With everyone’s New Year’s resolutions and #NewYearNewMe-posts floating around, I’d say that January is a really important time of year to talk about self love and self acceptance. What better time for me to wrap up my collaboration with Reebok Women with one last #PerfectNever post, than at the outset of a new year?
I want to start off by saying that I’m a huge proponent of setting goals and resolutions and wanting to engage in a little self-improvement for the New Year. My own New Year’s resolutions include reading more books, drinking water with lemon in the mornings, and not purchasing anything from specific fast-fashion retailers for the entire year! However, I think it’s really important to realize that it’s not natural to make huge life changes overnight, or to expect ourselves to keep our resolutions perfectly 100% of the time. Any sort of forward motion, or improvement, in life is an ongoing effort–and as long as you keep making strides in the right direction, you have a lot to be proud of.
I also just want to say that it has been such an honor to take part in such a positive campaign like Reebok’s #PerfectNever movement. So much of advertising and marketing is aimed at making us feel inferior in various ways: makeup companies convince us that freckles are imperfections so that we’ll buy their cover-up, skin care brands want us to believe that crows feet and smile lines are undesirable so that we’ll buy anti-aging products, and various fashion subscription services make us think that we need new shoes, clothes, and jewelry every month! (Not that there’s anything wrong with buying clothes or makeup–everyone has their hobbies and indulgences–I’m just saying there’s something flawed about the way things are marketed sometimes.) That being said, it is so refreshing to see Reebok encouraging women to focus on the journey instead of the result, and to be proud of our ongoing progress every day.
While it’s certainly important to look forward into 2017 and plan our goals and resolutions, I think it’s equally as important to look back at 2016…at how far you’ve come, the things you’ve survived, and the goals you’ve already accomplished. Are you in a better place, within yourself, than you were a year ago? It’s so important to be kind to yourself while you kick your own ass
Cheers to a 2017 filled with love, laughter, fun, adventure, self-growth, generosity, tolerance, and kindness.