It’s the end of January and, I’m curious, how are you all doing on your New Year Resolutions? Hopefully they’re going super well and you’ve even been able to cross some off already. ❤
I know ‘quit this and quit that’ is common on a lot of people’s lists and, within the past couple years, there are some things I’ve quit that I’m proud of! I would very much like to boast about them and possibly, help prove to YOU that quitting is possible. 😀
Here are My Top 5: Things I’m Happy I’ve Quit (in no particular order):
1. Going to Beauty Salons
I used to go to the nail salon every two weeks or so and it was NOT cheap. I am not kidding when I say I used to spend a triple digit number (that I’m not willing to share) every visit. I would go all out, Jeffree Star style.
My nail tech even messaged me on Yelp asking where I had been after I quit going… I would get gel on gel toe nails, my old nails removed every single time, and long ones that cost “extra,” and sometimes, I’d even add-on an eyebrow wax. If I didn’t, I’d make a second stop and get them threaded instead.
Besides the cost, it was destroying my real nails! Removing the gel polish on my toes, with that drill thing, was severely thinning them out and they STILL haven’t fully healed. The tips are always chipping and there are horizontal white lines through both of my big toe nails… probably forever? 😦
Also, since I had them peel off my fake finger nails every single time, they became like razor sharp, even thinner than paper! They have, thankfully, thickened and strengthened ever since but, my gosh. There was a point I thought they never would.
And, my eyebrows… ugh, there’s not much else to say besides… “what was I thinking?” It’s taken forever to grow them out properly. You can see how thin they got in the photos I included for #3 (below), too.
2. Using Eyelash Curlers
My lashes were falling out at a scary fast rate while I was using eyelash curlers all the time. At first, I only quit curling them while I had mascara on (I know, crazy that I was *ever doing that, right?) then, I stopped using them altogether after discovering IT Cosmetics – Superhero Mascara. I realized the RIGHT mascara will do the curling for you. My lashes now fall out at a normal rate and look fuller than ever.
3. Mistreating My Hair
My hair used to be disgusting. It was so heavy, flat, greasy and my dandruff was embarrassing. One day, I went for a haircut and my hairdresser was extremely disappointed… she was like, “this *could be so beautiful.”
Of course, I was a little offended but, she ended up giving me some real life-saving advice. I was told NOT to shampoo and condition everyday! In fact, she actually told me my hair doesn’t need any conditioner at all.
It took around a year for my hair to fully adapt but, now that it has, I only shampoo once a month with the world’s best shampoo: Alterna – CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and on one other day of the month, I put in the most lovely leave-in conditioner: R+CO – Moisture and Shine Creme— that’s it! I never use any other hair products.
I do still get it wet everyday, I just don’t put anything in it anymore.
In the photos above, I don’t know if you can tell just how bad it was but, maybe you can tell how much it has improved by looking at the photos below.
It is now full, long, and voluminous!! ❤
I ALSO quit brushing it while it was still wet– this has prevented me from so much breakage and split ends.
I still stupidly straighten it 3-4 days a week but, I’m not perfect, okay? 😛
4. Smoking Cigarettes
I was only 12 when I tried my first cigarette. It was one of my then-best friend’s mom’s “shorts” (a stubbed out, already smoked cigarette) from her ashtray but, I didn’t go back to them and get “hooked” until I was 14. By then, I always had my own pack on me.
Funny thing is, I never really liked them. They always made my mouth dry and my stomach upset but, my lungs (and social status) were the ones that craved them so, I continued to smoke for years.
Only now, in 2020, did I completely cut them out.
In 2018, I reduced it to 1-3 a day and ONLY while at work, so, on my off days that meant I was smoking 0! What an accomplishment that already was for me and, it’s honestly as far as I thought I could go.
Since this new DECADE hit, though, I haven’t puffed on a single one. Not at work, not when I get drunk, not when I’m nervous… just… NOT AT ALL!! 😀
5. Cutting Dairy, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and MSG Out of My Diet
I won’t lie– I haven’t, 100%, STOPPED consuming these ingredients but, for the past 3-4 years, I’ve been VERY wary about how much I have of each. My body started feeling better right away and with time, it even started looking better.
Seriously, “cut these 3 ingredients out of your diet” is the #1 health and fitness tip I could ever give you.
What are some things you’re proud of quitting? Were they originally resolutions or did you just one day decide to quit them?