Hello Lovelies! Happy 2013! I can't believe this is my first post in the new year! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and I am very excited to see what 2013 will bring! I rang in the new year playing League of Legends at home with my fiance. Pretty exciting, huh? :P
Since I haven't posted on here in a little over a week I thought it was about time to post. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I picked up the Urban Decay Naked nail polish set so I will be posting swatches of those soon. I have a few other posts coming up so please don't stray away :)
I have strain away from my blog for long enough, but have still been keeping up with fellow bloggers' posts. I have seen so many inspirational New Year's resolutions on blogs and YouTube and at the end of 2012, I was putting a list of my own resolutions together. I usually make a few "resolutions" throughout the year, but I don't feel like I always follow through with them. The two beauty related things I've improved on have been consistent with washing and cleaning my makeup bushes and, although this may sound silly, grooming my eyebrows. I used to be horrible about keeping my eyebrows maintained, but I feel like I have improved and remember to pluck and groom then once a while. This year I decided to make resolutions that I could really follow through with that would help improve my life now and later on.
Here are my 2013 New Year's Resolutions:
BE HEALTHY This includes my overall health and well-being. I'm going to try and exercise at least 2 to 3 times a week and incorporate more water, fruits and vegetables with my meals. I'm going to make sure I am flossing my teeth at least once a day before bed. I used to be on top of my oral health, but flossing is something I have been occasionally neglecting. I will also try not to stress as much with work and blogging. I need to better my time management and always include time for myself to relax.
SAVE MONEY I have set a goal for myself that I can afford to save by the end of this year. This also means that I will not be buying items I don't need, including cosmetic items. I'm worried about how I will be with not buying nail polish and beauty items, but I know I will be strong enough to stop myself because I really don't need to add to what I already own.
DE-CLUTTER This is one of my main resolutions this year. This past week during my hiatus from blogging I had already started going through everything to see what I could get rid of or donate. I have gotten rid of a lot this past weekend, but my plan is to keep at it every weekend to eliminate more. This goal involves living simply and using what I have so this also incorporates my resolution to save money. I noticed I have accumulated a lot of cosmetic sample products and random items like floss so I'm going to make sure I use these items before going out and buying anything.
READ MORE I have always been a book lover and I'm hoping to make time to read more. Right now I've planned on a book a month just so I can pace myself. Thanks to a good friend, I have so many unread books in my ibooks app and I have a lot of reading to do. Two weeks ago I finally read Divergent by Veronica Roth which was recommended by a fellow blogger friend Victoria from Confessions of a Canadian Wallflower and I read it way too fast, which is both good and bad. It was good because it was a book I couldn't put down, but bad because I feel like I didn't savor the book enough and I feel sad that it's over lol. Luckily this book is part of a trilogy so I have more to look forward to. (Thanks again for the recommendation, Victoria!) Reading one book a month seems like a great way to pace myself and maybe later on I will up the number to get through more unread books.
BE THANKFUL I want to be more thankful for who and what I have in my life. I feel like I take things for granted or am more selfish than happy with what I already have. This resolution is something that I want to always think about anytime I start thinking negatively. I am very thankful for the people I have in my life, including all of you who read this blog and enjoy the interaction as much as I do.
I usually don't write long posts, so I commend you if you were able to read through this without getting bored, but I would like to end this with something to help bring you happiness this year and going forward. I'm sure many of you have seen this before, but it is such a good thing to remember:
5 SIMPLE RULES FOR HAPPINESS
1. Free your heart from hatred
2. Free your mind from worries
3. Live simply
4. Give more
5. Expect less
I always keep these rules in my phone to look at to remind myself of these ways to live happily. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I hope you have a beautiful week!