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Everybody’s Christmas hustle and bustle is now in full swing, and that means that in no time the New Year is going to be here.

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it is almost 2018.  This year has absolutely flown by.  Anybody else?  Here are 3 things that stand out to me from 2017:

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When we hear the words New Year’s, usually another word automatically comes to mind: Resolutions.  What the New Year means for most people is a better version of ourselves, a healthier lifestyle, a fitter body, and so on.

There really isn’t anything wrong with wanting to change ourselves and our lives for the better.  After all, that’s what God wants us to be doing, to be constantly changing ourselves to better reflect Him.  

5 Things to do Before the New Year

Take a day for yourself and just relax.  I’m sure you need it, we all know how stressful this time of the year can be.  Don’t wear yourself out trying to create the perfect house and perfect Christmas.  What matters most is that you get to spend time with your loved ones, wherever you are.

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Try a new hobby before the new year hits.  Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but have never got around to doing it?  What better time than now to try.  I get that you’re super busy right now getting ready for Christmas and wrapping up your year, BUT if you’re taking a day or two off to relax from all the chaos, then why not try something you’ve always wanted to.

Make a list of random acts of kindness to do for somebody new every last day of 2017.  What better way to end off the year?  And now that you’ve made a list, don’t let it sit around and get forgotten about.  Make sure you do those random acts of kindness.  If you’re feeling super ambitious, you can even make a list to carry into the new year.  Challenge yourself to reach out of your comfort zone and be a friendlier, kinder version of yourself.  What better way to put others first than to single-handedly bless them with a random act of kindness?

Did you reach all your goals for 2017?  If you didn’t, try finishing whatever ones you can before the new year hits, and make a list of new goals that you are going to achieve in 2018.  Don’t shoot for the stars when you’re making goals that you want to achieve, example:  Don’t eat ANY sugar all year. Or, Exercise for 2 hours EVERY DAY, no skipping!  Unless you really know that you can cut sugar completely out of your diet for a whole year, then good for you, that’s awesome.  Or if you know you do have two extra hours every day to dedicate to exercise.  Make goals that are actually reasonable.  Because if you make too many goals that aren’t going to get done, it’s easy to get discouraged and give up on them.  Instead, make reasonable goals.  Example: Reach my goal weight in 2018.  Or, Exercise more than I have been.  And so on and so forth.  Ease yourself into a healthier lifestyle.  If you are trying to cut out sugar, ease yourself into it.  Example: Have one sugar-free day a week, then add in another day once you’ve got that one down, and so on and so forth.  Don’t place unreachable expectations on yourself.  Just because it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean that you’re all the sudden a super-human that can do the impossible.  You’re still you, but that also doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes to better your life.  You totally can and you totally should, but ease yourself into the changes and work on it consistently.

Go through some bills from the past year and find new ways that you can save money in the upcoming year.  Try to get your credit card bills paid off (I know the Christmas bills can be horrendous), so you can start 2018 on the right foot with a clean slate.  Write down ideas floating around your head that you could implement into your’s and your family’s lifestyle to save a bit of money here and there.  Maybe that means eating out less, or starting to meal plan, or traveling less.  Do what works best for your family.  Trial and error is your friend.  If you try something and it doesn’t quite work out, you might want to try it using a different strategy or try something else altogether.  But whatever you do, don’t give up just because it’s taking awhile to get the hang of.  Not everything is going to come naturally to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make slight changes, get used to that, and then keep making more little changes.  You’ve got this!

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5 Things to do Before the New Year

What did you accomplish in 2017?  And what are some things you want to accomplish in 2018?  I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to drop a comment below or send an email my way!

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12