Breathe new life into a boring existence
January is the perfect time for everyone to clean up their act. It can be trying to quit smoking - which is really difficult - getting your fat donque on the treadmill and start shedding the calories you piled during the holidays, or traveling to countries not regularly featured on the travel and living show. Everyone has a habit or two they can lose, or a new habit they can start practicing - to which everyone can relate to, no matter your age, or gender.
It's been a habit of mine to start the year with resolutions. Last year, I wasn't very successful so I'm very determined this year to, more or less, keep my resolutions not only last till January, but until the end of 2008.
I don't eat that much fruit or vegetables, and although I think I'm healthy - no diseases or sickness last 2007 - I still think I need to get enough vitamins. At my age, if I don't want to go under the knife when I turn 25, I need vitamins to strengthen my cells - that in turn will show through my skin. On my list of vitamins to take are Vitamin C - for collagen production, and Vitamin E - for quicker healing of the skin and better hydration. GNC has Vitamin C with time release to pace the amount of Vitamin C released in your body, and a complete multivitamin with both Vitamin C and Vitamin E and other important vitamins.
For the women: when you start getting *** active or you reach the age of 18, it's a MUST to have a pap smear test. This helps detect the first signs of cervical cancer.
For men: prostate cancer exam, and std/hiv testing (if you have an active sex life).
For men and women: At home, you can do the stress test, the mouth test, a genital test, and a foot test (to check for athlete's foot). Schedule an Annual Physical Fitness Test while you're at it. Remember: your health is your responsibility.
I have clothes that will never ever fit me again. I can be a bit sentimental, but my sentimentality has got to fit just 1 medium sized box, and not my whole closet. Get rid of old clothes (give them to charity if they're still wearable), or make them into rugs you can use to wipe the stain off your kitchen counter. Jeans that are too tight can't be salvaged so give them up as well. Can't part with your old jeans? Keep them in your home gym or at the back of your door to remind you how thin you were back then and motivate you to lose the unnecessary pounds. Rule for throwing out/giving away clothes: if you can't imagine wearing a piece of clothing this year or you didn't wear it last year, then you won't be wearing it in the next few years - put it in the bag.
If it's not clothes keeping your closets full, and it's all papers and bills, throw out unnecessary bills, and bills that you won't be needing for any auditing purposes, etc. This year, go green and try to lessen paper print outs and keep most of your bills online.
My eyebags are the size of Mexico, and as dark as coal - I've been successfully hiding them with concealer which takes up a lot of time so I resolve to lessen the nights I'm out, and try to crash my bed earlier. A good 8 hours of sleep does wonders for the mind and body - faster cell regeneration, and a more alert, creative mind (this doesn't work for all - some tend to be more creative when living off 4 hours of sleep)
Not all people are endowed with the charm to talk to anyone they meet, me included. I admit there'd been times in my social life I was a wallflower. My excuse: I'm tired, I'm shy etc. Being sociable can be developed - with practice you can get better and better. Start a conversation - a nod, a smile, a small hello - the person beside you might just be as shy as you and is only waiting for you to make the first move. What have you got to lose? It sounds scary but if you start a conversation with a stranger every time you're out, you'd have added more confidence within yourself and a worthy network of friends.
An act where both parties benefit - you and the one you've helped. You can volunteer at a nearby adoption center and teach once a month, or save enough money to contribute at the end of the year. Donate clothes or furniture that you have no need for. A little act of kindness goes a long way.
Everyone seems so busy. Everything seems so fast these days - fast food, tivo, broadband internet - sometimes it pays to slow down and smell the roses. In your busy day, devote 5 minutes to reflect. Reflect on where you are in your life, what you are doing in your life, and what you can do to keep improving. There's always room for improvement and through these reflections, you can discover what works for you and what doesn't. It also gives you time to breathe out all those negative emotions you've incurred during the day, and prioritize what's important in your life.
It's never too late to start fresh and make resolutions. It doesn't matter if it's January or the middle of September - what's important is the effort you've put into writing down those resolutions. Writing them down is half the battle, and that half you've already won - the other half is sticking to those resolutions.
Tiana Tolentino likes to speak her mind, and blogging is just one of her outlets. Know more of what's on her mind at http://tynie.wordpress.com