2019 Resolutions: Body Positivity, Healthy Diets and Shopping Sustainably / by Didier Young

Hello everyone and I hope that you’ve all spent a wonderful holiday season! 2018 has been such a whirlwind and I am so thankful for all the good and bad things that have happened in my life. I worked with some of my dream brands, travelled far more than I ever had and even got engaged to the love of my life (I’ll tell you more about that soon). Now that I’ve taken some well deserved R & R, it is time to refocus on myself and on what I expect for the upcoming year. As it is the tradition, here are my resolutions for the year 2019.

The first one is about self love. I think that in 2018, a lot of people put a huge emphasis on body positivity. Given how media and society’s norms can sometimes dictate our beliefs as to what we should look like to be considered attractive, I think that it was a great subject for people to focus on. I struggled for the longest time with how I looked and I still do at times. In 2019, I’d like to focus on loving myself for who I am, whether I have a few pounds extra or not. We should all remember that it’s okay not to have abs, muscular arms or a butt that looks like a peach emoji. Our true worth doesn’t lie in the way we look but rather in our intellect, values and actions in life.

That being said, that doesn’t mean that I’ll be sitting on the couch all day while eating potato chips (even though the idea does sound quite appealing if you ask me). We often equate working out to body definition and muscles. While they are a lovely benefit of the activity, the primary focus should remain on the health aspect. I want to work out more for my health, both physically and mentally. In the last few months, I have been so busy with life in general that I have neglected my Soul Cycle classes and believe me, I felt a huge difference without the workout. I’d like to dedicate more time to physical activity this year, whether it’s a Soul Cycle class or taking a nice long daily walk. I am also going to focus on cooking at home more often instead of getting lazy and just ordering fast food. I might not look like I am three hundred pounds but that doesn’t mean that I am healthy. We all need to remember that healthy living does start with a healthy diet.

Now let’s talk about spending. 2018 was a big year of spending for me. I kept buying things that I blamed on the fact that I was turning 30 years old. Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the pieces that I got but did I really need five new designer bags in the span of six months? Probably not. I have always put a big emphasis on quality over quantity but it seems that the quantity part also got a tad out of hand this year. For 2019, I’d like to refocus on my former mantra: shop less and learn to love the couple of pieces that I have. After all, I have a life that is blessed in many ways and it shouldn’t require more material goods to make me feel happy.

I think that the main theme for 2019 is the fact that I want to learn to be happy in all the different aspects of my life. I am sure that it will not always be roses and that the new years will have some major bumps ahead but ultimately, I want to be happy. How about you guys? What are some of your resolutions?

-Didier