Do hard things on purpose

Too many people make the mistake of trying to make life as easy and comfortable as possible.

This is pervasive in our day and age.

Everything has become so easy and automated.

But seeking out ease and comfort at the expense of challenge is a monumental mistake.

That is, if your goal is to be happy and feel alive.

The all-too-real situation billions face today is that comfort and ease are eating away at us.

There is too much ease.

In the past, almost everything was hard, and it was rare for most people to have things too easy.

In our day, we have to go out of our way to experience things that are physically hard.

Today we actually have to combat ease by purposely adding hard things to our life…if we want to be deeply happy.

Don’t buy or keep something that doesn’t fit

It’s not uncommon to hold on to items that no longer fit you in the hope that they will again one day. It’s also not uncommon to buy something in a size too small as an incentive to lose weight or because it’s in the sale and they don’t have your usual size. However, holding on to these items – that you can’t physically wear – is one of the worst things you can do if you’re trying to reduce the size of your wardrobe. Be realistic and honest with yourself. If it doesn’t fit you, donate it to charity.

Make some tough decisions

Nobody likes throwing things away. To part with a piece of clothing sometimes means letting go of memories, which can be really tough to do. However, there’s no need to hold on to everything you’ve ever loved, especially if it’s something you haven’t worn for decades. If you really can’t bear to part with something, put it on trial and see how many times you wear it in the next six months. If it doesn’t see an outing, it’s officially time for it to go.

Make an effort to discover new brands

Another reason we get stuck into style ruts is because we get attached to and comfortable with certain shops. It’s great to have your core favourites who you trust and you know last well, but there are always so many new, amazing brands hitting the market that are waiting to be discovered. From high-end designer labels to more affordable mid-range brands, keep exploring all year round. You’ll end up with some truly special, stylish finds (that – bonus – nobody else has).

Don’t buy something for just one occasion

We’re all guilty of it. A wedding, a Christmas party, a Friday night reunion with old friends. Heading somewhere exciting means we inevitably feel like we need something special – and therefore something new – to wear. However, more often than not, as much as we like the piece that we buy, it rarely gets more than one outing.

Instead of purchasing something specific for certain events, try to have a few dressier pieces in your wardrobe that are more versatile. If you go for something simple and more classic, rather than trend-led, you’ll be able to wear it again and again. Accessorised cleverly, it will never feel like the same look.

Nicole Kidman Loves This for Younger-Looking Skin

Nicole Kidman has been known for her gorgeous, porcelain skin since practically forever. And, of course, she still looks absolutely amazing, whether she’s on the red carpet or onscreen as retired lawyer Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies.

Kidman recently told Byrdie that “micro-decisions” are the keys to her beauty and happiness. A big factor in that: Using sun protection regularly.

“Because I’m so outdoorsy — I love playing tennis, and I love working out outdoors. I love going for a run and swimming, and I just want to be able to do all of that and protect my skin because I get burnt,” she said. “I use vitamin C too because that does give you some protection long-term.”

Kidman’s Celeste is struggling onscreen right now, and it’s hard to know what will happen ahead of the Big Little Lies finale. But one thing is for sure: She’ll look amazing doing it.

Here’s what else Kidman is doing to keep her skin looking youthful and healthy at 52.

She slathers on sunscreen during the day

The actress recently shared with People that she doesn’t skimp when it comes to SPF: She uses Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Spray SPF 100. (Kidman is a spokesperson for the brand.) “My family and I love surfing, swimming and waterskiing,” she said. “This SPF 100 is so easy to apply and works for me like nothing else.”

For daily use on her face, Kidman likes Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 100+, and reapplies religiously. “It’s why my skin now is, I think, far less damaged than it could have been,” she told W magazine.

…and swears by retinol cream at night

Retinol creams work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing your skin’s production of collagen — and Kidman swears by them. But there’s one product she’s recommended time and time again: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Cream.

Liv Tyler Reveals Her Go-To Products and Secrets

Liv Tyler has been famous for decades, but her skin still looks the same as it did when she starred in movies like Empire Records and Armageddon. Apparently, that’s no accident.

Tyler revealed in a new video for Vogue that she has a 25-step skin care routine that she follows religiously. (Yup, 25 steps!) “The more I do this stuff, the better I feel inside,” the 42-year-old actress said. “And the more calm I feel, the better my skin looks on the outside.”

By the way, Tyler said she’s really passionate about skin care (in case you didn’t pick up on that). “My secret obsession — a passion of my whole life — is skin care,” she said. “I think I would’ve become a facialist if I didn’t start acting.” Apparently, she inherited this from her dad, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. “My dad is so into skin care,” she said. “When I go visit him, I usually spend half of the time in the bathroom just going over products. His whole bathroom is filled!”

It’s safe to say her routine is pretty intense (and 25 steps is a lot), but we rounded up a few highlights. Here are a few ways she keeps that youthful glow at 42.

She exfoliates her skin.
“Okay, so to me, the secret to beautiful skin is exfoliation and keeping all the dead skin cells, sort of, buffed off your skin,” Tyler said. She showed off her “old favorite,” which is Astara’s Blue Flame Purification Mask, which is enriched with aloe vera, tea tree oil, kaolin and bentonite clays, and vitamin E. “It’s really good to sort of draw out any impurities in your skin, and it also gives it a good glow,” Tyler said.