Now that we have survived the first week of 2019, if you’re craving for some creative ways to stay motivated and keep your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve come to the right place. While listing all of the things you want to achieve seems easy, and maybe even a little bit liberating, having them loom over you can have the inverse effect. The more unattainable your goals seem, the more your motivation tanks and here we are. So, if you’re waiting for inspiration to strike, we’ve got a couple of ideas to help get you started.
MAKE A VISION BOARD
Katy Perry, Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah. . . What do they have in common? Vision boards. They’ve all taken to pen, paper, and craft scissors to visualize their goals and aspirations, and look at them now – highly successful, goals in the bag. This is one of our favs at Intoxicating Beauty! We work on our vision boards twice a year! (Every January, to ring in the New Year, and July to update.) The racket behind vision or dream boards is rooted in visualizing your aspirations. Instead of vague sentences on a list, your goals become illustrated, tangible visions that are easier to imagine and therefore easier to actualize. It starts with setting your intentions, zeroing in on what you want, what brings you happiness, and what your life will be like once all is said and done. What will that look like? Visualize it, create it, and look at it often.
Motivated or not, journaling is a great way to maintain your overall sanity. But, it does also really help with motivation. Don’t feel obligated to write in it every single day. However, try to make it as regular as you can. Document your thoughts, work through your dilemmas, or recount the happenings of your day if it makes you happy. The point is that writing things down will help you track your progress and make sense of the speed bumps that may happen along the way. Journals are also a great place to dump all of your senseless word vomit, stressors, and anxieties, which will help keep your mind clear, keep you focused on what really matters and help reduce those pesky skin issues, such as eczema, rosacea and acne that can be triggered by stress.
You see it in movies all the time. The protagonist looking in the mirror, telling herself things she may not 100% believe to be true but saying them all the same. As uncomfortable as it may be to watch, positive affirmations make sense, even if they don’t at the start. Whether you’re aspiring towards self-love, financial success, wellness, or a career move, telling yourself that you’re capable is always a great start. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. Love Yourself and Celebrate You. ™ Cheers to staying motivated and designing your life!