Yes, come on, models and would-be models, let’s banish those winter blues by making a few plans for the year ahead.
We’ve all got over Christmas now and the New Year festivities are well behind us.
We are back at work, school, college or university and we have had a few weeks to hunker down, rest up and feel ready to face the world.
Now it’s time to get out there again!
Making plans can be a great way of lifting the spirits, getting moving and starting to feel positive about your life.
Small changes can make big differences and sometimes easing yourself out of your comfort zone can really reap rewards.
So why not sit down with a pen and paper or open the electronic calendar on your phone, or laptop and come up with at least one suggestion for something exciting or interesting to do each month.
Come up with ideas to suit you and what you are hoping to achieve – here are a few ideas from us:
February: Pick a day to give yourself a home makeover – better still, rope in a friend or two and make it a social occasion too. Dig out all your hair, skin and other beauty products or make your own homemade skin and hair masks. Take the time to really pamper yourself.
March: Choose a spring clean day then junk some of the junk. Clearing out your wardrobe, room or even house can help you to have a much clearer mind too. Dig out some of those garments you’d perhaps forgotten you had and put together some new spring looks for a new set of modelling shots for your e-portfolio. If you have been considering modelling, this could be a good time to start. Read reviews, do your research then fill in our form and send us one of your new photos.
April: Decide on a day to go for a lovely spring walk with friends or family. Try to choose somewhere you’ve never been before and suggest everyone brings along an item or two for a picnic. If the weather is bad on the day, then immediately rebook it for another definite day and treat yourselves to a movie day instead.
May: Allocate a day for making plans for the summer. If you want to go away then sit down with your friends or family to look at options, compare prices and even make a booking. If you can’t afford a holiday or don’t have the time, then use this day to block out some time in your diary for days out.
June: Book in a summer wardrobe day. Wander round second-hand and charity shops and search on line for those bargains that can help you to lift your summer wardrobe. Then when you’ve bought that new top, dress or cardigan, pair it up with summer of your existing items and get out and about in the sunshine to take some new snaps. Then, again, update your modelling e-portfolio.
July and August: You may be away or enjoying days out this month, so you may have no need of an additional plan, but just in case you’ve been unable to do this, clear a couple of “me days.” Whatever you do on these days, it has to be exactly what you want to do, whether that is getting out and about or simply chilling at home and enjoying doing nothing.
September: This is a great time to start something new. Block a day out in your diary where you promise to look at new activities, clubs, classes and fitness sessions that you might be able to join in with throughout the autumn as the days grow shorter and the weather becomes gloomier.
October: Block out a winter wardrobe day. This is the day when you will go through your drawers and hangers to see what you have that is suitable for the colder season ahead. Consider getting together with friends later on this day to have a swapping session. Then, yes, why not take a new selection of autumn and winter modelling shots?
November: Jot a note in your diary to spend a day in November making a few Christmas plans with your friends. Why not set up a Christmas shopping day? Or an evening of drinks mince pies and perhaps practising Christmas make-up or party looks with friends?
December: It is always hard to find “me time” in December, but diary in a day to do absolutely nothing. Just slowing down, closing the door and ignoring your phone for an hour or two can help you regenerate, reinvigorate and feel ready to face the world and deal with Christmas and the craziness it brings.
January: Well, here you are in Jan (again!) and it’s time to make another plan! Make a note in your diary that this time next year you will do exactly the same thing again. You will pause, draw breath and think about setting aside a day a month to do something that will cheer you up or help you to improve your wellbeing in one way or another!
Remember, plans can be changed, but it is always good to start somewhere!