As the calendar turns the page to a new year, many of us are drawn to the idea of making resolutions, setting ambitious goals and changing ourselves.

While the motivation to embrace change is admirable, there's something equally powerful in accepting and celebrating the wonderful individual you already are! This year, let's focus on improvement rather than transformation, and on cultivating self-love that will add a little extra sparkle to your life.

Here's a checklist to guide you on the journey of enhancing yourself in the new year without losing sight of the incredible person you are.

 1. Reflect on the Past Year

Take a moment to reflect on the challenges you overcame, the goals you achieved, places you've been and the personal growth you experienced in the past year. Celebrate yourself and how far you have come! Recognising your achievements is a powerful way to build confidence and set a positive tone for the months ahead.

Write down all the big and little things that you’ve achieved in the past year whether that may be getting your dream job or small wins like managing to make your bed every morning. This gives you a moment to reflect and be grateful for all the hooray moments from the year gone by.

Also, as you look forward, try to steer away from creating a laundry list of drastic life changes. Instead, opt for setting realistic and achievable goals that align with your values and desires. Whether it's developing a new skill, adopting a healthier habit, or nurturing relationships, the magic lies in setting manageable goals. This approach not only makes the journey more enjoyable but also increases the likelihood of long-term success and sustainability.

2. Nourish your body from within

Amid the hustle of our daily lives, it's easy to overlook the profound connection between our dietary choices and overall well-being. The age-old saying "you are what you eat" rings true, as the food we choose to nourish our bodies directly influences our health, energy levels, and vitality.

To embark on a journey of genuine wellness is to embrace a holistic approach, recognising the significance of nourishing our bodies from within. It involves a thoughtful consideration of the nutrients we provide ourselves, fostering habits that contribute to sustained health and vitality. By acknowledging the impact of our dietary choices, we pave the way for a balanced and harmonious relationship with our bodies, contributing to a more fulfilling and energized life.


  • Start by drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and flush out toxins and glow from within.
  • Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals.
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates to provide your body with sustained energy throughout the day.
  • Include lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, lentils and beans in your meals to support muscle growth and repair.
  • Make time for physical activity, whether it's a daily walk, yoga class, or gym session, to improve cardiovascular health and strengthen your muscles.
  • Prioritise sleep by aiming for 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night to help your body recover and prepare for the day ahead.

Finally, remember to treat yourself in moderation and enjoy the foods and activities you love in a balanced way to maintain a positive relationship with your body and mind.

3. Embrace Mindfulness and Self Love

As the desire to make changes in our lives increases, it's important to remember that accepting and celebrating our unique qualities can be just as powerful. Instead of striving for transformation, let's concentrate on personal growth and cultivating self-love. Practising mindfulness by being present in each moment can help alleviate stress, increase focus, and promote overall well-being. Take these small steps to add mindfulness practices into your daily routine:

  • Practicing mindfulness can be done in many ways, such as meditation, deep breathing, journaling or simply being aware of your surroundings.
  • By focusing on the present moment, you can avoid getting lost in worries about the future or regrets about the past. Writing a journal is a fantastic way to get all those thoughts out on paper and out of your head; the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Mindfulness can also help you become more attuned to your own emotions and needs, allowing you to better understand and care for yourself.
  • Self-love is another important aspect of overall well-being. This means treating yourself with kindness and respect, and recognising your own worth and value. Take yourself on ‘dates’ like a nice meal or trip to the spa, get your nails done or even running yourself a long hot bath with a cool beverage and pop on your favourite series. 
  • Setting boundaries and saying no when necessary, as well as taking time to engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

Book + Podcast Suggestion:

We have some self help books for you bookworms out there looking to work on yourself in 2024:

The Magic by Rhoanda Byrne 

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

The High Five Habit by Mel Robbins   

And for those that prefer a good podcast, a few motivating listens to tune into on your work commute:

Wholeness With Hannah

Saturn Returns with Caggie 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck (Hosted by Mark Manson)

When you practice mindfulness and self-love, you are better equipped to handle the challenges and stresses of daily life, and to cultivate a deeper sense of contentment and happiness. 

As the new year unfolds, resist the pressure to reinvent yourself and, instead, focus on enhancing the incredible person you already are.

Using this checklist as a guide for self-improvement and self-love, you'll set the stage for a year filled with personal growth, positivity, and an unwavering appreciation for the remarkable individual that is you. Here's to a new year, same you – only better!