As we head into the second week of April, here are a few liberating ideas that I hope will put a spring back in my step:
1. Cancel gym membership
Yep, that’s right. No more pinning photos of “fitspo” and trying to pretend that I am ok with interrupting a naked woman I’ve never met before and asking her to please excuse me so I try to jam my winter coat, boots, and gym bag into a tiny locker.
No more trying to shower without touching anything. Or trying to pull on pantyhose while balancing on one leg. No more sharing machines, and over-disinfecting everything.
All winter I did my best to become the type of person who enjoys the gym. I got a new gym bag. I packed up all my favourite beauty products to try to make my post-workout shower (in a cramped stall full of other people’s hair and suds) feel less like prison and more like a fun adventure (it didn’t work). Got new flipflops. Gave myself rewards (like Liquid Nutrition smoothies) everytime I worked out, and treated myself to a pedicure every once in a while to celebrate the fact that I avoided contracting both athletes foot and planters warts (shudder). I downloaded a fun running app, and planned my gym outfits so I could look cute. I did a personal training session. I tried new classes.
All to no avail.
Even Britney’s “Work B**ch” could not keep me from feeling like a hamster trapped in a wheel.
I hate the gym, and I am ok with that. Sorry gym. Its not me, its you. Really.
2. Exercise 3x week
It may seem counter intuitive to quit the gym and amp up exercise, but its SO. MUCH. EASIER. when the weather is nice. Yoga, running, walking, taking the stairs, getting off the metro a few stops earlier…you name it. Its all baby steps, but it all adds up.
3. Meditate every *&%*ing morning
I am trying to cultivate a state of mindfulness. I spent my entire Saturday at a meditation retreat, and, lets just say, it was a very restful day. I fell asleep during every single meditation except the ones where we actually had to move (ie. mindful yoga and walking mediation). Its frustrating and challenging, and sometimes I feel like yelling at the top of my lungs, but I’m told that perseverance is the key. We’ll see.
4. Make a budget and STICK TO IT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
This is one of my biggest challenges. I like things, and I like buying other people things (especially Paddington Bear™ for babyGap for all of my pregnant friends lately). I have to remember, gifts are nice, but so is buying a house…or retiring one day. Unfortunately, there are a lot of spring clothes hitting the shelves right now, and I would like nothing more than to get a closet-full of pastels in my hot little hands. This month, I am going to give myself a spending budget, and by golly, I am sticking to it. (*Disclaimer: previously paid for basics from Everlane exempted).
5. Start the day off on the right foot
– Wake up earlier than you need, and take a moment to be thankful for all of the positive things in your life
– Listen to great music
– TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
– Eat a delicious, healthy breakfast
– Catch up on the news
– Make a plan for the day. Set achievable goals.
– Add a bit of exercise into your morning routine. This can include simple stretching, yoga, an extended walk with your dog, taking the stairs in your building…anything.
6. STOP procrastinating. NOW.
Get a a grip. Just do it. Eat that Frog. Get ‘er done.
Procrastination is the thief of time, the assassin of opportunity. It makes easy things hard, and hard things hard. And many other assorted cliches. Either way, once you get past procrastination and get sh*t done, everything becomes so much easier.
7. Put more effort into your appearance
Looks aren’t everything. But they aren’t nothing either.
Like it or not, your outward appearance is often a reflection of how you feel about yourself on the inside.
I’ve had times when I felt really low, and at that point I slacked on the makeup, threw on my clothes, and just didn’t care much about how I looked.
And, when you do that, it shows.
When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good.
It doesn’t have to be a drastic closet overhaul or an expensive new wardrobe. A few simple, classic, well-planned basics is all you need to get a bit more “polish” to your look.
This means clothes, hair, and personal hygiene (I’m looking at you, chipped finger nails and overgrown eyebrows…)
Here is a little work chic inspiration:
Simple. Clean. Minimal. Easy-to-wear. Chic. Sophisticated. Classy. C’est tout.
Some tips on how to achieve a look that is classy, dewy, fresh and bright:
A few ideas on how do fix up second-day hair, or deal with a rainy/humid day:
That’s it for now, I think. What are your spring resolutions?