Have you sidelined the New Year’s resolutions?
With 2017 well underway there is a chance that some of your good intentions for the year might have been shimmied aside to fit your daily life in. If this is the case don’t go feeling too bad you are in good company. According to Statistic Brain 72.6% of people make it through the first week, and by the six month mark your more likely to have dropped your resolution than have kept it. With the statistical likelihood of you failing to keep your eco-resolutions more likely than success by mid year I thought it might be fun to give seven simple and stylish tips to help you keep on track. No resolutions? Then there will be no failures for you and you can choose to adopt some of these suggestions if you like for added eco-kudos in 2017.
Exploring your neighbourhood and getting outside to exercise has more benefits than better Instragam pics (however that’s a HUGE plus… gym selfies are boring). Science says that those who spend even a short amount of time in nature are naturally restored by this screen-and-artifical-lighting free down time. When you exercise outside you create a closer connection to the environment around you, get a dose of vitamin D from the sun (but please wear protection and go morning or evening to avoid UV extremes… skin cancer is crap), and meet fellow locals in a place where you have something more to discuss than protein shakes. While I’m a serious gym-lover (I’ve been at the same one for seven years this year) there is nothing better than getting out to natures gym. It requires no fossil fuel energy to power and keeps you looking active, healthy and happy while fuelling your inner wanderlust fire (and mountain-climbing-toned-bums look great in jeans).
All stylish people carry a reusable sack (Santa included).
So you have grown accustomed to bringing your own bag along to the shops. Now’s the time to add a sack to your reusable arsenal. Carrying a cloth produce bag can be super helpful! Not only can you add produce to it, you can also use it to differentiate shopping purchases from the rest of your canvas bag haul (like when you buy a new pair of underpants and don’t want to go flinging them across the room in front of your housemates when you pull all the goodies out of your shopping bag at home). You can store books in it when you don’t want to have them crushed or damaged in your bag. It also works well as a reminder for things you have to file when you get home. Rather than throw receipts, business cards, bills, letter or hand written notes in the bottom of your bag, you can chuck them in your reusable cloth bag and take them out for ease of filling when you get home. The joy of a small cloth bag is that it’s uses and potential are only limited by your imagination!
Repair your damaged clothing.
Yeah this is slightly boring and something we all put off but it had to be said. Like many of you I like to put things into a ‘repair pile’ that sits next to my couch for months on end untouched. Make a commitment to yourself right now that you will sew that button back on and repair the underarm of your favourite shirt. Do it today! The reward is having your favourite items back in action and money in your pocket and time in your diary because you won’t have to buy a replacement.
If you wear underwear (hey… some people don’t) get out there and get fitted. So few people understand the importance of having the right foundation garments. Having spent a great deal of my fashion career in lingerie sales, management, as lingerie buyer for a department store, and fitting expert, I can vouch for the fact that professional underwear advice can be life changing for some and pretty handy for the rest of us. I had many women burst into tears in my fitting cubical feeling properly supported for the first time in their lives (some even wrote me cards months later which was heartwarming). It’s a magical thing to have the right foundation and it can change the way your feel about your body and the way your whole closet looks on you! The eco benefits? No need to shop for new clothing and an instant mood boost. Even if it’s finding a pair of comfortable boxers or briefs (balls need support too) go get some advice today
While we can spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on cosmetic treatments and operations (and some have fabulous outcomes) there is no way that one can pay to have the glow that being a kind person can bring. Author Roald Dahl put it best in the following book excerpt:
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Being kind to yourself and others shows in every line on your face and the general feeling you emit as you pass by. We humans are intuitive sorts and can sense when someone is having a terrible time- either with their thoughts or their day. So why not work on brining kindness to yourself and the World around you? At the least you might make someone else’s day with your smile or kind word. At the most you may well revolutionise the way you think to be more positive and to draw more love, kindness, and abundance to your life. Either way you might just end up being a person with a face that shines sunbeams by years end and that can’t be a bad thing can it?
Wear something that makes you happy.
Social media, fashion trends, street style, and all the other associated fashion media can really get into your head. It’s designed to do so. The media has magical ways of infiltrating your life that you might not even be aware of. They do so in order to make you feel inadequate or out of date, which should hopefully have you out there buying something new. While there is nothing wrong with having a shop from time to time (especially if you are a conscious shopper) you want to make sure that you are in the driving seat, not some weird subliminal message that got put there by an ad that came through your free Spotify streaming (those things are mind ninjas). Commit yourself to wearing something from your closet that makes you 100% happy. It doesn’t matter what it is or how on trend it is, if you love it and feel happy in it you will be that sunbeam person while wearing it. Try to distill the essence of this item to work out what exactly makes you so happy to wear it. Infuse every other outfit or future purchase with happy essence and watch yourself shine all year long.
Pick up after others.
Litter sucks. It really does. Why not commit yourself to picking up at least three bits of litter a day? All stylish people know that picking up litter is sexy! It also prevents it washing away into our ocean, creating plastic oceanic soup and confusing turtles by looking like jellyfish. If you get weird looks from people while collecting litter smile at them. More often than not picking up litter makes other people feel guilty or leaves them fascinated, their weird looks are them working through their own thoughts, not a judgement of you. In personal trials (i.e. me picking up other peoples rubbish) around 60% of the time picking up litter on the street will result in a compliment or words of affirmation from a passer by, and about 20% of the time they will want to talk about rubbish with you. There is no denying that being told that you are awesome will instantly make you feel better, hold your head higher, and glow with pride. So go ahead and selfishly do your bit for the planet- because we all know that people crave compliments and affirmations (that’s why the selfie exists).
It looks like 2017 is all about radiating sunbeams for your feel-good planet saving acts of awesomeness. What tips would you add to this list? Share them and anything else you might like to add below.