How to Make Your New Year’s Kiss Perfect
With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, many of us either love or loathe the holiday. Deciding on how you’ll celebrate includes picking out an outfit and getting your nails done in the perfect New Year’s manicure, but for many of us, the celebration can be nervewracking, especially when it comes to thinking about that midnight kiss.
Depending on who we’re heading out with, we may or may not be prepared for the ubiquitous midnight kiss. If you’re coupled up, this usually is very straightforward. At midnight, you grab your person and plant a kiss on them. But what if you are flying solo? Or on a date? This is where things need to be set out in a way that makes that first kiss of 2017 perfect.
It’s important to remember that if you’re in a group, no one should feel left out. Outside of your partner, whom you should probably smooch first, make sure all your friends are covered. Ask in advance if any single pals would like a midnight kiss. If they say no, then a hug or high-five will suffice. If they say yes, you know that you’ll be giving your friend a smooch, usually dual cheek kisses or a peck on the lips (friend’s choice, please ask!). While it may seem like you’re taking the fun out of the celebration, it’s actually helpful so that everyone feels comfortable with their surroundings.
What about that cute singleton you’ve been dancing with all night? If you’re feeling up to it, ask them if they’d like to share that midnight kiss. Saying yes means you have something to look forward to when the countdown happens, and saying no just means you default to one of the friends you’re with.
It’s important to remember that the feelings of the people who are celebrating around you are just as important as yours, so don’t take offense if your preferred kissing partner turns out to say no. There’s nothing worse than feeling pressed when in public, and ensuring that everyone’s happy and feeling safe is definitely way more fun than forcing a kiss on someone who really isn’t into it.
Wherever you are at the strike of the clock, and whomever you’re with, remember that New Year’s Eve is just a celebration, like any other, so keeping everyone happy is the most important part of the night.
How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve? Tell us @Britandco!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!