The New Year fresh-start syndrome has kicked in, and that means we're in serious resolution mode. We're not making any wild promises here, which is exactly why we plan on sticking to these sartorial-minded resolutions. Our goal here? Reset, revamp, and renew within reason, specifically where our styling decisions and closets' contents are concerned. And depending on which Fab editor you ask, 2013 is the perfect excuse to start dressing up more often, wear statement-making jewels, opt for bolder bottoms in place of the regular jean/khakis routine, incorporate more white-hued pieces into the outfit rotation, master the wardrobe-staple basics, and look to edgier leather- and silk-infused silhouettes. Maybe not every resolution need be applied at once, but with a refreshed 365-day outlook, we've made our official 2013 style resolutions inside. It's time to read up on who's promising what, and how we plan on keeping our mini fashion overhauls on track now.
Year over year, some of the top American New Year's resolutions include working your way toward better health. Whether you are looking to burn off a few post-holiday pounds, go to the gym more often, or clean up your diet, tell us which of these popular American resolutions you've made for 2012. If you don't see your health-related New Year's resolution in these choices, tell us yours in the comments below.
The following is a guest post by Kimberly Palmer, creator of The 2012 Money Planner and author of Generation Earn, available on Etsy. She is also the personal finance columnist at US News & World Report. Take it away, Kimberly!
Ready to rev up your earning engine in 2012? It’s not too early to start planning some big moves, whether you want to launch a side business, start freelancing, or pick up some extra work on the weekends.
Giving your professional image a boost can be key to maximizing your earning potential through a side gig. The idea of spending money on your freelance or side business might sound backwards. After all, you’re looking to earn more money, not drain your existing bank account. But these five investments can help turn your budding venture into something that provides steady financial support throughout the new year.
1. Create a professional website. One of the beauties of our Internet age is that Blogger, WordPress, and other platforms make setting up a website simple and free. But if you stick with the gratis version, you’re going to look like an amateur. Of course, if that’s your goal — if you’re blogging to keep up with friends and family or for yourself — then there’s nothing wrong with that. Free blogs serve a valuable purpose. But if you’re reading this, then you probably want more than that.
Unless you’re a techie design genius, creating a professional-looking website costs money. Web designers charge anywhere from $1,500 and up for a full website, but you can start by just purchasing your own domain name for as little as $8. Because your website is the first place most people will get to know you, it will be a deciding factor in whether or not they hire you. Putting money into making it look good, which means clean and uncluttered design along with a bit of personalization, is essential. It can make the difference between potential clients sending you an email to ask about your prices vs. clicking off your page.
2007 is not over yet, and once the thrill of Christmas is gone, I start to get serious. And, ultimately, reflect on the year past. While I don't consider myself traditional, I do manage to conjure up a couple New Year's resolutions that I try my darndest to stick too. And I know I'm not the only Fabionista out there with imperfections. I thought it would be fun to share mine with you and to create an inspirational worksheet you can fill out and stick on the inside of your closet. That's where mine is going come New Year's Day. Let's do this together and then we can help each other stick to our guns. And while you're deciding yours, why don't you share them below?