New year, new you and that means new SassyBax, or at least that was our first idea. Since we know this time of year is devoted to setting goals and self improvement, the topic of this blog was going to be a SassyBax product for any and every resolution you might have.
From getting to the gym, traveling more, starting a garden, and many more, we had the perfect products for you, but then we started thinking... Is that what this time of year should really be about? Every year the world comes together to make resolutions that more often than not fizzle out before you can say February 1st.
Statistically speaking, 50% of resolutions are abandoned within the first two weeks of January and 95% by the end of January.
95% of our hopes and dreams for the new year are completely deserted before February 1st.
That’s an outrageous number, and the truth is we do it to ourselves. We strive for goals that revolve around numbers on a scale or numbers in our bank accounts and usually we fall short.
This results in self loathing, depression, and returning back to destructive patterns. It seems a never ending cycle, so instead of perpetuating these unrealistic ideas of perfection, we thought we would approach the new year in a different way. Here are three resolutions that are not only achievable but can make a real difference in your everyday life.
Mindfulness is, at its core, a pretty simple idea. It’s the concept of being fully present, aware of where we are, what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It sounds easy, but we as humans have always had a hard time accessing our ability to be mindful.
The goal of mindfulness is to awaken inner workings of our emotional, mental, and physical processes. This is only achieved by daily practice through things like meditation. Mindful meditation requires us to release judgement and predetermined ideas about the working of our minds and emotions.
We must approach this process with kindness and warmth towards ourselves and others. Remember meditation is an exploration, not a fixed destination. For more information on practicing mindfulness visit: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/mindful...
Before we continue this resolution, we want to make it clear that we understand family can mean different things to different people. When we say “spend more time with family” we mean with those who love and support you and your true self, whether they are biological or chosen.
We live in divisive times and unfortunately that can overflow into our lives at home. If 2020 taught us anything at all, it’s that the things we take for granted everyday can easily be taken away from us and we should cherish every moment we have with those we love.
Cooking together, going on roadtrips, reading together, household projects are all great ways to build family bonds. This is another resolution that at its heart sounds simple. Spending time with family, be it immediate, extended, or chosen can reduce stress, aid in child development, and improve conflict resolution skills.
Sounds easy enough, but we all know family is rarely easy. Conflicting beliefs and ideas of how the world should be often cause deep divides, even in the closest of families. When this happens it’s important to remember where we can come together, and the love we have for each other.
After a year like 2020 we all know that sometimes you just need a little help. It’s easy to say we want to volunteer more, but busy lives and commitments can make it hard to find the time.
One way to help yourself get a jumpstart is to find a project you're passionate about. Love to bake? Trying baking bread for local soup kitchens. Handy with a needle? Shelters often organize clothing drives to help their residents find outfits for job interviews. Put your tailoring skills to the test and give someone the perfect fit. Like to build things? Projects like Habitat for Humanity are always looking for volunteers. If there is something you’re good at, then there’s probably an organization that could use your skills. And it’s not just those in need you would be helping. Volunteer work does wonders for your own wellbeing. It can settle the mind and body and allows us to connect with other people. Both of which are sorely needed right now. It can even provide a path for career advancements, but more than anything, volunteering allows us to look outside ourselves. To open our eyes to the world around us and focus our energies on others.
Those are three of our favorite resolutions, and we hope that they have inspired you as much as they inspired us. As you embark on this new year, remember to take things a day at a time and give yourself a break when you fall short of your goals. Some days will be easier than others and some days it’ll feel impossible to get just one thing done, but that’s ok. Resolutions can be tricky and when we don’t succeed, it can feel like we failed, but it’s important to remember that the only real failure is not trying.
You didn’t think we’d let you leave with no outfit suggestions did you? Make sure you check out our leggings, bralettes, and shapers just in case you need something new and comfortable for your mindfulness meditations, days with your family, volunteer hours, or whatever you choose to take on this year. Happy New Year everyone, remember to make it sassy!