I wanted to write a blog for the New Year about resolutions, but I’ve come to the realize that I don’t really like the word “resolution” I feel like there is some sort of controversy over the word and something about hearing it involuntarily makes my eyes roll. So instead I’ve decided to make a list of habits that could possibly improve your life (not just your year)!
We all have habits. Some good and some… not so good. They say that on average it takes 21 days to make something a habit. That means that all you need to do is find something that you think you would benefit from doing and make yourself do it for 21 days. And then by the end of it, you won’t even have to think twice about it because it will be implemented into your brain. I’ve tried it myself, and it worked, I no longer bite my nails! You have to be careful though because you can still reverse your new good habit. I find this so interesting, so I took it upon myself to make a list of some things that I think would be great habits for women to have!
I’m human, and I don’t wear makeup every day. But when I do, I've made it a habit to first pluck those pesky little stragglers on my eyebrows. Now, I’m not saying you should shape your eyebrows every day. I’m talking about those suckers that are far down on your eyelid. It's so nice not to have those "Oh my gosh, I have to go get a wax right now!" moments.
2. MAKE A LIST
Is it ironic that making a list is #2 on my LIST!?
If you know me at all you know I love a good list. I’ve forgotten too many good ideas or things I was supposed to do because I just simply forgot! This could’ve been avoided if I had just written it down. This could be for errands, ideas, or even a simple grocery list. I know that one of the biggest lies I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember.”
3. CLEAN OUT YOUR PURSE WEEKLY
This may not be an issue for you, and if it isn’t, I applaud you. This is something that I decided just yesterday that I needed to work on myself. I emptied my purse out onto the table because I was looking for my chapstick when pure filth went everywhere! It was not pretty Y'all! Not only were there things that had previously been presumed lost but I also found out that my daughter had been periodically sneaking stuff into it. She had even put a yogurt packet and a faux succulent from my friends home! My daughter has made me a thief! I felt so much better once I had a clean purse. Also, it was nice to not get dirty looks from the people behind me in line for taking a lifetime searching for my debit card.
4. SIT PRETTY
Of course, we all know we should be sitting up straight, but that is easier said than done! I have already had back issues in my 20’s, and my Chiropractor said it has a lot to do with my posture. Just think about all the time we spend slouching every day. And we don’t even know the full effects of how our phone time will affect us in our old age. That’s pretty scary to think about! Even if you can just raise your phone up, so your head isn’t hanging all the way down it will help! I haven’t mastered this one yet, but once you become conscious that you are looking down at your phone instead of up it’s crazy how much a problem it is!
5. SHARP RAZORS
It was actually my husband who got me on my new found sharp razor kick. He’d always ask for a new razor blade, and I’d tell him that It should be fine I just changed it like a month and a half ago… Then I learned that you are supposed to change your blades out about once every 3 weeks!!! I had no idea! For years I had such bad razor burn, and I didn’t know what was causing it! I hated changing my razor blades out because those things are so darn expensive! I guess it’s just part of being an adult.
I never realized how much of a difference taking daily vitamins could make until I had to start taking prenatal vitamins. Since starting, I have noticed a massive improvement in my hair, skin, and energy! Make sure you talk to your doctor or a professional about which vitamins you should take because there is such a thing as too many vitamins! I took the quiz from this site to find out which vitamins best fit my lifestyle.
7. WASH THAT MAKEUP OFF
This hasn’t ever been an issue of mine, but I know all of my friends sometimes sleep with their makeup on! This is a big no-no! At night is your skins time to breathe! Even if you didn't wear makeup that day, you should still wash your face. Throughout the day your face collects all sorts of yucky stuff. Your face will thank you!
We forget that it’s a great privilege to have access to a camera 24/7. We should be taking advantage of this. I mean how cool is it that I was able to grab my phone out of my back pocket and capture my daughter's first steps. I mean, don’t overdo it, you don’t want to not live the moment because you were busy getting into a crazy photographer stance. But you also don’t want to forget the moment. Every time I go through my old photos on my phone I see things that I would have forgotten if it weren’t for the picture.
So there you have it, these habits probably aren’t going to drastically change your year, but I do think they will help you get on the track to self-improvement… If you’re into that sort of thing ;)