Hello Lovely Readers!
Jan is the month of changing it up, making your life a little less stressful and spending a little more time out conquering the world and fulfilling your huge dreams! Here’s some tips I have for doing the next couple of weeks right and setting yourself up for a stellar, sparkly 2018.
Wardrobe Clean Out/Make Up Decluttering
A little bit of cleaning goes a long way. You’d be surprised at how much better you feel in the space that you clean. Get rid of old clothes or products and take note of what you now need. I did a huge clean out of my car and got it carwashed. It’s so much nicer to be in and my mood has subtly improved being in my car. Go the whole mile – cleaning products, fixing furniture and replacing anything that needs replacing. You’ll end up spending less time than if you drag it out over a few weeks or months. Ps. Chuck on some youtube vids about it – it’s weirdly fun to watch other people clean and you can almost clean together?! (cleaning date with zoella anyone?)
Set a small goal for January
I always see older people (my mum and her friends) doing those photo challenges where you post a picture of something starting with a letter of the alphabet or 10 people you appreciate in a month. I’d always think to myself how hilarious it was. They weren’t posting selfies or pictures of pretty places. It was always so so random. But I think they were on to something. It’s nice to succeed and often the success has a snowball effect. When you have something tangible you’ve achieved and results you can see it strengthens your motivation for trickier and more time consuming goals. It’s nice when you catch up with friends to have something to talk about; something your really really proud of – no matter how mundane.
Find a secluded ‘happy’ place
Ahhh the old happy place eh?! I’m sure 90% of self help books and blogposts talk about having a happy place. So I guess I’m riding on the bandwagon with this advice. BUT to switch it up I’m specifying that there are no phones, no media and no friends. There needs to be somewhere you go for an hour or two at a time for some solitude. It could be the beach, walking a trail or go to a comedy club, a movie, salon, a cafe visit .. even walking around the shops by yourself. The key point here is no interruption or if people are around being able to tune them out. Bring a notebook and pen and write down any inspiration, any worries you have or anything you have to do. Setting aside this little slice of you time means you stay focused on where your going this year and fulfilling the goals you have. This leaves you present for the rest of the week. Almost like having a pow wow with yourself. The corporation/business of you.
Date with a diary
I’ve always found keeping a planner or diary (the dates and keeping track of life type!) tricky. I’d buy one that was beautiful but forget to use it. So this year I’m changing my perspective and viewing it as a meeting with the corporation of me. Every week or two I sit down and write everything in it – notes from my phone, dates via email and facebook events. I’ve found that a planner works as a good way of compiling everything into one. I check it every day and write notes and small to-dos in there for the next day or week. The reason it works is that I can visually see what I’ve got on and where gaps are in the schedule for coffee dates, picking up work shifts and doing errands. #newyearnewmewhoneverforgetsanything hehe
Treat Yo Self
Regardless of how your 2017 went (real talk.. mine was not that great) treat yourself to something small right now. You got through a year and came out the other side of it. I think it’s something we all joke about doing but choose something small under $100/$50 – an album, getting a facial, go see a movie by yourself. It will put you in the mood to conquer 2018 and to give yourself something celebrate even if 2017 was a downer. For me it was getting my nails painted bright red.. both on trend and a power colour. It cost me $25 but I left feeling like I could do anything that’s thrown at me.
My goal for January 2018 was to take more pictures of the beach and choose 8 to post on Instagram. Not only do I think my photography’s improving it’s so nice to have something to work on while there isn’t any uni/school/more free time!
Much Love! The gram is linked here.