June122017

Why Teamwork is Important

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Being able to perform at your highest ability both individually and in a team is essential to success. When you work as a team you create a positive environment and enhance your happiness in the workplace. You also maximise your ability to get fast, effective results. Ultimately, teamwork brings people together – people from different backgrounds, with different skills and different interests. Embracing your colleagues and learning to work with them cohesively will benefit both your business and your overall happiness.

A happy workplace

Getting along with your coworkers will noticeably increase your happiness at work. Think about it – working with someone you’re able to hold a decent conversation and share a laugh with is going to be more enjoyable than working with someone who you can barely talk to. When you work in a team, you foster an environment of loyalty, unity and companionship. Teamwork promotes equality and camaraderie, and encourages communication. This creates a more empowered way of working, where your whole team is inspired and focused. When you have strong morale, reaults will follow.

An effective workplace

Everyone has different strengths, so it makes sense that working in a team generates success – imagine all those strengths combined! By harnessing multiple skills, teamwork makes for a more efficient result. Working in a team tends to mitigate power structures and hierarchies, which encourages respect among employees and replaces any potential for competition with support and cooperation. Teamwork also makes room for new perspectives on problem solving, and new ideas for growing success. Additionally, it provides more opportunities for learning, as colleagues learn new techniques from each other and through the team function. Finally, teamwork shows clients and customers that your team is well-oiled, encouraging and enjoys its work. And who doesn’t want to support a business that actually loves what it does?

How to make your team function

In order for teamwork to really ‘work’, a few processes need to be followed. You can’t simply put a group of people together and tell them to get going. It’s important to initially establish your team’s direction and vision. What are your team’s goals? What does it need to achieve? Next, you should set roles within your team. Who is the leader? Who are the strategisers? Once people know their position within the team, they will be clearer going forward able to work more efficiently. Then it’s all about staying on track, making sure everyone is happy and checking that the group is functioning well. To uphold team spirit and equality, why not have a team meeting at the start of the week? This creates an inclusive environment and ensures that everyone is one the same page. It’s also a good idea to have regular team performance assessments to see where you can improve things. From there, you can continue to grow your team, your business and your success.

 

 

May312017

Finding your Dream Career

We all want to have a career that’s perfect for us, right? A career that motivates and drives, and doesn’t make you dread getting up in the morning. A career where you can use your unique skill set and feel valued. That’s the dream! Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons many people settle into a career that isn’t their first choice. There are a lot of factors that weigh into this, including financial success, job security and lifestyle choices. However, fighting for your dream career is worth it.

Do you feel dissatisfied in your job? Do you think you could do more and be more? Do you want to change your life for the better?

It’s time to get inspired and build your dream career. So – how do you begin?

 

What are your interests?

A great place to start is to consider your interests. It makes sense that a career based on what you do in your free time is going to be a career you love. What are your hobbies? Do you play a sport or instrument, or enjoy reading or being creative? Maybe you’re really into photography or cooking. Perhaps sewing, fashion or cars is your ‘thing’. We all have a passion of some kind – in fact, many of us have multiple passions. What started out as an offshoot of my love for fashion and well-being turned into a career as a fashion and life stylist – and I couldn’t be happier. Think about your interests and build from there.

 

What makes you happy?

You should also consider the things in life that make you truly happy. What brings a smile to your face or peace to your mind? Maybe being outdoors is what makes you happiest, or spending time with friends. Maybe you just love interacting with other people in general. Maybe watching Netflix puts you at ease, or playing with animals makes you really smile. Whatever makes you individually happy is bound to be a good career fit.

 

What are your work strengths?

Considering your skill set is important when thinking about the right career for you. We all excel at different things, and your strengths should definitely be taken into account during this career-building process. Think about the skills you bring to the table. Are you great at strategising, marketing or sales? Are your problem solving or negotiating skills top notch? Are you a whizz with technology and social media? Maybe you have envious administration capabilities, or superb self-management. Are you an organised, flexible person? Do you have awesome customer service skills? No doubt there are multiple areas that you shine in, so make a list and get thinking!

 

What are your interpersonal skills?

Interpersonal skills are otherwise known as people skills. These are the skills you use in everyday life when interacting with others. If you have strong interpersonal skills, you’re probably great at connecting with people – something that employers really value. It’s important to consider your interpersonal skills as you uncover your dream career. How are you at communicating and building a rapport with colleagues and clients? Do you excel at leadership or teamwork? Is your workplace attitude professional? Are you good at motivating others or resolving conflict? Do you have great listening skills? As with your work skills, make a list to see where your strengths lie. Then combine that information with your interests and happiness factors, and begin brainstorming potential jobs! Remember, it’s never too late to build your dream career and change your life.

 

May222017

Maximising Your Potential Every Day

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Do you want to increase your potential each day? Do you want to achieve your goals in both your career and personal life? Do you want to wake up every morning feeling great and with a sense of purpose? It’s time to harness your skills and generate productivity to achieve success. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can maximise your potential, beginning with my tips below.

 

Set an Intention

The simplest way to enhance your capacity for success is to set an intention when you wake each day. Sit quietly for a moment and consider what you want to achieve that day, week or month. Think about how you will work towards your goals. Then, with a calm and positive tone, form a solid intention for that day. It could be as simple as “today I will network with three people to expand my brand’s awareness and build connections.” Maybe it’s more complex, like “today I will make a list of comprehensive steps needed to reach my monthly target.” Whatever it is, set it in your mind, repeat it silently to yourself, then begin your day with purpose!

 

Meditate

I’m a big advocate for meditation. I truly believe meditation not only creates peace and brings balance to our lives, but eliminates stress and negative energy. Meditating for even 5 minutes a day, every day, will bring changes to your experience. Meditation encourages you to contemplate your feelings, thoughts and experiences. In a state of meditation you become in-tune to yourself and pay attention to everything that’s going on inside. This allows you to note areas that need assistance and begin an inner healing process. More than anything, meditation helps you achieve clarity. After meditating I always feel clear in my intentions, peaceful and ready to get going. Try to meditate for 10-20 minutes a day if possible – you won’t regret it.

 

Exercise

Exercise is another fabulous way to increase your potential. As we’ve been told time and again, exercise makes us feel better. It’s a simple way to boost your energy and productivity, as well as work your body. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. I like to mix things up so I don’t lose interest or motivation, going for a brisk walk a couple of days, practicing yoga another day and trying different classes at the gym for the rest of the week. Pump is great to get the heart racing and the muscles pumping, but there are tons of options out there so give a few of them a try! If you aren’t a morning person and get home after dark, exercising during your lunch hour might be the best option for you – this is also a great way to bring you back to work feeling fresh.

 

Take Productive Breaks

The easiest way to enhance your potential on the spot is to take care of your mind and have productive breaks at work. Sitting at your desk all day without breaks isn’t good for your body or your capabilities. When you lose focus or motivation, your work suffers and so does your success rate. Keep your mind on the ball by taking small breaks and allowing yourself to come back with a clear, focused mind. Get up and walk around the office, or grab a coffee at your local cafe. Do a few stretches in your office, or flip through a magazine over a cup of green tea. As long a you get away from your computer screen and out of your chair, you’re going to feel the difference.

April252017

Valuing What You Love: Why You Should Do It

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When it comes to doing what you love, have you ever been struck by the following thoughts?

“My passion can’t support me financially”

“No one will care about what I love doing”

“Achieving my dream career will take years of planning and money, and even then it might not work out”

“Following my passion is too risky”

Self-doubt is destructive and will only have a negative impact on your life and career. In order to succeed, you need to banish negative thoughts and replace them with positivity, drive and vision. Read on for my tips on how to value yourself – and your dreams!

Know Your Worth – and Own It!

Understand the exceptional value that you as a person possess. Forget about how much money you earn, what you look like or what you do for a living. This is about you as a unique individual. A person with a big salary is not necessarily a good person, or a happy person. Think about your positive traits, the good things you’ve done in life and the times when you have made a difference. Think about why you love your passion – what is it that makes you enjoy it? In most cases, our interests and passions enhance our happiness. We’re also usually good at them, and excelling at something is a great way to add focus and positivity to your life.

Think of the Positive Outcomes

How will your passion and dreams positively effect others? Does what you love doing help another person in any way? Avoid thinking literally – yes, doctors physically do help people. But so do musicians, accountants, yoga instructors and authors. Every occupation, every hobby, every interest in the world impacts someone’s life and has the power to create positivity. Maybe you’re really into photography, but think there’s no point doing it for a living because people won’t care. Wrong. Viewing art can really enhance people’s lives. Art collection is a hobby, and just looking at beautiful pictures on Instagram can put you in a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of your passion.

Think Forward

If in doubt, thinking ahead will really show you why valuing what you love is important. Picture your life in 10 years, then 20. Where do you see yourself? Do you think you will be happy continuing on in the job you currently hold? Do you think your passion will simply die and you’ll no longer wish to pursue it? That’s no way to think of life! When it comes to the crunch, the old saying ‘life is short’ is true. We’re only on this Earth for a short time, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s really enjoy our time here. When you look back at your life, you don’t want to have regrets and wish you’d pursued your passion after all. Value what you love, and  follow that passion.

 

February092017

Celebrity Role Models for the Working Woman

As women, it’s important to have strong role models that we can look up to and find inspiration from. There are hundreds of amazing women out there doing great things, and many of our favourite celebrities are using their influence to create positive changes in the world. We can learn from the generosity and dedication of these women and get motivated to do more and live better. This week I thought I would share a few celebrities who are committed to making our planet a better place by standing up for what they believe in. I hope they inspire you, too!

 

Angelina Jolie

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She might be one of the most well-known actresses in the world, but Angelina is much, much more – for years she has dedicated herself to humanitarian and aid work in less-fortunate countries.

Angelina became aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. Since 2001, she has been on numerous field missions and met with refugees in more than 20 countries. She is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and has her own organisation – the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation – dedicated to protecting forests, eradicating poverty, establishing health care and educational opportunities in Cambodia. Among other things, she also co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which helps fund education programs for children affected by conflict.

 

Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama was one of the most influential and inspiring First Ladies to grace the White House. Her compassion and fairness moved hearts all across the world, and we can all look to her as a positive role model. The values Michelle stood by were rooted in ideas of equality, freedom and safety. Time and time again she spoke about the need for racial, economic, social and gender equality. She empowered Americans – and the world – to embrace one another regardless of our differences and foster a community of love.

 

Nadia Lim

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And here’s one of our own local celebrities – the gorgeous Nadia Lim. Nadia is a great role model in terms of her healthy living beliefs. The chef and dietitian won Masterchef New Zealand back in 2011 and went on to launch the very successful My Food Bag and Bargain Bin. Since then she has released numerous cook books, hosted her own cooking show and now released her own magazine, NADIA. Focused on healthy eating, wellness and family, the magazine encompasses all of Nadia’s great values around healthy living.

 

 

Emma Watson

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Emma Watson has been making waves in the political and social world with her support for gender equality. The British actress was appointed the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, where she dedicates her efforts to empowering young women around the world. She is an advocate for UN Women’s ‘HeForShe’ Campaign, which calls on men to support gender equality. Since then, Emma has created a partnership with 10 international universities to prioritise gender equality and address sexual assault dangers. Gender equality is a relevant and pressing issue which we all need to support. Look to Emma for motivation.

 

Ellen Degeneres

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Ellen is a fantastic role model for more reasons than one. Her fight for LGBT rights has been ongoing and incredibly influential – just last year President Obama awarded her the Congressional Medal of Freedom for her work in this area. As well as her committment to LGBT rights, Ellen is a strong supporter of animal rights. Ellen is vegan and lies a cruelty-free lifestyle. In 2009, she was named Woman Of The Year by People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her work in raising awareness of their campaign. She also co-owns Halo Pet Food, a line of natural foods for animals, which is partnered with non-profit companies such as The Humane Society of the United States to donate a million pet meals to 100 shelters in America.

January052017

2017: Your Year

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This year is your year. A New Year is a fresh start, a second chance, an opportunity to do better, be better, and live more fully. Let’s make 2017 your year to find true happiness and success. By kicking off the year with the right attitude and a bit of drive, you’re already on the way to enhancing your life. Take into consideration the points below and you’ll be there before you know it!

 

#goals

It’s pretty common to make goals at the start of a new year, but actually sticking to those goals is a different story. Your goals need to centre around something you really care about. If they’re generic and general, it’s easy to lose interest and motivation.

Revaluate your goals from 2016 and adjust them to suit your current situation, hopes and dreams. Think about your passions, your career direction and your aspirations. Where do you want your life to go? What kind of person do you want to be?

Once you have a few solid goals, add them to a diary or calendar, or create a goal chart so they stay in your mind. Now, make things happen for you! Stay focused, think forward and don’t hold back – keep the momentum until your goals are achieved.

 

 

#mind

The best way to make 2017 your year is to have a positive attitude. Kicking the year off feeling good about your life and about who you are sets the tone for the next 12 months. If you feel empowered, happy and in control then your start to 2017 is guaranteed to be a success.

Is your self-esteem at a healthy level? Do you feel confident in your capabilities? Do you feel in tune with your personal brand? Try to be forward-thinking so that you can fit everything into your schedule and therefore feel fulfilled. Ask yourself what you need to do to accomplish your short-term goals while still having a balanced lifestyle. Plan your time so that your hobbies don’t get forgotten and you’re able to relax. Connect with yourself and calm the soul by practicing mindfulness. Your entire life will feel the benefits.

 

 

#body

Make this the year that you really own your body and love the skin you’re in. Self-confidence and respect for your body are essential to finding real happiness. If you aren’t content with your body, your happiness is impeded. Questioning and criticising the way you look, or comparing yourself to others has a negative impact on your entire outlook. We need to embrace and celebrate our bodies in order to enhance our lives.

While we all tend to splurge a little over summer, try to maintain as balanced a diet as possible. Allow yourself a few more treats than usual, but remember to have three healthy meals a day with nutritious snacks in between. Avoid processed foods and refined sugars and opt for fresh, organic produce. Complement your diet with exercise to ensure your body is getting the proper treatment it deserves. There are lots of ways to exercise that don’t involve going to the gym, so even if you’re on holiday you can still workout.

Another way to boost your self-confidence is finding your own personal style. Knowing how to dress for your body shape, personality and values will enhance your happiness as your clothing becomes an accurate representation of who you are. Define your style, plan your wardrobe, then rock it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December302016

The Year That Was

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It’s been a big year! With Christmas over and New Years Eve just around the corner, I decided to reflect on each of the past twelve months. Looking back at everything you’ve been through over the span of a year helps add perspective and shows how much you’ve achieved. As I think over my 2016, think of your own experience and accomplishments. Consider the goals you had in January and where you are now. Do you feel that you’ve improved some part of your life this year? Do you feel it’s been a good year? Re-evaluation comes next month, so for now think it over, reward yourself for your successes, and have a fabulous December 31st.

XOXO

 

 

January

I kicked off the year with a series of Teen Styling Courses around New Zealand while the high school kids were still on their summer break. I love seeing the smile on my student’s faces as they discover their personal style and build confidence!

 

February

The Body Shape Range went on sale so I could make room for my next clothing line! Out with the old, in with the new, right?

 

March

In March my team and I had a stall at the Wanaka A&P Show and Horse of the Year, selling clothes and doing fittings. We love being part of New Zealand country fairs and expos!

 

April

April was a big month for me as I made the move from Christchurch to Auckland. I miss Christchurch a lot, but Auckland has it’s perks, too. My styling team and I also began our StyleMe Lounge sessions at malls around the country.

 

May

I launched my Fashion Stylist Course in Australia, holding programs in the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. This was very exciting!!

 

June

The big Real Housewives of Auckland announcement was made!

 

July

The highlight of July was shooting the cover for Eye Magazine – so much fun! I also did an interview with the magazine about my experience on RHOAKL.

 

August

The Real Housewives of Auckland launched on Bravo TV, and the hype began…

 

September

This month I flew to Melbourne to sign with Giant Model Management, visit Australia’s first Dry & Tea Salon, and meet some of the Real Housewives of Melbourne. What a blast!

 

October

October saw the launch of my new book Being Real, as well as my book tour around New Zealand. One of my proudest moments for 2016. My styling team and I also had a stall at the lovely annual Culverden Fete.

 

November

I resumed my role as Fashion Coordinator for Riccarton Cup & Show Week, one of my absolute favourite times of the year. As always the contestants looked gorgeous, making it a very difficult competition!

 

December

Over the past month I’ve been busy working on my new plans for 2017 – there’s a big announcement coming, so stay tuned!

January072016

Summer: Staying Motivated

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For those of us lucky enough to get a break over Christmas and the New Year, there lies the issue of motivation. It can be so tempting to simply spend your time off sleeping, eating and lounging around watching television. While you certainly should treat yourself to a bit of the aforementioned behaviour, it’s also really important to make the most of your free days and New Zealand’s gorgeous weather. Here are a few helpful pointers on how to keep motivated during this time:

Set an Alarm

Unless you’re one of those people that wakes up at a decent hour automatically, definitely, definitely set an alarm each morning! There would be nothing worse than going back to work in January and realising you spent your entire holiday sleeping until noon each day. Try setting your alarm for 8am during the week, and 9am during weekends – this way you still get the best of the day but aren’t up with the sparrows. Of course, if you like getting up at the crack of dawn, go for it! The more daylight you give yourself, the more time you have to both relax and do activities. 

Have Attainable Goals

This one is really important. It’s hard to be motivated about anything if you don’t have something to strive towards or look forward to! Whatever that goal may be is completely up to you, your personal interests and desires. It could be as simple as building a herb garden, or as complex as hiking the Heaphy Track. Pick something (or several things) that you want to accomplish over the coming weeks and work on achieving them each day. Not only will this stop you from spending the majority of your break lazing around, but it will leave you feeling proud and inspired when you see the end result.

Be Organised

If you aren’t an organisational freak, there are a couple of things you could take from those that are. Having a little organisation in your day-to-day life can work wonders! You don’t have to write lists or plan everything you do right down to the final point (though if that desire is in your nature, I wouldn’t discourage you!), but following a few basic tips can really help with staying motivated. First, keep your space literally organised. By this I mean: don’t live through your holiday in a mess. Try to maintain a tidy house so you actually feel like moving around in it. More importantly, however, know what you need to before it needs doing, and have an idea of what exactly you’ll be doing each day. Even simply deciding that tomorrow you will go for a walk somewhere is enough to set your mind on that channel. You don’t need to establish where or when, just know that you are going to do that. This gives you something to work your day around.

Reward Yourself

If you’re still finding it hard to stay (or get) motivated – I know reading in a hammock by the beach all day can be VERY tempting – give yourself a small reward upon completing your goals. Establish what this reward will be when you first decide upon your goal, so that you have an incentive throughout the achieving process. It could be a chocolate bar, a spa or an evening watching your favourite chick flick – you decide!

January052016

2017: Your Year

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This year is your year. A New Year is a fresh start, a second chance, an opportunity to do better, be better, and live more fully. Let’s make 2017 your year to find true happiness and success. By kicking off the year with the right attitude and a bit of drive, you’re already on the way to enhancing your life. Take into consideration the points below and you’ll be there before you know it!

 

#goals

It’s pretty common to make goals at the start of a new year, but actually sticking to those goals is a different story. Your goals need to centre around something you really care about. If they’re generic and general, it’s easy to lose interest and motivation.

Revaluate your goals from 2016 and adjust them to suit your current situation, hopes and dreams. Think about your passions, your career direction and your aspirations. Where do you want your life to go? What kind of person do you want to be?

Once you have a few solid goals, add them to a diary or calendar, or create a goal chart so they stay in your mind. Now, make things happen for you! Stay focused, think forward and don’t hold back – keep the momentum until your goals are achieved.

 

 

#mind

The best way to make 2017 your year is to have a positive attitude. Kicking the year off feeling good about your life and about who you are sets the tone for the next 12 months. If you feel empowered, happy and in control then your start to 2017 is guaranteed to be a success.

Is your self-esteem at a healthy level? Do you feel confident in your capabilities? Do you feel in tune with your personal brand? Try to be forward-thinking so that you can fit everything into your schedule and therefore feel fulfilled. Ask yourself what you need to do to accomplish your short-term goals while still having a balanced lifestyle. Plan your time so that your hobbies don’t get forgotten and you’re able to relax. Connect with yourself and calm the soul by practicing mindfulness. Your entire life will feel the benefits.

 

 

#body

Make this the year that you really own your body and love the skin you’re in. Self-confidence and respect for your body are essential to finding real happiness. If you aren’t content with your body, your happiness is impeded. Questioning and criticising the way you look, or comparing yourself to others has a negative impact on your entire outlook. We need to embrace and celebrate our bodies in order to enhance our lives.

While we all tend to splurge a little over summer, try to maintain as balanced a diet as possible. Allow yourself a few more treats than usual, but remember to have three healthy meals a day with nutritious snacks in between. Avoid processed foods and refined sugars and opt for fresh, organic produce. Complement your diet with exercise to ensure your body is getting the proper treatment it deserves. There are lots of ways to exercise that don’t involve going to the gym, so even if you’re on holiday you can still workout.

Another way to boost your self-confidence is finding your own personal style. Knowing how to dress for your body shape, personality and values will enhance your happiness as your clothing becomes an accurate representation of who you are. Define your style, plan your wardrobe, then rock it!

January052016

New Year, New You

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Hello, 2016! As we welcome in the New Year this week there is no better time to begin planning the year ahead. The old saying ‘it’s a New Year, it’s a new you’ is popular for a reason – a fresh year means a fresh start. Gone are the 365 days that were 2015, and with them any mistakes, embarrassments or mishaps that you may have suffered. You now have an opportunity to improve your life and lifestyle, in whatever way best suits you. Make this your year to shine – achieve your goals, live your life fully and be the best person you can be!

What Do I Want to Achieve in 2016?

First and foremost: establish a few aims you want to fulfil this year and write them down. I recommend having at least one big goal, and then several smaller ones. Don’t write down anything you know is completely unattainable, or things that are ridiculously simple. Choose something that you have to work towards to achieve, which will change a small or big part of your life in some way. What do you wish you did last year? Do you really want to travel? Have you never been white water rafting? Is there a course out there you’ve always wanted to complete, or a career you dream of pursuing? What about hobbies? Do you regret not taking up the saxophone in 2015, or wish you hadn’t given up on tennis or painting? Once you’ve decided on a few goals (and remember, you can always add to the list as the year goes progresses), put them somewhere you can see. Some people say to put them away and look at them at them in December; I believe being exposed to them on a daily basis will motivate and inspire you even more to pursue them. Pin them to a corkboard or tape them into the front of your diary on some cute paper.

Mentality is Magic

My best advice for 2016? Start the year with the mentality you want to hold throughout it. Here at Angela Stone we are all about positive vibes – kindness, confidence, optimism and energy are the fuel that keep our team powering through the good times and the bad. When you have a positive outlook on life, you feel better and brighten the day of those around you. There are times when being sad or frustrated are warranted, of course, but in general if you try to see the beauty in day to day life and the many different situations and experiences each day brings with it, you will be a happier person and have a happier year. If something is getting you down, think of someone that inspires you, or do something that you enjoy. If swimming is what soothes you, go for a swim. Call up a girlfriend and let them cheer you up, or grab your favourite coffee and take some time out. Having a positive mentality is a choice – while we don’t actively choose to be upset or negative, it is our choice to stay in this mood or get out of it. Lift yourself up instead of dragging yourself down this year ladies!

Reinvent Your Image

If there is anything you have been wanting to change about yourself, now is the time do so. Tired of your hairstyle, or sick of feeling unconfident about your ‘problem’ area? Over your current wardrobe and looking for some motivation? Change all that this year! Enlisting the help of a professional stylist such as myself is a fabulous way to revive your image and help you feel and look great, but there are smaller ways you can change your image on your own. Firstly, decide what you like and don’t like at present. Are there particular colours you no longer want to wear, or an item you want to buy? Which, if any, of your features are you hoping to improve? From here you can make a start. Go through your closet and clear out any items you no longer like, fit, or feel good in. Then, go shopping! Try on EVERYTHING before you buy it, and take an honest friend along for advice. If you want to work on a particular area of your body, find some exercises that target it – for example, squats and lunges are great for toning thighs. Doing the above will help inspire you and lift your spirits, as well as give you something to maintain throughout the year.