It’s 2015 and I’m still getting used to it. The holidays whizzed by me in a blur and now here we are, in a brand new year filled with promise and opportunity. It’s the season for vision boards and resolutions, a chance to dust yourself off and try again.


January 1 is a natural invitation for reinvention. The best way to achieve your goals is to make resolutions that are reasonable. I’m SO excited to share that I’m partnering with My Black is Beautiful, to celebrate all of the shades and textures of beauty that we come in. Throughout the year I’ll be sharing beauty tips and product picks that I hope you’ll love as much as I do.

Here are 5 realistic resolutions that will enhance your beauty AND improve your quality of life!

1 – Get more sleep. So many of us are treating sleep as a luxury instead of a health-improving necessity. Being tired all the time affects your appearance and compromises your abilities. Going to bed earlier will help you get the zzzzz’s your body needs!

2 – Drink more water. I’ve long been one of those “ugh, water is boring” types, but seeing the difference water makes for my hair and skin got me past that. Start with two glasses in the morning. Have a glass before every meal. Try adding a water app to your smartphone to remind you about your hydration needs throughout the day!

3 – Make plans to do something that will bring you joy. Maybe a massage, or pedicures with your girls. Maybe your love is painting, knitting, gardening or horseback riding. Make an appointment to put yourself first. Lay down the mantle of responsibility for everyone else and make yourself the priority at least once a month.

4 – Try to wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Making that extra time to work out, meditate, make a hearty breakfast, read, write or put in a little extra work on your passion project makes a big difference in the long run!

5 – Be yourself. Be natural. Be beautiful. You know that as the slogan of Afrobella for all of these years, but this year for me it has even more meaning. I’ve received so many letters from readers asking me about enhancing their appearance through sometimes extreme methods that aren’t healthy for your body, skin or hair. I’m not here to try to tell anyone what to do to feel better about themselves, but I sincerely believe it’s of the utmost important to love what you see in the mirror without all of the bells and whistles first. I want you to know that YOUR Black is beautiful.

MBIB image for January post

Visit us at for information and inspiration on all of the things that make life rich and beautiful. Also check us out at, and I’ll be doing some fun videos over on the YouTube channel as well –

Talk to me about your resolutions! Did you make any this year?

This post is sponsored by My Black is Beautiful but the opinions are 100% my own!

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Natural Hair Network says:
January 23, 2015, 6:26 am
Celebrating the New Year 2015 & opportunistic season for visionary-seeding right along with you Afrobella! ;) Richest blessings and prosperity wishes for us all...naturally ;) ?-#eTeamNHN
afrobella says:
January 23, 2015, 7:17 am
thank you! May we ALL have a wonderful 2015!
Natasha B| says:
January 23, 2015, 7:38 am
I couldn't agree more with all of these. #1 and #2 is an absolute MOST for me. xx
Ashley says:
January 23, 2015, 7:50 am
I love these tips! Since I have three kids and I homeschool, I live by getting up earlier than they do. It's my time of peace and relaxation. It makes such a big difference in my day. Thanks for sharing!
Pamela says:
January 23, 2015, 8:04 am
Thank you for the tips! I am struggling with more sleep and getting up earlier! I'm determined to create a bedtime for myself!
Aliah says:
January 23, 2015, 9:35 am
I love these tips! I am working on ALL of these and in addition reading more and taking time for things that matter most so I can be my happiest and healthiest self.
Vashti ( says:
January 23, 2015, 10:59 am
These are all great tips! I'm making it a point to have more "me " time this year. All the best to you!
MsXpat says:
January 23, 2015, 11:09 am
You had me up untill wake up earlier lol, but all good valid suggestions. Happy 2015!
Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club says:
January 23, 2015, 2:16 pm
I have a host of new years resolutions and so far so good!!!! Great post.
pets says:
January 23, 2015, 2:31 pm
The getting enough sleep I have to work on. Thanks for this post!
Krystal Grant says:
January 23, 2015, 6:01 pm
I took my first sewing class a few weeks ago. I made the most precious pillow case. I signed up for another one and cannot wait to make my pajamas. I know taking a sewing class is no big deal to some people but I"ve wanted to do it for years. I decided that I should stop thinking about doing things and just get them done. It has made me feel so happy!
Neal says:
March 18, 2015, 7:48 am
Getting enough sleep has always been a crux in my side. I've been working on it so far this year and can absolutely tell a difference when I get enough sleep vs when I'm loafing through the day. My overall performance is enhanced during work and working out when I am able to get enough sleep. I agree with you there!