5 Ways to Welcome the New Year That Don’t Involve Resolutions

*yawns* *stretches*

Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and are enjoying what’s left of this magical season. While I’m still basking in some Christmas glow myself, it’s hard to ignore the next big “thing” circled on all our calendars: the New Year.

Yep, in a matter of days we’ll be kissing 2016 goodbye and forging ahead into the new frontier that is 2017. All the pre-ball drop hype, of course, includes chatter about our resolutions for the next twelve months. And although I love goals as much as the next person (actually, probably more), I’ve never found the fun in welcoming the new year with rigid expectations for myself and my life. Instead, I enjoy finding little, symbolic ways to celebrate without the added pressure of yet another long-term goal. In honor of the upcoming festivities, today I’m sharing my top five resolution-free ways to wave hello to a new year:

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Clean // I’m aware that this doesn’t sound like much fun, but I also know I’m not alone when I say that few things make me feel better than a newly-cleared out space. If you’re not in the mood for an all-day affair, set aside some time each day this week and attack in increments. Today, I finally dusted and organized my makeup drawer- a chore that was months overdue. Tomorrow, I’ll set to work on overhauling my magazine collection.

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Get kitchen creative // While I’m not a fan of New Years articles that extol the virtues of extreme cleanses and January 1st crash diets, I will encourage you all to get in the kitchen in the coming weeks. Whether you’re looking to experiment with a new lifestyle or simply want some new ideas for spicing up your favorite foods, jump on Pinterest and scour cookbooks for five recipes you’ll look forward to making. Who knows? You might just discover a new passion you didn’t know you had.

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Start a new book- or two! // This idea dittos my cleaning spiel, because while reading isn’t everyone’s favorite hobby, there is definitely something exciting about cracking open a new story. With that in mind, why not complement the start of 2017 with fresh reading material? If nothing else, creating time to read in the coming weeks will help you carve out some “me time” during the post-holiday craze. Need some recommendations? Hop over to my Goodreads for a peak at what I’ve read this year, and find fuller wrap-ups in my “Bookshelf” posts.

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Indulge in  downtime // For many of us, the start of a new year also signals that end of winter vacation. Before we dive headfirst into the daily grind, make the most of this time off by enjoying some (or perhaps too much ;)) downtime. Whether that means watching Christmas movies in pajamas or tuning into podcasts while cleaning your room, enjoy these slow days between the holidays and January 1st…you won’t regret it!

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Reflect // Over the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media protesting all the injustices 2016 seems to have ushered with it. And while I can’t deny that it’s been an interesting twelve months, I refuse to remember them in a negative light. So before I start looking ahead to 2017, I’m going to journal on all that’s happened to get a final grip on the last year. I truly believe that we can only create positive futures by accepting the past, and I encourage all of you to do your own reflection in whatever way suits you. Write in down, meditate, talk it out…and then look forward to the next twelve months!


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