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4 Life Upgrades to Make Before 2024

Written by: Angela Kim



Time to read 2 min

As December unfolds with its festive whirlwind, it's the perfect time to pause, be present, and prepare for a transformative New Year.

In my daily routine, I divide my days into three parts: Be, Do, Savor.

In the mornings, “Be” is my mantra – grounding myself with intention and self-care, setting the tone for everything that follows. “Do” is for taking action towards my goals during the day, and “Savor” is for cooking, family time, and hot showers with pampering rituals.

In this first part of our end-of-year series, I’ll show you 4 life upgrades that will help you embrace “Be” to create a mindful foundation during this bustling season.

"Try this life upgrade: divide your days into three parts--Be, Do, Savor."

1. Make Self-Care at the Heart of Your Holiday Plan

My 14-year-old daughter exemplifies this beautifully. She wakes up early, enjoys a warm breakfast, takes time with our dog, cuddles with me, and relaxes with music. This unhurried morning routine naturally releases oxytocin, AKA the “love hormone.”

This not only supports her well-being before school but strengthens our bond, setting a calm and relaxed tone for her (and my) day. Now with a holiday tree with festive lights, it makes mornings cozier to be together!

savor beauty founder angela jia kim with daughter and dog

2. Start Your Day with Rose Aromatherapy

I begin the day with the sensual aromatherapy of roses, starting with Savor Beauty's Dewy Rose Toning Mist, a blend that calms the mind and softens the skin. I then apply the Carrot Rose Serum, which rejuvenates the pores by encouraging cellular renewal. It gently removes the dull, outer layer to reveal fresh, radiant skin underneath - and also symbolizes a mental renewal, leaving yesterday behind.

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This daily ritual with Rose Otto is a luxurious reminder to pause and appreciate the beauty of being in the moment. I love this rare and potent oil so much that we often incorporate it into our Savor Beauty age-delay products. (Stay tuned for a special NEW product with Rose Otto coming at the end of the year!)

3. Reflect and Refocus as an Act of Being

With the New Year approaching, I like to take time to reflect on the lessons learned and how it has shaped my values and vision.  There are weekly reflection worksheets in the Savor Beauty Planner that help me with takeaways and thought starters. 

savor beauty founder angela jia kim

This process has been so transformative for me that I’m incorporating many of these teachings in our upcoming annual “New Year, New You” virtual masterclass, themed “Transform”, which is launching soon.

4. Elevate Your Daily Focus With This Mantra

In the New Year, New You upcoming course, we’ll explore simple and meaningful new rituals that will transform your life, one morning at a time. For instance, the 'Sa Ta Na Ma' meditation from Kundalini yoga, has been scientifically proven to aid Alzheimer's patients by improving focus and clarity. It's a powerful tool to embrace each day with intention and presence. 

sa ta na ma meditation

We have three more weeks in December. I hope these tips help you ground yourself into “be-ing” for a year of transformation.

P.S. Interested in the fun surprises I have in store for you, i.e. the virtual masterclass and product? Sign up here to be the first to learn about it and the special new product we're launching at the year's end. 


Angela Jia Kim

ceo angela jia kim with flowers

Angela Jia Kim

Founder of Savor Beauty, Mom to a teen daughter and mini golden, partner to a sweet soul, forever New Yorker, unfortunate carb lover, hopeless Aries 💞

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