5 Ways to Put Yourself First

As we head into the New Year, make it your resolution to do things that make you happy.

Sharon Boone Dec, 15, 2014

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As we head into the New Year, make it your resolution to do things that make you happy.

Add a pop of color to your winter palette. rock a bright scarf and glove combo or put a jewel ton pin in your coat. And never underestimate the transformative power of a new lipstick. 

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Inspirational quotes are great, but how about this month you work toward living their truth more and posting them to Instagram less?

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Place a self-criticism "swear jar" by your mirror and drop in a quarter every time you find yourself thinking negatively. Empty it at the end of every week (add the money to your vacation fund) and marvel at how that clanging of coins lessens day by day

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Eating the customary New Year's Day meal of black-eyed peas, ham and collards is great. Cooking it after a night of partying? Not so much. This year, give up convention, order in and begin 2015 as the agent of your own peace.

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Put a new spin on Happy Hour: Spend 60 minutes doing something that gives you joy, and whether it's twerking in the living room to your favorite songs, catching up on the phone with an old friend or cuddling in bed with a partner or pet.