Annually women skip rent (or meals) to pay for treatments, nips and tucks, SPANX, coverups and other vanity solutions rather than work out, eat well and take care of themselves. Well, maybe this is an oversimplification, however, as I watched last week’s episode of RHONY (yes, I sucuumb to not-so-great reality tv on a regular basis) I noticed that a few of the women were getting procedures to mask their laziness. Thus! I’ve decided to make some goals for myself to truly live a healthy lifestyle and save money on avoidable procedures down the road.
1. Preserving my face/skin
I’ll try my best to wash my face twice a day and keep my hands off. I will still spend money on moisturizers, but I am searching/ have found products with more natural oils and fewer chemicals. I was reading some of the profiles on IntoTheGloss where many of the women described the simplicity of their skin care routines and their focus on great skin rather than expensive makeup. I would love to have a basic routine that doesn’t require me to wake up an hour earlier. Lately I’ve been using natural coconut oil on my (body) skin which has been amazing. I’d like to return to giving myself facials using the products found in my fridge. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.
2. Preserving my teeth
Dental treatments are soooo expensive! Thus, I’ll actually follow everything the dentist says and keep my routine in tip top shape. I’d rather spend the extra $6 today to buy more mouthwash than $$$$ in the future on preventable treatments and procedures. No more being a cheap-o.
3. Getting in shape/ keeping my insides healthy
Once I went to a women in business forum where we were told to invest in a good pair of spanx. I was immediately saddened by this suggestion since, as a college student, I have more important things to be spending my limited income such as girls nights out and going to brunch with my friends! Ive resolved to be more consistent in my exercising and pay more attention to what I eat. I’m not overweight but I know that I could be healthier (and probably have better skin and hair) if I swapped out that second cookie for an apple.
4. Keeping my hair in shape
Okay, so I know there are certain processes I will never try at home; relaxing my own hair, for instance, just isn’t going to happen. But, I want to put more effort into learning how to properly blowout my own hair, so I can avoid trips to the salon in between major treatments. Numerous women, especially African-Americans, spend a ton of money on hair weaves. I recently read an article in the NYTimes about people even resorting to stealing them. I’d rather spend my money on having a great time with my friends/ boyfriend.
5. Preserving my brain/ mind/ spirit
I want to read more and discuss, rather than avoid, major issues in my life. I’d rather not miss sleep on an argument we had yesterday, or develop an ulcer from being stubborn and refusing to forgive. I would much more enjoy peace of mind and knowing that things will get better. People lose their minds and (get gross acne) from unnecessary stress and I don’t want to end up like that later on in life.