NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION HOOK UP!
By: Krysteen Lomanaco ~
Join us Jan. 9th for our New Year’s Resolution Event. Put your plan into action by letting us create a henna that supports your resolution. This is a huge mental push to making it a reality!
One of my favorite things we do every year is help you be successful with your New Year’s Resolution. I’ve been working this program for years and end up feeling so good about the positive change I’ve brought into my life. I hope you will all take the time to join me by following these simple steps. Many people who have done this, rave about how easy and successful it was for them.
Last year I decided to eat more salad, not for health reasons, though that was certainly an added benefit but because I love them so much. I don’t eat them as much as I’d like because they take so long to make, salad ingredients often spoils before I get to them and good salad ingredients like feta cheese, candied walnuts and organic greens are expensive.
Here’s how I did it:
Pick something that you really want to change. Be sure this is something you truly want to incorporate into your life and not something you just wish you wanted to do. Losing weight and quit smoking are the most failed resolutions because most of us wish we’d lose some pounds and kick bad habits but aren’t ready to make the changes. So think about your willingness. Are you excited about the thing you’ve chosen? Or are you dreading it?
Make a list of why you want this change in your life? List the benefits and your motivations. Then list any stumbling blocks you might run into, things like, “I really don’t have the time, I’ve been very lazy about this in the past, it cost too much money…”
Create the plan. Think of a few things you can do to get rolling. Buy the needed equipment, educate yourself, find the help you need, so you can actually to it. This is what I mean, for the salad issue, I bought a salad spinner, lettuce knife and vegetable bags that keep produce fresher longer. I even got a salad book to inspire me. Next, look at the list of stumbling blocks you came up with and figure out a way around them. Mine was, “I don’t like to take the time to make them,” and “The good salad ingredients cost too much.” I decided to change the way I think about these two stumbling blocks. Time at dinner belongs to me and I can spend it any way I want. I can prepare salad stuff in advance to save time, like washing and cutting veggies, cooking bacon, hard boiling eggs, mixing my own dressings. I also decided that I deserved the good salad fixings even if they did cost more. The fancy, yummy stuff is why I like salads in the first place and without them, I wasn’t interested in eating them.
Tell people about your new resolution. Yes, tell your friends and family you intend to work on this issue. You’ll get encouragement, feedback and your desire to stay focused won’t wane as easily when you know others are there to help you.
Lastly, create a mental push. I like to create a henna design that I wear for the first few weeks that will help remind me of the exciting new aspect of my life. When I see it I start thinking about the steps and benefits of my resolution. Thinking about it often is what makes it a reality in your life. Another helpful mental push might be a photograph on the refrigerator or dashboard of your car. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
If you’ve decided to start the new year with a positive change, let me know if you need help working the steps. I’m pretty good at dispelling blocks or creating helpful mental images.