A little while ago, I posted a blog post about the number one thing on my fall refresh list and I thought I’d share the rest of my list with you today!
I love using the fall as a time to refresh, restart and work on myself. The weather starts to become crisp, the furnace gets turned on and the cozy blanket on the couch looks more and more welcoming.
Setting a fall reset list has been something I’ve done for a couple of years now. I’m a list girl and I always like to challenge myself with a new task. What better task than improving how I feel about myself.
My list is full of superficial things that I think will make me feel more put together, but it’s also full of some very meaningful inner work that I’ve been making a priority in my life. I hope you enjoy this list and please share with me your fall reset list. I’d love to add a few more things to mine 😉
#1 – Whiten my teeth
I’ve written a whole post on this one. So, read that >> here <<. I love smiling and laughing. It brings me such great joy when I can make someone laugh and someone can make me laugh. Having pearly white teeth allows me to feel more comfortable when laughing and smiling with my teeth.
#2 – Stop biting my nails
My nails are a wreck. It’s my vice that (pretends to) help cure my anxiety. At least that’s what I tell myself… I constantly am picking at and biting my nails and I hate it. It’s not something I enjoy doing, but it seems to bring me a sense of comfort and a lot of the time I don’t even realize I do it.
But, I’m committed to stop biting my nails. Every time I bite my nails Matthew swats my hand away from my mouth and that can get annoying, so I might as well just stop doing it. (I’m biting my nails as I edit this post. Help!) Anyone have any tips on stopping the nail-biting habit?
#3 – paint my nails more
One thing I’ve noticed is when I have my nails painted I am less likely to chew on my fingers. One of my favourite things is looking down at my hands and having them look pretty and polished. Having my nails done is a luxury and something I don’t ever treat myself to. Instead, I’ve bought some new nail polishes and I’m painting my nails more often.
It feels nice and it makes me feel a lot more put together. Plus, my nails grow when nail polish is on them since I’m not biting them down so far that they bleed.
#4 – Learn to properly fill my brows in
I’m not much of a girly girl. I enjoy dressing up sometimes and being fancy, but I honestly don’t really know what I’m doing with makeup. I mean I’ve never been to Sephora and I’ve never bought something that wasn’t drugstore makeup. And you know what, I’m okay with that.
I went a month without wearing makeup last year, read about that >> here <<, and I normally don’t wear a full face of makeup to work.
But one thing I want to do is master my eyebrows. My eyebrows are pretty blonde and very non-existent. I’ve been growing them out for nearly a year now and I haven’t had them threaded or plucked. The time has come. I need to go get them done and I’ve been toying with the idea of tinting them.
I think it would allow the blonde hairs to look more “there” and would give me a bit more definition to my face. Also, I need to learn how to properly fill my brows in. Maybe I should walk into Sephora and have one of the girls teach me…
#5 – Create a morning routine – enjoy my coffee at my house
This is something I’ve started and I’ve been LOVING. My alarm goes off at 6:40 am and sometimes I’m not out of bed until 6:50 am, but waking up earlier has been nice. It allows me to fully wake up before I head to work.
I’ve been waking up and having a coffee and breakfast at my kitchen table. This time is just for me. I sometimes pop on a medication podcast, sometimes I sit there without my phone. My mind has been thanking me for allowing it to breathe in the morning without instantly being attached to a screen.
Soon I would like to wake up even earlier to maybe work out in the morning, but little baby steps at a time. I’ve never been a morning person and I love my bed and sleep, so this has been a great challenge for me but I’m happy to be sticking to it.
#6 – Meditate
Our minds get busy throughout the day. They’re constantly on fast-forward and don’t seem to settle. I’m on a computer all day at work writing then I come home and am on the computer writing more.
I need to meditate more. I need to connect with myself before I connect to the wifi. I know this is a huge thing and would be monumental for me to practice more.
I’m creating a little meditation/yoga corner in my loft and I’m making my bedroom a no technology zone. I’m going to start plugging my phone in downstairs and allowing my space upstairs to be light and full of mediation and relaxing vibes.
#7 – Do more at home workouts
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve canceled my gym membership. As you know, I enjoy fitness and try to make it a priority in my life. But, the gym was an expensive payment and I’m trying to pay off all my student debt. So, I will be doing more at-home workouts. I always tend to find great, sweaty workout videos and sessions on Youtube, so I’ll be doing those. I’ve been obsessed with Sarah’s Day for a while and her workout always kill me.
I’ve also considered buying Sarah’s ebook or Carly Rowena’s ebook. A little money with a worthwhile investment. No decisions have been made yet!
#8 – Little acts of kindness
One of my favourite things is doing little acts of kindness. Whether that’s smiling at the stranger on the street, giving my change to someone in need, writing a thank you card to someone special in my life or sending a random “You’re the best” text to loved ones, it’s my fav.
I know I love receiving those types of things, so giving them out and making someone else’s day is worthwhile.
I want to start making more of an effort to do these things weekly.
#9 – Get a haircut
This is self-explanatory. I haven’t gotten my haircut in the longest time and I really need to. The dead ends are becoming too much to handle. What’s holding me back you ask? I hate the idea of giving someone $40-$50 for a trim. I don’t want to chop my hair off… I’m trying to grow it a bit more.
I miss the days when my mom used to cut my hair.
#10 – book my appointments
I’ve already started on this one. I kicked myself in the butt for having my work benefits for a couple months now and not using them. So, I booked myself a dentist appointment, bought new glasses and some contact lenses.
I always put off the dentist because I know I have things I need to get done (which will cost a lot of money). I sucked it up and I booked an appointment to have some work done on my teeth.
So, let this be your reminder. Stop putting off making that appointment. Whether it’s an eye test, smear test, dentist appointment, mammogram or a casual checkup, pick up your phone and do it now. Make yourself a priority, especially if it has to do with your health.
There you have it… my Fall Refresh List. What’s on yours? Leave me a comment and let me know!