New year, new you, right? Let’s be real, the start of a new year is almost never the big life change we want it to be. Even with the best intentions, 2019 may throw you some curb balls + obstacles that get in the way of achieving your goals. It also may give you some blessings + surprises you never saw coming. No matter what it brings, being ready for whatever can carry you a long way. In that spirit, here’s how to prepare for a new year.
Pick the New You
The new you should not be some perfect idealized version of yourself. It’s not the manifestation of all your hopes + dreams. What it should be is a deep dive of all the traits + qualities you value in other people + an audit of whether or not you possess those qualities yourself. Imagine how you want your mom, boyfriend, boss, friends, and strangers to see you. What qualities + attitudes are you currently missing? In order to be a more confident + self-assured person, what do you need to tap into inside yourself? Figure out what that is + make a plan to become her.
Plan it Out
They say that when people make plans, God laughs. That doesn’t mean you should just sit there + let the world decide your fate. You want to go into 2019 with goals + visions of how you want your life to be in order to move forward. This means not just speaking these goals into existence, but also creating a plan to make them happen. This means making a budget if you want to pay off debt or make a large purchase. This means choosing a diet + exercise routine if you are trying to lose weight. If you want to take better care of yourself, start small by tackling your cold weather self-care + expand that into other areas of your life. Whatever your goals are, you need a plan to prepare for the new year.
While you can’t exactly “plan” for the unexpected, you can be ready for it. There is no way to know what adventures + trials you’re going to face in the new year, but you can look at past experiences + what’s happened to those around you as a compass. Is your car old? Better start a little nest egg to pay for any repairs that pop up. Dating someone who loves to travel or always entering those Skimm giveaways? Make sure your passport is up-to-date so you don’t miss out on any opportunities that may come your way. Other things to help you prepare for the new year: renters insurance, an emergency kit, a stocked bar, your loved ones’ phone numbers written down, and an updated resume.
Start with a Clean Slate
I mean this both literally + figuratively. Declutter your home + declutter your life. The home is obviously the easiest part. Donate clothes + other gently used items you no longer need – or gift them to your friends. We both know that shirt is out of style + you don’t need 8 spatulas. With a clean + decluttered space, you’ll be more ready to take on new things + hobbies in 2019. It’s also good for your mental health to exist in a harmonious space.
Speaking of harmony, this is the tricky part. Declutter your life. This means to not only get rid of things that no longer serve the 2019 version of yourself but bad behaviors + toxic people. Changing your own behavior can be difficult, but not impossible if you have the right motivation. Cutting people out of your life, however, can be truly hard. Sometimes it’s because they’re family or they’ve been with you forever. Other times it’s because you’re comfortable or maybe a little codepenedent, either way, it is hard to change yourself without having a team of supportive people behind you. Do yourself this favor in 2019 + let go of the bad to make room for the good – or at least newpossibilitiess.
If you need a little inspiration to help you prepare for the new year, read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis or Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. If they can’t get you pumped to grow, nothing will. Stay tuned for Tuesday when I reveal my 2019 New Year’s resolution! It’s going to be a fun one, y’all.