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Online Beach Style Homewares Store Co-Founders Reveal How Beachy Cushion Covers Could Be Make-Or-Break for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


QUEENSLAND, Australia January 2014 – Welcoming in a new year brings with it the opportunity to create the life one desires as the year ahead looms full of hope and possibilities.   Many people all over the world mark this occasion with the creation of a New Year’s Resolution, but sadly the majority do not succeed in sticking to their New Year’s eve promises. One Aussie couple that took the plunge to live the life they dreamt of is Nicki Richards and Alex Wickings, who quit their secure full-time jobs and created the life they desired by launching their online beach style homewares store, Beach Abode Living.  But as with any resolution or new beginning, there’ll always be some challenges in the way – the key is to learn to push through those challenges and maintain the vision of the dream. They find statistics collected by Steve Shapiro on New Year’s Resolutions unfortunate but also unsurprising.

According to Shapiro’s website, 45% of Americans usually set New Year’s Resolutions but only 8% of those people are always successful in achieving their resolutions. In fact, 24% have NEVER succeeded and have failed to achieve their resolution every year*.

Co-Founder of the Australian beachy homewares online store Nicki Richards shares her tips for bucking the trend this New Year’s eve, and actually using the upcoming year to create a new life:

  • Put images and other things that are reminders of the New Year’s Resolution everywhere – in the car, on the bathroom mirror, in cupboards used regularly, on the back of the toilet door. “When you’re surrounded with images of your new goal and your new lifestyle, it’s harder to forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, and the why is what keeps you going,” says Nicki.
  • Set smaller, easy-to-achieve goals that are on the way to achieving larger goals
  • “Share your New Year’s Resolution with people in your life who care about you, who are positive go-getters, who will support you to achieve your goal rather than say it can’t be done, and who will hold you accountable throughout the process,” says Nicki.

“Imagining, seeing, breathing, smelling and living in the ‘new you’ or the new lifestyle you are going to create for yourself in your new home is so important,” says Nicki. “When Alex and I gave up our jobs to create a coastal lifestyle and our online beach style homewares store, we knew we had to do everything we could to make sure we succeeded – so we surrounded ourselves with people who supported our journey, we displayed our goal everywhere to keep us reminded, and we achieved smaller steps along the way. We even moved states, decorated our new home in a beachy, relaxed and laidback way that reflects who we are and what we want in life. 

“Whenever we have felt unsure about the steps we took to get to our now successful online business, we could just look around at our beachy cushion covers, or our outdoor sun area that was beautifully decorated in coastal creations, and we knew we were heading in the direction that was right for us.

“We know many of our customers have done the same too. If they’ve decided to be more calm, to live in the moment, to ‘stop and smell the roses’ more often, or to enjoy themselves more – they find that uplifting their home is a small but significant daily reminder of their New Year’s Resolution. It doesn’t have to be a significant outlay, it can be as small as updating the cushions they already have with beach-style cushion covers.”

For more tips on how redecorating the home in small and cost-effective ways can change be make-or-break for New Year’s Resolutions, please visit online beachy homewares store


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