Though we are two weeks into the new year, resolutions are still heavily on my mind. I do my best to improve myself in all aspects of my life on a daily basis (I mean, really, why procrastinate until tomorrow or the new year?), but there's something about the symbolism of a "new year" that makes it easier to plan, schedule, and fulfill personal goals. Despite that, the culture of "resolutions" can seem taxing and even oppressive at times, and there's so much language about how you need to improve (your mind, your body, your entire existence), that it can be a challenge to remember the things that we do love about ourselves.
After all, it is much easier to scrutinize than celebrate the many beautiful and exciting things about who we are. Your waistline isn't tiny enough. Your salary isn't big enough. Most of us (and I'm not exception) could probably come up with a laundry list about things we would change about our character and physicality and professional development. And why is it that it's so much easier to dwell on the negative (or even go searching for it, and creating "negatives" out of things that aren't even all that bad) in the first place?
And what about the myriad of wonderful things about ourselves?
I love my positive outlook on life.
I love that I can find humor in nearly all situations.
I love my ability to connect with people of all types of backgrounds.
I love how open I am to new individuals and situations and places.
I love my legs. No "but," I just love my legs.
I love that I am sensitive to others and perceptive of how they are feeling.
I love my multicultural background and how it has given me a unique perspective on people and places and the world.
I love how honest and genuine I am. I used to think I was "honest to a fault," but I'm starting to believe it's only a good thing.
I love my eyes, big and open and one of the only visible markings of my ethnic heritage.
I love my family - both chosen and of origin. I love how they've made me into the woman I am, and I love what I can give back to them.
I love that I can allow myself to feel vulnerable at times, and let me feelings move from mind to pen to paper.
I love that I can put a great outfit together and walk out my door feeling amazing about myself.
In partnership with Simply Be, we're offering what is absolutely the best giveaway I've done, to date. Three winners, from across the US (48-contiguous states only), will be flown out to NYC for a weekend of fun. All you have to do to enter is create a Board on Pinterest celebrating YOU, and comment below with a link to the pin board! That is it! (Hint: You can also hashtag your pins with #celebrateyou #nicolettemason or #simplybe so we can track your pins as they're published!)
What's up for grabs?
A weekend trip to NYC (all expenses paid!)
Styling session with moi, courtesy of Simply Be!
Wardrobe planning and strategizing!
A professional photo shoot!
Party with some of your favorite blogging darlings!
AND SO MUCH MORE! I promise!
The winners will be announced on (or around!) January 22, 2013. Winners all must be available the weekend of February 2nd. We will curate our top 10 Pinterest boards and then use a random number generator to select three winners from the top 10.
This contest is sponsored by SimplyBe.com, and I am also being compensated for my participation. Contest winners will be announced on or around January 22, 2013. For detailed rules & regulations, please see the fine print below!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”) Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these rules.
CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Monday, January 14, 2013 through Monday, January 21, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Contest is only open to U.S. legal residents living in the continental U.S. with a valid email address. Winners must be 18 years or older. Contestants must be available on February 2, 2013 to be in New York City.
All Entries will be judged based on judges’ discretion. Winners will be determined after the contest’s end date and will be notified by email. At the discretion of Simply Be USA or Nicolette Mason, the winners may be disqualified if they are not eligible based on the requirements set forth above. In the event it is determined that a winner has not complied with these rules, has failed to execute and return any required documents within the specified time period, has made false statements, or a prize notification is returned as undeliverable, then the winner will be disqualified and at the sole discretion of Simply Be USA or Nicolette Mason, and an alternate winner may be chosen.Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prize won, and photograph (all at Simply Be USA’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
UPDATE: The winners have been contacted directly, and I cannot wait to meet them (and introduce you to them, too), this weekend!