5 Starter Steps to a New, Improved You!

As the year changes over to 2018; it’s time to challenge yourself to some personal changes. Looking for ways to perfect yourself is as important to you as a person as it is important to your relationships and your work!

Let’s get right into it:

1. Get organized 

Organize yourself, your routine, your car, your home, your schedule… Wow! That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Take on one category at a time and write out things that need doing ASAP, things that should be done regularly, and things that you would like to do… At some point.

Clean out your car and do your best to maintain that space. Throw away or donate things you haven’t used in two years–household items, clothing, children’s toys, gadgets, kitchen appliances, and so forth. The less you own, the easier it is to stay organized.

Keep a family or personal calendar in an obvious location so that you can reference it and see what is upcoming and organize your time accordingly.

2. Create a Visual Wardrobe 

This may take a little bit of time, but take a photograph of every item of clothing you own and arrange the images into categories (shirts, blouses, tank tops, cardigans, sweaters, pants, skirts, etc.). Doing this allows you to potentially plan your outfits ahead of time, but it also allows you to see which clothing items are doing you no favours, which ones are outdated, and which ones you really won’t ever wear again.

 

3. Make a Wish List

What do you want out of life? Where do you want to be in 5 years? Make your ultimate wish list or “dream board” and allow yourself to truly feel that these things will come to you.

Having a motivational outline of where you would love to be helps the rest of your thoughts rearrange themselves in a way that will help you achieve those things. You want a new house? Perfect! Does it have a fireplace? A hot tub? Is it a quaint cottage in the woods? Plan it out, then take a moment whenever you remember to and imagine your life inside that new home. Think of it, feel it, then achieve it.

It might sound odd, but I have done this and it’s worked perfectly! I dreamed of our current home by the beach and of my husband. The stars aligned, so to speak, once I put my wishes onto paper and my desire to achieve those things helped guide my actions.

4. Get on Your Skin Game

Okay, this one might be a little vain. I’ll admit that, but taking care of your skin in such a way that helps you greet the world with a fresh face really boosts your confidence. Not only that, but taking that time in the morning and night to take care of yourself is so important to valuing yourself as someone truly worthy of that time for you!

Take care of your skin today in order to have amazing skin as you enter your next decade of life.

Once you get a great skin care routine down, make sure to always use sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage and the increased risk of skin cancer.

5. Be Introspective and OYS

Swearing is not my forte, but OYS is such a classic line to me now that I have to share it: Own Your Shit. Humans make mistakes, even with the best of intentions. If all females had to choose one personality trait that made them especially feminine, it would be learning how to “OYS” in a graceful manner. If you find yourself in a discussion where you are feeling defensive or you feel as though you have hurt or upset someone else, take some time to be introspective. What went wrong? How could you have approached this better? How can you improve for next time? How can you respond in the moment right now gracefully and to save face?

Acknowledge what has happened. Make yourself accountable. Offer ways that you will improve next time.

Worth noting, that there is a line between being feminine and being a doormat. Don’t be a pushover, that isn’t very ladylike, either!  Find that middle ground and work it.

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