How Daily Flossing Can Change Your Life


It’s the day after Halloween.

And while flossing is certainly important on a day like today (for those of us who may-or-may-not-have consumed our body weight in chocolate last night), this post isn’t about good dental hygiene.

It’s about good habits.

For months, on a nightly basis, I’ve stared at my dental floss case (box?) and thought, “There’s a life lesson here. I need to make a video about it.”

And this week, I DID.

This simple concept has totally shifted the way I make daily decisions in my personal life, my spiritual life, and my professional life. I’m sharing it with YOU today in hopes that you’ll see the same sweet benefits.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How daily flossing can change your life (duh)
  • What you can do TODAY to make life easier TOMORROW
  • Why you may want to consider working out every day
  • That I say “whatever the case may be” WAY too much…seriously…WAY.

Click below to watch:

Random Thoughts on Flossing

  1. Just did some research. Apparently “effective flossing” can last from three to five minutes. Ah well. (And sorry, Dr. Goode!) I’ll stick with a minute to win it.
  2. I recently took a gamble on generic brand floss. Mistake. So in case you were wondering, your favorite name brand is worth the extra $.20.
  3. Is it just me, or do you feel a huge sense of accomplishment when you finish up the equivalent of an entire football field of floss?

This Week’s Tweet Shop

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Really Fun Fact – slash- Reflection

In terms of revenue, October 2013 was my best month yet. And I think I know why.

On October 1st I recommitted to that “daily quiet time” that led to this whole business idea in the first place (earlier this year). For the middle months of the year, I was kind of all over the place.

Instead of taking just 10-15 minutes to read, write, and reflect (via Jesus Calling) before facing the day, I’d take just a few minutes to scroll through the app right before bed. MAYBE. Inconsistency was my middle name, and it didn’t feel good.

THEN I made a conscious decision to finish the year strong. I tuned back in and started taking consistent daily action. The rest is recent biz history.

Why am I not surprised? And when I KNOW good and well how valuable that time is for me, why do I ever let myself get OUT of the habit?

I’m human. It happens. And today’s always a great day to start fresh. (Tweet that!)

Simple habits. Big results. I wanna hear about YOURS.

Let’s Talk

As always, if you liked this message, please SHARE it with your friends and fans. Then, in the comments below, tell me (and the world wide web):

  • What’s your THING…that thing you need to do every day to stay on your game?
  • What’s your best (lamest, most entertaining) excuse for avoiding it?

Let’s get some DAILY DISCIPLINE going on here, friend! Once you’ve got some consistency wins, come share ’em over on my Facebook page. I’ll be there cheering you on!

To flossing and flexibility,




  1. Rita

    Oh mine’s blogging too. I got quite skilled at thinking about blogging all the time, feeling properly bad about not doing it, then continuing to not do it.

    That didn’t work out well. Blogging weekly, for months now with no excuses (or at least not many) has really helped lay the foundation for a lot of consistency elsewhere. If this really works, I may get to be a daily glosser yet.

    It was a delight to watch. Have a great weekend.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ha! Thanks, Rita.

      That GUILT is almost worse than the feeling of inconsistency. Forgiveness (of self AND others) is another topic for another day!

      Wishing you all the consistency in the world, my dear. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Stacey

    So funny I was literally brushing my teeth when I pressed play on your video! Not silly at all, valuable insights. Definitely made me think about how I’d put off going to the gym all week, whoops!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      I’m with you, Stacey! Need to bust out the stroller and take a lap with my little one tonight.

      Let’s do this :)

  3. Marsha from

    Oh, this is PERFECT timing.

    I’ve recently got out of the habit of exercising and, even though I bike everywhere, it has a psychological effect on me. My excuse, obviously, is time. But I don’t think that’s a very valid one. It’s far more likely to be PRIORITIES and EFFORT.

    I am going to go for a run today! Here is my public commitment!

    Thanks, Nikki!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Go, Marsha, go!

      I mean – if the presidents and Oprah have time to work out every day, we do.

      “I don’t have time” is a statement of priority for SURE.

      Happy running :)

  4. Kara Stout

    Loved this! And wanted to say thank you for sharing the daily devotional app you use. When you mentioned it in the video, I was thinking I need to message her to find out! Downloading it now :) And the points made in the video were def helpful & a reminder to create consistency. (Blogging is one of mine…flossing too!)

  5. silvia

    So true Nikki, Skip a day, a month or a year. That’s how it’s been if I don’t do something every day. And then I have to contend with the guilt I feel for not doing what I said I was going to do – even if I’m the only one who knows that. I just, in effect, lied to myself. This makes the next time I want to believe in myself that much harder.

    Actually, it doesn’t matter what the time frame is that you tell yourself you’re going to do something. What matters is that you keep your word to yourself. I know I hate to be bound to most things, but some things are worth and need the consistency so I try to choose wisely what I’ll commit to because I know how terrible I am at consistency – in fact I didn’t think I could do it until…

    I started writing a series of essays called “A Note from the Chef” after the first one was inserted into my restaurant menu in 1995 because I thought it important for my patrons to know something about the person cooking their food. These communications continued online in 2004 and I’ve been writing one every month, ever since. (okay I did miss several months in a row in 2012 – for really that was it.)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Keep your word to yourself. Commit to the things that matter.

      That’s absolutely it, Silvia. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jennifer

    This is all so true. It also makes me think of the great book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which I recommend to anyone.

    His theory is that there is there is a characteristic that everyone has that creates roadblocks and keeps us from maintaining the discipline to accomplish our goals. He says it’s even helpful to give it a name. He calls it The Resistance, and says you should definitely expect The Resistance to show up and create a roadblock whenever you’re trying to do anything that will make life better, like daily quiet time, exercising, writing, working on your business, etc. When you expect The Resistance to show up and mess with your discipline and focus, you’ll be ready to conquer it when it does.

    You gave us some great insight on how to do that today. Thanks Nikki!

  7. Deb

    Hi Nikki, While I floss everyday and workout almost as much, I have a very difficult time finding time to blog. Great analogy to get moving on other things I should be doing!! Loved your message on the importance of focus and consistency in creating what you really want for your life!! Thank you!!!

  8. claire stone

    Soooo true. For me, it’s book-keeping. I find it hard to do every day, but if I don’t, it then takes me about 3 weeks before I get round to it again, which sucks. Big time.
    I’m gonna do five mins every day. I am!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ha! Okay, Claire….come back and let me know how it’s going!

  9. Allison Daniels

    Nikki, I literally just got into Kingwood from Nashville and my parents could not be more excited to tell me about your flossing video! MIke watched this two weeks ago and has not missed ONE DAY, its incredible! All that to say the Daniels crew is motivated to not only floss, but pick up some new healthy daily habits in 2014 thanks to your video! Keep it up and rest assure we will be flossing : )

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      That’s AMAZING, Al. I’m proud of him ;)

      Love y’all and hope to see you soon! Deano is growing at an alarming rate. (That’s what your dad likes to call B. I do too.)

  10. gail

    Hi Nikki
    I’ve just discovered your website & what a gem it is & you are!
    Not only do you share wonderful writing resources & teachings (thank you) but also life lessons that are so relevant (thank you).
    As for daily habits, I’m working on improving my understanding & use of social media (ie. setting aside conscious time to read & learn about this daily) & have today learnt insights from your site (another thank you!).
    Thanks so much Nikki, I’m so glad I’ve found your site :-)
    Cheers Gail

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you so much, Gail! I’m happy you’re here :)

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