• New Year, New Things, and New Goals

    #GoalsOnGoals

    Hi, LoDown fam! What are some of your goals for the new year? I decided to do a little shopping to motivate myself to stick to my goals. Hey, no judging! I swear it works for me!

    Curious about my methods, my goals, and how I plan to see them through? Well then, keep reading!

    1. Don’t stop being creative!

    If you know me, you know that I love all things artsy fartsy. Muji is one of my favorite stationery stores in New York City. A Japanese retail company, it sells stationery, clothing, travel items, household goods, and snacks. I like to think of it as the one-stop shop for everything imaginable! Their stationery section is obviously to die for. If you’ve never been, go now. You won’t regret it! And if you do go, coffee’s on me!

    This year, I decided to start writing down ideas, thoughts, and quotes that strike me. I’m also keeping up with illustrations, lettering, and other random activities to nurture my creative side.

    2. Capture moments!

    Meet the Polaroid Snap Touch and the Polaroid Zip, two new goodies I added to my camera collection. The Polaroid Snap Touch is similar to the usual Polaroid camera but you can decorate your photo with different frames before printing (if you want to), or you can chose not to print the photo if you don’t like the picture all that much.

    The Polaroid Snap, on the other hand, is a mini photo printer that prints out any photo of your choice— even the ones that have been in your Camera Roll for ages. I like how slim these babies are. They actually fit in my bag. These nifty gadgets will definitely help me capture more moments this year. The best part? They’re stickers!!!

    3. Drink more water!

    I’m the worst when it comes to drinking the right amount of water. Truth be told, I’ve had days where I’ve completely spaced on drinking any H2O. Well, not this year! I’m proud to say that I’ve been drinking way more water than ever before, thanks to my CamelBak companions! I’m especially loving the Chute Vacuum Insulated bottle because it keeps my liquids cold. I know, it’s winter, but the only way I will drink water is if it’s super duper cold. Totally recommend!

    4. Keep warm!

    Yes, I have a bad habit of not wearing enough clothes, especially in the winter. My boyfriend (who knows my habit all too well) purchased a Uniqlo coat for me last month, so I decided to get some winter gear to go along with it. A 100% wool scarf and cute water-resistant boots are must-haves to conquer the cold days of New York City. Both of these products are from Sorel, a footwear brand that has what you need to walk in the rain or snow. Pictured here are the Women’s Joan Infinity Scarf and the Women’s Lolla Boots!

    4. Sleep well!

    After suffering from constant lower back pains for the past few months, I decided to finally time gift myself a new mattress. It’s been a decade—I know, gross! I’ve been holding off because mattresses are not the cheapest things on the planet and most places charge a hefty amount (to the point where I’d rather continue suffering with my lower back pain) for one. Recently, however, a good friend recommended Tuft & Needle. I decided to give their mattress a whirl and my body is truly in wonderland. T&N has affordable prices for mattresses, and I couldn’t be more grateful. My favorite part? The mattresses are deflated and come rolled up in a long vertical box. I loved the inflating process! All you have to do it cut the plastic and bam!

    Now if I could only find leggings that can heat up… 

  • 3 Ways to Keep Your Resolutions All Year Long

    It’s official…

    Holiday parties have come and gone, the days of procrastination with them. Endless hours of watching old Christmas films and eating “just one more cookie” are, unfortunately, activities of the much-desired past. If your social media feed is anything similar to mine, you would have noticed an influx of posts by friends and influencers reflecting on their #bestof2016 moments and setting both goals and resolutions for 2017!

    There is something undeniably exciting about the fresh start to a new year. I, for example, like to shelve my mishaps from the year before and move forward with a clean slate. While good intentions and fancy calendars will help you maintain both goals and resolutions, I know from experience that a long to-do list will making the actual maintaining extremely challenging. If anything, a lengthy list of must-achieves will result in a difficult let down when everything on the list is not successfully checked off.

    Regardless where you hope this year will take you—getting around to using that gym pass or traveling more in your free time—there will always be obstacles that make achieving your dreams challenging. Below are 3 simple ways to help you keep your resolutions all year long. Yes, ALL YEAR LONG!

    Remember, you can do it!

    Realistic Goal Setting

    I get it. You just finished the first week of January and you’re still excited. Hell, you’re energized! Even though I’m all about shooting for the stars, I think it’s crucial to remain realistic when setting goals. When I make my goals, I make sure they fit the SMART criteria. The “smarter” your goals, the more likely you’ll achieve them.

    Specific: A specific goal has much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. For example: “I want to work on my physical health” is less specific than “I want to start doing yoga weekly to improve my physical health.”

    Measurable: Is the goal measurable? Keeping track of your progress gives an incentive to keep going and working towards the goal.

    Action Oriented: Can your goal be described as a verb? Outlining the exact steps needed to accomplish your goal will set you up for success from the beginning.

    Realistic: Can the goal actually be obtained?

    Timely: Can your goal be accomplished by a set date? When you have a set time period in mind you will be more likely to be focused throughout the process.

    Progress > Perfection

    There is nothing worse than falling off the band wagon three weeks in and resorting back to your old ways. When this happens, you need to cut yourself some slack.

    Strive for progress over perfection.

    When working towards any goal, there will always be setbacks. It is how you deal with those setbacks that will predict your success.  Even if you miss a couple spin classes or inhale too many slices of pizza, you should not give up! Pick yourself up and be resilient. Remember, it is about baby steps. Sometimes it takes going a step backwards to go two steps forward!

    Reward, Reward, Reward

    Another great way to help keep your resolutions all year long is to form a buddy system. Whether you periodically check in with your friend or a celebrate with mani and pedi every time you regularly exercise, it is important to celebrate and acknowledge all the milestones you reach on your journey!

    Whatever you may have in mind for 2017, it is important to remember that all good things take time and effort. With perseverance, your goals can be achieved! Happy New Year and best of luck in 2017!

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