The holiday season is almost over and during this time you have probably been bombarded with TV or internet ads about gifting. Ads after ads telling you to buy a perfume/laptop/designer bag/chocolate for your loved ones, but have you ever asked yourself what goes on behind that product?
After all, I’m sure that people will mostly remember the time you spent together as opposed to gifts they received. This is not to say that gifts are worthless – in fact, a well-chosen gift tells a person that you really took your time to think about what would make them happy. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words but a gift can be just as meaningful.
This year’s slogan at L’Occitane was “know all that you give”. It doesn’t mean just knowing why the giftee will like the present but also what went into the product you’re giving to your friend.
Let’s kick off 2017 with some retrospective. But first, an explanation. In 2017 I plan to blog more: write more reviews, comparisons, do #FOTD or #EOTD type of posts… things like that. But for that to work I need to focus on you, dear readers.
In this post I talked about some of the first perfume oil samples that I’d received. Although I haven’t used it recently, Anna is still one of my favourites. I still believe it’s a perfect blend of gourmand and floral notes on a sandalwood base that doesn’t go weirdly dry on my skin. I’m actually waiting for a full-sized bottle of this – it was also bought in a Sunday swap and is now *somewhere* in Europe. I don’t want to turn this into a rant so let’s just say I’m getting really impatient with the post!
I have found a new owner for Smelly Yeti Dame It, while Lou Lou’s Fruit Basket Cider stays at my place, waiting to be picked up. Honestly, I’ve acquired so many bottles and samples in 2016 that FBC got sidetracked but I plan to wear it on damp(er) days (it’s been dry as in a desert here).
Taste tests are something I plan to return to once I get back into fitness (it’s a long story, nearly ripe for a proper, dedicated blog post). The idea here is to try various foods marketed as “fit”, “healthy”, “delicious” options for bodybuilders or simply people that want to reduce their sugar/carb intake but still have fun, lovely meals. Activlab Breakfast Protein was one of such brekkie options but I plan to review protein bars and shakes, too.
How appropriate for new year resolutions! This one was about finding the right time to start something. Most people choose 1 January to make that big change in their life but I believe you should do that whenever you feel ready. December’s a right bitch when it comes to healthy eating, negating your efforts as you go, so January makes sense if you want to start dieting. I’m cringing at myself as I write this but I plan to start over in the first month of 2017.
Remember that if you are not addressing your own needs, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to meet anyone else’s needs.
The Enneagram Institute
Ths quote is definitely worth remembering, regardless of your “personality number”. Listening to yourself does not mean ignoring what other people are telling you. It means that being true to yourself.
I’m not usually one for new year resolutions because I always either fail or forget about them (which means failure, right?). To be honest, I don’t considering the switch that big of a deal but I understand those who believe in fresh starts. Sometimes a fresh start is just what we need after all.