One of the editors at EASY Magazine, a popular weekly publication in Barbados, asked me to share my New Year’s resolutions with their readers.
I’m not the resolutions type, so in their first issue for 2015, I wrote about goals I see coming to pass during the next 12 months and shared a few perspectives that were on my mind as a new year opened…
- A pretty face isn’t everything
- Quit complaining
- Don’t say “yes” when you mean “no”
- Treat your body right
- Do more of what makes you happy
I’m thrilled to share the transcript of the feature with you. I’m even more excited to hear about your 2015 goals (or resolutions). Feel free to drop a line in the comments section. You never know who you might inspire and motivate to be better and do better during the months ahead.
Originally published in EASY Magazine – January 4, 2015 issue
I believe that making a decision to do better and be better isn’t a once-a-year activity. Whenever I make myself a promise to improve, it’s a deliberate, “anytime” act, typically spurred by a challenge, an opportunity, or an I’ve-had-enough experience.
Right now, I’ve got a few goals, which came out of lessons and “aha” moments during 2014 that I am hopeful I will achieve in 2015.
As a woman, I’ve developed a routine for looking great: hair salon visits, manicures, pedicures, makeup in the morning, and so on. My goal is to be just as disciplined about beautifying my spirit—to commit to a daily routine, regardless of what’s happening around me, that makes me look better and feel better on the inside.
In 2014, I learned a lot about practicing gratitude and it helped me find peace in some of the most challenging situations. I plan to make 2015 even more of a no-complaining zone and to be deliberately thankful, especially during testing times.
When you’re a helpful person who wants to see everyone around you thriving and doing well, it’s hard saying “no” sometimes. High on my priority list is mastering the art of gracefully but firmly saying “no,” especially to requests that contradict my goals and vision for my life. People might think it’s that you’re being selfish, mean or lazy but sometimes saying “no” is about deciding to manage your time, resources, and even your heart more carefully.
Fitness and Health
I made a start in 2014, but I want to pay even more attention to how I treat my body during the coming year. I’ve made some small changes—fresh juices instead of soft drinks, fruit instead of pastries and carving out 30 minutes for exercise each day. Already, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my energy level, how I feel and how I look. Here’s to more of that in 2015!
At the risk of sounding incredibly clichéd, my overarching goal is to do more of what makes me happy. There are so many things I enjoy doing that I neglected during the past months—writing, singing, taking in a good musical performance, browsing fashion magazines and sites for inspiration, and spending unhurried, quality time with family and friends. I want much more of that in the months and years to come, and I’m going to work on it.
Makeup: Beauty by Brandie