Regimental Habits Have Benefits! A Candid Conversation Between Girlfriends

Picture this.

One day, I am at work  and I received a text from a friend. It read, “Hey girl, I thought I’d share how including habits into my daily routine and your business concept has helped me!

Umm, okay. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I created Habits & Lifestyles to support me in self-love, healing, and Creating The Life I Want.

I didn’t realize the effects my childhood abuse had on me, until I grew older. I was a “functioning victim!” I was able to marry and parent my children. However, I wasn’t healthy.

I lacked emotional, spiritual, physical, financial, nutritional, and relationship intelligence. I lacked all 3 of the “selfs”. I didn’t have self-esteem, self-worth, or self-confidence.

Although, I had a “fairy-tale” marriage, my personal lacks could not be  filled by another person. Eventually my marriage failed.

After my divorce I jumped into school, “parenting,” and partying. Parenting is in parentheses because I am sure I could have been a better parent if I loved me. I religiously went to school for 10 years; earning a Master’s Degree and currently 2 classes away from completing my second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I thought partying and filling my time with meaningless relationships would fill the void. Needless to say, they didn’t. 

One day, I decided enough was enough. I needed healing, wholeness, and all 3 of the “selfs”; self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. I sat on my bed and thought about successful people. What did they do differently? They made sacrifices, committed, believe in self, and created daily habits that aligned with their goals.


In that moment, I knew my habits would be key to Creating The Life I Wanted. It wasn’t enough for me to create habits. I needed to be intentional and I created healthier habits in 5-lifestyle areas. The lifestyles areas were; faith, physical, nutrition, financial, and relationships. As Habits & Lifestyles progressed I added two additional lifestyle areas; travel and pleasure (balance) for a total of 7-lifestyle areas.

After I created healthier habits for myself, I began to share my knowledge with friends. I shared small things such as; start a journal, go to bed earlier, wake-up earlier, spend quality time with God and self. When I first started my business, a few friends applied my tips and some allowed me to coach them . The end results were priceless. 


The video above is a candid conversation between friends discussing the benefits of incorporating healthier habits into your daily routine. Casandra Austin-McDonald has created the habit of routine. Also, known as regimental habits.  Casandra’s regimental habits are used as a tool to promote balance in her personal life and business.

Casandra is dedicated to inspiring others to evolve into the best version of themselves. Therefore, time is of the essence. Casandra is a wife, mother, business owner, a personal development expert, CEO of Be Pretty Inside, Inc (a non-profit organization), podcast host, coaches clients, and more. Find out more about Casandra at


My TIP to you as you venture on your journey of creating and maintaining healthier habits is, everything start with awareness. Habits are psychological NOT physical.

Creating a habit involves doing the same thing each day; preferably at the same time and location. I know, it sounds tedious. However, it can be done!

At times we all need support, we need accountability, and a partner to accompany us on our journey. Habits & Lifestyles is offering professional online accountability and support starting January 28th for 10-weeks.

Life is better with healthier regimental habits!


Invest in self for 66-days and create habits that will lead to a self-love, healing, and lifestyle improvements.#LEVELUP#AboveAverageAccountability

Habits & Lifestyles understands that we all need accountability. Habits & Lifestyles offers a 66-Day Jump Start Program. Our program uses an effective 6-step formula that supports you in creating and maintaining healthier habits.

Our 66-Day Jump Start Program is filled with confidence, humor, transparency, and “Worth it WORK” that creates RESULTS!

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Each week will work through Habits & Lifestyles’ effective 6-step formula which supports you in Creating & Maintaining Healthier Habits! (Weeks 2-4 are used to discover self; through awareness activities, exercises, and questions).

Week 1: Welcome. We will learn more about Habits & Lifestyles, the 66-day jump start program, expectations, technology, and learn more about each other.

Week 2: Become Aware of Self. Before we begin our journey of creating and maintain healthier habits. We must become aware of self. We will learn more about “who we are” beyond the titles so that we can discover self and goals.

Week 3: Become Aware of Self (Continued). Before we begin our journey of creating and maintain healthier habits. We must become aware of self. We will learn more about “who we are” beyond the titles so that we can discover self and goals.

Week 4: Become Aware of Current Habits. Again, before we begin our journey of creating and maintain healthier habits. We must become aware of current habits. We will track our current habits so that we can discover the usage of our time.

Week 5: Create The Healthier Habit. Using the information discovered in the previous weeks we will create a healthier habit that aligns with our overall goal.

Week 6: Track Your Healthier Habits. We will learn the benefits of tracking daily habits.  Tracking is an important tool to achieve goals, create, and maintain healthier habits.

Week 7: Measure Your Healthier Habits. We will discuss the importance of showing-up 100% to do the “Worth It Work!” Along, with ways to celebrate small wins.

Week 8: Adjust Your Healthier Habits. We will define; too easy, too hard, and just right. We will learn how to use adjusting as a method to move closer to the goal.

Week 9: Get “Unstuck”. We will create list, mantras, and go-to activities that we will use before we “tap-out” on creating healthier habits and achieving the goal.

Week 10: Hello Healthier Person! We will review, celebrate our hard-work, and finalize a plan to continue creating and maintaining healthier habits.

Online Group Package Includes:

1-Lifestyle portfolio

1-Workbook: Healthier Habits

1-Self-reflective activity per week

1-1-hour group Zoom meeting per week

1-Pre-recorded motivational video per week

1-Passion Blog (optional)

1-motivational email per week

**Bonus** 1-Thirty minute phone call per week.

**Birthday Special!! 28% off **


**Online course begins January 28, 2019- April 4, 2019**

**Ticket sale ends January 21st! I have to mail you your goodies!**

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Who is Habits & Lifestyles, LLC? Habits & Lifestyles is a sustainable lifestyles brand that specializes in creating & maintaining healthier habits which supports goals, healthier lifestyles, and Creating The Life You Want!


How does Habits & Lifestyles work? Habits & Lifestyles specializes in creating & maintaining healthier habits using 6-effective steps. The 6-steps include: awareness, creating, tracking, measuring, adjusting, and getting “unstuck!”


Why is Habits & Lifestyles unique? Habits & Lifestyles focuses on creating & maintaining healthier habits in 7-lifestyles areas for a holistic approach. The 7-lifestyles are: faith, physical, nutrition, finances, relationships, travel, and pleasure (balance).


What products and services do Habits & Lifestyles offer? Habits & Lifestyles products include two journals, two workbooks, and lifestyle portfolios. Our journals range from supporting you in creating healthier habits and goal setting. Habits & Lifestyles services include facilitating seminars, informational sessions, and professional developments for; individuals, small businesses, non-profits, and corporations. Also, we provide raw, witty, and effective group or one-on-one coaching.


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Casandra Austin-McDonald is a personal development expert from Springfield, Illinois. She is the author of Unclothed: Memoir of a Naked Soul. After spending over a decade working in the criminal justice field by helping juvenile and adult offenders make better choices to change their lives, and also after experiencing transformation from the inside-out in her own life, Casandra decided to broaden her scope of reach by entering the personal development field as a speaker, consultant, mentor, and author.  Casandra is dedicated to helping others transform their lives from the inside-out so they can live confident and fulfilling  lives as the best versions of themselves.


For business inquiries, contact us at:

Casandra’s Website 

Casandra’s Podcast: Grow Thru It 

Purchase Casandra’s Book: Unclothed: Memoir of A Naked Soul 

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