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How to Glow Up Your Life + Free Checklist

Are you ready to glow up from the inside out?

A few weeks ago, I decided I needed a change.

The days started to melt together. My lifestyle felt uninspiring. I wasn’t showing up for myself in the way I wanted to.

I realized that I wasn’t doing enough of the things I wanted to do. Life wasn’t fun.

So, what did I do?

I dyed my hair pink.


pink hair 2


LOL.

But in all seriousness, life is too short to let it slip by without having some fun.

Every day is a new opportunity to do something that fulfills you. You have the power to make your life amazing in both big and small ways.

You probably guessed it by the title, but today’s post is about to glow up your life!


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glowing up

Glowing up isn’t about making yourself prettier.

The phrase “glow up” or “glo up” is often used to describe an improvement in the way you look.

Yeah, that’s not what I’m talking about here. A glow up can include making changes to your appearance, but here’s a truth bomb:

The real glow up happens on the inside.

Today, we’re going to talk about how you can let your personality shine through, radiate confidence in every step you take, and spark inspiration from within.

There’s a quote that says, “The happiest girls are the prettiest girls.”

It doesn’t mean literally pretty. The quote is saying that when you have a positive mindset and feel happy on the inside, those qualities will appear in ways that are detectable by other people.

You show up differently when you’re happy.

Here are some examples:

  • If you feel peaceful on the inside, you might smile more often or appear relaxed.
  • Confidence will empower you to lift others up without feeling jealous or resentful.
  • Joy is one of the highest forms of energetic currency. It will give you more energy and enable you to be more productive throughout the day.

See the benefits of glowing up your mindset and lifestyle?


Lifestyle uplevels are all-encompassing.

This is something that I have learned from personal experience. When you uplevel one area of your life, you’ll notice improvements in other areas as well.

An “uplevel” simply means leveling up or enhancing an area of your lifestyle.

Examples of uplevels could include:

  • Starting a new workout routine
  • Investing in an online course
  • Breaking a negative habit that has been holding you back

I noticed this phenomenon recently when I dyed my hair pink. (This might sound silly at first, but bear with me!)

I colored my hair pink because it was something I wanted to do. I didn’t do it to impress anyone else. 

Like I mentioned earlier, I felt uninspired by my life (and my old hair color), so I wanted to do something fun to switch it up.

I was nervous at first because I’ve never had a bright hair color before. But I overcame my fear and I did it.

Since I took that leap, I’ve noticed significant lifestyle improvements, such as:

  • Prioritizing nutrition and fitness more
  • Waking up when my alarm goes off and not hitting “snooze”
  • Having more energy throughout the day
  • Finding joy in simple things
  • Feeling more inspired to create content

You might be wondering how pink hair made such a huge difference in my life.

Here’s the thing:

An “uplevel” is a feeling. It’s not a tangible achievement.

My pink hair felt like an uplevel to me, and therefore I experienced the benefits in several areas of my life.

Okay, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about your glow up now!

Journal prompts to guide your lifestyle glow up

Keep these questions in mind as you read through the rest of this article:

  • Think about your “best self” or “ideal self.” What does that person’s life look like?
  • What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about “glowing up your life?”
  • Which lifestyle changes will feel like an uplevel to you?

I would recommend writing these questions in your journal so you can fully reflect on them. 

Journaling is a powerful self-discovery practice that will help you understand your deepest desires. I can’t recommend it enough!


Take this glow up challenge to make 2021 your best year yet!

Now, I’m going to provide some suggestions for your glow up!

None of these are requirements. You should only implement ideas that feel aligned with your purpose, interests, and lifestyle preferences.

The ideas on this list work for me, but everyone is unique. Your glow up checklist might look totally different.

lifestyle glow up checklist

Grab the FREE printable “Glow Up Your Life” checklist!

I included my checklist and a blank worksheet in case you want to create your own list.


morning ritual

Begin each day with a morning ritual.

I normally wake up super early on weekdays. Today, I got out of bed at 4:30 a.m.

Some people are horrified at the idea of waking up that early, and I totally understand why. When I was in college, I used to stay in bed until noon or even later.

However, I love waking up early as an adult because I’m more productive in the morning. I trained myself to be an early riser by creating a morning ritual that makes me excited to wake up.

What is the difference between a routine and a ritual?

There is one distinguishing factor that is small, but very impactful.

It’s the mindset we have toward routines vs. rituals.

A routine is something you “have” to do.

A ritual is something that you have the privilege of doing.

Rituals don’t necessarily have to be religious or spiritual. Yours can include spiritual practices if you want it to. 

The most important thing is to include activities that are meaningful or fulfilling for you.

Ideas for your morning ritual

  • Practice gratitude
  • Go for a walk around your neighborhood
  • Stretch or do yoga
  • Read a book
  • Set your intentions for the day

Your morning ritual is completely customizable. I would recommend that you avoid beginning your day with strenuous work or screen time. 

Think of your ritual as time to yourself, away from the stresses of everyday life.


daily journaling

Start a journaling practice.

Journaling is one of my favorite ways to express my emotions without unloading them onto another person.

If you love journal prompts, check out these articles for inspiration:


wins wall

Create a “wins wall” to celebrate all your accomplishments, both big and small.

Throughout my life, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed… but I haven’t taken enough time to celebrate how far I’ve come.

I thought of the idea to create a “wins wall” to celebrate all my accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

How to make your wins wall

  1. Get some Post-It notes or small sheets of paper. 
  2. Write down a win or achievement on each one.
  3. Stick your wins on a wall of your choosing, and watch them accumulate!

Your wins wall will remind you of all the great things you’ve accomplished. At least for me, it can feel difficult to focus on the positive if I’m having a bad day.

But these tangible reminders of how awesome we are will help us feel better, even during challenging times!

 

celebrate your wins


Identify what motivates you the most, and guide your energy to it.

After working with several coaching clients, I realized something.

No one is truly lazy.

We all have motivation within ourselves. Every single person on this planet is capable of achieving something amazing.

The key is to figure out what motivates you and focus your energy on that.

If you’re passionate about something and you know there is nothing else in the world that will fulfill you in the same way, then for goodness sake, PLEASE DO IT!

Think about the times in your life when you’ve felt the most motivated. Which projects were you eager to work on?

Gravitate back toward that activity. Test it out for a bit. See if you can rediscover that motivation and passion for it.

From there, let your intuition guide you. Trust it.


Set goals that make you feel excited.

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again.

There is no point in setting goals that you don’t care about.

You cannot let your parents, friends, and mentors determine your path in life. 

Only you can decide what you really want. At the end of the day, you are responsible for how your life turns out.

Would you rather spend your life fulfilling someone else’s dream and fall short because you lost motivation… or would you rather pursue a goal that sets your soul on fire, give it 100%, and land among the stars?

It’s something to think about!


Meditate daily.

Okay, I love this tip because I used to be very resistant to meditation, but I discovered an amazing app for guided meditations that helps me calm my monkey mind and stay present!

It’s called Insight Timer. It’s free. The meditations on there are awesome. 

And it’s not just a meditation app either. It’s a social network of its own. 

Creators can host live meditations, which I love so much because it helps me connect with people all over the world through the power of mindfulness.

If you’re new to meditation, I recommend a class within the app called, “Learn How to Meditate in 7 Days.”

It guides you through basic meditation concepts. For example, the class teaches you how to simply witness your thoughts instead of engaging with them and getting distracted (which is a struggle I faced when I first started meditating!)

If you try the Insight Timer app, let me know what you think of it!


Drink plenty of water.

Everyone says this, but seriously… drinking water has so many benefits.

When I drink enough water throughout the day, I feel energized and clear-headed. I can focus more on my work. 

If I’m dehydrated, I get food cravings even when I’m not hungry. By drinking enough water, I can maintain a healthy lifestyle and make more nutritious choices.


Simply move.

You don’t have to go crazy at the gym to enjoy the benefits of movement!

Doing yoga or going for a walk are relaxing ways to move that don’t put a lot of strain on your body.

The most important thing is to find a physical activity you enjoy doing. 

It could be running, swimming, rock climbing, dancing, yoga… it doesn’t matter. Just find something you love and do more of that!

In my humble opinion, it’s stupid to try to force yourself to do something that’s not in alignment with your energy.

I strongly dislike running, so I don’t do it. 

Maybe I’ll change my mind one day and find joy in doing cardio, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Instead, I lift weights. And I am perfectly happy doing that!


nutritious choices

Prioritize nutrition, and avoid unhealthy eating habits.

Okay, the key here is to find nutritious foods that you enjoy eating.

There are a lot of “healthy” things I don’t eat. For example, I don’t do salads. I don’t do avocados. I don’t do tomatoes.

But I do love broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, a wide variety of fruit, smoothies, juice, etc.

I eat what I like, and I don’t eat what I don’t like. It’s that simple!

I would recommend taking baby steps toward a healthier lifestyle. 

I’ll give you an example: 

I love chicken wings. I swear, I could eat them every day.

But instead of eating chicken wings frequently, I substituted them with a delicious buffalo cauliflower recipe.

It’s (almost) just as good.

Find substitutes for your favorite “unhealthy” foods and try to incorporate them into your diet. 

When you make nutritious choices, you will have more energy throughout the day!


Arrange your schedule so you can get enough sleep.

I am on a set sleep schedule, and it makes a world of difference!

Unless I have a special event or something else going on in my life, I wake up at the same time and go to bed at the same time each day.

Another thing I like to do is give myself an hour of “buffer time” right after I wake up and right before I go to sleep.

I use this buffer time for my morning and evening rituals (which I mentioned earlier!)

Additionally, I avoid screens during the buffer periods. If I must be on my phone, I make sure the “Night Shift” feature is turned on to block the blue light.

On my computer, I use a blue light blocking software called f.lux. 

It’s free, and I highly recommend it if you’re an entrepreneur or someone who uses their computer late into the evening.


Love your body the way it is.

Like many people, I have struggled with loving my body in the past. 

In college, I went to therapy for my body image issues. It was a great experience, and it helped me shift my mindset around my body.

When I feel bad about my body, I direct my thoughts to gratitude.

Our bodies do so much for us. They’re the vessels that carry us through the world. 

Your body is resilient, and it loves you… even when you don’t love it back.

If you find it hard to appreciate your body today, grab a journal or a sheet of paper and start writing down all the things your body does for you.

Journal prompts for body positivity:

  • How can you speak more positively about your body?
  • What choices can you make to nourish your body today?
  • How can you appreciate the things that are unique about your body?
  • What are five things you love about your body?

Make all physical changes from a place of self-love.

I definitely have a feminine vibe.

I like getting my hair and nails done. I wear makeup almost every day. I love shopping and wearing cute clothes.

I’m no stranger to physical changes, but one thing I’ve learned is that you should always make them from a place of self-love rather than trying to “fix” something about yourself.

When I was 20, I got lip injections. I don’t have anything against fillers or surgery, but I personally did it for the wrong reasons.

I didn’t do it from a place of empowerment. I did it because a boy told me that he didn’t like my lips.

And guess what? The Juvederm did make my lips plumper, but it didn’t solve my confidence issues.

There’s a big difference between changing your appearance to empower yourself vs. doing it because you don’t like the way you look.

Earlier in this post, I showed you my pink hair. Now, THAT is an example of making an empowered change.

I feel amazing with my pink hair. It amplifies the confidence I already have.

If you want to switch up your look, think about it deeply and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.


Do more of what makes you happy.

This isn’t complicated. For this tip, just listen to your intuition.

I have a beautiful post called How to Make Time to Do The Things You Love.

Check it out if you want to learn how to arrange your schedule to accommodate your passions.


learn something new each week

Commit to learning something new each week.

Don’t get me wrongI love reading, but podcasts are my jam these days!

Podcasts are amazing because I can listen to them whenever I want. 

I don’t have to stop what I’m doing to tune in, whereas I would need to pause my day to pick up a book and read it.

By listening to podcasts, I can put my learning on autopilot while I drive, clean, or exercise.

And hey, if you need a podcast to listen to, I have one myself!

It’s called Mindset Masterpiece. I created it to help content creators, digital entrepreneurs, and creative professionals live abundant, happy, and fulfilled lives.

In each episode, we explore the close relationship between personal development and entrepreneurship.

Check it out!


spend time alone

Learn to enjoy spending time with yourself.

I think of myself as an introverted extrovert, as contradictory as that sounds…

I enjoy the company of others, but I really cherish my alone time.

The truth is that I’m the happiest when I’m by myself, working on my passion projects. I’d choose my work over a party any day.

But even if you are a full-on extrovert, you can find fulfillment in your alone time.

If you want to know how, I have a couple of other posts that you might find inspiration in:

I wish you an amazing solo journey!


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Related reads!

1. How to Discover Your Authentic Self

2. 35 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself for Personal Growth

3. 12 Ways to Get Unstuck in Life


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