2016 Beauty, In One Word

Resolutions come, and resolutions go. They never quite seemed to work for me. So I shelved my old New Year's resolutions three years ago in order to take a new approach: a word of the year. Instead of a particular goal, in anticipation of every new year I choose a single word that sums up how I want to feel that year, or how I want the year's events to feel to me. Almost like a year-long affirmation.

Here's an earlier post I wrote on the idea.

The year I had a baby and released my book Eat Pretty, my word was VITAL, “having remarkable energy, liveliness or force of personality.” It was a lively, energetic, busy time! The year before that, while I was in preparation mode, my word was RELAXED. I needed some major down time in my life at that moment.

This year, my word is 'MAGICAL.'

I've encountered the word 'magical' over and over recently, and I'm taking it as a sign that, rather unexpectedly, it's going to be my word this year. I feel ready to stop trying to micromanage my life and allow more magic to happen organically. I want 2016 to be a year of magical moments and memories personally, at home with my son and husband, and professionally, as I launch two more books and dream up new ideas. So far, I've loved the result of tweaking my mindset as I approach the new year, and I love the creation process of finding that one perfect word much more than coming up with a traditional goal. It's a much better fit for a writer like me!

So, could you change your approach to resolutions this year too? Spend some time thinking about the word that sums up the way you'd like 2016 to feel. One of my clients chose the word 'joyful.' Another gravitated toward 'patient.' There is so much wisdom in your personal word of the year. Display it somewhere where you'll see it regularly, to have it guide your feelings and decisions in the year to come.

I wish you a year of beauty, health, and your best self in 2016!

xo, Jolene

2014 Beauty, In One Word

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As a new year rushes in, we take a fleeting moment to reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the year ahead. We call them resolutions, and rarely (if ever!) do they stick. Studies show that most of us ditch our resolutions around mid-January— so what can we do that will truly make a more lasting change in our beauty and health this year?

One of the most inspiring messages I’ll take away from 2013 is the power of intention. Rather than creating a specific goal— like exercising for an hour every day— that you might miss once and give up out of frustration, make this year’s intention a feeling.

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2013 Beauty in One Word

A new year, a new day, and a fresh start. Whether this past year was your best ever, or filled with challenges you're ready to leave behind, January is your time to refocus for the year ahead.

This January, I've been inspired by Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map and I've been thinking of the feeling I want to carry with me this year, rather than one specific resolution. I wanted to express my 2013 intentions in one word that I could return to again and again as the months pass.

If you could set the tone for your beauty in 2013 using a single word, what would it be?

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