I don’t know about you, but 2017 flew by! At first it seemed slow, and then, boom, hello 2018. 2017 reminds me of Mr. White Rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This year might as well have been in a suit, hopping around in a panic, saying “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date.” With 2018 now here, there are still some things you can do to celebrate a fresh new start.
Thank 2017. Thank whatever you believe in, including yourself. Thank the lessons. Thank the blessings. 2017, with all its highs and lows (personally, locally, nationally, and globally), thank it. It’s not to say you agree with every drama it presented on a platter, every sadness it brought, every frustration, every anger, every tear. But it was 2017. It existed. It served its purpose. And it’s going soon.
Celebrate the ‘you’ that made it through the year. No matter how you made it, whether you crawled, ran or soared, you are here. You made it. You are looking back on the year. Look at all of those 360+ steps you made and be proud. Write a letter to yourself (or record a video to yourself) reflecting on the year and celebrating you.
Let it Go
Whatever needs to stay behind in 2017, leave it there. 2017 will take care of it. 2017 will dispose of it lovingly for you. Let it go. It might not be easy. It might not be as simple as saying, ‘Let it go’. But you could try. It’s an option, and a gift. There’s even a gift in the intention, in the desire to let go, even if you end up not being able to release. Either way, you get something out of it.
Spring Clean Your Inbox
Clear out all the deadweight in your inbox; the miles of read and unread messages you no longer need. You could go hardcore and clear them all out in one day, or you could set yourself a daily goal and clear a certain amount each day.
Also, clean/update your contact list. You could use themailfinder.co to check if some of the email addresses you have still exist. While you’re at it, unsubscribe from the newsletters you’ve lost interest in.
Spring Clean Your Living Quarters
Start getting rid of the things in your living space you either don’t need or have been looking to get rid of for a while. Make space. Your eyes will breathe better. Making space is multi-effective. It’s not just the impact it has on the space, but within yourself also.
You can do all, one or some of the above to see out the year, or you can come up with your own ideas. Whatever the case, if I’m to leave you with anything, it is this:
You made it.
May 2017 release you tenderly. And may 2018 embrace you like a long-lost friend.
Wishing you a blessed New Year.
Delicia Warren is a freelance writer, passionate about the environment, organic farming and food production. An advocate for a holistic approach to the world’s problems, she has a particular interest in the small changes individuals can make to their lifestyle to minimize their environmental footprint.