The festive season is upon us. As one of my favourite times of year, it comes with lots of cheer, being with company and of course presents! The final year of the decade is fast approaching, and it’s really a time to treasure how far you’ve come, the people in your life and the goals you want to attain for future you. Tis’ the season to be joyful, thankful and moisturised! Follow up on the trends you should be adopting and dropping to reach maximum greatness in the lead up to 2020.
Public Service Announcement: Cuffing season is a myth! Read: you do not have to be loved up to enjoy the winter season!! Forget about cutesy distractions or getting caught up in what people think you should be doing with your life; don’t be fazed by the incessant ‘cosy couple vibes’ pics, this is a time to enjoy the company of your closest friends and family. It’s a time of celebration, regardless if you have a significant other or not, so don’t feel pressure to need a boyfriend/girlfriend to go to Winter Wonderland with – get a group of your closest pals, or take yourself out on a date and ENJOY! It’s your winter right.
It’s easy to get caught up with all the parties and festivities that occur around this season, but remember everything is best for you in moderation. As tempting as it may be (and trust me practice makes perfect), you don’t have to say yes to every party, or go to every function. Be more mindful about how you spend your time, surround yourself with those that you love and appreciate, and those who encourage you to be the best you possible… not just the drunkest! By all means have your fun but make it a goal to at least be able to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed.
It’s no secret that winter can really have our skin going crazy. From flaking, chapping and everything in between, the cold, dry air can have a negative effect on our skin. That’s why it’s super important to stay hydrated and moisturised! Winter is the best time to switch up your skin routine; you’ll want to switch from a foamy, deep cleansing acne treatment (which can leave pores tight and vulnerable to flaking) to a more gentle cleanser that promotes the production of healthy face oils, drink more water and avoid any products that contain alcohol. Also, just because it might be minus 3 doesn’t mean you should skip out the SPF – it’s important to protect yourself year round to ward against premature aging.
There’s no better music moment than being front-row at a live performance of your favourite artist. Live shows for me are a spirited experience that brings people together, all in the name of good music. There are so many apps out there that can introduce you to new music, and get you access to shows for a relatively low cost. Even if you missed your fave on tour, discover someone new and open your ears to a new sound – you may just be bumping to it in the new year.
Reflection is a big part of the last month of the year. Take some time to clock in on your feelings and what it is that you’re grateful for. For one, you’re seeing the end of this year which is not the case for many people. Think about how far you’ve come from the first month and acknowledge all your successes and failures. Be thankful for those that started the year with you and are now ending it with you also – those are the real ones. Be thankful for every time you did something out of your comfort zone this year – that’s growth, and trust me once you write it all down you’re gonna blow yourself away with just how much you’ve accomplished.
Planning and Preparation
Resolutions are not just reserved for the New Year. I dare you to (finally) go above the new year new me cliche by actually integrating at least one change from now. Whether that’s to drink more water, limiting your alcohol intake (scary thought for some during the holidays, but once you do it you’ll be thanking yourself) or adopting a plant etc. I was listening to @chrissiemilan’s podcast ‘The CEO Table Podcast’ (would highly recommend giving it a listen!) and she referred to December as the beta month. The time to trial out and get real about what kind of person you want to be in the next 12 months. It’s never going to be easy deciding what you want on a whim, so get intentional about what is going to add value to your life.