“Whatever this past year has held for you, I hope this next one brings you joy, peace and love. Here are just a few steps to ensure you’ll get just that in 2018!”
It has come to my attention that 2017 has been getting some mixed reviews. For some of us it has been a great year and for others, not so much. For me, 2017 was a year of great growth and progress. A year that I’m very grateful for because it presented me with a plethora of opportunities to make mistakes, learn from them and ultimately be better.
Whatever this past year has held for you, I hope this next one brings you joy, peace and love. Here are just a few steps to ensure you’ll get just that in 2018!
1. Instead of saying “it was a good year” or “it was a bad year,” consider what made it good or bad and how you learned from all the things you experienced.
Journal or simply meditate on the things you’ve been through this year. Instead of saying “it was a good year” or “it was a bad year,” think about how the events that made up the past 52 weeks aided or stunted your growth. If the event was good, take time to be grateful for that moment in time. If it wasn’t so good, what did it teach you? Did you lose a loved one? How to did you overcome that? Remember that you made it through and now that person can live on through you. Did you go through a breakup or have to cut a toxic friend out of your life? What did that situation teach you about yourself? These times in our lives teach us so much about ourselves. Take whatever you’ve learned into the future with you so that it may benefit your future relationships, both platonic and romantic.
2. Set realistic goals.
I don’t necessarily think that you should save your big life changes for this one time of year, but considering the new year is here, it’s the perfect excuse to set some goals. It’s also that time of year that people go overboard with their resolutions.
Your list of goals for this next year doesn’t have to be three pages long. It could be as simple as one or two things. Maybe it’s something as small as you finally getting around to painting your room or something bigger like buying that new car you’ve been wanting. Whatever it is, it’s important that you remember your other priorities.
While tackling your goals, remember to take time this year to spend with your loved ones and take care of your health, both mental and physical. There’s nothing more important than the people in our lives and we can’t achieve our goals if we don’t take care of ourselves first.
3. Make gratitude an everyday part of your life.
I used to think this was a load of crap. “Be more gracious and you life will begin to be brighter and more positive!” Yeah, right…
After I started keeping a gratitude journal, listing 5-10 things every night that I was grateful for, my life became drastically more positive. I find that when I slack off on it, my anxiety and stress heightens.
It sounds too easy to be even remotely true, but I’m telling you, a little gratitude goes a long way.
4. Give love.
Like I said before, people are the most important thing in life. They’re what make it worth living. Whatever this next year holds for you, make sure there is time in it for the people you love.
Invest in those around you. Reach out into your community and give some much needed hope to those that are not as fortunate as you. Remember how lucky you are to have the things and individuals that God has allowed into your life.
Make sure you tell your best friend one more time how thankful you are to have them. Thank your parents for giving you a great foundation to build yourself upon. You can never say “I love you” too much.
Give love to others and watch your blessings multiply.
Here’s to a year full of joy, peace and infinite love!