“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Ah, January… the first month of the New Year. Did you know that the origin of the word ‘January’ stems from the Roman god Janus, who was the god of beginnings and endings? He had two heads – always looking backward and forwards. So apt for the month when we consciously leave the past behind in the old year, not forgetting our mistakes, but learning from them… and venture into a new season of untold, infinite possibilities where we look forward to starting afresh and experiencing everything with a new perspective.
I, too, am really looking forward to 2018 and keeping as many resolutions as I can… but what I’ve come to realize is that it doesn’t have to be grand resolutions or things that change the world. I just need to concentrate on the stuff that is achievable first; things that bring about a positive change in me.
A personal makeover is always a great way to begin the year. Just make sure what you do is simple and fun and not inapplicable or unrealistic! Here are a few easy ideas to follow.
Change of hairstyle or colour: This is the easiest and most fun because the only effort you need to make is to book an appointment and visit your hair salon. Remember, if you’re not too adventurous, you really do not need to do anything too drastic to your hair – maybe just a trim or some layers. Even when it comes to hair colour, you could try something subtle like highlights. It’s advisable to research and go through some fashion or magazines or Pinterest boards and find photos of styles you like. Even looking up images on the Internet of famous celebrities helps. You can carry these along with you as a reference for your stylist to follow.
Switch up your fragrance: It is said that one particular famous fashion icon has a collection of perfumes numbering in the hundreds… I won’t go ahead and call on the name, but personally, I don’t require so many… however, an awesome way to uplift your mood would be to acquire a new perfume for the New Year. I recommend Yardley, which has a sensational array of scents to match every personality – from the mysterious English Bluebell to the exquisite Royal Diamond, which will instantly transport you to a beautiful garden.
Take a walk by yourself: While losing weight is an awesome way to head into the New Year, consider taking a walk once or twice a week just for the sake of getting away from the daily routine and breathing in some fresh air. You do not need to follow a strict walking schedule or cover a certain amount of kilometers every week. Just do it to improve your mental and physical health. The best part? Losing the pounds along the way will definitely boost your confidence to face whatever challenges come during the day.
Purchase a new outfit: Going on a shopping spree will most definitely be the best way to jumpstart the New Year! You don’t need to change your whole wardrobe, just add a couple of new pieces to it. It could be an outfit for the office, one for when you go partying or even one for a special occasion you know is coming up. Just decide the type of outfit that flatters you.
Throw out the old: One of the best ways to declutter your mind and release stress is to quite literally declutter your home! So give your house a makeover by going through the contents of your cabinets, draws, wardrobe and storage areas. Keep what’s necessary and toss out everything unwanted. Hey, you can even put up things online that you no longer require or donate it to charity.
Spend quality time with yourself: This I feel is the most important of all. No matter how hectic life becomes, it is essential to take time out to refresh and rejuvenate. One of the easiest and most satisfying things you can do is to spend an afternoon or even a weekend pampering yourself. But a spa treatment does not always come at economical rates, so here are some great DIY Beauty Ideas for you to try at home.
- Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub – Mix together 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and a dollop or two of Yardley Lavender Moisturising Body Lotion. You can store this in an airtight container for up to a month in the fridge. To use, dampen your face and neck, then take a generous amount of the scrub into your hands and gently rub all over face, avoiding the eyes and eye area. Wash off with lukewarm water to feel an instant burst of freshness.
- Nourishing Body Butter – In a glass bowl, combine ½ cup Yardley Feather Moisturising Body Lotion, 1/2 cup Coconut Oil and ½ cup light oil like almond, jojoba or olive. Bring to a medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted and blended well. Remove from heat, cool slightly and then add between 10 to 30 drops of essential oils of your choice. Leave it in the fridge for about an hour. It should be mostly hard and slightly soft. Now using a hand mixer, whip for about 10 minutes until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set. Store in an airtight glass jar. After a nice hot shower, lather this all over your body to enjoy the feeling of pure skin nourishment.
Find a new hobby: In my opinion, New Year’s resolutions need not only be about losing weight or being more productive. Why not make a resolution that’s actually fun like starting a new hobby? And the great thing about hobbies is that they can be both fun and productive. So, try learning a new skill or doing a new activity – something you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time or courage to do before. Learn to play the guitar; go for salsa classes… you could even take a cooking class or take up horse riding! Broadening your horizons will also give you the opportunity to meet new people, open your mind and get healthier. The possibilities are quite literally endless.
“A year from now, you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.” – Phil McGraw