Check out 14 ways to say goodbye to the issues of 2014 — and hit 2015 running. #literally
1. Make the Most of Your Money
Money is air, and we need both to thrive. If 2014 left your bank account worse than it found it, take a big breath and deposit these tips from UCCU’s Brad Norton. You might find financial finesse even before your tax return arrives.
Technology can save us from our weaknesses. Automation tools can limit the amount of money in your checking account while building up savings for important expenditures down the road. Take the time to set up your accounts in ways that discipline your money habits.
Wait Seven Days
“If you have something you are eyeing, wait seven days before making the purchase,” says UCCU’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Brad Norton. “Spouses need to agree that you will not make a decision on a Saturday afternoon at RC Willey without waiting seven days. This helps to limit unnecessary impulse buys.”
Get Out of Debt as Fast as Possible
Stop the debt train in its tracks. Focus on the debts you already have and make generous monthly payments to retire the debts in a timely manner.
Have a Reserve
Although getting out of debt, spending wisely and saving are all important, it can be difficult to figure out where to start and which financial goal is most important.
“When I give presentations, I meet people who are dead set on paying off debt first and others are focused on creating a savings account,” Brad says. “All of these financial tips are equally important to find financial peace, confidence and success.”
2. Love on the Skin You’re In
While many factors contribute to skin health (darn those genetics), being dedicated to a skin care routine reaps rewards that are skin deep. And finding quality skin care products only requires you to look as deep as Provo Center Street.
Nu Skin is a leader in anti-aging, skin care and health care products. The company’s ageLOC Rejuvenating Gel Mask and Facial Spa products reduce the appearance of aging while providing a luxurious ah-spa moment.
But one of the easiest ways to take care of skin is also the cheapest — just add water.
3. Get in control of your hair
Naturally curly hair can be the biggest blessing or the frizziest curse. If this is the year you want to tame your tresses, try AVEDA’s Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, which takes hair from naturally curly to naturally straight.
This styling creme progressively straightens curls with every use. In fact, 94 percent of users say it helps eliminate curl immediately. As you blow-dry hair, plant-derived fibers help create a locking layer to help hold hair straight, day after day. Organic cassava root helps form a barrier against even intense humidity. Straight styling becomes faster and easier.
Is it for me?
Remedez stylists say if you have naturally curly hair and wear it straight after every wash, then Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight is right for you. This product makes creating a straight style easier from blowout to blowout.
When and when
Stylists recommend that their curly clients use Naturally Straight as often as they need to until they reach the desired level of straightness — then use as often as needed to maintain the style. Naturally Straight is designed to progressively straighten hair with repeated use, but once you stop using it, it will wash out after a few shampoos.
After towel-drying hair, apply Naturally Straight one section at a time to ensure a thorough application. Use a brush and blow dryer to straighten hair. Flat-iron if necessary.
4. Swap Your Soda
A common goal for the New Year is dropping soda on the spot. But don’t drink to that idea without coming up with a replacement. What will your hand and mouth do when it’s “Diet Coke time”?
Mend Juicery at the Shops at Riverwoods is promoting a “Swap Your Soda” campaign through social media.
#SwapYourSoda has become a “support group” for juice believers who are trading carbonation for rejuvenation.
“This Swap Your Soda program is something we’re always encouraging people to do — to get a restart,” says Mend Juicery co-founder Giovanni Niccoli. “We’ve tried to make it really easy. Our cold pressed juices are packed with so many nutrients, and the vitamins will make your body feel better and adjust to the soda swap.”
When your mouth and your hand are in the habit of drinking soda, putting a juice in the mix can easily become the new “addiction,” says Suzie Turner, Mend co-founder.
In addition, adding juice to your diet enhances mental clarity and will help you make better decisions.
“There are so many things to gain from a proper diet,” Giovanni says.
5. Tumble Away Your Definition of Exercise
Setting fitness goals can be stressful if the gym isn’t your cup of tea.
The Pointe Academy in Highland offers a full slate of classes including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, break dancing and tumbling.
But the new year is also bringing new, alternative dance exercise options, says owner and founder of the Pointe Academy, Janene Schiffman. Two additions to the 2015 curriculum include Acro and Partnering.
The biggest trend in the competitive dance world is Acro, which combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatics. This class powers participants with tricks, choreography and competitive dance elements. “Acro builds flexibility and strength,” Janene says.
Odyssey Director Derryl Yeager along with his dancers are teaching a partnering class at The Pointe Academy. For ages 12 and up, the partnering class is designed to teach the proper way to lift and support a partner to avoid injury. “Anytime you are involved in a company or stage performance, chances are you will be required to dance with a partner,” Janene says. “It can be uncomfortable for even the advanced dancer to do partnering if they have never done it before. It’s exciting to interact with a co-dancer.”
6. Take the Dizzy Out of Your Busy
Stress is stressful. And it seems to be going around faster than rumors about Trader Joe’s. But there are ways to tame the talk of crazy busy.
“Women need to take time for themselves,” says Cynthia Gambill, owner of Remedez HairSpa in the University Mall. “A pedicure, massage, a hair color or a manicure can give you the added peace and confidence to be a better wife and mother.”
Remedez has developed the “Stress Buster” spa package with busy women in mind. The package includes a 60-minute massage, hand-relieving manicure and pedicure. With a value of $125, the Stress Buster goes for $99 at Remedez, across from The Gap at University Mall. (The stress starts disappearing with the low pricetag.)
7. Enjoy Gym Time
Early January is like the Black Friday of fitness. Crowds line the gym to work on their resolutions and jumpstart a commitment to health. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or a treadmill repairman — to know it’s important to maintain an exercise routine year-round. Fortunately, Utah Valley is home to both indoor and outdoor fitness meccas.
With the name change from Gold’s Gym to VASA Fitness, their five Utah County gyms are adding functional-training to achieve maximum results. Machines target certain muscles, whereas functional-training targets muscles we use every day.
8. Boost Your Energy
After the holidays, life is kicking back into high gear with long to-do lists and high hopes for 2015. For some, this equation equals lower sleep and higher caffeine intake. Result? Not good. #mightnotbethetechnicalterm
Mend Juicery’s latest recipe for health includes mixers and menders. And, yes, they are exactly what they sound like.
“We’re really excited about these powerful little shots of goodness,” Mend Co-Founder Giovanni Niccoli says. “Ginger can be added to most juices and is really good for you.”
Mend’s ginger shot not only gives you a pop of energy for a hectic day, but it also is generous in benefits to the body.
9. Update Your Look
Remedez HairSpa names 10 trends in 2015 for both women and men.
· Bangs. “But this year, they will be textured and less blunt,” says Brianna Gray, master stylist at Remedez.
• Center parts. “Celebrities are parting their bangs down the middle,” Brianna says.
· Tailored beards.
· Ombre “Women’s hair color has merged into a natural look rather than the dip-dyed style,” she says.
· Perfectly imperfect look. Beachy waves with straighter ends are in.
· Red hair. Especially deep chestnut and mahogany shades.
· 1920s military look. “Men’s hair trends are a modern take on a retro classic,” she says.
· Long bobs for women.
· Pixie cut — longer on the top and front but short in the back.
· Bold color — especially for shorter hairstyles.
10. Stop With the Numbers Game
New Year’s resolutions often include a bold number we’d like to see on the scale.
DON’T DO THAT THIS YEAR.
Weight is just a number and not an accurate representation of progress. VASA Fitness experts remind that increasing our workout time may increase muscle weight.
Translation: Weight loss might not be the ideal goal.
The best way to assess progress is by taking measurements every couple of weeks and monitoring how your body looks, feels and fits in clothing.
11. Live the Sweet Life
American Fork’s Xlear is making it easy to keep the sweet and lose the sugar. Early in 2015, watch for the release of the Gentleman’s Bistro cookbook, with 100 recipes using XyloSweet.
Nutritionist Karen Edwards has also compiled more than 80 recipes for desserts with xylitol. Don’t swear off pies, cakes, frosting and ice cream. Let 2015 be the year you feed your sweet tooth properly.
12. Dance to the Future
Dance lessons can lead to more than carpool debacles and monthly auto-payments. The Pointe Academy in Highland is helping dancers look to the future with the addition of their “Success System.” This workshop involves legends within the dance industry who have ties to Utah.
This program teaches aspiring dancers options when they finish their training at The Pointe. High school dance programs, university performers and professionals teach how to market with resumes, social networking and street smarts.
This gives dancers and their parents resources for getting jobs, scholarships and grants, as well as how to do commercial work. This might just be the year to turn a dance hobby into concrete future plans.
13. Cleanse. It’s not as bad as it sounds.
Diet. Schmiet. The real way to reset and reboot your cravings and your body is to cleanse.
By the third day of a proper cleanse, you are mentally and physically ready to make consistently different choices in your long-term diet.
“January is a great time to cleanse and start your New Year off right,” says Suzie Turner, co-founder of Mend Juicery. “With a juice cleanse, you feel different and that makes exercising and other changes in your life easier to sink your teeth into as well.”
Suzie says that cleansing leads to greater energy and an increased desire to eat right.
“When you cleanse, your taste buds change and you start picking different things to eat,” she says. “A cleanse is a physical, mental and emotional process.”
14. Don’t Stay Sugary Sweet in 2015
Sugar, we have a love-hate relationship with you. You enhance flavors and taste awesome in our desserts, but you are harsh on our body and teeth. Can we just be friends?
Breakup with sugar this year by incorporating new options created by local company Xlear.