January brings the promise of a fresh start, and folks around the world are placing bets on how long their new year’s resolutions will last. This year, we are here to not only give you a few resolution ideas, but also to help you make them stick. These local finds will make you excited to get more sleep, eat better, get in shape and stop procrastinating. Whatever your resolution is, you can achieve it.
Keep those 2016 resolutions with these SB FINDS!
Get more sleep
As we all know, the recommended eight hours of sleep can leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. So shut off your computer and get to bed early this year. These Eberjey Gisele pajama sets from Habit will ensure that you will be comfortable (and cute) while logging a good night’s sleep. With a wide selection of colors, you are sure to find the perfect pair for you. These run from $108 (for solid set) to $130 (for print).
Take care of your skin with natural goodness
Sugary holiday treats, as well as dry, cold air and harsh winds have not been doing our skin any favors. Banish winter skin woes by cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting your face. Tata Harper’s line of 100 percent natural and nontoxic skin care products can keep your face feeling fresh this year. Treat your skin to the revitalizing body oil ($90), resurfacing mask ($55) and repairative moisturizer ($100) from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
Instead of beating yourself up for indulging in a few too many cookies this holiday season, make a conscious decision to reset your eating habits. No need to go cold turkey and cut out all things that make you happy; just learn a bit about moderation. Fresh-pressed juice from juice. Nashville can help you get back on track. The combination of fresh fruit and vegetables is both refreshing and delicious. Treat yourself to the cleanse, which contains one day’s worth of juices and almond milk. $36
Learn to cook with new flavors
Get back in the kitchen and challenge yourself with unique ingredients and unusual flavors. Little Gourmand’s gourmet market and pantry offers delicacies from France and elsewhere that will inspire any meal. If you are hesitant about how to use the European goods, speak with the knowledgeable staff, which is always willing to provide recipes and serving ideas. Pick up a pack of Sapori Antichi’s saffron and mushroom rice or mushroom risotto and master an Italian favorite. $10.95
Get in shape
Getting in shape requires motivation, dedication and the right gear. Don’t let the idea of hitting the gym haunt your dreams. The team at Fleet Feet can help you feel comfortable and confident while going for a run, lifting weights or perfecting your downward dog. Once you find the perfect pair of shoes, invest in a few good pairs of socks. It is no surprise that our entire staff can be found wearing Swiftwick, a local sock brand. These socks will keep away the blisters and the pain, and they’re sold around town at local shops including Fleet Feet and AshBlue, starting at $9.99.
Organize your desk
Adding a bit of organization to your life — and your desk — can be time saving and stress relieving. Stop spending hours digging for papers, pens or paper clips and create a method for the madness. Purge your desk of unneeded items and organize the rest. Emily Ley’s The Simplified Planner will help you keep track of personal and professional to-dos. Find this gold pineapple planner at The Paper Place for $62.
The new year is a perfect time to reflect on how you can better yourself. While the focus seems to land on the physical, we believe the mental and spiritual to be equally important. Lend a hand to others this year and see the difference you can make in your community. Hands On Nashville gathers opportunities in the area and connects volunteers to area nonprofits. Keep an eye on the calendar and dedicate your time to something meaningful. Find an opportunity on their website.
Pick up a new hobby
Picking up a new (or revisiting an old) hobby is just like riding a bike … but really, it can be as easy as that. If biking strikes you as intimidating, Pedal Chic Nashville will put you at ease. They are a local bike shop geared toward women, and their biking gear is top of the line. They will help you find the perfect bike or fit an old bike, deck you out in the best accessories and apparel, and invite you to join their community during the weekly group rides. Pick up this smartphone holder, to make riding with directions and music easier, for $35.
Spend more time with the people who matter
While many of us spent our holiday break catching up on shows, this year we are making a point to step away from the electronics and spend quality time together. Make a point of spending quality time with the people who matter most. We’d like to suggest gathering around the table and getting overly invested in good conversation and a board game or puzzle. This puzzle is perfect for Southerners and is a fun way for little ones to learn about the states. Grab this puzzle at The Beveled Edge for $19.95.
Find a doctor, and a plan a visit
Not only should you have a great doctor, but you should plan to schedule a visit once a year (or more if need be). Stop moving this to the bottom of your to-do list and start making your health a priority. If you are on the hunt for said doctor, look to our local hospitals for starters, with our FACES of Nashville sponsor, Saint Thomas Health, being a great place to start. They have specialists in every field from cardiovascular health and neurology to family medicine and pediatric care. Book your appointment today!
Read more books
Whether your goal is to read one book a month, reread all of the classics, make it through the stack of books on your nightstand or dive into a new genre, you will need some inspiration along the way. A walk through BookmanBookwoman will provide just that. With new releases and gently used books, you won’t be able to find an excuse to not delve into a good read. The Early Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote is a compilation of short stories worth picking up. Find it for $20 (20 percent off the cover price) at BookmanBookwoman.
This year, stick with a resolution to stay on task and be on time. Make the most of all the minutes in your day and use a stylish watch to stick to a schedule. Filson watches are inspired by vintage American watch designs and are made to last. The Mackinaw Field Chrono Watch is perfect for everyday wear and can be found at White’s Mercantile for $850.
Write a handwritten letter
Emails get the job done, but nothing says thank you, or I am thinking of you, like a handwritten note. Grab some stunning stationery from Ink Nashville and put your pen to paper. Let them help you design the perfect stationery to fit your personality. Call (615) 329-0766 to schedule your personal consultation. Or email them at [email protected].
Give yourself some “me” time
We are all the best version of ourselves after we have had alone time to rejuvenate. If you spent the entirety of December cooking, cleaning, hosting, traveling and giving your energy to others, give something to yourself. We think the best way to momentarily remove ourselves from the real world is through the relaxation you’ll find at a spa day. Spend your day getting a facial, massage, soak, manicure, wax and hair treatment at Escape Day Spa. They will treat you like the queen (or king) that you are. Services vary in price; call Escape Day Spa + Salon for details.
Drink more water
Are you getting the suggested eight glasses of water per day? If not, make it your new year’s resolution to hydrate more. Drinking more H2O will affect your mood, assist in weight loss, prevent headaches, hydrate your skin and boost productivity. To make sure you always have water on hand, grab one of these Nalgene water bottles, $10 from Cumberland Transit.
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