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Who isn’t feeling a little battered after weathering the storm that is 2018? Your friends on the left and right are probably feeling the same way. At INSIDE, we believe it’s still possible to have it all. Come 2019, it’s time to be savvier about your resolutions. Here are 5 popular resolutions that even the most tired millennials (and those at heart) can fulfil with grace and vigour.
1) Get fitter
Your friend has completed yet another endurance race, but you’re still stuck in the carb-loading phase. Overcoming this is as easy as semantics. You don’t need to get fit, just get fitter.
For the year ahead, look towards the most unusual sources for motivation.
Do everything in active wear
Just as you dress for the job you want, dress for the lifestyle you want. Head to the nearest store and select the finest active wear you can find. Comfortable leggings? Check. Sweat wicking tops? Check. Bad-ass running shoes? Check.
The right outfit can inspire and motivate. Your active wear gear will be your armour and you're ready to take on the world. Now – march yourself to the nearest fitness studio (after that brunch of course).
Find your visual #Fitspo
Head over to Instagram and start following some #Fitspo accounts. Find inspiration from the many exercise and fitness related accounts and be inspired.
This visual mélange of fit bodies, life affirming quotes, before and after photos, and handy exercise guides will get you thinking that you can do it too. Find some fitness videos too, but don’t get ambitious and start with the most challenging video you can find.
Start out slow. In fact, for the very first video, dress up in your active wear and simply watch the video. If it is something you don’t feel confident doing, don’t do it. Start until you find something you’re comfortable with. Lull yourself into a false sense of security, then gradually up the intensity. Or let YouTube’s recommendations do that for you.
2) Eat well
Once you’ve gotten into the groove of working out, you need to pair it with a healthy diet. It’s 2019 and selfcare is the name of the game. Quit eating mindlessly and making poor food choices. Your body deserves better.
Eat beautiful In the coming year, consider the aesthetic value of your food because hey, it really does lift one’s spirits! Eat with your mouth and eyes. Think Instagram-worthy plates – also giving you street cred for being the discerning diner who knows the good stuff. Go for customisable menu options – and get your kale, hummus and lean proteins all in the same bowl.
PS. Café serves up the usual suspects - with a twist. Their burgers, sandwiches and hearty Western mains are big on flavour as well as presentation, taste and ambience – which makes all the difference. They’re great for sharing too! Bonding over food makes life so much better.
Working in the CBD? Grain Traders will have you imagine you’re right in the middle of a Kinfolk food shoot – everything in your bowl’s going to be fresh, wholesome, visually arresting, and super tasty.
Eat savvy You really are what you eat. Make it a point to look at the nutrition labels and be more aware of what goes on your plate; a little goes a long way when eating more healthily becomes a lifestyle. It’s also nice to know you’re doing your part in reducing carbon footprint if your food is being sourced or grown through sustainable methods. Start label reading with your Cold Storage grocery shopping! In 2019, we wanna keep it real real.
3) Work smart
It’s official. It’s not about how many hours you put at work. Boasting about how many hours you work is being regarded as a sign of failure so #pleasestahp.
The office of the future is already here – why should you get stuck in the past? It is time to work smart, keep your eye on what matters and move markets.
Embrace togetherness Don’t work in silos, work together. Seek out synergies, build networks and find common successes. Coworking spaces are more than just looking beautiful.
They are gathering points for you to get into the ecosystem. When you’re at a coworking space, make it a point to engage with the people around you and offer your help to get things moving. A simple conversation with a stranger today, might be tommorrow's headlines in the news. The best collaborations and stories often have humble beginnings.
Adopt a growth mindset Equipping yourself with knowledge and understanding how to analyse complex situations is half the battle won. If you can’t speak from a place of knowledge, how do you expect someone else to relate to you? You are already on social media, so join online groups and follow credible social media accounts to get in on the latest industry chatter. Read more. Embrace more learning and development opportunities. 2019 will be a year of growth for you.
4) Travel more
After years of fretting over not having enough money to travel, you now have the money, but you don’t have the time #ouch. Adulting is much like Hill House – once you're in, you're in, and it is scary.
Instead of waiting for your friends and for schedules to align, consider taking a solo trip* in the coming year. You get full control over where you want to go, you wake when you want, and you go where your heart tells you to. It’s getting lost and finding absolute freedom all at the same time.
Whether east or west, here are 2 cities ideal for the soloist in you:
Tokyo One of the best way to experience Tokyo is with your taste buds. Sushi from a grand chef? Arigato! Golden brown and crispy Tempura? Oiishi! Rich matcha parfaits topped with creamy azuki beans? Hai! Stay at Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo and head to Ramen Nagi located within the fascinating alleys of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai just 5 minutes away. The adventure starts with a climb up a narrow and near vertical flight of steps and ends with you polishing off every last drop of their umami-packed fish-based broth.
Bonjour! The city of lights and love awaits. Whether your passion is for the Lourve (the museum) or for Louis (the luxury fashion brand), you can you get to live out what could possibly be described as “one of the best moments of your life” at these 2 Parisian institutions. After a long of day of pounding the cobbled streets of Rue de Rivoli or getting lost in the Marais, you’ll need somewhere chic to rest your head. Consider the well located Le Clef Lourve Paris.
Have you ever felt a pang of guilt from spending too much time on your mobile phone with entertainment mainstays like Netflix and Spotify? Well, don’t! There’s no need to compromise on the things you love in the new year.
Keep play to your list, but be sure to invite others to join you in the fun!
A virtual challenge Share your digital screen time with your loved ones. Create a shared Spotify playlist and reminisce the good times you’ve had together. Netflix is chockfull of reality TV competitions. Select one, pick a side and find someone to root for – then come together to watch the finale unfurl. Who stays and who gets voted off? Loser buys ice cream, everyone wins. Easy!
Unplug and play Take your love for entertainment and play outside. It is always better IRL. Take your competitive spirit to a round of indoor mini golf at the latest lifestyle destination, Holey Moley at Clarke Quay. Add in crazy obstacles, your favourite drinks and top ‘90s tunes to make it a hole-some experience. All you need to do is to boogie (not so much bogey) for the best party ever.