Life By Design: How to Start Your New Year Off Right

With 2019 behind us and 2020 underway, you could be searching for the perfect resolution to live your #bestlife. Resolutions can be tricky. They’re so easy to make and so hard to keep. But the intention behind resolutions is really about finding the integrity between your inner and outer life. A resolution can help you bring your goals and values into focus and help you fight against the ways in which you sabotage those goals. That being said, taking the word “resolution” out of the equation, may free your mind up to reach those goals, without losing the intention behind your would-be resolution. 


That’s what designing your life is all about. At KIM+ONO, we know that subtle changes to your every day can have a huge impact on your entire life. That’s why we’re rounding up six easy ways to start the new year off on the right foot. You don’t have to conquer a new diet or take five workout classes a week to feel like your best self. In fact, feeling better doesn’t have to cost any money at all. Designing your life is all about realigning your inner values with your outside priorities. That ethos is the basis of our company. In our kimono robes, we wanted to create an outer expression of love and care to complement your beautiful inner life. So here are a few ways to create that connection for yourself and start your new year off right.

Handpainted Cherry Blossom Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
Define Balance For Yourself

Everyone will tell you to find “balance” in your life. Find balance between work/play. Find balance between work/family. Find balance in your every day so you don’t burn out. But what does “finding balance” really mean? Well, it’s a little bit different for everyone. For you, balance may be waking up with the sun, slipping into your kimono robe and journaling for a bit. Or perhaps, it’s going out with friends and being in a big crowd. Perhaps it’s finding time for a walk each day. Whatever it is, balance is personal to you, so this new year, define for yourself what makes you feel balanced and centered.

Mio Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
Create Healthy Boundaries (Even When It’s Uncomfortable)

One of the best things you can do for yourself in the new year is to create boundaries. Sometimes, we hear boundaries and we think it’s a negative thing. We fear setting them because we’re afraid of offending others. But the truth is, boundaries are healthy for everyone. They allow people to know how to connect with you and vice versa. For instance, maybe your kids know that while you’re in your home office, you can’t play with them. But as soon as you clock out and step out of your office, it’s game on. This allows you to be more present and more connected in every moment because everyone knows what the boundaries are. This new year, create healthy boundaries to connect more with everyone in your life. 

Peony & Bird Kimono Robe
Photo by Jennifer Skog
Add Some Nature into Your Daily Life

To be fair, we are obsessed with nature. Our kimono patterns are inspired by florals and gorgeous blooms, and the minimalist designs are meant to evoke the feeling of connection with nature whenever you wear your kimono robe. But this new year, don’t just wear a nature-inspired kimono pattern—actually bring some more nature into your life! Whether it’s just bringing a houseplant into your living space or making a weekly habit of taking a walk in your local park, connecting with nature can help you feel grounded and more at home in your daily life.

Cherry Blossom & Crane Kimono Robe
Photo by Delbarr Moradi
Regularly Look at Your Finances

This new year, don’t shy away from looking at your finances. So often we fear what we’ll see, so we don’t take a look. But with knowledge comes power, so regularly keeping track of your finances—even if they’re not quite where you’d like them to be—will help you make improvements. Our suggestion? Make a ritual that you love around checking in with your accounts. Slip on your pink kimono robe, pour yourself a glass of wine, and sit down with your statements. Light a candle and set a mood! How you approach looking at your finances will help your mindset. If you’re sitting in your gorgeous pink kimono robe, you’re more likely to operate from a place of ease and calm than of stress and anxiety. Even if you have to trick yourself at first, once you start regularly keeping track of your financial health, those anxieties will go away and you will be better for it all year long.

Iku Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
Make Gratitude a Daily Practice

Everyone knows that gratitude is an important part of a healthy spiritual life. But there is now even science behind it that shows giving thanks can make you happier. Find a few things you’re grateful for each day. It can be as big as your relationship with your mom and as small as the soft way your floral kimono cardigan feels on your skin. In fact, sometimes, the smaller the better, because it helps you connect to the present moment. These small points of gratitude aren’t as intellectual and more sensory, so they help to keep you present and grateful for the here and now. 

Peony & Butterfly Kimono Robe
Photo by @lia_man
Connect with the Ones You Love

Make it a point to connect with the ones you love this new year. Relationships are the most important factor in looking at longevity and life expectancy. So choose the people you surround yourself with and make it a point to make memories and spend time with them. Your whole year will be made more meaningful and joyful be cementing the bonds with the ones you love.

This new year, we have a lot to look forward to at KIM+ONO. We are continuing to create a community where you can connect and stay inspired by each other. We’re bringing plus size kimono robes to our collections very soon! And we are committed to bringing our mission to the forefront of every face of our business: making you feel good in your own skin. Share with us the small ways in which you’re bringing your 2020 vision to life in the comments. We’d love to celebrate you as you make this new year your best one yet!

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