Hello and welcome back! Happy 2016 to you all, I hope your holidays were absolutely lovely and restful. Montreal was a real beauty, if you can ever make the trip up there I highly recommend it! I even liked the 11 hour long train ride we took up there. And we got there just in time for the first snow of the year on Theo's birthday. Which I say is very auspicious, indeed!
As one does 'round this time of year, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my goals for the upcoming year. Some are about work-related, others are health-related, and, of course, others are beauty-related. I don't think about it as being "beauty resolutions" though, so to speak. I like to think of it as "self-care," Which is really important to me, and I think more people need to prioritize. Everyone, myself included, works long hours, and it's difficult at the end of the day to remember to take a few moments to make yourself feel a bit pampered. It doesn't have to be a big thing, just a moment out of the day to do one thing that cares for yourself. For me these things include:
Meditation. I've tried for years to meditate regularly, with success here and there, but never with consistency. Even if it means just closing my eyes and taking a few centering deep breaths while a babe sleeps, or before I fall asleep, I want to consciously take a few moments a day to turn inward and focus on my breath. So California of me, I know.
Flossing. Ugh, I hate it, it's the worst thing in the actual world. But I'm gonna try to be more consistent about it.
Washing my face before bed. I'm pretty good about it as I shower in the evenings for the most part, but on the weekends I have been known to slog off and fall asleep with a face full of makeup. I'm too old to be pulling this shit any longer!
Carry hand balm and lip balm with me at all times. I really let my hands and lips get scraggy in the winter, and I think if I always have those two things with me at all time I can keep the cragginess at bay.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. I file this under self-care not only because breaking a sweat is great for your skin, but because I think filing exercise in the self-care folder of the brain will make it much easier to get me to do, since exercise and I are mortal enemies. I think I'll take a stab at the BBG workout, but you're on literal crack if you think I'll ever share progress pictures on the Internet.
Wear lipstick at least once during the weekend. I say this every year, and then I get lazy and stick with my chapstick for most of the time. I hate getting my hair stuck in it, and how it looks after I eat, which is often, but I'm gonna make an effort. I am just saying weekend because there's just no way I'm wearing lipstick to watch a baby.
Stay on top of my haircuts. This one is especially difficult for me under normal circumstances, but even moreso when I'm trying to grow out my hair. I'm so bad about going regularly, but it makes such a difference in my confidence when I have a fresh haircut. I am hoping for long hair by summertime, but I won't skimp on my trims in the meantime.
Don't forget to use regular body scrubs on my body, not just my face. This adds to my general winter scaliness. I can never remember.
Do you think it's silly to have beauty resolutions, or are you throwing some into your resolution bag? I know lot's of people think the whole "new year, new me" mindset can be toxic and I definitely agree to a certain extent. I love having an excuse to have a fresh set of goals, and the new year is an excellent time to put some into practice. I'm also big on springtime resolutions, because more than any other time that feels like a fresh start to me. I'd love to hear any of your resolutions if you have them!
P.S. How cute is this Ultrabland that I picked up in Montreal! Ultrasimple!! Voila!