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Keeping Those Resolutions

Does it seem as if New Year’s Eve was so very long ago? Between decompressing from the holidays and (for many of us) shivering through snow and a deep freeze, it’s easy to forget we’re just three weeks into the new year—and, perhaps, into your New Year’s resolutions.

According to inc.com, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions but only about eight percent of us are successful in keeping them. Are you one of those who keeps resolutions, or by now, needs a reset? Whether it’s eating healthy, exercising more or learning a new skill, those resolutions show us that we have the desire to be a better person in 2019—but sometimes we need help keeping them.

An article on refinery29.com has some great tips on keeping those resolutions, beginning with the main question: Is this something you want to do for the rest of the year? If it is, then here are suggestions on becoming one of those eight percenters who keeps those resolutions, including posting about it on social media, so friends can support you, and letting yourself take breaks—don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep a resolution every day, every week.

Whether you are keeping your resolutions or want to start making resolutions today (it’s not too late!), it’s a great goal to look for ways to benefit yourself and, as a result, benefit your friends and family. Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New, New Year!

Here is inc.com’s list of 10 top resolutions for success and happiness this year and here are more tips on helping you keep your resolutions.

You Gotta Have Friends

How many friends do you have? Now, I don’t mean your “friends” on social media, but I mean, really good friends who are your mentors, your confidantes, your buddies. Chances are, that number is quite a bit smaller than your social network.

And that’s fine, because the number of close-knit friends we have usually can be counted on one or two hands. There’s a good chance you have girlfriends from elementary or high school, more from your college days, and even more through your professional life. I always think, if my car broke down, who would I call? THOSE are your close friends!

There is scientific support that shows the benefits of having female friendships throughout your life. An article on healthline.com quotes studies from Stanford University and UCLA that show in times of stress, women tend to connect with other female friends.

The isolation that we face because of our technology makes it even more important to connect with friends, according to Alisa Ruby Bash, PsyD, LMFT. “Even 10 years ago, people would go out to a coffee shop and actually talk to people. We have to make those friendships a top propriety. Schedule girls’ nights and lunches with friends!”

So many of you know the value of “girl power” through the Pure Romance training opportunities and our Success Strategy Weekends going on now. You use those weekends not just to learn from our team, but to share ideas, help other Consultants work through issues and give advice on what works for you.

I’ve always been so proud of how we truly are a “team” at Pure Romance. Lifelong friendships are made through the company as no one is alone in this process–we help each other reach your goals.  It really shows the benefits of having friends who will help you succeed and share in your success!

Want to read more about the benefits of girlfriends? Find the article here.

New Dawn, New Year, New YOU!

Happy 2019! The dawn of a new year brings so many new possibilities for all of us, both personally and professionally. While we may be ready to turn the calendar to a new page, new month, new year, there are ways that all of us can make this year our best ever. And a lot of it starts with how we approach this new beginning.

Our friends at letsmovellc.com have some great suggestions on how to get ready to hit the new year running by getting organized. That way, you can start on your 2019 plans without being bogged down by clutter.

First, they say, look at how being organized will make your life better, including less stress and more energy, being more productive and being able to spend more time doing things you love to do (because you won’t be spending so much time running around trying to find things!!). Here are a couple of their suggestions on how to get organized and get 2019 off on the right foot:

  • Create morning and evening routines. Having your first 90 minutes of the day organized sets the tone for the rest of the day. Remember the old saying: If you sleep late, the day controls you but if you’re up early, you control the day. If you havethe first hour and a half of your day running smoothly, there’s a good chance the rest of the day will fall into place as well.
  • Organize one area of your home each month. Break down each room into tasks, then don’t move to the next job until the first one is done. There’s no rush, but keep to the one-month deadline. You’ll be amazed how the work speeds up once you see the results!

The new year is also a great time to get your business organized. As a small business owner, you know how important it is to keep bookings, sales and inventory organized to set you up for success! Pure Romance offers a number of online tools to help you do just that, and we encourage you to take advantage of all those resources. Here are some other organizational suggestions, courtesy of the website The Balance Small Business:

  • Take control of your papers and documents. Don’t we all get bogged down by paper? Some is necessary, of course, for our business, but some just isn’t. Figure out what you need and what you can recycle, then decide how to organize, whether it’s by files or digital scanning.
  • Clean up your computer, and yes, that includes files and folders you keep onyour desktop. If you can’t recognize the image you have as your desktop screensaver, then maybe it’s time to clean up some of those old files!

You can read more about the “No Fail Plan to Getting Organized in 2019” at here and how to organize your small business at here. Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy and profitable New Year!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

I love this time of year! It is so much fun choosing presents for my friends and family (and maybe a couple for myself as well!) and seeing the joy on their faces when they open the gifts. I have some favorite items that I just love, and I want to share them with you as you finish your shopping. They’re sure to be a hit during this holiday season!

Foreo 2-piece Here & There Gift Set

The Foreo Luna Mini 2 and Luna Play make up an amazing facial cleansing system that leaves your skin feeling renewed and looking flawless. The Mini 2 has eight adjustable intensities while the Luna Play gives you a massage while you clean! The set is perfect for travel. 

Vera Bradley Iconic Four Piece Cosmetic Case Set (color: Romantic Paisley)

Who doesn’t love the cheerful designs of Vera Bradley? This cosmetic case set is perfect for your on-the-go needs. The clear exterior reveals three cosmetic cases inside, all in matching Vera Bradley prints so it’s easy to grab what you need. You’ll always be in style as you freshen up your mascara!

Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf Rulu

Lululemon makes casual chic, and this scarf is no exception. You can twist and turn it into several styles, and the Rulu fabric keeps you cozy no matter what the climate is.

 

Simplehuman Vanity Makeup Mirror

I don’t know about you, but I love using a vanity makeup mirror, especially one as sleek looking as this one from Simplehuman. It folds down flat and has a travel case if you want to take it with you, and the mirror lights up automatically to simulate natural sunlight. It is a must to keep your makeup looking fresh and natural!

Kate Landry Stadium Clear Envelope Crossbody Bag (color: gold)

I really like this bag because you can take it to a game and it meets stadium security requirements while still looking stylish. If you don’t want to wear it over your shoulder, you can take the chain off and use it as a clutch. Roomy enough for all your essentials and fashionable enough that your friends will be asking you, “

Where did you get that?” instead of watching the game!

 

Rose Quartz Skin Roller

If you’ve never used a face roller, you’ll use this one and wonder how

you ever got along without one. It’s a great way to wake up your skin in the morning, and relax your muscles at night. In between, it helps stimulate collagen, tightens pores and reduces puffiness and wrinkles. It’s a great addition to anyone’s beauty routine!

Fossil Devon Small Leather Crossbody

Fossil makes great leather goods, and this crossbody handbag is no exception. Big enough to carry what you need without being bulky, this bag also turns into a clutch by just removing the strap. Three compartments inside make for streamlined organization. 

Lululemon Principal Dancer Dance Bag (midnight maroon)

You don’t have to be a professional dancer to be stylish with this bag. Plenty of interior compartments makes it simple when organizing your belongings and the slouchy style is casual, practical and classy. It is HUGE, just right for carrying your workout clothes, water bottle and whatever else you need for the gym, or for a quick change into evening. 

Travelpro Walkabout Set

When you’re on the go, these two Travelpro Walkabout products add a stylish turn to your trip. The Travelpro 25’ Walkabout 4 (orchid purple) spinner suitcase is water resistant, expands and (what I love) has a full-length lid pocket that helps keep shirts and blouses wrinkle free. 

At the same time, the Travelpro Walkabout 4 under the seat bag has a USB port for charging your phone while you wait for your plane, plus padded protection for your laptop and other electronics. It’s a handy carryon.

Of course, the list of my favorite gifts wouldn’t be complete without some from Pure Romance! Here are some items I think you, your friends and your partner would love:

Venice In Bloom Linen Spray

Bring the glamour of the legendary city of water to your ho

me with In Bloom Linen Spray. Blending armfuls of fresh violets with tart Italian citrus, this captivating fragrance refreshes your linens, bedding, and more with a light, lush scent. It’s especially nice as a hostess gift!

Euforia sleepwear

Nothing says luxury like our entire Euforia line, and our sleepwear is especially comfy as well as stylish. Check out our Leto Cutout Tee, with a sexy plunging back and criss-cross straps. And now, you can add our new Leto Lounge Pants to match, featuring a relaxed fit and designed with a wide-banded waist and generous pockets for maximum comfort. I love this line!

Opening Act vibrator

The holidays wouldn’t be special without a new toy under the tree, and our Opening Act vibrator will make the holidays extra jolly this year! Opening Act is contoured for your pleasure with 30 spellbinding vibrations and pulsing patterns. With a USB rechargeable motor and bath-friendly design, it’ll make mistletoe look tame under the Christmas tree!

Well, that’s the list of my picks for the season—and make sure you check out my video as we demonstrate a few of these items.  They make great gifts and no one would blame you if you picked out a couple for yourself! Happy shopping and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Feeling Blue? Go Shop!

Here we are, in the middle of the holidays, and all we hear and see, it seems, are ads to get us to buy something—either for ourselves or our loved ones. It can be a hectic time, of course, as we make sure we get the right gifts for just the right people. But did you know that shopping actually can improve our mood?

An article on womenosophy.com lists eight examples of how shopping can lift your spirits, whether you’re shopping for yourself, or shopping for loved ones. Among the examples are:

  • It gives you a positive vibe as you interact with people in the stores. They’re going to be friendly (we hope) because they want the sale, and that friendliness rubs off on you.
  • Shopping helps you forget about your problems. Being out among the crowds can take your mind off things that are bothering you. And if you find a particular strappy dress shoe that you’ve always wanted on sale, your mind turns to what occasion you’re going to wear them!!
  • Chocolate can help your mood, too! Dark chocolate especially helps you beat the blues and reduce your stress. Don’t overdo it, but a little bit of dark chocolate can boost you out of those winter doldrums.

Another article in the Huffington Post quotes a University of Michigan study that showed that shopping can reduce sadness. “Sadness is strongly associated with a sense that situational forces control the outcomes in one’s life,” the study shows.

Whether you “shop til you drop” or shop on line, the sheer act of making decisions on purchases, whether they are for yourself or a loved one, can make you feel better. So when they talk about “retail therapy,” they’re not wrong! Happy shopping, everyone!

Read more the articles here and here.