I know it's said too often at the end of the year, but really- where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday I was planning my New Year's festivities, and now I'm already doing it again. This year was a series of ups and downs for me. I had a serious health scare in June that made me reevaluate my life. Was I spending my time wisely? Was I doing something each day that made me happy? Was I doing all that I could to live a long and healthy life? Simply put, the answer was no. I am now on the mend physically, but getting to emotional well being has been a long road. Now that the holidays are just about behind us, I am going to focus more on myself in the New Year! Here are a few little ways I plan on doing just that.
Before having children, I would read a book a week. After the kids came, I still tried to squeeze in reading each day, but most days it was just Green Eggs and Ham and The Little Engine That Could. I'm sure it's a universal struggle that all moms face. Once you have kids, you slowly give up doing the things you loved before they came along. This year, my book total was a whopping 5. Most of those being beach reads. So, I'm going to be carving out time each day, even if it's only 15 minutes, to fit my love of reading back into my daily routine.
Enjoy the Little Things
We live in a go, go, go world. Everything seems so faced paced these days, and nobody seems to stop to smell the roses anymore. I have been slowly disconnecting from my electronics this past year, and fully plan to continue that next year too. You may have noticed that it's taking me longer to respond to comments and emails, as well as social media posts these last few months. I don't find joy in being so connected these days. I'm slowing down so I can enjoy the beauty of the little every day things. Something I have taken for granted for far too long.
Learn Something New
An idle mind is the Devil's playground, right? I want to learn a new skill, so I just recently bought some crochet needles. I've been pinning tutorials and patterns that I want to attempt in the next few months like a crazy woman.
Go on New Adventures
Sometimes I get stuck in a routine and think that if I break that routine the rest of the week will go straight to hell. I'm slowly letting go of being a stickler for routine and have been saying YES! to new adventures. It doesn't have to be earth shattering adventures. Something simple like trying a new restaurant, trying a new sport, taking a day to explore a neighboring town. The laundry isn't going anywhere and the floors can always be swept tomorrow. Chores can wait, new adventures can't.
I think many women are used to spending the majority of their day taking care of others, we forget that we deserve to be pampered too. My mornings start with making sure everyone else has everything they need. After they are out the door, I'm back to cleaning, laundry, running errands, and making appointments for the rest of the family. Then, it's dinner and homework help, followed by trying to squeeze in a little work before lights out. I fall into bed exhausted, not even realizing I didn't do much for myself throughout the day. So, even on those busy days, I am vowing to spend a little time pampering myself each day. A hot bath, using the neglected foot massager, or even trying a new skincare routine. Actually, the new skincare routine I have been working on since the beginning of the month. My birthday is tomorrow. The big 3-7! I find that skincare products that used to work for me in my 20's and early 30's are no longer effective at combating my skin issues. I've since switched to Swissvita skincare products.
I'll start my morning by using the Micrite 3D Cleanser Cream. Washing my face is a great way to get me awake and perky in the morning. The cleanser foams, then easily washes away. As soon as my face is washed with the cream, my skin feels soft and refreshed, and I feel like I am ready to take on the world. It's a rare thing, but I love this face cleanser so much, I'm willing to share myself in all of my makeup-free glory.
I follow up the routine with the Micrite 3D All Use Anti-Wrinkle Serum and Micrite 3D Eye Cream. Both products go on my skin velvety smooth, leaving my skin bright, tight, and glowing. In just those 5 minutes of taking care of my face, I feel very pampered! What better way to pamper yourself then by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, and large pores? Swissvita targets all of those problem areas to help give you a more youthful appearance. Like I said, I'm about to turn 37, and I'm starting to need products that work with my skin, not against it.
I love how high-end the cleaner, serum and cream looks and feels, but doesn't come with the high-end price tag. Swissvita believes in delivering beauty to every corner of the world, but doing so affordably. The products are designed so you only need a little bit of product, so the tubes last a long time. If you are looking to pamper yourself in the new year, check out Swissvita. They have a large selection of products that will target any skincare need you may have, and leave you feeling like you were able to do a little something special for yourself each day.
How are you taking care of YOU in the New Year?