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5 Tips to Make (and Keep!) Your New Year’s Resolutions

5 tips new years resolutions

There’s always more than one reason why a new year’s resolution may fail, and it may not even be the result of what you would think or expect. If you’re determined to keep yours this new year, but feeling a little worried as to whether or not you’ll actually be able to, begin using the five easy tips below to transform your motivation & help you meet your new year’s goals! 

1. Start Now

When it comes to resolutions, there is seriously no better time than the present to get started on what you want to change. Don’t wait until January 1st, or 5th, or 16th to get started on what you would like to see different this next year. If your resolution is one that quite literally cannot begin until the start of the new year, begin making preparations for it now. If your goal is improved fitness: Clean out your fridge, make your lists, create an organized corner with your go-to equipment and gear, and see #4 to get an accountability partner lined up – whatever you need to do to ensure that when you do start, you are equipped and ready to do so successfully.

quatrefoil bins fitness resolution

new year's fitness resolutions

2. Frame Your Resolutions with Attainable Goals

It’s great to have a longterm/ideal goal, but without attainable goals incorporated in that process, it’s often just too easy to give up and quit the whole thing. One way to avoid that is by changing how you frame what your ultimate goal actually is. For instance, if your goal is to “lose X weight,” reframe that to be “live a healthier lifestyle.” This automatically allows for a number of smaller goals that are so much easier to attain, like: (1) Exercise for 30 minutes a day; (2) Drink X amount of water; or even (3) Get into a better sleep schedule by going to bed by 10pm every night. Personally, if I have a fitness goal, I love to stick numbered post-it notes on a mirror. For each day I follow through with the plan, I get to remove one post-it. This is a visual reminder of the changes I’m making, which helps so much when the physical changes haven’t started to show yet. Plus, it’s a much healthier mindset since it allows you to be proud of your progress instead of so focused on the end result that you feel overwhelmed and disappointed when the number isn’t yet reaching what you want.

post-it note fitness help motivation

3. Create Rewards for Yourself

This tip pairs with #2 to support your motivation to keep your resolutions. Continuing with the example used in #2: Did you drink X number of water consistently 5 of 7 days this week? Great! Go get your nails done to celebrate, pick up some flowers from your local grocery store (my favorite reward!), or put on that movie you love to watch but haven’t seen in a while. Incorporate these rewards into your calendar so you know exactly when, and exactly what you have to look forward to when you meet certain goals.

new years resolutions rewards

4. Get an Accountability Partner ASAP

Whatever your resolutions for the new year may be, it can never hurt to have someone in your corner cheering you on throughout the process – reminding you why you started, especially when you lose motivation and feel like throwing in the towel. This person can be anyone from your spouse (for me, J is a great source of steady accountability), co-worker, or close friend. Whoever he or she may be, make sure you clearly communicate your personal goals, include how you are planning on reaching them, and what exactly you want that person to do/tell you when you are doing well, and when you aren’t doing so great. Everyone communicates differently, so what may feel supportive to them may not be as helpful for you – so it may be best to go over this at the start rather than after hurt feelings or miscommunications have occurred. 

5 tips to make and keep your new year's resolutions

5. Write out Daily Reminders

Never forget that you are in control of whether or not you meet these goals. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, write out what is in your control, and what is not. For everything that is in your control, write a single sentence of how you know you can and will handle it. For everything that is not, draw a single line through to remind yourself that your focus needs to be on what you can control rather than what you cannot. Then, at the bottom of the page, write 3 things that you are proud of or that bring you joy. It’s okay if these positive reminders repeat from the day before – what matters most is that you choose to believe and apply them.

get it girl

Whether it’s fitness or something else, any resolution is going to take time to become a consistent part of your life, so go after it and enjoy the process. This time next year, you’ll be so glad you did.

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Blog, DIY Projects, Home Decor

Marble & Gold Drawer DIY

the 15 minute marble and gold white drawer hack diy

marble and gold drawer hack diy

Hey y’all, happy Wednesday :). This project took a total of 15 minutes to complete – seriously! It’s definitely my fastest DIY/hack to date! As most of you know, I love marble and gold home projects, and this one absolutely has a significant impact on any space you choose to use it in – whether a home office, glam room, or even a closet! If you’re ready to get started, the 3 easy steps and supplies are included below – if not, pin the image above to save the project for later!

Supplies for this Project:

Set of Drawers 

Marble Contact Paper x 1

Putty Knife

Scissors

Brass Pulls 

Screwdriver

Step 1: Following the included instructions, completely assemble the set of drawers, skipping only the drawer pull step. (I installed the drawer pulls without thinking – lolz – so don’t waste your time doing the same thing!)

mainstays drawers hack

Step 2: Wipe down and dry the top of the dresser. This removes any dust and allows for your contact paper to adhere more securely! Next, line up your marble contact paper, and cut to size **Be sure to leave enough overlap to fold the marble sticker down underneath the edges. Then, using your putty knife, apply and smooth out the contact paper. Cut a single slit at the edge of the front corners, if needed, for folding the sticker and applying it to the drawer set.

white drawer marble hack

marble contact paper

marble contact paper

marble contact paper

marble drawer hack

marble drawer hack

marble contact paper drawer hack

Step 3: Add your brass pulls, securing them with your screwdriver.

gold drawer pulls marble hack

brass drawer pulls white drawer diy

diy marble and gold drawer hack

DIY marble and gold drawer hack

glam marble and gold drawer diy

glam marble and gold drawer diy hack

Step 4: You’re done! Now, where to place your beautiful DIY?! It’s great in a home office, vanity area, glam room, bedroom, or even in your closet for some extra luxe 🙂

For extra inspo, I’ve included some fun options below:

glam marble and gold vanity

glam marble and gold vanity

glam office set up

glam office set up

glam office set up

glam office set up

glam home office set up

BonusUse the leftover brass pulls to complete the marble and gold vanity tray DIY featured in the two images above 🙂

marble and gold drawer hack

Interested in more Marble & Gold DIY projects? Check out this Ikea Hyllis Hack

If you’re ready to complete your own version of this project? Don’t forget your supplies: 

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Our Christmas Home Decor 2017

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas  

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

mini nativity

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

comfy luxe pouf

white and gold christmas

white and gold christmas

Merry, Merry! As I’m typing this post, there is literal snow falling outside my window! As a Charlotte native, and now Winston-Salem resident, I can’t remember ever having had snow this early in the winter season – so it’s been an extra treat today 🙂

There is something so magical about the Christmas season, between all the lights and cozy decor, it’s such an extra special time with friends and family. This year, we have loved getting out some of our main pieces from past years, like our silver deer head, and this pre-lit garland. We’ve also been pretty pumped about adding in some of our more recent finds including the ivory and silver rug, chandelier, and these amazing tapered candles – y’all they flicker so beautifully and operate via remote control, which is super helpful when placing them in hard to reach areas! Putting everything together has been fun, and as you can see, Toby keeps trying his best to get in as many shots as possible! The faux fur pouf he’s sitting on is one of my favorite new pieces that will absolutely be out all winter (possibly all year!) long. This weekend, it will surely be put to extra use, since we were definitely not expecting to be snowed-in – but with 4 inches and counting, it’s looking like it may just be our new plan! For more holiday decor inspo, check out the latest Seasonal Centerpiece post 🙂 Hope you all are having a wonderful, happy, and warm weekend!

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Blog, Fashion, Gift Guides, Lifestyle, Seasonal Decor

Girl Boss Gift Guide

gift guide

Happy Holiday season, y’all! If you have a favorite girl boss in your life, are just in the mood to treat yourself, I put together this gift guide to hopefully make the search a bit easier! Scroll down for the following categories: Comfort; Themed Decor; Office/Tech; Fashion; Coffee/Travel; Extra Luxe; and more!

Comfort

Themed Decor

Office || Tech  

Fashion

Coffee || Travel

Extra Luxe 

Gift Cards

IF all else fails, and you still aren’t sure she will totally love any of the ideas above – gift cards are always a great option. A lot of people balk at giving these during the holidays over concerns that they may seem impersonal, but if they’re gifted to her favorite store, or even Amazon with a sweet note, you’ll know that you’ve made her day. Amazon is one of my personal favorites for gift cards, as well as Nordstrom, and HomeGoods – which you can use at World Market/TJ Maxx/Marshalls as well so it’s like 4-in-1! For more ideas, check out this home office post or these Boss Babe designs! Happy shopping!

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