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6 Girl-Bosses On How They’re Preparing for 2018

Sisters are doing it for themselves (oh yes we are!).

Two months deep into 2018 and already stressing that you’ve completely failed your New Year’s Resolutions? Same!

Unless you’re part of the 10% of people who are super organised and committed, chances are you’ve already gone off-track. Maybe you set the bar too high (and you’re already feeling defeated), you set resolutions for the sake of it (without actually planning how to conquer them) or life just got in the way. Whatever the reason, I’m here to tell you it’s not too late to turn things around.

For some new year resolution ideas (that will actually stick) , I decided to draw some inspo from 6 of the most kick-ass girl-bosses I know – in the hope that it will *magically* set me (and you) on the right track.

Turns out, it isn’t all about gunning for your goals and depriving yourself of the things you love. It’s okay (and important!) to indulge in some relaxation time and have a lil more self love (I’m not complaining!).

So grab a cocktail, take a seat, and feast your eyes on the words of wisdom below. It’s never too late for a fresh start!

Words: @jaikaldor

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SARA CRAMPTON (née DONALDSON)

Director & Buyer, THE UNDONE

My mantra for 2018 is I want to live a minimal life, in all aspects. Although I’ve always been minimal with my style, I feel as though my life is weighed down with ‘stuff’. I’m currently re-reading tidying guru Marie Kondo’s book ’Spark Joy’ for a second time to get my mindset right, and January is a perfect time to embrace this task.

To run my businesses successfully my head and home need to be clear, so this is number one on my agenda.”

Shop Sara’s style on STREET365 here.

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SARA CRAMPTON (née DONALDSON)

Director & Buyer, THE UNDONE

My mantra for 2018 is I want to live a minimal life, in all aspects. Although I’ve always been minimal with my style, I feel as though my life is weighed down with ‘stuff’. I’m currently re-reading tidying guru Marie Kondo’s book ’Spark Joy’ for a second time to get my mindset right, and January is a perfect time to embrace this task.

To run my businesses successfully my head and home need to be clear, so this is number one on my agenda.”

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VANESSA MARIAN

Director, GROOVE THERAPY

“2017 was one of my biggest years to date in terms of a career but I was so burnt out by the end that I struggled to get excited over all the incredible opportunities that lay ahead in 2018.

So I’ve started the year with a new attitude towards work and running my own business and I feel so much better after trying to stick to the following:
Honouring my need for alone time- listening to my soul when it’s aching for a tub of Nutella in bed.
Delegating stuff. It’s been revolutionary. Shout out to Amy Zhang for being my partner in hustle.
Calling home more. This year is all about the fam bam time.
Owning my unimportance. It’s not about me at the end of the day, so my 2018 is focused on bringing the benefits of dance to all walks of life and championing the voices that aren’t being heard.
Stretching. It’s about what my body can do, not what it looks like. Working with 95 year olds in nursing homes is a sobering reminder that our springy knees aren’t around forever.
Working smarter, not longer. Which means more Nutella in bed time.”

Shop Vanessa’s style on STREET365 here.

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VANESSA MARIAN

Director, GROOVE THERAPY

“2017 was one of my biggest years to date in terms of a career but I was so burnt out by the end that I struggled to get excited over all the incredible opportunities that lay ahead in 2018.

So I’ve started the year with a new attitude towards work and running my own business and I feel so much better after trying to stick to the following:
Honouring my need for alone time- listening to my soul when it’s aching for a tub of Nutella in bed.
Delegating stuff. It’s been revolutionary. Shout out to Amy Zhang for being my partner in hustle.
Calling home more. This year is all about the fam bam time.
Owning my unimportance. It’s not about me at the end of the day, so my 2018 is focused on bringing the benefits of dance to all walks of life and championing the voices that aren’t being heard.
Stretching. It’s about what my body can do, not what it looks like. Working with 95 year olds in nursing homes is a sobering reminder that our springy knees aren’t around forever.
Working smarter, not longer. Which means more Nutella in bed time.”

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ALISON RICE

Group Publisher POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine Australia – ‎Allure Media

“I have been doing a lot of self work so I entered the new year in a real space of self reflection. I guess I consider that work I do a bit of a hobby. I use crystals and Venustus (praise be!) oils daily, do energy work, interrogate my internal dialogue, set intentions and talk out loud to the universe. Bit full on but I love it. I’m basically an amateur witch at this stage.

So this year my goals are less achievement centric and a bit more holistic. I’m trying to go easy on myself – I’ve achieved a lot and I want to get off that success drug for a bit. So living slower is a goal. I want to continue getting to know myself better – my strengths, weaknesses, what lights me up, what brings me down – and then apply that knowledge to how I see my role in our business, and how I lead our team.

And then on a lighter note, I’m on a self-imposed ‘major purchase’ shopping ban. I’m madly Pinning (a lot of Carmen actually!) so I have style references that will make what I already own work harder. Slower and with less. That’s me in 2018.”

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ALISON RICE

Group Publisher POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine Australia – ‎Allure Media

“I have been doing a lot of self work so I entered the new year in a real space of self reflection. I guess I consider that work I do a bit of a hobby. I use crystals and Venustus (praise be!) oils daily, do energy work, interrogate my internal dialogue, set intentions and talk out loud to the universe. Bit full on but I love it. I’m basically an amateur witch at this stage.

So this year my goals are less achievement centric and a bit more holistic. I’m trying to go easy on myself – I’ve achieved a lot and I want to get off that success drug for a bit. So living slower is a goal. I want to continue getting to know myself better – my strengths, weaknesses, what lights me up, what brings me down – and then apply that knowledge to how I see my role in our business, and how I lead our team.

And then on a lighter note, I’m on a self-imposed ‘major purchase’ shopping ban. I’m madly Pinning (a lot of Carmen actually!) so I have style references that will make what I already own work harder. Slower and with less. That’s me in 2018.”

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LISA AIKEN

Fashion Director, NET-A-PORTER

“By the end of last year I had really overdone it. I love my job and all it entails, however between the travel, work commitments and constant feeling of being ‘on’, I was ready for a break over the holidays. So this year I want to take care of myself a little more, make sure I take some time out even when on trips just to recharge. By being a little selfish every now and again, I think I will be in a much better place to invest time and energy in others.

I don’t tend to make big yearly resolutions however I do like to think about the small things that will make a big difference, so with that in mind I will be switching off the social media addiction (I will get more sleep if I don’t spend 2 hours scrolling through Instagram), adding vitamin B12 to my regime (favourites from Aussie brand BEAR), and owning an actual physical diary (still hunting for the perfect one).

When it comes to my style, the biggest shift is to actually wear shapes that are flattering. I often find myself attracted to certain denim styles that just don’t work for me, whereas I suit a fitted waist.”

Shop Lisa’s style on STREET365 here.

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LISA AIKEN

Fashion Director, NET-A-PORTER

“By the end of last year I had really overdone it. I love my job and all it entails, however between the travel, work commitments and constant feeling of being ‘on’, I was ready for a break over the holidays. So this year I want to take care of myself a little more, make sure I take some time out even when on trips just to recharge. By being a little selfish every now and again, I think I will be in a much better place to invest time and energy in others.

I don’t tend to make big yearly resolutions however I do like to think about the small things that will make a big difference, so with that in mind I will be switching off the social media addiction (I will get more sleep if I don’t spend 2 hours scrolling through Instagram), adding vitamin B12 to my regime (favourites from Aussie brand BEAR), and owning an actual physical diary (still hunting for the perfect one).

When it comes to my style, the biggest shift is to actually wear shapes that are flattering. I often find myself attracted to certain denim styles that just don’t work for me, whereas I suit a fitted waist.”

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JANE MCFARLAND

Fashion Director, THE SUNDAY TIMES

“My January style resolutions are to wear less black and buy at least two pieces of Phoebe Philo’s last collection for Celine (sob!). Rather than enforce a digital detox, I’m going to use Instagram more efficiently to discover new and niche brands as opposed to mindless scrolling.

To compensate for living out of hotels for a large portion of the year, and in turn eating endless amounts of room service, I am going to learn to cook a new meal each week to instil some form of nutritional home-cooking… wish me luck.”

Shop Jane’s style on STREET365 here.

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JANE MCFARLAND

Fashion Director, THE SUNDAY TIMES

“My January style resolutions are to wear less black and buy at least two pieces of Phoebe Philo’s last collection for Celine (sob!). Rather than enforce a digital detox, I’m going to use Instagram more efficiently to discover new and niche brands as opposed to mindless scrolling.

To compensate for living out of hotels for a large portion of the year, and in turn eating endless amounts of room service, I am going to learn to cook a new meal each week to instil some form of nutritional home-cooking… wish me luck.”

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ANNE-LAURE MAIS

Founder,  ADENORAH

“2018 is such a big year for me – but even so, I didn’t make any resolutions!! I am working on the launch of my own brand so I’m trying to organise my work better and for this. I need to travel a little bit less, so I won’t cover all the fashion weeks this season to allow myself to stay more focused on my work. I prefer to work with less brands trying to build more long-term relationships.

This year is also a main one for my personal life as I am gonna get married next September, so even if my career is growing, I feel more and more important to take more time for my family and personal stuff.”

Anne-Laure is wearing the Bloody Mary Dress.

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ANNE-LAURE MAIS

Founder,  ADENORAH

“2018 is such a big year for me – but even so, I didn’t make any resolutions!! I am working on the launch of my own brand so I’m trying to organise my work better and for this. I need to travel a little bit less, so I won’t cover all the fashion weeks this season to allow myself to stay more focused on my work. I prefer to work with less brands trying to build more long-term relationships.

This year is also a main one for my personal life as I am gonna get married next September, so even if my career is growing, I feel more and more important to take more time for my family and personal stuff.”

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