7 Words to Keep in My 2014 Dictionary

Happy New YearPhoto by Amodiovalerio Verde

Welcome to the first day in 2014!

Have you made your New Year Resolution yet? I know, making a New Year Resolution is bundled with mixed feelings. On one hand, we are so excited and hopeful for what is coming up; on the other hand, we are afraid this will again be another list of empty promise. In order not to make a long list and end up regretting not completing most of them, I have decided to make it simple this time.  After spending hours staring at a blank sheet of paper, I have finally concluded seven words to keep and respect. Without further ado, here they come:


PantryPhoto from My Instagram

Yes, I will be spending more time in the kitchen, which, to be honest, is a bit daunting to me, since I do not consider myself a kitchen person (or, yet). But these days, I slowly realize that kitchen should not be a place just for cookers, dishes and food storage. Instead, this can be where magic happens: a simple ingredient can transform into different forms; it is also a place where you can enhance relationships with your family and friends via foods. In 2014, the kitchen will continue to be the base of Tracy’s Health Lab where I experiment to unveil secrets on how food contributes to glowing and nourished skin.


Food labelsPhoto by Tiffany Terry

Remember ingredients written on the labels will eventually land on our skin, go into our body and influence our health and skin.  No matter they are food labels, or labels on skincare and cosmetic products, I aim to dig deeper into the truths and myths behind labeling. Because it is only when we become knowledgeable about what is applied on our skin and what goes into the body that we will be able to be in control of our health and skin. If we want to restore the natural radiance on our skin and true beauty of inner health, we’d better become a loyal, responsible and educated guardian.


Sleeping CatPhoto by Moyan Brenn

A few years ago, I came across a quote that sticks: “your future depends on your dreams. So, go to sleep!” After laughing at it for a few seconds, I found that this is so true. Life is like running a marathon; we cannot sprint to get to the destination (or, our dreams). One of the key things I have learned in 2013 is that: instead of stretching my working hours and depriving myself of my beauty sleep, I need to work on productivity to improve quality of the output per minute. The fact that we need to sleep is the body and skin’s calling to heal itself. And we need to respect Law of Nature for sustainable development. In 2014, I aim to sleep for 7 hours every day.

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade. – Tony Robbins


YogaPhoto from My Instragram

In April, 2013, I started to practice yoga, when I decided that yoga needs to become a part of my life. It is such a great practice for mind and body unity. A big fan of metaphors, I enjoy how each pose in yoga can manifest itself as a certain meaning in life, which strengthens the mind.  Because of the benefits it has given me, I have decided to keep up with my yoga practice every morning.


Winter lifestyle tips for acne skin - meditationPhoto by RelaxingMusic

As I shared with you in one of the news updates, meditation has been scientifically proven that it can relieve stress and dampen inflammation, which in return can definitely help improve skin conditions. Besides, it offers a precious opportunity for us to enhance the relationship wihtin ourselves, so that we understand ourselves better and enjoy inner peace and purity of mind. Note that some of the greatest innovations come from meditation and inner peace, which reflects a Chinese saying that “a peace of mind will help you achieve more in life.” Having said that, in the New Year, I am determined to meditate every day.


Clean Water DropPhoto by Philip Bitnar

To me, the word “clean” means a lot. It means keeping my home (and kitchen, of course!) clean and organized. Also, it suggests having a clean body away from toxins. This word is also connected to a clean mind, meaning getting away from stress and other negative emotions. Additionally, “clean” shows simplicity, that is, to try not to complicate things but see them as they are. Last but not least, from this word I picture a  clean face which is clear of bumps and blemishes ; – ) In 2014, this word will serve as an inspiration, so that I will have something to hope for and look up to, as simple as that!



Photo by Successories Posters

This is probably the most important word in this post. After all, we need to walk the talk. In order not to make list of resolutions and fail pretty much all of them by the end of 2014, I need this word to carry me through the year. With that said, I will be using Lift and Instagram to keep track of my progress.

That’s it. Thanks for allowing me to share these seven words with you. As always, I look forward to sharing my journey; most importantly, I hope we can be accountability partners and evolve together.

Again, Happy New Year! May your 2014 be filled with health, peace and real happiness.



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