Monday, 1 January 2018

NEW YEAR, NEW RESOLUTIONS

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post looking over some of the resolutions I set for myself and how they came to life throughout the year. I mentioned how much I value setting New Year's Resolutions every year because it challenges me to be intentional about growing and learning on a personal level.


Since the New Year is upon us, I decided to share my list of resolutions for the this next year too. I like to set three to four resolutions every year that focus on health, personal growth, and creativity. Here they are.

1. "Clean up" my makeup routine.
I've always leaned towards cleaner products, but one area of my routine that is devoid of these benefits is my daily makeup routine. I'm not obsessed with makeup, but I do wear it daily, so I'm no stranger to the damage that the cheap drug store brands have on my skin. Over this past year, I've been learning a lot about how the products we put on our skin affect our entire body. Our skin is our largest organ and experts believe that 60-70% of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream. I've especially noticed the effects of cheap mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow on the health of my eyes (hello itchy eyes every night). Needless to say, I'm looking forward to how these changes can positively impact the health of my skin, as well as the rest of my body.

This isn't exactly affordable (the least expensive "clean" foundation I could find was $60 for a bottle), but I think it is so important, so I am going to slowly implement this over the entire year so that by the end, hopefully all of my cheap products will be gone and I'll have a clean repertoire I can count on. If anyone has any recommendations for good clean brands, I'd love to hear!

2. Unplugged Sundays.
Technically, Sundays have always been considered rest days for me, but I was so busy over this past year that Sundays actually became catch-up days. As a result, I found myself feeling so drained. I've decided to prioritize rest days this year and make sure that I absolutely take the day to recharge.

I listened to this fascinating TEDTalk one day while I was working away on a project and it really inspired me. In it, Manoush Zomorodi argues that our best creative ideas come to us when we are actually really bored. The problem is that we don't explore that anymore because we are constantly so connected that we don't experience boredom in the same way. She conducted a study where she challenged people to unplug from their phones and let themselves feel boredom, and the results were very interesting. It really got me thinking and so I have decided that one of my resolutions for the new year is to unplug on Sundays. Hopefully this will really encourage rest, but also a new sense of creativity and inspiration. 

3. Design a small line of textiles.
This resolution really spurred out of my pattern experimentation through completing my 100 Day Project. I found a source to have your patterns printed on fabric and wrapping paper, so I really want to explore this new outlet and see if I can create a little textile line. This one is my creative challenge for the year, so hopefully I can do a better job at tackling it than I did at last year's.

4. Go for a walk every day.
This one is for my mental health. I really don't prioritize being active because in complete honesty, I hate getting sweaty. But going for a walk is so easy and really does not produce much sweat. Just the other week I experienced the benefits on my creativity (and my sanity) by taking a ten minute break from a creative project to go for a quick walk. The results were amazing - I figured out a solution I had been grappling with all afternoon in those brisk ten minutes. I'd love to do this first thing every morning, but we'll see how it actually manifests as the year progresses.

That's it! The key to good resolutions are to have a clear plan. Setting a general goal makes it crippling to tackle, but having a clear way of improving something built into the goal itself can really inspire you to get started. 

Here's to a new year and to new learning!

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