Having been a content creator for a couple of years now, I’m fairly familiar with the inhibiting desire to constantly make myself more efficient, so as to be able to accomplish more “to-do’s” each day. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, wife or husband, parent or student, we all struggle with some combination of prioritization and time-management while going about our day to day lives.
Resolutions never seemed to be the solution for me. While the desire for self-improvement is endearing, more often than not it ends in disappointment. We become disappointed in ourselves because we get caught up in the excitement of a new year and set unattainable goals for our imperfect human selves and when we fail, we chastise ourselves for even trying in the first place.
So how can we make our good intentions for the new beginning last all year long??? Here’s my idea—instead of trying to tackle a big laundry list of improvements and lifestyle changes all at once, I’ll be taking it month by month. Beginning in January, I’ll incorporate at least two new goals/resolutions I want to put into practice each month. This is very customizable- you could do any combination of goals (fitness, nutrition, religious, personal, interpersonal, parenting, professional, whatever!) you want. What I like most about this approach is that it is cumulative. When you’re able to rope your resolutions into small actionable practices that are fairly easy to incorporate into your day, they’re more likely to become second-nature habits.
Here’s what I’ll be working on in January 2018;
- Interpersonal – Call my Mom & Dad at least once/week
- Blogging – Publish at least 2 new blog posts/week
- Fitness – Practice yoga at home once/week
The whole point of this approach to resolutions is for it to be manageable. If you currently don’t work out at all, going to the gym 5 times/week might not be a sustainable habit for you early on, especially once you begin to add new habits every month. If you get a gym membership and start working out a few days per week and feel that you could go additional days, then by all means, do that. But instead of pushing yourself too far early on, leading to burnout and lack of motivation to want to work out at all, take it slowly and work together with your body and your (realistic) schedule. What do you think about this approach to tackling your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment below and tell me how you’ll turn your resolutions into habits!
Recently, I mentioned on my Instagram stories that I was planning on participating in a week without plastic, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Lee From America. In case you missed the video, here’s the low-down…
In an effort to be more conscious and aware of our daily plastic usage, beginning Tuesday, December 5th, we will go a week without plastic. This can be as mild or intense as you choose to make it- go cold turkey on plastic or maybe just dip your toes into the water by drinking from a reusable glass bottle for the week.
I’m excited to go a week without plastic because it’s a great opportunity to recognize how prevalent every-day conveniences such as straws, to-go cups, disposable silverware, tampons with plastic applicators, and plastic bags (Ziploc & grocery) are in my life and to create new habits that are less environmentally destructive. For me, going a week without plastic is an experimentation of living a zero waste lifestyle. It’s been amazing to witness over my own life-time how much growth and acceptance there has been of habits such as recycling, composting, and the resurgence of biodegradable materials. But all of these environmental advances don’t change the fact that we discard half of all of our plastic products after just one use, even though plastic is made to last at least 5 lifetimes.
Personally, my biggest reason for going a week without plastic is my love for the ocean. 40% of the ocean’s surface is currently polluted with plastic. Plastic pollution kills 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea animals annually- most die from ingesting plastic and fragmented microplastics/microbeads, or from becoming entangled in plastic. I’ve had a special connection and fascination with the ocean since I was a young child (I know, I know, I sound like Moana) and it truly breaks my heart to look at the damage we’ve done to our most precious life source on the planet. I want to play a part in nursing our marine habitats back to health, and even though I’m just one person, going plastic free will make a huge long-term positive impact on our oceans’ recovery.
So now, I’d love to invite you all to go a week without plastic with me! I’ll be sharing updates on the challenge via my Instastories, including tips and tricks I discover along the way and also the struggles of adjusting to living in the modern world without using plastic. I’ve also linked some reusable products below that will make the transition into a zero waste lifestyle nearly seamless! Leave a comment or send me an email/ direct message if you’ll be joining me in a week without plastic!
Here are a few of my favorite articles about plastic pollution and waste reduction;
When I visited my friend, Alexis, in Nashville last month, one of the activities I was most excited about was paying a visit to Lemon Laine, a natural beauty & wellness shop that opened earlier this year. Natural beauty retailers are few and far between, so when I found out that my home state had such an Instagram-able and chic beauty and wellness destination, I knew I had to check it out! From the moment we set foot into this beautiful boutique, we felt welcomed. They graciously allowed me to photograph their beautiful store (even with my eyesore of a camera) and we took our time browsing their skincare and wellness offerings with their staff close by, eager to answer any questions we had. Alexis decided to book an appointment at their exclusive Oil Bar, a completely customizable service in which you work with a Lemon Laine skincare expert to create your own unique facial oil, tailored to your personal skincare needs. I can’t think of a better way to pamper yourself (or someone you love- Christmas is almost here!) than to take a seat at Lemon Laine’s Oil Bar, sipping a glass of complementary champagne and sniffing & selecting your personal facial oil’s blend of skin-supporting essential oils! It was definitely a treat and Alexis is loving the results from regular use of her own facial oil blend. Lemon Laine’s products were definitely more wellness and skincare focused than many other natural beauty boutiques I’ve visited. With a wall full of supplements (and even a Smeg fridge stocked full of Coconut Cult yogurt), it’s clear that they truly stand behind their motto of “feel good first”. There were SO many skincare products to choose from (in addition to their Oil Bar services), and I appreciated that they had a good mix of products from a wide variety of brands. Their selection was well curated in that you hardly saw one single brand’s entire line- just the products that founder Laura Lemon had personally chosen to grace the picture-perfect shelves. Keep reading to see the products I decided to pick up!
This is my favorite natural deodorant formula that I’ve found so far and I was so surprised to see it lining the shelves at Lemon Laine because it was once only sold through Native’s website! I’m excited to try this scent because I’m a sucker for anything Lavender and Rose scented, so the combination of the two is a dream come true for me! The formula is really creamy and nourishing and once your body adjusts to using natural deodorant instead of chemical antiperspirants (which can take up to 3 weeks), you’ll never have to worry about being stinky or needing to re-apply it throughout the day.
I’ve been wanting to try Cocokind’s products for quite a while and when I saw their sticks at Lemon Laine, I decided to see what all the hype was about. The MyMatcha has only three ingredients- coconut oil, beeswax, and matcha green tea powder. These travel-friendly sticks can be taken anywhere and used for a multitude of purposes such as a moisturizing lip balm or a brightening under-eye treatment for dark circles. I’ve only used this for a few days, but it’s super moisturizing, yet has a nice texture that’s not too “balmy” and works well for use on more delicate areas such as under the eyes.
Natural lip balm is not hard to come by, but surprisingly, it is hard to find formulas housed in a twist-up tube for more sanitary on-the-go application. I brought these with me on my trip to England and they kept my lips in tip top shape, despite all of the time spent on planes and outside in cold, windy weather. These vegan lip balms are definitely getting a permanent spot in my purse. Shop Vanilla here and Mint here.
Inspired by Hawaii and made with precious natural ingredients like raw honey, french green clay, algae, spirulina & chlorella, this mask is the equivalent of a nourishing green smoothie for your skin! I’ve only used this once so far, but I adore the scent and texture of this mask- and I love the texture of my skin when I wash it off even more! I’m looking forward to many more mermaid-worthy at-home facials.
Another multi-purpose stick from Cocokind, this product treats and heals not only active breakouts, but also corrects pigmentation issues from previous episodes. The *all organic* ingredients include; sunflower oil, beeswax, turmeric, ginger root, & tea trea oil. To use, simply apply to problem areas, let sit for 20 minutes, then remove with a damp cloth. So far, it truly does seem to be a quick, effective, and affordable spot treatment product.
I started to transition to green beauty over a year ago and one conventional product I hadn’t given up juuust yet was lip liner and lip color. I had built quite the collection of MAC lipsticks and had found a couple of creamy liner formulas that I loved. While I’m not crazy about this particular formula, it’s a good product to lightly define your lips.
There were several goodies on the wellness wall that I would have loved to have taken home. The bright packaging of this turmeric blend won me over and with such clean ingredients like ground turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper, it’s a potent powder that can be added to anything- lattes, smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, etc. Turmeric has many health benefits, and this blend is a fun way to easily incorporate more of it into your diet.
If you ever find yourself in the Nashville area, take some time to stop by Lemon Laine for a real green beauty treat! Any products in my haul that you’re anxious to try? Tell me which ones in the comments!