The Anti-New Year’s Resolutions List That Will Bring You Joy

Traditions are powerful. They can help form the foundations of society, bring families together, foster connections, and even reinforce values, such as integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic, among others. But not all traditions are healthy and should continue. Case in point, the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions.

At Almost Essential, we have decided that we are not going to make any resolutions for 2022. Partly because we’ve found that resolutions don’t last longer than a few weeks and partly because we don’t necessarily enjoy the message behind the “new year, new you” mantra accompanying New Year’s Resolutions. Given that our business is people, it’s our experience that who you are holds intrinsic value – even without making any supposed changes for the “better.”

Instead, we think that 2022 is the perfect year to focus finding opportunities to create more joy in our lives. That’s why you’ll find Michelle and her team of concierge specialists intentionally looking for ways to create joyful spaces, take care of themselves in body and soul, delight their loved ones, and plan occasions that spread happiness.

Here are our suggestions on how you can do the same.

Create Joy in Your Space

Do you have a room or zone in your home that has been somewhat neglected or merely outgrown its initial purpose? We all do, and it’s often these spaces that we ignore because they are draining. They represent a To Do in your life or have a question mark hanging over them that you can’t quite answer.

Maybe it’s time to turn to Michelle’s trusted list of services and products. We can help you make arrangements to sell your old designer furniture and replace these with pieces that are more appropriate for the space from trusted and reputable dealers. We can even connect you with the right upholsterers and curtain makers, home stylist, architect, or specialised interior design team to transform an old space into one that is renewed in both purpose and design.

Create More Joyful Dining Experiences

We’re resolving to plan more delicious dinner parties this year. After all, what brings more joy than a seamlessly organised dinner party that proffers good conversation, laughter, and of course, tasty treats, sumptuous dishes, and delectable desserts. Thankfully, you can trust Michelle and her team to put you in the hands of the right skilled chefs and wine experts who will help you design your menu, produce dishes with a twist, and buy/cellar wines.

Part of shaping your dinner party into an unforgettable experience comes from also paying attention to the little details and our comprehensive list of trusted vendors and products can help you source everything you need, including bespoke invitations, flower arrangements, table settings, linens, candles, and other special touches. In fact, let us refer you to skilled event planners to bring the whole soirée together for you.

Create Moments of Flair 

If not, why not? That’s our new motto. There’s simply no rule in the book that says you can only experience something extraordinary if you have a Very Good Reason. So, we’re thinking of layering spectacular flourishes into the year, simply for the sake of it.

Imagine your friends and family enjoying the brisk night air, for instance, when suddenly musical fireworks light up the sky, with choreographed displays set to a bespoke soundtrack. Consider the awe, the thrill of that shared moment, and all because you thought it would add more spark into life.

Of course, we also encourage you to call on the bespoke concierge services of Michelle and her team to help you add a spot of fanfare to a designated event.

Spread More Joy With the Ones You Care About

There’s something touching about receiving a gift, whether it’s on your birthday, anniversary, or as an unexpected treat to brighten your day. In our experience, it’s even more gratifying to be the bringer of such spoils, and as such, Michelle has a carefully selected range of gifts that you can shop on the Almost Essential website to surprise your friends and family with.

Take every opportunity to be a source of light and happiness with little pops of luxury from Michelle’s painstakingly curated list.

The Joy of Personal Health and Beauty

It’s an old saying, but it still holds true. You can’t draw water from an empty well. That’s why it’s so important to take the time look after yourself, so that you can continue to care about those around you.

We encourage our clients to simply take a few minutes out of their days to assess the state of their bodies, minds, and souls, and make sure that they have enough water in their personal wells, so to speak, to meet their daily commitments.

Let us make all the arrangements for you, from personal trainers and masseurs to skincare specialists, hair stylists, and even connect you with trusted beauty advice from celebrated Beauty Editor, Olivia Facon, to keep you looking your best – and feeling incredible.

At Almost Essential, we have imbued every client interaction with a personalised, discreet approach so that you can be assured of a bespoke, luxury lifestyle management service. Moreover, every service and product has personally been tried and tested to ensure that everything recommended is reliable and priced fairly. You will even discover a few exclusive discounts that have been negotiated for Almost Essential followers.

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