Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Year’s resolutions you can feel good about

New Year’s resolutions you can feel good about

New Year’s resolutions you can feel good about

The season of the New Year’s resolution is here! During the week between Christmas and the first of January, we tend to make a bunch of promises to ourselves that include everything from losing weight to starting a business to finding true love.

If you ask me, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone is so full of hope. There’s so much optimism. We can accomplish any and everything. We are unstoppable. And, it feels really good!

For so many of us – myself included – the feeling is usually fleeting.

Maybe the weight doesn’t fall off as quickly as you’d hoped. Or starting that new business is more complicated than you’d anticipated. And even Prince Charming is taking his sweet time finding you.

When we don’t get the results we want, in the timeframe we want them, we get discouraged. Once we start to feel discouragement, we become resigned to the idea that it really wasn’t for us, or our timing was off. Finally, hopelessness settles in and we simply give up. Sound familiar?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that we all have choices. We can choose to give up or we can choose to go on. Typically, we tend to get off track when we overcomplicate things. At least, that’s been the case for me. So, I’ve made a choice to simplify my wants.

Year after year, I’ve made a resolution to lose weight. And, year after year, I’ve disappointed myself. I’m not sure why weight loss has been so hard for me. Maybe it’s because the idea of losing weight feels so inflexible to me? It’s almost as if I don’t drop 20 pounds by the end of the year, I’m a complete failure. Forget about the fact that I managed to lose 15. It’s the last five that I didn’t lose that makes me feel inferior; like I didn’t meet my goal and therefore don’t deserve to celebrate what I have accomplished.

I know it sounds crazy, right? But that’s what we ladies tend to do to ourselves. We focus on the negative rather than the positive. We beat ourselves up for no good reason at all. But, this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to do things differently.

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  • This year, I choose to be unapologetic about my likes and dislikes.
  • This year, I choose not to make excuses.
  • This year, I choose not to put myself in a box.
  • This year, I choose to be good to myself.

There’s nothing complicated about any of the choices I’m making and they’re all completely doable. And, the best part is, I’m the only person who gets to decide what each of them means to me. I’ve found that once you simplify things, life becomes better almost instantly.

So what about you? What choices will you be making to become a happier and healthier version of you in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to Embrace YOU™ (Your Own Uniqueness)

Learning to Embrace YOU™ (Your Own Uniqueness)

Learning to Embrace YOU™ (Your Own Uniqueness)

I’ve heard my personal style described as everything from conservative and refined to sometimes relaxed and effortless. The irony is; when asked, I really can’t tell you what my personal style is.  I just know what I like. And, I think that’s true for lots of people.

If there’s one thing all humans share, it’s that we like to look at pretty things. Even those people who claim they don’t know anything about what it takes to put together a great looking outfit can look at another person and tell almost instantly if the clothes they’re wearing look good on them.

Here’s the best thing about personal style. It can be whatever we want it to be. It doesn’t matter if it’s masculine or feminine; or natural or enhanced. It can even be refined or effortless. The point is: you are your style. It’s about self-expression, exploration and transformation. Most importantly, style is about understanding who you are and embracing it.

Believe it or not, picking clothes that make you feel more confident, more relaxed … more like you, isn’t difficult to do. The process always begins with one key question: What was the last thing you wore that made you feel really, REALLY great? The answer will get you that much closer to learning to Embrace YOU ™ (Your Own Uniqueness) and loving the way you look regardless of the situation.

To help you get started, I’ve put together this list of seven easy to follow guidelines to help you choose the right clothes for you every time. Download it here:

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