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As 2017 fades into the rearview mirror, I once again find myself staring at a proverbial blank slate—OK, a Google doc—with that recurring, possibly life-changing question: “What do I hope to accomplish in this new year?” Of course, I want to workout more. Eat less sugar. Be more patient (I’m a Leo, so that can be hard). But what about trying something totally new? What about the little things?
Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole resolution idea.
This year, I’ve established six “resolutions” based on continual positive empowerment and self-improvement. Goals that bring me back to basics. Actionable items that challenge my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Things that encourage me to try—and stick—to something new. Hopefully, my list (and tips) will inspire you to reevaluate your goals and achieve new ones. Are you ready to join me?
A thank you text is great. But in 2018, I am breaking out the pens, paper, and getting back to snail mail. The power of gratitude is proven to be good for the soul—and it’s almost guaranteed a thank you note will make someone's day. If Jimmy Fallon can do it, so can I.
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead and buy a pack (or two) of colorful thank you cards. Keep blank cards + stamps at home and work so you can write one quickly when the time is right.
It's time to put my mind where (hopefully) my muscles are as I get ready to focus on flying high. Aerial silks and hoops, anyone? Not only can I work my way up into the air with this great full-body workout, it also makes for some pretty awesome Insta-worthy images.
My Tips to Succeed: Make it your new happy hour! Recruit friends who will commit to trying aerial, so you can hold each other accountable. Use the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android to discover aerial studios and book classes in your area.
Do you find yourself snuggled into bed scrolling through social media and answering emails? I do. Way too much. And I wonder why I can’t sleep well. It’s time for me break the bedtime cell phone addiction. Ignoring my cell is not always easy, but I’m committing to unplugging at least one hour before bed.
My Tips to Succeed: There are many ways to fall asleep faster, but one of the most important has to do with putting down the phone. Don’t get under the covers until you are ready to commit to shut-eye (and that means not answering work messages). Also, if you charge your phone in your bedroom, plug it in out of arm's reach.
This fermented gut-healthy drink continues to be all the rage, and with kombucha becoming even more popular and craftier in 2018, my ‘booch’ budget is going to make me broke. With many easy-to-follow tutorials on the internet, I am prepared to become a kombucha brewer (warning, there might be some trial and error stories to follow!).
My Tips to Succeed: Save your glass bottles from your previous kombucha purchases and use them for your homemade concoctions. Also, experiment with different flavors and recipes—I’m currently all about the tropical taste of pineapple during these chilly winter months.
Yogis unite! This year I will l use my musical festival funds and put them towards a weekend of Zen—by myself. No social media. No texting. No distractions. I want to detach and be inspired by the energy of those around me. Plus, festivals like Wanderlust and Camp Yoga take place in numerous locations so one might be just a short drive or flight away! Organizers make you feel super welcome, no matter if you’re a newbie to the mat (like me!) or a seasoned vet.
My Tips to Succeed: Book sooner than later! Sometimes there are ticket price breaks for early booking. If your finances allow, travel to a festival location far from home and spend an extra day before or after the festival exploring the area—that's my plan!
If you’re like me, I tend to use my time off at work to go-go-go on vacation. In 2018, I’m saving some time for a “mental health day.” More and more employers are encouraging employees to take mental health days, and I think it’s a great idea. Find time to unplug—and get some fresh air!
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead when it comes to your workload so you can ensure your mental health day is all about YOU. And if you’re comfortable, let your coworkers know your intentions. Make sure you are taking your mental health day for the right reasons, though (not because you stayed out too late last night).
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!