At SkinOwl we try not to throw around the world “Resolutions” after the new year. To us, the idea of a resolution makes us feel like we need “to be a better person” because the person we are now isn’t good enough. Resolutions naturally set you up for failure because resolving to “lose weight” or “find a new job” starting January 1st, is nearly impossible. Life changes take time and forgiveness is crucial when you accept that we won’t ever be perfect. Instead of resolutions, we’re making a New Year’s promise – to practice self-love alongside self care.
In a nutshell, losing weight or quitting smoking have good intentions behind them but they’re shaming. This is the year of forgiveness! Give love to your body by eating healthier and moving more when you can, or give love to your soul by spending more time with your friends, or doing whatever makes you happiest. Order the salad for lunch because you want to fuel your body with healthy foods but don’t hate yourself when you want to have some wine and chocolate while watching the Bachelor (it’s the ideal Monday night if you ask me…). Making drastic life changes can be fun, but it can also be hard to commit to – for example, waking up at 5 am to workout before work or juicing daily might seem easy, but not if you have children who need you when you’re on the way to the gym. It’s not to say that making positive life changes is bad but it’s only human to slip up and giving yourself the leniency of moderation is much healthier and won’t make you think negatively about yourself.
This year, we want to make resolutions that are less about seeing your current self negatively and more about incorporating enriching and fulfilling activities in your life like more time with friends or taking your dog on more walks. Here are Team SkinOwl’s individual Self Care promises for 2017:
Annie: ” I want to master the art of spending time alone, being a business owner means that I am usually around a lot of people. I strive to have as strong of a relationship with myself as I do with the people I love.”
Erika: “I wants to spend more time in nature, taking one day a week to enjoy the environment she lives in and appreciate her surroundings. The exercise is a plus but it’s not the goal.”
Sadie: “I want to go on more adventures, set aside time for travel and say yes to exploring LA and doing things that are out of my comfort zone.”
Lauren: “I want to get my hair blown out before work at least twice a month! I just did it and it set the tone for my entire day and made me feel relaxed before a crazy day!”
Therese: “I want to do more of what connects me to my soul and this universe. I want to focus on my consciousness expanding and making more art.”
Rachel: “I want to spend more time with beloved friends and travel more!”
Kate: “I want to take more healthy risks, grow out my business, practice yoga regularly, and
also explore more events around LA!”
Monkey: “I want to eat more treats this year and finally catch the squirrel that vandalizes my mom’s porch chair!”
Let us know what your self care goals are for this year!