This Is Why We Aren’t Making Resolutions for 2019
Building a business and a family at the same time is hard. There, I said it. I’m constantly being pulled in different directions and holding myself to a high standard with it all. What I probably need to do most is just be easier on myself, and one way I’m going to do that this year is by skipping the traditional, “I’m not good enough” January resolution. Instead, the Follain team and I decided that in 2019 we want to talk about revelations. You know, those little moments of self-discovery that can sometimes lead to big changes over time. This year, we’re each going to lean into a revelation we’ve had, and let it lead us to personal growth.
Hindsight’s 20/20, of course, but Follain was actually born out of a revelation. In 2009, I was investing so much into my health via exercise and nutrition, but one day I realized that the ingredients in my beauty products didn’t line up with all the other good I was doing for my body. I started trying cleaner versions of my favorite beauty products, and over time, one small experiment and revelation led to another. Eventually, I found myself starting a clean beauty blog, quitting my corporate NYC job to work on a lavender farm, getting an MBA, and opening the first store dedicated to selling the safest, most effective, and luxurious clean beauty products, which you now know as Follain! You never know what can happen if you give yourself the time and space to explore a revelation.
Recently, I’ve had the revelation that I’m a much better mom, wife, and CEO when I get 8 hours of sleep. This might sound obvious to some of you, but I’ve never been a big sleeper. I’ve always stayed up late—working on email, social media, and to-do lists—and woken up early, to get a head start on work or fitness. But with a growing family at home and a growing team at work, I have more challenges on my plate than ever before—and I don’t want to confront them groggy.
I want to get more sleep, more regularly, but I know there’s no silver bullet for me. I’m going to try a few things, like getting into bed soon after my kids do and leaving my phone on the other side of the room. I’ve also decided that I’m not going to be hard on myself if I don’t succeed immediately, because real, meaningful change takes time.
This year, I invite you to join me by leaning into your own revelation. And if you’re willing to share your journey, you can join the conversation on social media, too. Who knows, maybe your revelation will inspire someone else and make a huge impact on their life. That would truly be a great way to start a new year!
Tara Foley | December 31, 2018