New Year, New Chic: Starting Off 2013 with a Positive Mindset

By Jill Scherr, Student at Academy of Art University

And 2013 is finally here! What better way to start it off then by feeling your best and becoming your best self?

A new year is a perfect time to start a clean slate in your life and plan all your hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. Here are some tips on how to do just that!

1. Set goals
Holiday break is all about relaxing and spending time with friends and family, but it doesn't hurt to dedicate some time to planning your upcoming goals for the year. They can be big or small or you can plan individual steps to work to one big goal, but now is the perfect time to evaluate where you've been and where you're headed.

2. Be grateful
Remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for — no matter how small or silly they might seem — because there is somebody out there that most likely doesn't have them.

3. Think and act positive
The best way to incorporate positivity into your life is to surround yourself with good people who inspire and uplift you, post/decorate things that motivate you in your space and act positive — even if you're not always feeling that way. Eventually, it will rub off on you! Worry and stress will not change the outcome of a situation, so why waste being negative when you can channel that energy into making your dreams come true?

4. Get healthy
Improve your self-esteem from the outside in by taking good care of yourself, exercising daily and eating a healthy, balanced diet.

5. Help others
Volunteering is the best way to get out of your own head and help someone else. It will expand your world and you never know what you may learn along the way.

What are your goals for the upcoming new year? What are your tips for keeping a positive mindset? Let me know in the comments!

Want to find ways to keep your New Year's resolutions? Check out our New Year, New Chic board on Pinterest.

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