Start the New Year Fresh

1 . Try something new with your appearance

I dont know about you, but Im inclined to stick with something when I know it works. And then keep doing it for a million years, well past its expiration date. These days that means wearing my hair down, NYX liquid eyeliner in Glam Golden, Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, Old Navy Rockstar jeans in ridiculous colors and a pair of weird black boots I found at an antique store on my birthday.

2 . Get rid of the clothes you dont love and dont wear

Now, you should know that getting rid of things? Its, like, my second favorite hobby. But cleaning out your closet and getting rid of the things that dont fit you, suit you or please you anymore its a great thing. I promise youll feel so much better once your closet is pared down to things that look great on you and bring a smile to your face. You can even make a few bucks off your old clothes at a consignment shop.

3 . Clean out your car

Goodbye empty Cheetos bags, two extra ice scrapers and orphaned mitten. Vacuum out the sand left over from this summer, splash out on the $8 automated car wash that includes a wax and switch to a new air freshener. I did this after I went through a bad break up and it was oddly cathartic. Well, that and getting rid of all his old mix cds that were still in the glove compartment.

4 . Organize your email photos online profiles

Do you have email folders? Dude, you need to. Even if those folders just consist of friends, work, misc. important and funny pictures of cats I promise you will feel so clean and smug when your inbox is not 254 emails deep with spam and emails about Christmas presents.Spend a bit of time organizing your various online haunts. Maybe weed out a few Facebook friends, adjust your privacy settings, delete your Vine account, print out your favorite Instagram photos. Again, youll feel all clean and smug, I promise.

5 . Change up your fitness routine

Im talking to you, self. Sure, 30 minutes on the stair climber listening to Beyonce is awesome and better than nothing but how about a ballet class? Or aqua aerobics? kettle balls? hot yoga? Youll work different muscles, meet new people and probably have heaps of fun wearing that awesome flowered swimming cap.

6 . Reevaluate the relationships in your life

This is something that I dont think we do enough. Are you happy with your partner? Are you headed in the same direction? When you look at them, do you think Howd I get the best one? Is everything pretty good, but a bit boring? Take stock of whats working and whats not. Think about ways that you can spice things up and reconnect. Have adventures. Try something new together. Have Big Important conversations.
And what about your friends? Do they inspire you and support you? Are they full of life and fun? Do you look up to them and respect them? We all know people that drain us and suck the joy out of any interaction. Maybe its time to let those friendships go? Im not suggesting some epic breakup conversation, but maybe limit yourself to hanging out with them in groups, or allow them to initiate plans for once.

7 . Clean out your cupboards and fridge

Not unlike your closet, you surely have things wallowing in the depths of your fridge and cupboards that are never going to see the light of day. Canned beets, anyone? Commit to eating them up, toss them or donate them to a food shelf. Give everything a good wipe down and then stock up on yummy, nutritious food that you love feta nutella mandarins.

8 . Update your resume

When you have a job, its easy to let your resume rot in the depths of your hard drive, but why not spend a few hours spicing it up? Update it with new skills youve learned at your current job, experiment with different fonts and layouts, make sure that all the dates, emails and phone numbers are current. You never know when youll need it.

9 . Clean out your bathroom cabinet

I wont bore you with those statistics about how makeups shelf life is supposedly three weeks or some such, but why not toss those old prescriptions, the frosted lipstick and that shampoo that makes your hair weird. Give everything a wipe down, wash out your makeup brushes and buy yourself a few new products youve been meaning to try.

10 . Change out your ringtone alarm screen saver

Yes. Download something new and fun. Why not wake up to sound of Josh Ritter or Rhye? Wade through the gillions of gorgeous photos on Unsplash and find something new for your screen saver.


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