5 Simple Changes for a Happier You

I am lazy as F$@#, you guys! Seriously. Sure, there are some things that I do on a regular basis and keep up with quite nicely, but as for the other stuff that I don’t really enjoy doing… well, those things never get done. There is no in-between for me. As the beautiful L’wren Scott (may she rest in peace) once said, “if there is no grey area, that means job well done.”

There are a couple things that I try to keep up with from day to day that help me feel like a better version of myself. Again, the Gwyneth Paltrow I always knew was inside of me. (also the same Gwyneth that announced today her and Chris Martin are “consciously uncoupling.” I mean the women even handles divorce in an elite way.) These changes in my ways have resulted in a positive outcome for me.

1.) Getting up earlier than you need to

Now, if my boyfriend is reading this, he is laughing. Why? Because I never get up earlier than I need to. In fact, as we discussed here, I get up at the last minute possible. The hectic shower, the throwing on of clothes, and the running out the door without a glance sets my day in a bad direction. Getting up earlier than I need to gives me a second to relax and set a positive pace for the day.

2.) Take care of your nails, both fingers and toes

I know this sounds simple, but it really isn’t. For me, having nails that are clean, clipped, and overall taken care of gives me a sense of good health. Given that like 90% of diseases show through your nails**, it makes me feel secure in life when mine are groomed. I have a feeling I am not the only one who, when they let a nail go and then it snags their shirt thinks to themselves, “I have got to get my life together, I am ruining my clothes.” Small thing, but big change in outlook.

3.) Exercise

Yes, you read that correctly. Everyone who has been reading for a while knows about my aversion to exercise, but the truth is when I do, and I can tell a result, I feel good. That is trick with me… I need to be able to physically see a result. Which takes time, otherwise I find a million excuses to not go. Seriously, just Saturday my yoga partner was running late for class so we just ditched it and got a coffee… I am not kidding it really doesn’t take much for me to skip and the really sad part is I only go once a week.

4.) Only put energy in the people who do the same for you

One of the best changes I made was when I decided to stop putting effort and wasting energy on relationships that were a one-way street. It was an extremely hard change. I spent a lot of time holding onto friendships that gave nothing back. It was a sad process and I still miss some of these, for lack of a better word, friends. But, my day to day is richer and more full when I am not constantly confused or hurt by someone else’s behavior.

5.) Shave your legs everyday

I know, I struggle with this one too. Not just the action of it, but the philosophy behind it. “Why do women need to do such extreme beauty routines each day to be beautiful,” I ask myself in the shower because I am way way way too tired to even lather my body with soap. But then, I end up at the salon getting my mani and pedi and sure enough the poor technician is rubbing lotion on my lower legs and I know, I just know she is repulsed. I mean it sucks to be the lowest point in someone’s day. Like, you know that poor women totally went to take a break after I paid and said things to herself like, “I have got to find a new job” or “That’s it. I am not doing another pedicure for the rest of the day.” More than that… I think it might be a cleaned & groomed thing again, I am just happier when I feel like I am taking care of myself and shaving my legs falls in that bucket. Take it or leave it, but it is proven to work on at least one person – me.

Behind the Mirror, 5 simple changes for a happier you, Amanda Teague, girl holding a paper heart

So, these are my simple changes… How about you guys? What are some easy things to change up for a happier you?

***beauty always comes from within, photos taken by Amiram Assouline, xoxo behind the mirror***
**definitely not a fact… just an assumption.
*L’Wren Scott quote from Porter Magazine.
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  • Great tips. I need to get better at some things but I did become a morning person and I love it!

  • Foyin Og

    even though number 5 is debatable (because i am lazy too), these are such true tips!


  • Tanja

    Thanks for the great tips, I totally agree with the excerice one :) http://www.neverdreamedaboutthis.com

  • Thank you so much, and the first one is the hardest one for me… I struggle every single day to get up earlier than I need to. (and most days I fail, LOL)

  • Montserrat Sobral

    so fun! I totally agree on 1) 3) and 4) Plus:
    – listening to music you like (be careful with falling into melancholic stuff for too long!)
    – good readings (I have just finished Naked by David Sedaris, hilarious!)
    – make love, not war

  • thenletitbe

    I’m pretty sure we are the same person. Every time I catch up on your blog, I am smiling feeling understood and not alone! This is totally the list of things that I feel better when I do/rarely check off completely. Thanks for sharing, as always! I’m for sure using this as motivation to get some sh** done this week.

    • so funny because I feel the same way every time I catch up on your blog :)
      seriously, I love reading along with you!!!

  • this post is so spot on!!! i do agree with the chipped off nails ruining my clothes!! geez, i thought i was the only one! And i may not shave everyday, but goodness i think i might have to do it daily now too! hahaha small things, big impact huh!

    • snagging my shirt results in so many negative thoughts… I guess it comes from how much I love my clothes, haha

  • Meena Alexander

    The shaving legs one is so true, makes me feel like I have my life together haha! Love this, v original and cute pictures!

    Meena – Meena Means Me


  • great post, very motivating! i find myself in slumps constantly an it’s so difficult to really get motivated to do things.

    taking care of my nails is a hassle
    even when i skip the dental floss i just think “ugh, failure”

    i think just really trying to get things done on early and taking the time to pamper, even if it’s just some lotion or a good face massage, is really imprtant.

    this post has made me want to start being a better me, yea!

    • I am so happy to hear that! I feel the same way… taking a little extra time to pamper really gets me in a great mood, ready to conquer anything :)

  • These are such great tips, babe! :) Totally agree. Awesome post!


  • I adore your new rules!!! Absolutely and totally. Funny, I feel the same way about somebody touching my leg if I know it’s not perfect… Can’t help thinking that… :)

  • I always get up as late as possible and wish I wouldn’t! I have problems to take care of both my nails. I keep them short but I would love to have them always painted in pretty colors. Mission impossible. I did find my personal way to be happy though by trying to appreciate the small things like coffee on a sunday morning, good weather, healthy food, diy-projects…being around with great people and trying to complain as less as possible :)
    xx, Sarah

    • Trying to complain less has been on my happiness list forever! That is a great addition, and you couldn’t be more right, that one makes a big difference in my day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Juliet M

    I always wake up early, and It is defiantly a big change. I used to wake up quite late and I didn’t had time to do anything, and waking up early feels great! After the coffee, of course. Exercise is also a good method to get the stress out and have a little time for your body.
    I loved this post! And the pictures are wonderful :) xx

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I know waking up early feels great, but I am sooo lazy I still can’t get myself in gear to get moving… Any tricks you used to make waking up early a consistent thing?

      • Juliet M

        You’re very welcome! I used to put this consistent and annoying alarm until I woke up which wasn’t even 5 minutes later because the noise was too annoying, but that depends on how you really wanna wake up haha.
        Also if you let some light in by the morning the sun will probably wake you up :) xx

      • Going to give opening the curtains a try… fingers crossed.

  • My boyfriend knows my laziness as well; he even jokes when I tell him that I’ll meet him at 10am by saying “will you be awake by then?” I need to do number 1 and number 3 more often!



    • if it was up to me, I wouldn’t be up or out of the apartment until around noon everyday… haha

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