Happy New Year, everyone.

My God, it has been a long while… I am so sorry for the delay!

When I brainstormed the ideas for this post and upon writing this, I reflected and still am reflecting day by day on how I can be a better blogger, and give you the best content while still giving you the best version of myself in the most authentic way possible.

2018 has been quite a year. It has been a very hard year for me and there have been moments where ‘glowing for a living‘ felt out of my grip. This twenty-something life is full of twists and turns, yet I still have no idea what the heck I am doing. I’ve come to terms with that. In the same breath, I am super excited for my future and what’s to come. All while being terrified at the same time. But such is life, right?

Now that it’s 2019, I am so motivated to do better and be better. But I am also being honest. I haven’t been putting out content consistently, and I need to make a commitment not only to you, my audience, but to myself. So before I give my resolutions out to glowing up this 2019, one MAJOR resolution I want to declare is this:

I, Evie, will post on Glow for a Living biweekly. 

Consistency is key. We gotta start the year off glowed up, not dulled up. Now, with that out of the way, let’s get into these resolutions.

#1 Start Off with a Clean Slate

Now we know that in order to have great skin we have to have clean skin. From a previous post, we know washing your face everyday is imperative. That’s nothing new under the sun. But in honor of the new year, we have to start anew.

What are you holding onto in 2018? Take your shoes off. Get comfortable. Let’s chat.

You know that feeling when you don’t wash your makeup off at night? Well, imagine the next morning you wake up and you put on a new face of makeup over that old makeup. Sounds disgusting, right? That’s sort of like how it is starting the new year off with old drama from last year.

The consequences of not washing your face will bring about breakouts, and overall upset skin. Your skin will be trash if you don’t wash your face. That is indeed a fact. The principle in this can translate to our personal lives as well. The solution? Let’s make starting off with a clean slate this new year a priority.

Wash your face everyday and look at yourself in the mirror without all of concerns and worries of 2018. The regret is over. The “I should of did this-that” is over. It’s a new year, baby! Let’s act like it.

#2 Talk to Me Nice

In terms of the glow up, it’s always the interior glow that has the most longevity. The exterior glow up is just an added bonus, it’s the icing on the cake. We think to ourselves either in a negative manner or a positive manner. Most of the time, when we do think to ourselves it is over things that we can control or cannot control. Guess which one of those is likely to get us caught up the most?

The latter. Cannot is a bad word amung these parts.

As a (wo)man thinketh, so is (s)he. We have the power to speak things into literal existence. That goes for the negative AND the positive things. Yes. There are occurrences in life that are unfair and just plain hard. Really, really hard. But we do have the control over our attitudes and how we think definitely affects that. Let’s adopt positive self talk in 2019. It’s one thing to have a stellar skincare routine, but what good does that do if you’re dull and lifeless mentally and emotionally?

Here's a challenge: every morning you wake up, write down five things you're thankful for and five things you want to manifest for that day, week, month, whatever you want. This isn't homework, but more so a tangible note that you can account for in this 'Talk To Me Nice' journey.

#3 Be Lazy (yeah, I said it)

People get hung up over this term. We live in a society that works ourselves until we can’t no more… and by “can’t no more” I mean they cannot do anything anymore. Even the fun stuff, the healthy stuff, the self-care stuff, the spend-time-with-loved-ones stuff, you get the idea. THAT, my dear, simply sucks. I am wholeheartedly not about that life.

Does this mean to be disinterested in life and live in gluttony? I didn’t say all of that (I technically did, but it’s a figure of speech). But it’s okay to take time aside and plan to do absolutely nothing sometimes. It’s okay to be lazy when you’re completely drained. We are designed to rest and recharge when we’ve overexerted ourselves. Don’t let anyone shame you into feeling otherwise. Take care of yourself, and you’ll be your best self.

#4 Don’t be Ashamed of Your Pre-Glow Up

I have many folks tell me about their past problematic skin issues. Recovering from acne scarring is a common complaint. I still have acne scars from picking at my pimples and I still have to look at those areas on my face from doing that dumb, blasphemous behavior upon my gorgeous skin.

But honestly, seeing them fade over time makes me appreciate my skin even more. Our skin is the largest organ we have and it is designed to protect us from outside harm like free radicals and other pollutants in the air. The skin is also a reflection of how we are doing internally. If we’re sick, our complexion can be dull thus the term “look blue in the face.” I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit for how hard our body works to keep us healthy and radiant despite the setbacks in the past.

I hate the term “battle wounds” because the term is cliché and corny as ever, so I’m gonna put it like this: The pre-glow up is necessary for us to appreciate the best that is yet to come. Heck, the pre-glow up makes us appreciate the NOW and gets us excited for what’s next to come. That’s a beautiful feeling, and the best part of that is we get to experience that everyday if we choose to. We have more power than we think. Let’s get out of our own way and not be ashamed of where we came from.

#5 Let Go of Dead Weight

Y’all thought I was done? You think it’s a game? You thought I wasn’t going to mention my favorite pass time of ALL TIME?! (Okay, I’m being extra, I have many pass times that I enjoy.)

You gotta still keep exfoliating.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know this is something people struggle with. But I’m still going to harp on exfoliating and keep that same energy when I first talked about this. This resolution is not only about exfoliating 1-2 times/week, but as much as I love letting go of dead skin, that doesn’t mean we do the same with the other dead weight in our life. The new year is about renewal, and as our skin cells turnover to reveal a fresh, healthy complexion, we have to do our part to turnover those areas of our life that not only needed to stay in 2018, but needed to go FOR GOOD.

The key word for this resolution is simple. Eliminate. Eliminate what doesn't help you evolve. Eliminate what doesn't help you grow. Eliminate what's dead period. Periodttttttttttttttttttttttt.

When something is over with and we keep holding onto it, it stifles us and creates a cloud of dullness in our lives. Just like the dull complexion that desperately needs a clarifying mask or a mild chemical peel. Whatever way you use to get rid of dead weight, skincare wise or life wise, being lit from within is beyond skin deep. Glowing for a living is more about having a weekly regimen to a radiant complexion. It is so much more than that. We must let go in order to reveal our greatest potential.

Now I can choooooooose to go on and on… but I won’t. Because I’m already knowing that you have these gyms hounding you down to sign up for their premium services and I don’t want to sound as gimmicky as they might sound. (LOL!) Believe me, this is not a gimmick. We are sometimes in our own way, and only we have the potential to change that.

Hopefully, this post was inspiring and got you thinking of ways to better yourself this year. We’re not perfect. Shoot, I know I’m not. I still have my Christmas lights up. But that’s beyond the point. Anyway, luvs, you got this. Be blessed and 2019-obsessed.

Peeweeyid. *City Girls voice*

Happy New Year,

Evie xoxo

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