This time every year I think of wacky resolutions in an effort to challenge and better myself. But this year, instead of aiming for the usual—drop five pounds, stop eating cupcakes in masses—and the unusual (like the year I gave up artificially colored candy), I’m aiming to make changes that will stick longer than a year, and will earn me more than just an A for effort.
So without further ado, here are my beauty resolutions for 2012.
1. Resist the urge to touch. My face, that is. My common excuse is: “I just can’t help it.” Whether it’s picking at an incoming pimple, staring at and dissecting my pores, or just rubbing and scratching…I just can’t seem to keep my hands away. And you know what this leads to? The exact thing I’m trying to avoid: pimples. If it takes me handcuffing my hands to my computer, so be it. These fingers won’t be touching my face anymore.
2. Bond with my bed. No matter how early I leave work or how many things I cross of my to-do list, I always find something else to distract me and keep me from hitting the sack at a reasonable hour. And then what happens? I’m cranky, I leave the house with bed head since I insist on hitting the snooze button (three times), and I look like I’ve been awake for 2,357 days. This year, I vow to get eight hours of sleep minimum, even if it means sacrificing my morning run.
3. Be more adventurous. I’m talking makeup here. I am the queen of brown eyeliner, a hint of blush, and a sweep of mascara—anything more makes me nostalgic of the days of stage makeup (yes, I was a theater geek, and no, I’m not ashamed of it). Red lips, bright eyeshadow…they look great on everyone else, but are too much for me, is my typical thought. But it’s time to be bold—stage or no stage. After all, you only live once!
4. Say goodbye to split ends. I absolutely love long locks. When my hair is long it looks better, is easier to style—it just works. But I tend to go without trims for months, and that simply isn’t healthy. I may look at my ends and think…hmm, one more month should be fine. But in reality, I’m damaging my hair and making it less likely to grow. Note to self: it’s just a trim and it will grow back. For those who have haircut anxiety like me: take Biotin and you’ll see your hair growing back to its great lengths in no time.
5. Tame the stress monster. I love to work myself to the bone; that’s just the way I am. But there’s a difference between overexerting yourself and pushing yourself to the max, and I struggle to find the right balance. The end result? I’m tired, my skin suffers the consequences, my energy drops, and my body starts to shut down…which makes me more stressed out, naturally. The affect stress has on your body is paramount, and it’s time to nip it in the bud. My mind, body, and soul will thank me later.
There are many more I’d like to add, but to maintain change, you need to start small—and these small changes are sure to make a big difference.
What are your beauty resolutions?