January’s edition of The Beauty Ideal magazine has just been published! January’s theme is “New Year, New You”. There are a TON of tips on makeup expiration dates, exploring your current makeup collection, reinventing your look, and of course loads more.
I was asked to be a guest editor this month and my article “Achieve the New You in 2009” features 12 EASY tips to explore yourself and expand your personal boundaries.
While we all face the New Year with the typical optimism, too often our fresh outlook is squelched by the close of January. To prevent the roller coaster of New Year ‘tude, let’s take a look at ways to actually make a difference in yourself… whether it’s quick perk or a long-term effort. Here’s some ideas on achieving the “New You” in 2009…
- If you are a fan of resolution type goals, set reasonable ones. Don’t beat yourself up by saying “I will lose 40 pounds or give up smoking in 2 days”. Instead save those items for personal goals through the year. There’s no rule saying the only time you can set a resolution is January 1st. Personally, I choose small goals.
Last year, I made a goal to blog at least once per day. While I missed a few days, on average, I actually blogged more than once a day- so I considered it a success. And the previous year, my resolution was to floss four times per week. Reasonable and easily achievable! For 2009, I’m
- Buy that ‘crazy’ lip color you’ve been eyeing. Maybe something that inspires a feeling of spring in you. Never underestimate the power of color on your mood and life outlook!
- Chuck the resolution idea. Instead think of something you can add to your life. A new hobby, tickets to an ongoing event (concert series, local theater shows), read the classics, learn sign language or master the basics of HTML. Whatever you choose, it will add to the wonderful depth of personality that makes up YOU!
- Go vegetarian for the day. Not only is it a good (and safe) detox, but it will help you get some extra servings of fruit and veggies. And it’s good for the environment!
- Set aside a “me” day. Do whatever pleases you! Whether it’s a face mask, massage, spa day; curling up with your favorite book; exercising with your pet; or watching a DVD marathon. You’ll de-stress from the holidays, look more rested and come out with an improved outlook. I set aside a “me” day each month.
If you choose the spa day, save some extra bucks while you splurge by checking out local massage or cosmetology schools. Often you can get amazing services for a fraction of the price!
- Do something unexpected: Smile at a stranger, paint your nails blue, wave to everyone you pass while driving, use clip-in extensions to change your hair, cook a new dish for your significant other, or even be a bit silly and skip through the parking lot.
- A new do, a new you! Have you had the same haircut or color for more than 5 years? If so, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Many of my friends get freaked when talk turns to a new hair style. Just remember, color can be changed and hair does grow back. Show your confidence with a new style!
- Be a bit more selfless- donating blood only takes twenty minutes and you’ll get a free cookie and typically a wealth of valuable coupons. Raid your closet for any clothing you haven’t worn in the past year. If it’s in good shape, donate it to your local charity thrift store (Habitat for Humanity and many animal shelters run them). Volunteer just a few hours a month for an organization that has meaning to you.
Due to our struggling economy, charities themselves are having a hard time. It’s a vicious circle since more people are in need. Since most of us can’t give monetarily, think outside the box to increase your self-worth and contributions to make a better society.
Finally, I leave you with this quote. It’s perfect for the New Year of course, but also applicable for each sunrise.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Here’s to a wonderful and successful 2009!
What are your goals and hopes for the New Year? Do you have any tips to add to mine? What are *you* planning for 2009?