Happy New Year everyone! Phase I of returning to the real world started today with my husband going back to work. The rest of us still have 6 more days of pajamas, movies, and endless cuddles before we have to go back. This is the most time we’ve spent together as a family, and it has been absolutely amazing. My husband and I are already counting down the days until next year (351…) when we can do it again.
I really fell off on posting this past year, and so I wanted to start this year off on the right track – what better way to do that than a resolution post! I/we made great progress on spending less, saving more, and getting more active… so this is the first year in a long time where I don’t feel the whole ‘new year, new me’ – I just want to continue improving.
To post 3x a week – no more, no less. Last year I would go through phases where I would post daily, and then I would burn out and need to take a few weeks off… this year my goal is to be consistent while maintaining a healthy balance between family, work, and the blog and I think a goal of 3x a week will help me accomplish that.
Better photos. My husband bought me a table top lighting kit for Christmas, I’ve been playing with it all week and the difference to me is amazing. I will continue to work on improving my swatch quality and makeup looks as well. ♥
More than just product reviews. I love new products… but I want to save even more money this year, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to cut down on buying new products. I have so much unused makeup and I would much rather play around and create makeup looks than spend money buying something that I’ll only use a few times. I won’t be cutting out product reviews completely – there are still plenty of products that I want to add to my collection – but I would really like to use more than I buy this year!
Be happy with my blog design for more than a few weeks. I decided to move away from most colour in the design because it would bother me when I’d post something that clashed with my header… hopefully this latest change will keep me happy for a while so I can take that energy and put it in to content instead of design.
It’s supposed to be fun. This isn’t my job, I work full-time and this is just a hobby. There is no reason for me to stress about this space, if my numbers and viewership grow then that is fabulous… if more PR samples start rolling in then that is great… and if not, it’s ok. I do this to be creative, and to connect with people who love makeup as much as I do.
Continue exercising. We bought a recumbent bike at the beginning of December, and I have been doing 20-30 minutes 3x a week and loving it. It has speakers built in and a phone/tablet holder so I usually watch YouTube tutorials/videos or something on Netflix. The time flies by and I am feeling really great. I took the holiday season off but will be getting back in to my routine this week.
Simplify & stay consistent with skincare. I find that I can be consistent with my skincare routine when I am testing new products, but tend to forget about it when I’m not. I’ve set a nightly reminder in my phone to remove makeup and apply products which will hopefully help me stay on track. I also want to simplify, and not use so many new products. If I find something that works, I need to stick with it.
Play with my hair. I spend so much time on my makeup in the morning I end up always just wearing my poker-straight hair down, or in a ponytail / bun. I need to either get up earlier, or simplify my daily makeup routine so I have time to spend on my hair!
Go outside my comfort zone. This year I want to wear more colour, try to master false eye lashes, figure out how to properly apply bronzer, and just have fun learning more about makeup.
A memorable family experience every month. This is the year we finally take the kids to the mountains, and to drumheller to see the dinosaur museum… we also want to go to the Calgary Zoo, check out Fort Edmonton Park, the ice castle… We want to have picnics in the park, and go for family bike rides. I am so excited for what 2017 has to bring and we are going to make the most of it!
Take a breath before reacting. Too many times in a moment of frustration I react in a way that I regret almost instantly. I snap at the kids, or at my husband, or at work, and while it will take work, I need to try and modeling proper behavior for my little ones… and that means taking a breath and thinking about my response.
Reduce stress. For someone who has 2 (generally) wonderful kids, a job that I enjoy, a husband who does more than his fair share around the house, and an overall happy life… I carry way too much stress. I overthink things and situations, stay awake at night running through to do lists and analyzing interactions, I have panic attacks & bouts of depression which suck the energy right out of me and I want nothing more than to curl up in bed and binge-watch Netflix… I have found that exercising has helped a bit, and I’ve been trying to do basic meditation every night when I’m lying in bed – sometimes it’s just focusing on counting backwards from 100, sometimes I repeat a mantra over and over, usually I have to refocus numerous times but it’s better than letting my mind wander and never falling asleep!
Put my phone down. I know I spend too much time on my phone, I’m always checking my work email or social media, and I think that spending less time staring at my phone, and more time doing things will improve my quality of life overall. I turned my work email off as soon as my vacation started, put my phone away almost all last week, and it felt so good. I feel more connected to the kids and to my husband, and I will work hard to continue this through the year.
Declutter. We started working on this over the summer and cleared out almost our entire basement. We regularly go through the kids clothes and toys and donate what we can, and I’ve been trying to get rid of makeup that I just don’t wear. But there is a lot more to do, and it feels so good when it’s done… so like my makeup goal of buying less and using more, I’d like to finish this year more organized and less cluttered.
At a glance it seems like a lot, but I think the overall theme is just to do better… to be better. Have you set resolutions for the year?