Lori’s New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when we pause during all of the excitement surrounding the holidays to really reflect on the year that’s about to end. Did we live our best life in 2019? I have so many wonderful memories from this past year: the birth of baby Jack, traveling to Italy with Eddie, celebrating milestone birthdays and our 40th wedding anniversary,  attending cheer competitions and school plays for Caroline and Charlotte, another wonderful family summer vacation at the beach, helping thousands of brides find the perfect wedding dress, attending bridal fashion week in New York City with Mollie and Monte, speaking nationwide about breast cancer awareness, and a lot of laughter and joy.

 

This year also came with its share of challenges. Let’s not forget this past April when I suffered a serious fall while filming Season 11 of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. Thankfully, after two surgeries and weeks of rest, I’m back stronger than ever.

As we wrap up another wonderful and healthy year, I am excited about entering a new decade! It should come as no surprise that I’m one of those people who loves making New Year’s Resolutions and challenging myself to really stick to them. I write them down and as the months go by, I like to check in to see how I’m doing, which really keeps me accountable and helps me accomplish my goals for the new year.

My resolutions vary from year to year, but as we enter this new decade, I wanted to share my top five New Year’s Resolutions for 2020:

Resolution #1: Worry Less

Sometimes, you just have to throw your hands up and have faith that everything will work out. I know, it’s so hard to story worrying, but did you know that 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress? Worrying is literally affecting our physical health, which is really scary. This year,  I am making it my number one goal to try to ease up on worrying and try to take my stress levels down a notch.

Resolution #2: Be more present

I am not perfect and sometimes I sneak a peek at my messages and emails during dinner or try to multi-task work during family time, and I tend to miss out on some important moments. In 2020, I’m going to try to be more present no matter where I am. If I’m a work, that means ignoring the adorable photos of my Grandbabies that my kids might be sharing with me. And while I’m with my family, I’m going to make every effort to try to put work on the back burner so I can truly appreciate every moment.

Resolution #3: Be Kinder to Me

I am by far my own worst critic, and it can sometimes really take a toll. As a public figure, it might come as a surprise that just like you, I have my own insecurities. This year, I’m going to strive to be kinder to myself. I’ve spoken to many people who have recommended daily self-affirmations, where you look at your reflection in the mirror every morning and list some of your best qualities. Try it with me; I bet you’ll feel better about yourself each and every day.

Resolution #4: Take Time for Self-Care

In our everyday lives, it’s so easy to put ourselves last.  We replace our evening spinning class with another work meeting, cancel an art class to babysit for our kids at the last minute, push off our routine checkups because something seemingly more important for work/family took priority. Taking time for self-care is so important; I truly believe that if you’re happy, everyone around you will be happy. So, put yourself first in 2020, and you’ll find that you’re leading a calmer and more productive life.  

Resolution #5: Support a Community of Women

On July 14, 2020, my first book Say Yes to What’s Next is set to launch nationwide and I’m so excited to see how y’all respond to the message within this book. I’m so hopeful that my book will inspire thousands of women to look at this next phase of life and realize the amazing opportunities available after empty nest and retirement. I can’t wait to support this wonderful community of women as I travel throughout the summer.  To get updates about my book launch, or to sign up to preorder, click here.

Here I come, 2020, and it’s going to be a fabulous New Year! From my family to yours, best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2020! Don’t forget to share with us some of your New Year’s Resolutions in the comments.

Until next time,

Lori Allen

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Prayers & A Whiskey

It was a challenge when Arkansas police officer and our feature bride, Jessica Seewald, brought her bridal entourage including celebrity sister-in-law Jessa Duggar Seewald to the salon to shop for her dream wedding gown. But you know I absolutely love a challenge! Jessica was hoping to replace her blue uniform with a more figure flattering and slightly revealing mermaid cut couture gown, while her entourage was hell bent on hiding the curves and the cleavage in a more modest gown. After trying on a number of gorgeous options, Jessica started wondering if what she envisioned would work for her. We see this all the time, brides come into the salon with a vision of what they think they want, and then discover that it just might not work after all. With a little help from our floor manager Robin, and a phone call with Mom, Jessica said yes to a stunning A-line Matthew Christopher designer gown that fit Jessica’s figure perfectly.   

Meanwhile, we sent Monte downstairs to help Ashlen on the bridesmaids floor with our bride, Dominique, but he kept bailing on me! Domonique’s Maid-of-Honor and twin sister Monique thought she was running the plays on the dresses for the bridal party, but we quickly discovered which one was really calling the shots. It took a couple of tries but we were finally able to find a maid of honor gown that let Monique shine a bit brighter than the rest of the bridal party.