The New Year’s Resolution You Shouldn’t Make, According to Your Zodiac Sign
For many of us, 2018 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2019! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January and February for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.
Unrealistic resolutions are so last year; every year we tell ourselves what we are going to stop or start doing, what we want to change, or how we’re gonna be our “best selves” in the coming year. Instead of depriving yourself or trying to change a major aspect of who you are, focus on the parts of your life that don’t get enough TLC. Spend this year in a state of total self-awareness with these anti-resolutions for every sign.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)
New Bod Goals: This year is all about chilling out and less about the errands you have to run. Leave the crazy workout routines and dieting in 2018 — you always push yourself to the edge, and it’s time to take a breather. Maybe mute your Fitbit notifications and spend more time binging shows in your free time. Because, treat yo’ self.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)
Planning All Social Events: You’re known for taking the reins in most situations, but go ahead and pass the spirit stick to someone else. When’s the last time you actually enjoyed an event? It’s hard to when you’re on the planning committee. Sit back, sip your cosmo, and actually enjoy the parties this year.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20)
Any Resolution: You’re curious about everything and move from one thing to the next faster than any other sign, so there’s no point in setting resolutions you can’t meet. Instead of trying to journal more or go out less, allow yourself to be comfortable with going with the flow and explore your curiosities.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)
Hobbies: Every year, you try to pick a new hobby and stick to it, something that will excite your social side. This year, spend more time getting to know what makes you happy. If knitting is your thing, don’t just put down the needles and go to a party; challenge yourself to stay home and finish that scarf you promised your friend you’d make her two years ago.
LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22)
People Pleasing: You’re generous and warm-hearted, which makes you want to check on everyone else before yourself. If you do choose the more self-centered route, you often feel the need to overcompensate afterward by taking everyone else out for a good time as an apology. It’s all about you this year. Focus on what you want, and don’t be afraid to say no to a party or baby shower.
VIRGO (AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 22)
Self-Care: How many years in a row have you told yourself you will spend more time being self-indulgent, whether that means going to sleep early, taking spa days, or unplugging for 24 hours? You’re a hard worker and if your joy comes from your all-work-and-no-play attitude, then keep reaching for your goals before you reach for a throw blanket. Don’t go against the grain of your routine if it doesn’t feel natural. You’ve made it this far, haven’t you?
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 22)
Conformity: Libras are known for their social and cooperative nature; let that lead you into the new year, but make sure you aren’t sacrificing your needs. People are quick to call you difficult for your inability to let go of things at times, but don’t let your strong-willed energy define you. Make a point this year to not conform to what anybody else wants of you. If they want to go left, but you know going right might be the faster route, tell them you’ll meet them there.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 21)
Relax: People are always telling you to “chill out” — your intense passion is too much for most — but you have your head on straight and are always moving forward and achieving your goals. So why stop now? Relaxing is for the weak, amirite? You’re one of the most resourceful signs, and your ambition allows you to always make it work. People who want you to relax are most likely intimidated by your “get it done” attitude. Stay true to yourself this year.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 21)
Strict Deadlines: Sometimes you bite off more than you can chew. Instead of setting deadlines that will cause unnecessary stress, spend 2019 doing your best. Don’t be afraid to tell people you can’t do everything you may have said you could. You put your all into everything you do, so put your best foot forward instead of in your mouth by trying to explain why you couldn’t do something. Focus on showcasing what you achieved.
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 19)
Leaving Your Comfort Zone: Everyone wants you to try new things, and you’re not sure why they’re so concerned with what you’re up to. You’re responsible and the master of self-control, so continue doing things the way you like to get them done. It’s time to be the manager of your own life this year. If you want to go skydiving, do it, but make sure it’s your decision and not someone else’s.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 18)
Be “Cool”: You are unapologetically yourself in all situations. Whether you’re dancing to the beat of your own drum at a party or voicing your opinion in a meeting, you’re independent and original through and through. People might tell you to take a chill pill, take a shot, or take a nap — everyone has an opinion on how to calm down your you-ness. Dedicate time this year to letting your true self shine and not saying sorry if people think it’s weird.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 20)
Emotional Leniency: Sometimes you have a tendency to think with your heart before your head, and this isn’t a bad thing! You feel a lot all the time, and sometimes you feel that you listen to other people before they listen to you. If you feel like you’re not being heard, don’t look to lessen your emotional expression: Speak up and make sure you are heard. Get ready for 2019 by feeling all of your emotions from start to finish (it can be hard, but trust us, it’s necessary).
What resolutions are you leaving behind in the new year? Tweet us @BritandCo.
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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