- Start a simple, everyday makeup routine.
I’ve never spent more than 30 seconds doing my makeup in the morning. On a really good day I’ll put on a coat of mascara and some [extremely uneven] eyeliner. The jar of foundation I found buried in the depths of my makeup drawer was from my senior year of high school. So this year I decided I want to establish a simple, quick makeup routine. I’ll have a job this summer, I’ll be off to grad school in the fall, and I want to look a little more polished and professional.
I had the best time at my local Bare Minerals store picking out all my new products! They matched my skin with foundation and concealor and put together a starter kit with everything I need. And of course I had to pick out some extras like this beautiful eye shadow palette and this fun lip plumping gloss set.
The whole routine takes less than 10 minutes, which I was both surprised and happy about. It’s definitely do-able and makes me feel a lot more put-together, even if I’m just out to run errands. If you don’t already have a solid, simple routine in place and some quality makeup and skincare items, it’s a fun investment in yourself you could consider making in 2018.
- Read for fun more.
Reading has always been something I love to do to relax. Over the past couple years as school has kept me busy, I’ve stopped reading for fun almost altogether. This year, instead of climbing into bed and watching an episode or two of Netflix at the end of the day, I’m going to keep a book on my nightstand. There are so many good ones out there! (And it’ll help me fall asleep faster than Grey’s will.)
I’ve already started reading A Simplified Life by Emily Ley and I LOVE it! She gives tons of practical tips for making life simpler, slower and more joy-filled. I’m so excited to read Love Lives Here by Maria Goff next. Here are a few more titles on my list for this year:
Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground by Jess Connolly
I Shouldn’t be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know by Kate White
- Try lots of new, healthy recipes.
Confession: I really failed when it came to my workout routine this past year. Between schoolwork and actual work and trying to maintain somewhat of a social life, I hardly made it to the gym. And when I did, I was so out of shape I only ended up feeling even worse about myself. I definitely don’t expect to be any less busy this coming year, but I am going to be more intentional about staying healthy. The easiest way to do this is in the kitchen!
I won’t make it to the gym every single day, and I’m not going to set unrealistic expectations for myself in that area. BUT, a girl’s gotta eat, and I can definitely make smarter and healthier choices this year. My main concern is time (I’m sure you can relate), and while putting together nutrituous meals does take significantly longer than popping a piece of pizza in the microwave, it can be done with a little intentional planning. I love making trips to Trader Joe’s every couple weeks and stocking up on healthy ingredients. This year I’m going to try lots of new recipes that I can prepare on Sunday night, stick in the fridge or freezer, and eat throughout the week. Here are a few I’ve found that you might wanna try too!
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Chicken & Broccoli Spaghetti Squash
Have a happy new year, friends! I wish you the best for whatever you’re hoping to accomplish this year. Excited for what’s to come.