People look at the start of every year like a new beginning. This is generally a good thing, as it gives us a specific date to attempt to change the things we don't like about our lives - however, the pressure of actually keeping these life-changing habits can put a definite damper on the new year.
I know I'm not alone when I say I've broken more resolutions than I've kept over the past few years (according to Time magazine, only 10% of resolutions are actually kept). But this year can be different! Here are 6 resolutions that will better your life in 2015, and won't be impossible to keep.
1. make time for yourself.
As soon as life gets busy and stressful, people have a tendency to let their self-focus fall to a back burner. Unfortunately, as soon as we put ourselves last, that's when we get sick, the stress gets worse, the irritability increases, and we kinda just suck to be around.
This year, keep yourself in mind when things get stressful, and vow to always make a little bit of time for yourself - an hour here or there to do something that relaxes you and makes you happy. Additionally: take your vitamins, exercise where you can, don't rely on junk food for nourishment, don't forget to drink water, pay attention to your health and hygiene, and if necessary, meditate before bed.
2. stop hitting snooze.
I am a relentless snoozer. I hit the Snooze button 3-6 times before I wake up in the morning, thinking that it will be better for me and I'll be less tired. As it turns out, it's worse for you to hit the snooze button, as every time you fall back asleep your body tries to entirely reset its sleep cycle (rather than continuing the sleep cycle you just woke up from, which was my reasoning).
Try downloading a sleep cycle app that will wake you up at the correct point in your sleep cycle, and enjoy waking up on time, having a coffee, reading the paper... and not being late for work.
3. do something different with your money.
If you have a little bit of savings, or you find yourself spending the money in your bank account just because it's there, why not do something different?
Talk to someone about setting up a TFSA (Tax Free Savings Account), an RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan), or an RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan). Set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account into one of these savings accounts - it will not only give you a sense of financial security, but you'll be amazed how much you can save up when even $50 is taken every month!
4. say "yes" more.
I want to start off this point by clarifying: I don't mean saying yes to everything (especially things you don't want to do). I mean saying yes as in putting yourself out there, even when you're feeling lazy or unsure or nervous. Whether it's a project at work, a new friendship, a new hobby, a new experience - try saying yes this year and see where it gets you.
Trust me, I know it's hard sometimes to turn off Netflix, change out of your pajamas and accept an invitation to go for drinks with friends... or volunteer for that new project at work that is maybe a bit out of your depth... but keep in mind: which will benefit you more in the long run?
5. go somewhere you've never been.
I am a firm believer in the idea that traveling to new places is one of the most successful ways to feel accomplished, happy, and adventurous - and one of the quickest ways to get rid of that "stuck in a rut" feeling that happens during the year. So why not plan a trip to somewhere you've never been before?
Whether you go to another continent or just the next city over, plan it into your year. Look up fun things to do, restaurants to eat at, attractions to see. Try couch surfing or renting someone's home. Go on an adventure!
6. get rid of the "Treat Yourself"/"You Only Live Once" mentality (except once in a while).
I am guilty of this, and I know I'm not the only one - this is a part of my generation. We see something we want, and we think "I worked hard today/I got a raise/I exercised already/I have the money - I'm going to treat myself with this clothing/food/gadget/whatever because you only live once". But this Treat Yourself mentality is a slippery, slippery slope, because eventually you end up "treating yourself" way more often than you should.
Don't get me wrong - you deserve to spoil yourself once in a while! But if you find yourself justifying purchases every other day by saying "treat yourself", try cutting down. Chances are, if you're telling yourself that it's a "treat", deep down you know that you don't need it.
cheers to a new year!
1. a leather ipad case.
2. a personalized, handmade folding comb.
3. this bicycle-mounted growler holder.
4. this portable ipod speaker in a mint tin.
5. this personalized tie bar.
6. an awesome flask.
7. some manly beard oil or mustache wax.
8. a gift box from, or a subscription to, the Carnivore Club.
Every year, my friends and family ask me what they should get people. Maybe it's a sign that I spend too much time shopping, but I usually have an answer for them. So I decided to do a few blog features on suggested holiday gift items. The first feature is: ideas for the foodie on your list.
1. a custom cutting board.
2. these "eat" letters.
3. a molecular gastronomy kit.
4. foodie dice.
5. a set of handmade juniper spoons.
6. this amazing rolling pin.
7. a kitchen calendar with wood stand.
8. a kitchen tablet holder.
Okay. Ladies.... Oh ladies. Okay. We need to sit down and have a serious talk here.
Leggings are not pants. They do not have a zipper, or pockets, or belt loops; this makes them not real pants. So do not wear them as if they are real pants.
May I remind all of you that before a few years ago, leggings were specifically worn under dresses/ and skirts - they were not worn as a freestanding fashion item. I think most of you have forgotten this fact. So I am here to remind you of the rules of wearing leggings as pants.
The most important rule is..
1. your shirt MUST cover your butt.
I get it. Your butt looks like, SEW FABULOSE in leggings. Here's an idea: get a pair of pants that actually fits you, and show off that booty in the fashion-appropriate way. The number one rule of wearing leggings as pants is, and I cannot stress this enough, your tights MUST cover your butt. Entirely. With 1-2 inches of extra shirt just in case.
2. your shirt should also cover your lady bits.
Without getting too graphic about it, the front side of leggings can... ahem... not be very flattering, as in, maybe a frontal-wedgie sort of situation. Avoid this fashion disaster by making sure your shirt is long enough on the front as well as the back.
3. make sure they're opaque.
Seem pretty self-explanatory? You'd be surprised.
When you buy leggings that you are planning as wearing as pants, please do the world a favour and bend over in the mirror before you buy them. Do they thin out to the point where you can see your underwear and/or skin underneath? If so, you have one of two options. Option 1: Don't buy them. Option 2: Buy another pair and wear them both. I assure you, nobody wants to see what colour your underwear is.
4. get the right support.
The whole draw of leggings is that they are extremely tight and show off all your best "assets". However, in being so tight, they tend to show off every lump and bump, as well as whatever undergarments you are wearing underneath.
Make sure you get leggings that are thick and opaque, and also make sure you're not wearing underwear that will give you a panty line. Cause guess what guys, WE CAN SEE IT!
5. realize that leggings are not pants, and leggings are considered casual.
Although I love wearing leggings, they are inherently and uncompromisingly casual. This means that leggings are not appropriate for: any weddings, any bridal or baby showers, or any event billed as "business casual", "business formal", "black tie", "white tie", or "cocktail". So save them for the weekends!