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Postive Vibes – Ways to Feel Amazing This January…

January can be a bit of a hit and miss month for me.  I can either feel really incredible about the start of a new year and all the cool things I want to achieve and do, or I can feel really flat that the holiday season is over and I have another three months of boring winter stretching out in front of me.

I am happy to say this year its the first one for me.  2015 was a really exciting year because I took a really big step in my fashion career and started my own business as a freelance stylist and for 2016 I have a long list of things I want to do to build my business.  I can’t wait to get started and I feel really excited about all the possibilities.  But I know this isn’t the case for everyone.  Going back to work, starting a post-holiday diet and trying not to give up on resolutions can get us all a bit down.  So I decided to share with your some ideas to make yourself feel amazing this January.  Whether you have those january blues or not we should all try to make ourselves feel as amazing as possible…

Ways To Feel Amazing this January

Buy a New Shade of Lipstick.  Whenever I need a little pick-me-up I love going to my favourite beauty store and choosing a new lipstick to rock for the month.  It’s a really cheap and easy way to mix things up a bit.  Try and choose a colour you wouldn’t normally go for and see how amazing it makes you feel when you catch yourself in the mirror with your new look.

Organise Some Special Time With your Best Friends.  Plan a coffee date in a cute cafe, go shopping together or stay at home and cook a yummy dinner, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are having fun with your best friends.  Whenever I feel down all I have to do is spend five minuets with my friends and I feel amazing again and I love that the special time together will help make our relationship even stronger.

Get Outside.  Even though the weather is rubbish, wrap up warm and head on out to spend some time in nature.  You could go running, on a bike ride or for a winter walk in the park.  Being outside is really relaxing plus it will help you get back into shape after all the holiday treats.

Plan Some Trips.  A great way to feel energised is to have something to look forward to.  Start planning some trips or interesting things you want to do over the year and make them happen.  It could be that dream holiday you always wanted to take or a weekend in a new city.  If you are short on money planning fun days out or weekends visiting friends is a great way to get some fun things into your year without spending too much dollar.

Treat Yourself to Something In the Sales.  Instead of mindlessly shopping for things you don’t need, focus your sale shopping this year and buy yourself something you have always wanted but couldn’t quite afford.  It could be a special piece of jewellery, a designer handbag or that amazing pair of boots.  Investing in something you have always wanted will make you feel great and you will feel so happy every time you wear it.

Start a New Hobby.  Start a new sport, take up yoga, learn a new language or start a crafts class.  Starting a new hobby is a really good way to get yourself out of a rut because you learn something new, meet interesting people and find something to feel passionate about.

Have a Wardrobe Purge and Give Yourself a ReStyle.  A great way to make yourself feel amazing again is to organise your wardrobe and clear everything out.  Start by trying to create new outfits out of the clothes you already have – you will be amazed at how many things you own that your never wear – then clear out any items that no longer fit or look good anymore.  The new outfits your created will make you feel like you have had a make-over and you haven’t even spent any money.

Plan to Catch Up With an Old Friend.  Make a date to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time.  It’s so nice reconnecting with old friends, hearing what they have been up to and sharing your experiences too.  If you don’t live close enough to meet in person, plan a skype chat with them instead.

Have a Beauty Treatment. Get a manicure with your favourite colour nail polish, go to an amazing brow technician or have a relaxing massage.  Treating yourself you some pamper time will leave you feeling so good about yourself.  And if you can’t afford to splurge on a beauty treatment this month, organise an at home spa with your friends – paint your nails, do face masks and have fun!

Write Down Three Positive Things Each Day.  At the end of everyday, write down three things that happened that made you feel positive or that you are thankful for.  It could be something small like how good your morning coffee was or that you caught the sunset on your way home.  It doesn’t matter as long as it made you smile.  If you do this regularly you will start to notice patterns and it will make you realise you have some much to be happy about already.

What are your tips for feeling amazing this January? I would love to know about them in the comments below….

 

 

Postive Vibes – Resolutions Worth Keeping This 2016…

I love the start of a new year because it signifies a fresh start and I think it offers a great moment to take some time out to reflect on how life has been going, where you are at and what you want to achieve.  I always try to take a few days to think about what I really want out of life in the next twelve months and how I am going to get there.  I have also noticed over the years that if I want to make some positive changes in my life, I have to set the right kind of goals to get there.  Whenever I have set myself the generic ‘lose some weight‘, ‘save some money‘, ‘get more organised‘ resolutions I find I have given up on them before January is out and I am left feeling negative about myself. That’s definitely not a good way to live! I have learnt I need to set myself the right kind of goals to make sure I stick with them and in return that brings more positivity and happiness into my life.  Here is a list of positive resolutions I hope will inspire you to feel great this year…

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Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.  If you try to put yourself on a super strict diet from the first of Jan you are probably going to get sick of it pretty fast and end up binging out of chocolate before the month is out.  Instead of trying to commit yourself to some crazy fad-diet choose to make one small change in your eating habits like eating more fruit and veggies.  The positive effect on your body will mean you start to lose weight naturally and will feel great.

Be Kinder.  The world can be a tough place and you never know what kind of private battle the people you meet may be dealing with secretly.  Taking time out to do one kind thing every day or helping a stranger out when you see they are in need may make a bigger positive impact on their life than you think.  The more nice things we do the more positive energy we spread.

Find a Type of Exercise you Love and Make it a Regular Hobby.  I can’t tell you how many times I have signed up for a gym membership in January only to find by April I am not using it anymore.  I used to feel really bad about that, but then I realised… It’s because I HATE the gym! I find it really boring being stuck on stationary machines and I don’t like working out inside.  I started trying out other sports and realised I love yoga, cycling and swimming.  I now do yoga three times a week and I joined a cycling group to go out at the weekends. Now exercise is something I love and look forward to doing every week because I found what works for me.

Make Quality Time for the People You Love.  With busy schedules and heavy work loads its easy to get caught up in daily routines and forget about doing things that matter.  Try and make time once a week to really dedicate yourself to your loved ones.  Cook a special meal for your boyfriend, plan a fun shopping trip with your girls or organise a special day out with your family.  Our close friends and family are the most important people in our lives and investing time in your relationships will bring you so much positive feelings and love.

Give Yourself a Break.  Even if it’s just at the weekends or one evening a week put some time aside and dedicate it solely to yourself. You could start a new hobby, go for a walk in nature, read a book, take a bubble bath or just chill on the sofa and watch some TV.  It doesn’t matter as long as you are focusing only on yourself and how you are feeling.  Taking a little time out will recharge your batteries and help you de-stress.

Cut Down on your Social Media Usage. This one is a tough one I know, and I’m definitely not saying try to cut it out altogether because that would be impossible. But set yourself a small goal just to use it less. It could be to turn your phone off when you are meeting up with friends so you really dedicate your time to them, to have one hour a day social media free or to stop using your phone after 9PM – whatever works for you. But reduced social media usage increases your actual human interactions and makes your relationships stronger.

Express More Gratitude.  Finally before you start planning all the things in your life you want to change, take stock of what you already have and how lucky you already are.  It’s really easy to compare our lives to others and think everyone is doing better than us.  But the truth is we are all lucky in our own way and we all have so many great things going on.  If you make it a regular habit to look for gratitude you will realise you have more amazing things than your thought.

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