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In my mind, August marks the half-way point of my year. (Don’t ask why; I don’t know, it’s just the way my mind works.) I treat it as such by working through my “August reset.”
As for the timing, yes, I am acutely aware of just how wrong this seems. Technically, the half-way point of the year comes at the end of June, but this reset isn’t so much about the actual time of year, as it is a mental state of mind.
What on earth am I talking about and what does this have to do with beauty?
To put it simply, I think of August as the beginning of the end of the year. Summer is coming to a close, fall is approaching, and it’s almost time to wrap up the year and reflect on all that I have, or haven’t, accomplished.
August is my time to change up my style and beauty routines, reevaluate my goals, and kick my butt into high gear so I can finish out the year strong. Creating an entire routine may seem a bit overkill to some, but I enjoy it SO much. I feel completely refreshed afterwards; it’s honestly quite addictive!
Today I’m giving you peek into how I set myself up for success in the second “half” of the year, and pointing you in the right direction to help you feel beautiful and productive too!
Bonus! It has been a great year for me in the shopping department. I’ve found so many amazing products that I absolutely love, and I’m sharing tons of recommendations in this post! Because seriously, shopping is difficult, and sometimes us lady bosses just don’t have time to waste looking through site loads of crummy stuff that won’t enhance our lives.
I plan my planning, huh?
After all, it’s practically the new year, right? I begin my yearly planning process months in advance- by the time fall rolls around, I already know what I need to get up to next year in order to move forward in business and in life.
I’ll let you in on a secret, I looove shopping for notebooks. I’m pretty picky, but once I find one I love, they continuously make me happy and encourage productivity all year long. There’s just nothing like the scent of a fresh notebook waiting to be filled!
Yes, I have jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon, and now I don’t think I’ll ever use a pre-made planner again. I was never able to find a planner that was exactly how I wanted it, and so now I create my own! You feel so much more productive when your life is laid out in a way that makes sense to you.
Below is the notebook I’ve picked out for 2018, along with my new favorite pens. I suggest going for a medium-size notebook with plenty of pages for you to get creative on. You want it large enough so you have room for weekly spreads, yet compact enough that it fits in your tote when you’re on the go.
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, 0.2 mm >> [AMAZON]
Graphique Navy Stripe Hard Bound Journal >> [AMAZON]
I evaluate my progress so far
Clearly, I am a compulsive planner. But that doesn’t mean I never get off track, hence my need for this mid-year audit.
I start by taking a trip down memory lane in my planner and check on my progress. How many of my goals have I accomplished thus far? Do I have goals that I’m currently working on, but haven’t reached just yet? What do I need to do to be able to cross those off my list?
Be honest with yourself. The purpose here is to figure out how you can best move forward.
I set new goals
Goals aren’t set in stone, and just because you set a goal doesn’t mean everything will fall apart should you not accomplish it. I oftentimes scratch goals that no longer seem relevant, or that suddenly feel unattainable at this particular moment.
For every unanswered goal, make adjustments to give yourself the best chance of achieving them before the year is over.
I upgrade my photography setup
We all know blogging is all about the photography. What’s a better time to upgrade your setup than when your setting new and improved goals?
I feel like my photography has vastly improved since I first started blogging, but there’s always room for improvement. This fall I want to add some new props to my collection to make my photos more interesting. Below are some of the items I bought that fir my niche. What simple and inexpensive items can you purchase to make your photos look like a million bucks?
Marble Contact Paper >> [AMAZON]
Gray Wood-look Contact Paper >> [AMAZON]
White hourglass vase >> [AMAZON]
Pink Faux Roses >> [AMAZON]
Red Faux Roses >> [AMAZON]
Rectangular Mirrored Tray >>[AMAZON]
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 M4 >> [AMAZON]
You may have seen me discuss this camera in older posts. I still have the same one, and it’s going strong. No plans to upgrade any time soon!
Yes, I make major investments
Last summer, I made a choice to invest in myself and in my business. I had spent so much time inundated with advice and trying endless strategies to grow my blog, but nothing was working. The internet proves time and time again that it is a great place to find information. Unfortunately, it never claims to have the correct information. That’s the problem.
I joined Blog to Biz Hive eager to engage in a system that would help me get more eyeballs on my site and help me keep my viewers engaged. Obviously, my blog is a work-in-progress, but I owe my most significant gains to what I learned in this course.
If you have been wanting to grow your blog and influence, but feel like you’re spinning your wheels throwing every strategy at the wall and hoping something sticks, then I highly recommend checking out Blog to Biz Hive.
I think you’ll be amazed at how much the creator, Melyssa Griffin, gets it. You’ll want to learn from her.
So what big investment have I made this year? I’m typing this post on it right now! I began blogging using a humble MacBook Pro. That worked well in the beginning, but as I plugged away day after day, I noticed my shoulders becoming tense from slouching, and my thumbs and wrists feeling stiff from using the trackpad. The constant shifting between windows also proved inconvenient.
Did I need to splurge on a giant iMac? No, but now that I have it, I so enjoy it. It’s important to love your work, and that can’t happen if you aren’t comfortable while you’re doing it.
Honestly, there are so many things we all have that we don’t need in the slightest. But are we glad we have them? Sure. Do they make us happy? Totally. You deserve to be comfortable, especially when you’re working, because we all know how much time we spend going at it.
I do a diet & exercise shakeup
While most other people worry about their health and “bikini bodies” in the new year just ahead of summer, August is the time of year when I end up disgruntled about all the goals I didn’t accomplish throughout the year. I remind myself that I’ve got five months, will I prevail or will I fail?
I’m not a nutritionist, so I’m not going to lay out my idea of the “perfect diet,” but I can tell you that I try eating more vegetables and less cupcakes. We all know what is healthy and what isn’t. Err on the “healthy” side and the effects of that small change will surprise you.
My favorite yoga guru of all time, Yoga With Adriene
After falling off whatever workout bandwagon I’ve been doing, the August mindset kicks in and I climb right back on. I’m not and exercise lover, so sticking to any type of workout is like trying to get me to give up French fries- it’s not going to happen.
Yoga is the only form of exercise that I can remotely stick with. I do it off and on throughout the year, but this August I am working on making yoga a daily habit that stays with me even when I’m not in an “exercising” mindset.
I enjoy Yoga With Adriene because the flows are mindful and focus on helping individuals develop their own personal practice that works for them, rather than simply imitating the teacher.
On a similar note, below is the yoga mat I purchased when I first discovered yoga over three years ago. It has held up extremely well, and it’s super comfortable. I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a new yoga mat.
Manduka eKO Yoga and Pilates Mat >> [AMAZON]
I revamp my personal style
I know I need a style overhaul when I find myself wearing the same three shirts and two pairs of leggings all.the.time. Honestly, I could create a whole post all about my personal style journey, so I won’t go into all the details right now. (I definitely will in the future, though.)
The fall transitional period is a logical time to go out any buy clothes. So why not go one step further and figure out exactly what you need to help your personal style evolve? You could purchase new versions of your old clothes, but where’s the fun in that?
Personally, I discovered a whole new world of style when I opened my mind to GAP and Old Navy. I used to think these two were the literal worst when it came to fashion. “So boring,” I thought. Long story short, I’m becoming super attracted to classic silhouettes and neutral colors. Everything in my new wardrobe is an integral piece of the puzzle, and I no longer purchase crazy sequined shorts because I “just like them,” even though I have not a clue where or how I’d wear them.
I prepare for holiday travels & events
Is it too early to think about the holidays? I certainly don’t think so.
By the time August is over, I without a doubt have my annual Thanksgiving travel plans set, and I’m serious about locking down those reservations. After all, they say that the best time to book flights is 12-14 weeks out, which in my case falls squarely in the middle of August.
Planning the details is in full swing right now, and I couldn’t be more excited. (Stay tuned for updates- this is the kind of trip that inspires entires series’ of blog posts!)
Curious about what products I love for traveling? I’ve got a post all about my favorite travel accessories right here >> 10 Impressive Travel Accessories You Can’t Go Without!
What will I wear to the dreaded company Christmas party?
Perhaps worrying about an outfit that’s still four months away may seem a bit ridiculous, but like I said, I’m a compulsive planner! Last minute shopping is not my speed, literally. I shop slowly and meticulously, and so I need plenty of time to sift through my options.
It pretty much goes along the same lines as the travel planning. Ahead of time is the right time, as I always say.
I found this gorgeous, on-trend skirt that I can’t wait to wear. I don’t have a top to go with it yet, but I’m working on it! What do you think?
Pleated Midi Skirt in Black >> [OLD NAVY]
Check back on Monday for more tips on how you can create your own an “August Reset” routine. Nobody has time for feeling unmotivated, un-pretty, and unproductive; let’s do something about it!
That’s all for today!
Like this post? You’ll definitely want to check out Part 1 all about my August Reset beauty & skincare routines! >> My “August Reset” Beauty Routine + Why You Should Have One Too (Part 1)
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Till next time. ♥︎
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