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For many of us, Labor Day feels like New Year’s—a time of reinvention when the school year kicks off and amps our lives into high gear. And it can be daunting. Suddenly, we’re back to rushing to get the kids to school and to all their activities—some days I feel more like an Uber driver than a mom. We get up early to squeeze in morning workouts. We work more and relax less. Before we know it, our life is a whirlwind of work and school.

But this year, I’m going to take everything I’ve learned over the years as a parent and my time as a business owner to hit the ground running and take on the world. Here’s my plan, so you can do it, too.

Get more sleep. In the summer, we can be a little more lax with our sleep because we typically ask less of ourselves. As a medical professional, I know we often underestimate how much our bodies need quality sleep and that it affects everything we do. Sleep deprivation can cause a chain reaction of negative impacts to your body and your life. Lack of sleep can impact your mood, how you handle stress, your overall health, and your mental state. This year, my goal is to go to bed earlier. That means I need to make an effort to relax in the evenings so I can quiet my mind and get ready to sleep.

Set a schedule and stick to it. Knowing that everything is set to go for the next day makes the mornings so much smoother. Now that the kids are getting older, holding them accountable for their own routines and making sure they have what they need is more important. I’m great at making lists, but this year I’m going to do everything I can to stick to them.

Amp up my exercise routine. No more excuses. My work out buddies are back from vacation. It’s time to get back to my early-morning runs and workouts so I can get back on track. Working out makes me feel so good—my body and mind feels stronger and clearer—so I’m going to do everything I can to stay committed and consistent in my workouts.

Get regular drips. I know my body is stronger when I get regular IV vitamin drips. In fact, I do a drip almost every 10 days, and I get a B shot every Friday. The magnesium helps me sleep and the B shot gives me sustained energy. The IV vitamins also help with anti-aging, mental health, focus, and glowing skin.

Remember that self-care is not selfish. Yes, the guilt sometimes seeps in, but it’s ok to take a time out and do something that will make you feel better because it makes you a better mom, wife, friend, business owner, and just about everything else. Come into Glo Derma for an afternoon treatment, take a night out with your friends, and exercise—it’s healthy and it’s all about finding more balance in your life.

Make time for my friends. As a new business owner, there were plenty of moments last year when I wanted to catch up with friends, but I had to bow out. I’m going to make sure I make time for my tribe this year. We can help you do the same thing—you can take a night out with your crew at a Glo Derma party at your place or ours.

Fun time with fam. No matter what else is going on during the day, I take our bedtime routines really seriously. Just 15 minutes of just being silly with my kids and having bedtime dance parties can make all the difference in their days and mine. They love it, and it is often the best part of my day.

Be present when I’m home. Yes, there are a million things tugging at me and requiring my attention, but I am making sure I put my cell phone away and really listening to my kids tell me about their days. I’m going to make that time valuable time.

Stick to my skincare routines. Stress can be hard on the skin. I get Dermaplane every four weeks to freshen and exfoliate my face so my cells are constantly regenerating. I also get regular facials. For my daily skincare regimen, I am obsessed with Sente Dermal Repair and Obagi C Clarifying Serum to lighten any brown spots and hyperpigmentation that might be left over from the summer and rejuvenate and hydrate damaged cells.

Push out of my comfort zone. This year, more than ever, I’m going to try new hobbies, like yoga and reiki. Trying something you’ve never tried, even if it’s not a perfect fit, can give you more confidence and give you a boost when you really need it. First up, I am headed to Orlando this October to attend the ISPAN aesthetic conference to increase my knowledge and connect with the business on a global scale. I will also be completing my CANS certification, which is a national exam in aesthetics that demonstrates the highest degree of professional competence in aesthetics.

 

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