Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Maybe I Really Can Do Anything...

One of my coworkers jokingly asks on a regular basis if there is anything I can't do.  I've accomplished a lot in my life, mostly though my own hard work and the support of pretty great people around me.  But there's is one thing I have never been able to do.

Quit biting my nails.

For people who don't have this habit, it sounds so simply.  Just stop.  Or keep them painted.  Or use that bitter stuff.

Easier said than done.

I have quit a lot of things in my life, in addition to the aforementioned accomplishments.  I quit smoking.  I've "quit" people who were worse than bad habits.  I've quit jobs.  But quitting the nail biting?  Nope.  No such luck.

Until recently.

I really wanted natural nails for my sister's wedding.  And more than just natural, I didn't want them to look painful.  You see, I used to bite my nails to the point that they bled.  And then I'd chew around the finger nails and down to the cuticles.  If I painted my nails, I just chipped off the polish until I could get to the nails again.  But I was bound and determined to have pretty nails for the up coming wedding.

It may very well be the hardest thing I've ever done.  And I'm not exaggerating.

But here, without further ado, is a photo of how far I've come.

It is really hard to take pictures of your own hands, FYI.
Let's take a closer look, shall we?


I've been keeping them painted to help strengthen them, but last Friday I had to take the polish off because they had chipped and I had some important meetings to attend.  I panicked a little because I had just enough time to take off the polish but not enough time to repaint them.  And I made it a whole day without chewing, picking, or biting.

If I really can break this habit, maybe I really can do anything I set my mind to.

Have you done anything recently that you're really proud of?


  1. I'm pulling for you - This is a habit I've never been able to break, 60 years later doubt I can - So remain strong and good luck!! Susan

    1. I'm hoping that if I tell everyone what I'm doing, they'll stop me if I start the biting again! Here's hoping that's how it works at least. Friday I am treating myself to another manicure (my second ever, the first being just over a week ago!) in an attempt to keep them looking pretty.

  2. Go Rikki! Those are the best nails you have ever had...stay strong little buckaroo, I know you can do it!

    1. I love that you called me buckaroo. You silly Mom...


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