Traditions & Resolutions

Thinking about getting a fresh start for 2018?  Read on for my guide to Traditions & Resolutions.  

Clear Your Space
Last year I noticed a lot of material things in my place that were no longer “me”.  Around the same time I discovered a documentary called Minimalism.  It’s not for everyone but it inspired me to take a close look at what I had in my space and reevaluate what I needed.  I made piles of things I wanted to donate or throw out and made a choice to live with less.  Living simply has so many benefits; less to keep track of, less to maintain and more importantly, more energy to focus on things that are actually important to you.  Our everyday lives can be complicated so having a place that is your own habitual sanctuary is a good way to enhance your quality of life. 

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Beacon Chic’s Space Clearing Tips:
1.)  Only keep things you use, need or love.
2.)  If you are unsure about something, put it in a corner and go about your life for a week (if you go back to grab it, it’s something you may want to keep but if you don’t touch it, you can probably let it go).
3.)  Feel good about donating.  You are doing a positive thing.  Know that someone in the world may need it more than you. 

I'd definitely recommend checking out Minimalism or L'art de la Simplicité to help with this part.

Put Your Favorites on Repeat
[Traditions]

When your space is clear, you have a canvas for a clear mindset.  A simplified living situation enabled me to develop new traditions that were more true to the person I had become.  One realization I had is that traditions don’t have to be for other people, they can be little rituals you do for yourself.  The key to finding your perfect collection of traditions is trying new things and seeing what you like.  Traditions should be sentimental but they are not obligations, if they no longer suit you, adjust accordingly.  

Some of my favorite traditions:
1.)  French manicures at my favorite salon.
2.)  Home workouts on weekend mornings.
3.)  Cake for breakfast on my birthday (preferably in bed).

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Keep Getting Better At It
[Resolutions]
Think of what you’ve accomplished in the past year, what you want to accomplish in the coming year, and create action items that merge the two.  The most effective resolutions are ones that are aspirational but attainable.  When I think back on 2017, I think of times when I said no to going places or doing things because I needed a break.  Similar to clearing my space, but more about simplifying my lifestyle.  What I’m looking forward to in 2018 is combining simplicity, tradition and some fun new adventures in the mix.  

My New Year’s Resolution for this year:
L i v e   M o r e  !

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Overall, I want to say yes to new experiences and broaden my skillsets.  
A few ideas I have are things like go skiing, take a boxing class, and start a YouTube channel.  
Others are directional like capturing great photos around New England, getting more fit and planning a few trips.  I’m looking forward to showing my experiences of living more here on beacon chic and I hope you enjoy following along.  What are you looking forward to accomplishing this year?  

About the Photos:  A little bit of the post is inspired by my Christmas Tree this year.  I took out my lights and ornaments and for some reason, the ornaments felt tired and too reminiscent of old traditions.  Instead of using them anyway or rushing out to get new ornaments for the sake of getting ornaments - I decorated with a simple strand of lights and a gold star at the top.  It was actually one of my favorite trees I've had.  Next year, I'll make a point to wrap up the ornaments and donate them to a family in need so that they can bring joy to someone else.  

Big thank you to Riverway Studios for her help with the photos.  If reading this post inspired you to clear your space and you want beautiful artwork for your wall check out her shop!