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Happy New Year! May 2017 be the year you make your dearest dreams come true, or at least start paving the road that leads to them, as some dreams take more than 12 months of hard work.
New Year’s resolutions and wishes for the new year kind of go hand in hand. The one is as much as part of the holidays season and the festivities as is the other. I won’t be going into a discussion why resolutions fail or how to make them work as there’s enough information about it on the net and most likely in your inbox too. If you like doing resolutions, I think that’s cool, too. After all, isn’t resolution just a different word for a goal?
I personally prefer to reflect on what I have achieved and learned in the past year, where I am on my goals and then plan accordingly. As Tony Robbins says “If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real”.
The lessons in 2016 were many but the overall theme of them and probably the greatest skill I acquired was to filter out the outside world noise and expectations and to listen to my heart, gut, 6th sense, call it as you may. I know, I know, I’m reinventing the wheel here. This is one of those things we all “know”, we all give it as an advise, but it was only last year that the penny dropped and “listening to my heart” changed from intellectual knowledge to something I now feel in me. It was a tiny but very, very powerful shift.
One of the most recent examples is New Year’s Eve. For years now Sander and I choose to celebrate NYE at home, just the three of us and I absolutely love it. Yet every year when I talk about it and hear somebody saying that they would be going to a party, flying somewhere or whatever special thing they have planned, I always felt like I should be doing that too because well, that’s the proper way to celebrate NYE. This time that voice was silent. Why is going to a party or travelling somewhere the “proper” way of celebrating NYE? Because everyone does it?! I have had my share of NYE parties and I’ve never truly enjoyed the experience, not even a tiny bit as much as I enjoy NYE with my family at home. When talking to friends last Christmas some of them would remark jokingly that it was the age talking which of course made me think was that really it? I’m 33, I’ve grown a lot, I’m much more mature than my party-all-night-long days but I am in no way “old”. It’s OK some people would think I’m boring because I choose to stay at home on NYE. I know what I like, I know what brings me joy and I don’t feel guilty for not fitting in the “norm”. A decision which comes from my heart without the noise of the world’s expectations.
Filtering other people’s opinion and letting go of expectations so you can listen to your heart is valid full force in skincare and makeup, too. Open your makeup bag. How many lipsticks do you have in there you never touch and how did they end up there? You most likely were hesitant whether it was your color but the girl at the store told you it looked great on you. Or it was a brand everybody was raving about so you couldn’t stay behind the hype. How about the lipstick you just can’t stop wearing? You knew it right then and there that it was YOUR color. It was love at first sight and you didn’t need anyone to tell you that you could make the lipstick work. Or maybe you realized you’re not a lipstick girl at all?
Just like me and 27 kisses. I love everything about Nudus so when I first got the opportunity to try them, I was on cloud nine. One of their first colors I tried was 27 kisses. I was looking at the mirror, not impressed with how the lipstick looked on me but thinking that I could wear it on certain occasions because 1) it was such a popular color; 2) every single blogger who reviewed Nudus pronounced 27 kisses a universally flattering color. Well, the lipstick lied in my makeup bag for two months and I put it on twice, wiping it off every time. Axiology the Goodness, Nudus Precious or Nudus Survivor on the other hand? Hell yeah! Love, love, love!
Reflecting is important but having something to look forward to is exciting. I have big things planned for 2017, both for Reina Organics and myself personally. While it's still early to spill the details, I would love to hear from you.
In 2016 we welcomed quite a lot and absolutely amazing brands to the Reina Organics family – Vintner’s Daughter, Woodlot, Leahlani, Henne, Laurel WPO, Meow Meow Tweet, moss. We have even more new brands joining us this year, some of them very shortly. In the meantime just leave a comment below or send us an email with brands you would like to see at Reina Organics and suggestions on how we can improve your Reina Organics experience.
Let’s make 2017 unforgettable!
I am often asked about my morning skincare routine – products, recommendations and tips, etc. and although I will be writing about all these soon, there’s something else morning-wise which I believe is just as important as beauty routine, if not of even greater importance.
Because great days don't just happen, you make them.