The end of the year is when you start reflecting on not only the past year, but the years before it. Sometimes you start to wonder where the time went, and often it can be depressing after the holiday months are over. This is especially true if you live in a part of the country with rough winters, as this is the time of year when the weather starts getting bad, and we all pray for spring.
Years ago, I stopped thinking this way. It’s no fun, it get’s you nowhere, and it leads to a miserable start to the New Year. If you think this way from the beginning of the year, how can you ever expect good things to happen?
Instead, I decided to celebrate on the New Year, but not in the traditional drink too much, flashy way that people tend to do. Every year it’s something different, and every year, I learn something new about myself, the people around me, and our world itself. It may sound overly inspirational, but it’s true, and this year, I’m urging you to try it. That’s why this last newsletter of the year will give you some ideas for what you can do to celebrate.
If you don’t see something here? Think of something on your own. Use your imagination and you can surely come up with creative ideas. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it should inspire you to be the best you can be for the New Year, and every single year after that. Because we never know what year will be our last, so shouldn’t we strive to make each one the absolute best it can be?
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate, even if it is to go out and party it up, be safe, be healthy, and be happy!
Planning the perfect New Years Eve Celebration
If you’re tired of huge parties where everyone drinks too much, you have to worry about who’s driving home, and then you wake up the next day with a hangover, then maybe it’s time to try something different. Get rid of those funny hats, and do something different. Bring in the New Year like never before. Need some help coming up with the perfect idea? That’s okay, I’ve got some ideas for you:
Make one New Year’s resolution this year and stick with it: No more resolutions. If you can’t change your life any other day of the year, what makes you think a date on the calendar will make you do it? Hint: It won’t. Instead of making resolutions that you can’t or won’t keep, make a resolution to make the next year the best it can be. One where you’ll focus on family, friends and loved ones, and doing activities you enjoy. Keep it opened ended and nonspecific, and you’ll have a much better chance of hanging in there.
If you must have a party, how about a theme party? Glamorous dinner parties, costume parties, or even a time period theme, or whatever you like. Make all guests comply if they want to attend, and the only rule should be that everyone has fun, and if they are drinking, they are not driving. Period.
Sometimes, making it through to the New Year can be scary or stressful, or just plain overwhelming if you’ve had a bad year. Why not try to attend a midnight church service instead of partying it up? Not religious? Try spending some time meditating. The point isn’t to worship, it’s to clear your head, get rid of the bad stuff that may have happened and prepare for the best year possible.
Sometimes the idea of one more holiday with obnoxious relatives, friends who only want to celebrate by partying too much, and other stresses can totally get you down. Instead of sticking around, why not try to get away for the holiday? This one might not be doable on short notice unless you’ve got the funds, but it is an awesome way to regroup, and let those overbearing friends and family members know that you aren’t sticking around. Grab the one or two closest people in your life and go somewhere. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, expensive or far, but it does have to be a change of scenery, and a little bit adventurous.
Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive New Years Eve dinner, stay in and make the special person in your life a romantic dinner, their favorite meal perhaps. No reservations, no overpriced drinks, no crowds, and no driving home tipsy, or on the roads with those who might be. Stay in, celebrate quietly and maybe even share a kiss at midnight.
Or try celebrating with a meal that you normally would never eat. If you don’t eat a lot of ethnic foods, try a restaurant that serves something you’ve never had. Or try to make something yourself. There’s nothing like celebrating new beginnings by doing something you’ve never done before.
If you’re feeling up to it, host a New Years Day brunch with those you love. Don’t make it fancy, keep it simple, and even order in from a local cafe if you don’t want to spend all day cooking and cleaning up. Make it a simple affair to get your year off to a good start.
Whatever you do, remember that if the prospect of a new year is sad or depressing, then you’re doing it wrong. You should be happy to be here for one more year, and glad to put behind you the bad things that may have happened in the past.
Whatever you do to celebrate, have fun, be safe, and make the new year your best one yet! What do you normally do for New Years Eve?
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