London Chicks December Checklist

By Claire Hastings

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The holidays are coming and the thoughts of a much-deserved rest are on everyone’s mind. You can’t wait to throw caution to the wind, to sit back, stop thinking about this year, and finally indulge in some relaxation. But if you want to make the best of these last few days of 2017, it’s time to start preparing. After all, you want the next year to be even better than this year, don’t you? Well then gals, let’s go over a few essentials that will help make us happy, healthy, and utterly fabulous in 2018.

Set up and prepare for new goals


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What do you want to accomplish next year? If you have a goal, any goal, write it down. Don’t just think about it idly because it won’t feel like it’s within your reach. Try to really focus and be realistic about what you can, or cannot do. Also, make it more specific. Don’t write down “I will lose weight next year.” Instead, try something like “I will lose three pounds by the end of January.” Make small, short-term goals, and then add to them, expand as you make progress. Where would you like to see yourself next year? Think about that, and prepare to make your dreams come true.

Declutter everything


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Things pile up over the year, especially our wardrobe, books, and small household items. Think about it – when was the last time you’ve used some of these? If the answer is something along the lines of “ages ago” then it’s possibly the time to get rid of it. Donate everything you can. It will make you feel great, and it will also leave a lot of free room in your house. Decluttering is a downright spiritual experience in some cases, so don’t be afraid to let go of the things you no longer need.

Freshen up your wardrobe


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Now comes the fun part! You’ve decluttered, you’re happy with yourself, and now’s the time to get ready for the upcoming season! A cool new pair of skinny jeans won’t go amiss, or maybe a sweet little cardigan in powder pink, or coral. December is a good time to stock up on practical, stylish wardrobe because of all the holiday discounts. Also, there’s just something very inspiring about getting a few new pieces that make you look amazing. That upcoming job interview or a date? You’re gonna rock it.

Visit the doctor and the dentist


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We know you’ve been postponing it for a while, but now’s the time to get it done with. In countries with good healthcare, like Australia, regular visits to the doctor’s office are standard, and it’s time we got on board with that practice. Seeing your dentist is also very important, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve had your root canals checked. Aussies see this as a routine check as well, and endodontists in Parramatta, for example, offer customized treatment plans for each patient and their different needs. Don’t let yourself enter the new year with health problems. Schedule your checkups and take care of yourself.

Manage your finances


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Same as with your health, starting January with financial debts is going to reflect poorly on your self-esteem and mark the beginning of the year as a bad one. You don’t want to be worrying about money while everyone else is too busy enjoying themselves. If you have trouble managing everything, here are a few budgeting templates that might help you.

Treat yourself to nice things


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Celebrate your big and small victories for this year. Celebrate all that you have accomplished, all that you put effort into. Treat yourself to something nice, maybe a pair of elegant leather boots, or maybe a set of books, or something else that you’ve always wanted. Make it a symbol of your hard work and it will remind you how far you’ve come each time you look at it.

Set some time aside for these little things and organize it so they’re done before the end of December. It will let you breathe easier, and you’ll feel really damn good, knowing that you’ve done something good, something  practical, and something that will make the next year the best one yet.

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