February is the real new start; the January blues are over, and it’s time to really start the year. So, here are five things we should do this month.
01. Set 2016 goals
Let’s face it; January is the practice month – regretting all the festive food, going back to work and school, and perhaps experiencing the January blues – In January we need to just ‘be’. For me, February is the real start. I like to set my goals on the first day of the month. I always feel if we set (sometimes unrealistic) goals / ‘new years resolution’s’ at the start of the year they fail – besides, we need to catch up on sleep since we stayed up ’til midnight (very much past my bed time!). Even if you’ve already set some goals or made some resolutions – it’s great to make more – even monthly if you want to; I always think it’s a great way to achieve things and tick them off when you’ve completed those challenges, or feel better about yourself if you’re getting there one step at a time. If you’ve failed at your NYR’s, this may be the perfect start and way to note down more achievable goals.
February is the month of Valentines; and whether or not you’re engaged or ordering Chinese food for one, share the love this month (and all months please; we don’t just have to celebrate love on the 14th of Feb!) Love yourself, your friends, your family, your colleagues, your pets; everyone deserves to feel loved. Each day, share a compliment with yourself; think about something you love about yourself – it doesn’t have to be appearance based as I know many find that difficult – but personality traits you love, things you’ve inherited from your family that you love, anything and everything about you should be loved and celebrated. I can’t stress the importance of random acts of kindness; kindness to strangers, a smile, a compliment – it can really brighten their day. I love complimenting people on the tube if I’m in London or just smiling or sharing a giggle at something around us. I know if a stranger says something nice to me it really makes a difference. Tell your family you love them, tell you friends you love them; tell them the things you appreciate about them, the things you love about them, and how they make you feel loved. Wow, thats a lot of love. I for one will be spending the Sunday with my pug watching PLL (and of course thinking about how lucky and loved I am, as are you all)
03. Refresh, de-clutter and clear out
These apply to my mind, my house, my makeup collection; all of the things! I did have a bit of a de-clutter and clear out at the very beginning of January; but if I still haven’t touched the product or worn the dress – it’s gotta go – it’s been a month! Something that makes me feel more tidy-minded is when my surroundings are tidy. My office especially; if I have writing or editing to do I 100% need a tidy desk. My work space is personal yet minimal and that works best for me – just like my bedroom is for sleep and chill-time only; if that room gets cluttered, my sleeping pattern is affected and my mind wanders! I do like a good tidy; I go round the house every evening with a bag to get rid of rubbish, and while some may find that excessive, I get so many packages, have many bottles of water and things just generally get a bit messy – especially if it’s a filming day! Don’t worry – I recycle! On top of that; every Friday afternoon is my house cleaning time – I hoover, scrub surfaces, sweep, dust, polish and freshen up – I really recommend setting a specific time to get house work done!
04. Say no; it’s okay!
Lately I’ve been saying yes to absolutely everything; I’m a people pleaser! – But, I need to say no more and be realistic about the amount of plans I make, work I take on and events I go to. I absolutely love keeping busy, but doing things until you burn out is just not the way to go – especially if I’m doing it simply to please others. Saying no is okay – and I need to keep that in mind!
Need I say more? We have a day dedicated to pancakes this month – win!
What would you like to do this month?