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Forget resolutions—our editors are claiming 2019 as the year of good investments. From going all in on better skin care to buying seriously good footwear, here’s how our editors are investing their energy and earnings this year.

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Healing Essential Oils

“Call me basic, but I’m all about essential-oil diffusers. I currently have a generic (uh, cheap) one that gets the job done, but I want something with a little more sophistication, so I’m investing in a Vitruvi porcelain stone diffuser. I’ve also been spending more time researching the benefits of specific essential oils and learning how to make blends. I find it very therapeutic, plus it makes my home smell amazing.” —Rachel G., associate managing editor

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Plant-Based Skin Care That Actually Works

“Last year I decided to switch to a vegetarian diet, which subsequently made me hyperaware of the ingredients in all the products I use across the board. (Yes, I am one of those people. Don’t @ me.) This year, I’m taking things a step further and taking the plunge into plant-based skin care. I’m currently in the process of clearing out the ‘offenders’ and replacing them with products like Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen—a super-buttery cream with vegan collagen (yes, that’s a thing) that works overnight to nourish and dew-ify your skin. Collagen helps keep your skin looking young, so you could also call this an investment in my future reflection.” —Cristina G., senior editor

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Being On Time

“My 2019 investment is in punctuality—period. Call me crazy, but I actually want to take it a step further and get places five minutes early so I can settle in and not feel rushed or stressed. I know this is a thing normal humans do, but tardiness has been my lifetime foe. I even have a plan to set two alarms each time I need to be somewhere: one for when I need to grab my purse and start heading out the door, and a second for when I inevitably get distracted and need a gentle reminder to leave, like, now.” —Lex G., entertainment and news editor

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Shopping with a Purpose

“I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a recovering ‘trendaholic.’ I am so easily swayed by the latest and greatest, but more often than not, I rarely wear those items once I have them. They end up in the back of my closet, and I end up in jeans and a turtleneck sweater yet again. So this year, in an effort to end the cycle, I’ve set my sights on two investment pieces that I’m hoping will stop me from pulling the trigger on the more frivolous options. Topping my list is a pair of Gucci loafers. Whenever I catch myself adding another pair of drop earrings or a Lucite bag to my shopping cart, I’ll remind myself that I’m saving for these babies—and, God willing, it will work.” —Angela P., lifestyle director

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iPhone Photo Organization

“Given the 27,015 photos on my iPhone’s camera roll—an actual number—it’s an investment of not just money but also time. My goal is to delete delete delete first because, come on, do I really need all 45 of my attempts to get a single good shot of my 11-month-old grinning for the camera? After that, my plan is to take the plunge and shell out for a photo book series like this one from Artifact Uprising. I’m obsessed with the canary-colored covers, and I can already imagine the beautifully bound books lining my bookshelf...and my iPhone having unlimited photo storage ready to be filled with 2019 pics.” —Rachel B., senior editor

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A Caffeine-Free Existence

“In the past few months I’ve significantly reduced the amount of caffeine I consume. I began to move away from it when I noticed headaches if I skipped my daily cup and when I started counting (really counting) how often I reached for it as my midday pick-me-up. So in 2019 I’m going full throttle: no more coffee (even decaf), no Earl Grey teas and no more Diet Cokes. By giving up these parts of my everyday, I’m going to invest in getting a better night’s sleep and staving off that 4 p.m. slump all on my own.” *Googles if afternoon naps are OK for adults* —Corley M., executive assistant and editorial coordinator

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