I published these resolutions on ThisThatBeauty earlier this year with contributions from Felicia and Maree. In preparation for writing my 2014 resolutions, I've restated my 2013 resolutions below and will give an update on how I did.
It is no secret that keeping new year's resolutions can be an often insurmountable feat. Statistics published by the University of Scranton finds that only 46% of people making resolutions stick to them past six months. The research also shows that only 39% of people in their twenties that make resolutions succeed in completing them, compared to only 14% of people over 50 years old. If is fair to assume that the rest of us fall somewhere in the middle.
My beauty resolutions go beyond skin deep. While I will continue to improve my skin care routine and press on to find my perfect red lipstick, this year I want to focus on stress reduction as a way to improve my overall appearance. Stress is the number one cause of premature againg. With that said, all my beauty resolutions focus on reducing my stress level and and finding ways to simply be happier.
UPDATE: I did find a nearly perfect red lipstick in Riri Woo (above) and right now my skin is doing really well. My current skin care routine involves products from: Kate Somerville, St Ives, L'Occitane, La Prairie, Specific Beauty and H20 Plus, I think the combination of products is working wonders! (I'll have a review of all products soon.)
Make a Standing Date with my BFFs
Life would be quite dreary without friends and family. Yet so many of us, myself included, take our relationships for granted. I put off phone calls and visits in favor of working and other activities I readily admit are not as important as my family and friends. Spending time with those I love renews my spirit, increases happiness and energizes me to take on the world. Armed with this information, when that standing date pops up on my calendar I will be forced to pause and decide what’s more important. Hopefully, I will choose to honor my commitment with my loved one versus rescheduling.
UPDATE: I would give myself a B- in this department. I got closer to a childhood friend (above) and we now talk a few times per month with visits about every two months. I also keep in touch with friends in other countries via Skype and WhatsApp. I recognize that I could do better and will aim to do so in 2014.
I often hear the phrase “give until it hurts.” But giving doesn't have to hurt. It is okay to start small and for totally selfish reasons. I have gone through my closet and given away things I no longer want. I am making way for all the new purchases of 2013 but I'm also doing something for those less fortunate. Giving to others is a quick and easy way to lift my spirits and increase my happiness. The plan - give so I can feel good.
UPDATE: In addition to the donation of clothes and shoes, I've also made small donations to the Red Cross, not because I can really afford to but because I think it is necessary. I know I can improve in this area, so, my aim for 2014 is to add volunteering to the list.
Get 30 minutes of exercise at least 4-5 times per week
Exercise has many benefits. The most popular of which include: strengthening and toning muscles, improving flexibility, improving heart health, increasing stamina, controlling weight, mood improvement, promoting better sleep and the list goes one. Studies have shown 30 minutes of physical activity, along with a balanced diet, is enough to maintain a healthy weight. This, along with my need to look great in a bikini is enough to get me moving.
UPDATE: I failed in this department. If I did an average, It would work out to about two days per week even with the occasional at-home workout. I went weeks without so much as flexing a bicep but then I also had weeks where I had consecutive days of hour long workouts. This is obviously better than nothing but my aim was for more consistency. The struggle continues.
Get Enough Beauty Rest
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” However some of us don’t make the time to get a proper night’s sleep and even brag about how little sleep we get. It is during sleep that our brain and body repairs itself and prepares for the day ahead. Sleep deprivation can lead to a reduction in productivity, focus, comprehension and reaction time. Lack of sleep is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and other serious ailments. While each person’s sleep needs and requirements are different, it is recommended that we try to sleep at least 7-8 hours per night. I'm getting at least 7 hours of sleep and I encourage you to do the same.
UPDATE: I suscceded in this department (Duh) mainly by shutting down my computer and turning off my phone before midnight. It is easier to fall asleep when there are no distractions.