialist/Salon Owner

I think the most important factor behind my success is that I had no choice BUT to succeed. Its an unexplainable type of drive. It was a sink or swim situation for me when I left the house at 17 to attend my trade school of choice (Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts) and achieve my goals. My home life was not optimal- I was raised by a single mother who had no choice but to work 50+ hours a week as a hairdresser while I raised my little brothers. Although I grew up in a hair salon helping and was always enamored with my mom and her creative ways, I had bigger dreams that weren’t possible under those conditions. I started working two jobs at 15 so I could help pay the bills but also save for a car and create a plan to get out and soar. Many, many of tough days- cocktail waitressing all hours of the night and living on top ramen…driving a REALLY embarrassing car because that’s all I could afford at the time… but I DID IT!! I graduated and started my hair and make up career in LA working in the entertainment industry and continue to set goals for myself in each phase of life. Read more>>

Donna Saker | Radio DJ The Beat of Montreal

TO be authentic. Not only when I am on the air, but also through all of my social media platforms. Its important to make people feel important and that they count. I have earned the listeners trust and that is a rare gift in the media. Read more>>