Resolutions to up your game in 2021
The end of 2020 is nigh babes, and we're all about resolutions to up our game this coming year. They say writing goals down is one of the most powerful ways to manifest them into fruition – so the team are sharing ours in the hopes we'll inspire you to write down yours too!
Suzie: Learn to surf
I absolutely love sports and being here in Bali, I live in one of the hottest surfing destinations but for some reason (most likely fear of the HUGE waves) I haven’t yet tried surfing. I always get FOMO when running on the beach at sunrise when watching the surfers enjoying the waves first thing in the morning so it’s something I’d love to start, 2021 is the time to get over my fears and channel my inner surfer chick!
Renee: Celebrate the small wins and be kinder to myself.
This year has really made me realise how much I struggle to relax and let myself just be! We have all had one hell of a year but I truly think some of us in particular (ME!) make it much harder than it needs to be. When times are tough, it's natural to put pressure on yourself to push forward, work harder, do more, and this in itself can be counterproductive, but if you’re also not celebrating the wins when things are going well - why are you doing it? This is what I have been asking myself lately. I believe I have done a good job of creating a great lifestyle for myself and have always had a relatively good amount of work/life balance, however, internally I am always incredibly hard on myself and very, very rarely celebrate the wins. 2021 I am going to make sure that every week I celebrate at least one small win and every month I treat myself and celebrate a bigger one. Because we all deserve to give ourselves a little pat on the back sometimes because we’re doing our best and that’s all anyone can ask.
Lucia: Learning a language
Travelling around Europe this summer made me realise how much I’d love to be fluent in another language. I always try to pick up the basics when travelling to a new country (please, thank you, can I order a large Rosé please, etc!) but it’s so easy to be lazy with learning much more than that when English is your first language. I’m mesmerised by how wonderful Italian and French sounds, and I’d love to learn more Bahasa (Indonesian) once I’m back in Bali and be able to converse with locals more. When you spend an extended period of time somewhere, I think it’s important to make an effort to respect and educate yourself on the culture and learning the native tongue is a great way to do this.
Suzie: Create an Evening Routine
I have a solid morning routine but neglect my evening routine. I'd like to create some time to write a plan for the next day before spending time winding down before bed without screens and perhaps spend 5-10 mins meditating. I feel like this ritual will really help me improve my sleep and my overall productivity as a result.
Renee: Turn Ode & Rae into a full-fledged sustainable lifestyle brand.
This business is my baby and this year we have been through it all together but one of the most exciting things to come out of all of this is our apparel collection (launching Dec 2020). When being faced with a global pandemic and an inability for most of our customers to travel this year I wanted to create something that our customers could enjoy while in lockdown as well. This was the start of a very, very difficult but rewarding journey into sustainable fashion and just when I thought I couldn’t love the brand more my passion grew even stronger. I think I naively took on this task thinking that the world had made huge strides recently in sustainable fabrics but I have realised we still have a very very long way to go. Sourcing fabrics for our new collection has been hands down the most arduous thing we have done to date and it highlighted just how hard we make it for brands to create genuinely sustainable products. We have now had our own fabrics created just for us so that we know for certain it is better for our planet. I am so proud to have stayed true to our word, despite all the hurdles, and to be launching a 100% sustainable fashion brand. Now, we want to take this into every area of your lifestyle so you can choose wonderful sustainable products all year round!
Lucia: Work Smarter & Read More
I’m often juggling several tasks and projects simultaneously, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or disorganised. In 2021 I want to step up my organisational game – whether that’s starting my day with a ‘power hour’; a concept in which before you do anything else, spend the first hour of the working day getting your hardest task out of the way, or writing my to-do list the night before so I wake up ready to smash the day. I also want to make it a priority to read more (thus spending more time away from screens) and especially books written from successful women I admire.
Suzie: Take all my waste plastic to the Canggu Recycling Centre
In Bali, our recycling setups are a little different to what I’m used to back in London. I try to minimise the amount of plastic waste as much as I can. A friend of ours Emma, set up a recycling centre in Canggu where you can take your plastic waste and they’ll turn it into beautiful ceramic looking pots and sell them to villas in Bali. I am going to continue to ensure that any plastic waste I do produce goes straight to the centre to be recycled.
Renee: Eat less animal products
We all know that agriculture and the consumption of meat and animal products is one of the largest contributors to our global climate crisis. I have had many periods in my life where I have been vegan and vegetarian because I do truly agree we shouldn't really be eating animals, let alone raising them purely for our consumption, however, I will admit I find it very difficult. Selfishly I fall off the bandwagon. Frequently. I find it almost as difficult as trying to give up the Friday afternoon Rose. The difference is, it really doesn’t align with my values and so it’s something I really want to be conscious of again this year. I do think it can be a little daunting and almost do more to deter people from trying by going cold turkey, let's be honest, we all have a lifestyle, we all wanna eat burrata over wine with the girls, we all can’t wait for our Sunday roasts with family and that steak night with our BF so most of us probably find it a little difficult to give up completely. We’re human, and that’s ok. To all of you out there who manage to do this - I raise my glass to you and thank you, you lovely selfless human you. For me, it’s about taking smaller conscious steps with a long term goal of complete change. 2021 my resolution is to remove all animal products from the house and allow myself only one meal a week with meat or dairy products. If we all just made a small change and moved to being predominantly plant-based we really could make a massive difference to the huge climate and animal abuse issue we face today.
Lucia: Reduce Single-Use
I already use a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, straws and beauty products like reusable bamboo cotton pads, but want to reduce my single-use footprint even more in 2021. On my eco list is reusable cutlery (especially for flights!) and a self-cleaning water bottle that sterilises tap water from any country making it drinkable. I want to stop buying as much pre-packaged food and opt for fresh produce instead, making my weekly shop as plastic-free as possible.