The Ultimate 12-Month “Self-Care” Challenge That Tops Any New Year’s Resolution

2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT

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9 SCENTED CANDLES INTERIOR DESIGNERS ALWAYS BUY

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

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If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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FREE: Bethany Jazz Vespers: Jazzmeia Horn

jazzmeia-horn-300x230-319a051a03Saturday, January 6th at 6 PM.  Bethany Baptist Church – 275 W Market St, Newark, NJ

Meet the future of jazz when the Bethany Jazz Vespers series presents this intimate, free concert starring rising star Jazzmeia Horn, a recent winner of both the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and NJPAC’s own Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

With a musical confidence far beyond her years, this Texas-born singer has been influenced by a range of jazz legends (from Sarah Vaughan to Rachelle Ferrell), and has formed a distinctive, delectable repertoire that combines classic jazz with modern flavors drawn from gospel and neo-soul. On her recently released debut album, A Social Call, Horn offers a fresh take on evergreen standards (“I Remember You,” “East of the Sun”), hard-bop anthems (“Afro-Blue”), spiritual songs (“Wade in the Water,”), R&B nuggets (“People Make the World Go ‘Round”), and much, much more.

“Jazzmeia Horn is a singer who stands apart from many of her peers because she takes on every song she sings so naturally,” says London Jazz News. “Every word, gesture and ornament becomes an expression of her total conviction … she completely comes alive in the moment.” DownBeat says that Horn possesses “both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision. She has a thrilling presence, with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.”

This free event is presented by Bethany Jazz Vespers and NJPAC.

50 COCKTAILS TO GET YOU THROUGH HOLIDAY DRAMA

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HAVE ONE GLASS (OR SIX) OF THESE COCKTAILS AND PUNCH BOWLS—WHO’S COUNTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, ANYWAY?

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All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

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TODAY – The Kingsland Manor presents A Candlelight Tour and Reading of “A Christmas Carol”

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In nearby Nutley, NJ – December 15th, 2017, 7 p.m.

Step back into the 19th century as you listen to a classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, read by John McCullough in the Kingsland Manor ballroom.

A candlelight tour of the Manor and holiday refreshments will follow the reading.

Recommended for adults and young adults (ages 12+).

Tickets are $15.00

A total of 25 tickets will be sold for this event.

Kingsland Manor Christmas Carol – reserve, pay online here

For more information, email or call 973-661-3410

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Harrison Urby’s Coperaco Coffee Shop Has a Tree House

coperaco-harrison-urby-08-1392x928via JerseyDigs.com – The Kearny-based Coperaco Coffee has set up shop on the first floor of Harrison Urby, and developer Ironstate built a two-story tree house inside, as first seen in Dwell. The Dutch firm Concrete designed the space, which has a couch and a fireplace downstairs. A library, table, and another couch and some comfy chairs occupy the upstairs. One wall is made of braided rope.

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