I love makeover shows. Whether it involves people’s homes, their lives, their wardrobes – the ‘befores’ and ‘afters’ of a program completely suck me in. Even when I’ve worked on makeover shows and watched the day by day progress before my very eyes, revealing the final transformation always brings me to my knees.
But when it comes to real life, there are too many times when the befores never quite make it to the afters; and the transformations we envision never seem to quite get there. We start the year full of promises and resolutions. To be healthier, to be wiser, more financially solvent, kinder…the lists go on and on. But as January passes, and February comes to a close, often the wheels have not only started to fall off the wagon – in most cases the wagon has come to a complete stop, someone’s stolen the wheels and wild animals have turned it into a makeshift home.
Too often by March, real life has gotten in the way of idealism and our best intentions have been long forgotten – taken over by a sea of business, obligations, and non-stop pressure. We start to question where the year has gone, and if we’re not careful, fall into a sea of disappointment of what we have failed to achieve; or feel helpless as we watch time slipping away before our very eyes.
So I’m here today to call you to action to grab a little piece of that New Year resolve back. No, it doesn’t mean to hop back on that train of wild promises and outlandish statements. If you haven’t gone the the gym twice a day, every day, and drunk your detoxifying green smoothies every morning, chances are a new month is not going to get that happening.
But what a new month can do is give you the option to choose one task. One task only. And make it your month’s prerogative. The task can be anything. Makeover your home, your career, your self. Just make the task something you WANT and something you can ACHIEVE.
For example, for months I’ve been planning on giving Soda’s ‘cupboard’ a makeover. This cupboard is filled with bits and bobs – from food, to medical kits, old toys and towels. And while I’ve kept it somewhat neat and tidy, I’ve promised myself every month that I’m going to clean it out and get it organised just-so. This is going to be my March Makeover. I pledge by the end of March, Soda’s cupboard will be functional and fabulous.
So that’s my pledge. What about you? What’s that one thing you’ve been meaning to do that you’ve never really devoted enough time to? Do you want March to be the month that you finally get better posture? The month that you get control of your email inbox? That you finally spruce up your blog header? Or beautify the back garden?
Think about something that requires devotion and a task that can be achieved in these upcoming 31 days. But most importantly think about how you want to feel at the end of the month. Picture yourself on April first. Apart from playing some awesome April Fools prank, what do you want to be able to look back on having achieved? How will you feel having finally learnt how to master liquid eyeliner and bronzer? Or organised and beautified your work station/home office? Or discovered how to run 5kms without stopping? Big or small. Important or indulgent. Whatever it is make March the month to do it. Make it count.
So why not join me? You can leave your pledge in the comments below, you can tape them to your bathroom mirror, or you can set a reminder on your phone for every morning. Whatever you do just write it down. And while you’re at it write down how you’re going to feel when April rolls around having achieved your makeover. Happier? Lighter? More in control? Pinpoint that feeling and capture it. So as the calendar days float by you have a physical reminder of what you’re working towards.
Then by the time April arrives no matter what’s happened to those New Year goals, you can say proudly – I completed my March Makeover. I did it.
What’s your March Makeover?
HANDY HINTS FOR MARCH MAKEOVERS
- Home Organisation. Want to spruce up your castle? Get inspired by Jen’s Project Pretty Challenge over at I Heart Organizing. Jen hits it out of the park. Every. Single. Time.
- Get Business Savvy. Looking to take your business or career that next step forward? Read this amazing article on Building Your Own Personal Brand by the fabulous Camille Styles.
- Are you a blogger? Want to take things to the next level? Nikki’s post over at Styling You is a great place to start.
- Do you want your health to be more of a priority? Why not try to incorporate one of Kimberley’s 10 Health Rules to Live By over at Dream Delight Inspire.
- Or is it all about your dog? (No judgement here! Let’s face it – you’re in the right place!) Why not learn how to Groom At Home, Make Your Own Treats, or get your pooch organised.