Usually when the year is ending I like to reflect. On so many things. You want to make sure you end the year on a good note.
- My career(s)
- My health
- My eating habits
- My friendships
- My relationship
- Other people in my life
- What’s negative that needs to go?
- What’s positive that needs to continue?
- And if we’re being totally honest here, I also reflect on my skincare. LOL. (At the end of 2018 I decided in 2019 I would finally get botox. And viola, best decision ever. Don’t be judgy lol)
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that, it’s good to reflect on everything that’s happened in your year at the end of the year and before the new year comes. Get rid of all the negative shit and people, and create a positive year ahead filled with good fucking vibes. You know what I mean?
I want a life of ZERO stress. Like, I know that is not totally possible, because stress is a part of life. However, I want minimal stress. I want people who bring joy into my life everyday. I want to be smiling most days. There’s no avoiding stress, I get that. But there’s a way to handle it. Read my post on stress here.
But right now, let’s talk about 3 ways to end the year on a good note:
1. MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR.
Yes, yes, yes. I cannot stress how important this is. In fact, whenever you’re having a bad day, or feeling stressed, or have anxiety, or just feeling like things aren’t going your way, MAKE THIS LIST. Trust me when I say, your day will turn right the fuck around.
People always FORGET to be grateful. Even for the smallest things. Like, “i woke up today and didn’t have the flu”. Ummm, AMEN TO THAT!! I’m grateful for that every. single. day.
Like, don’t just be grateful for the big things, you know? You have to count the small blessings as well. You need to appreciate it ALL.
Honestly, grab a cute notebook and start making these lists every single night. If that’s too much then do it once a week. Before you go to bed write down 3 things that happened today that you are grateful for. It can be anything that happened in your day. For example:
- I’m grateful for my lovely co-workers.
- I’m grateful for the person who paid for my coffee in the drive-thru.
- I’m grateful that is was sunny today. (If you live in Canada, you know what I mean..)
Practice this every night, and I swear your days will turn around.
2. ACKNOWLEDGE THE LOSSES BUT CELEBRATE THE WINS.
If you want to achieve happiness and success, then ignorance is not bliss. Our failures are a part of our journey and we must not be blind to them. Instead we must learn from them. So again, if you’re me, you’ll also jot this down in your cute notebook.
Make a list of your losses/failures. Then under each one, figure out how to turn that around in the new year. If you did something wrong in your business that didn’t work, figure out how not to make that mistake again.
If you had a falling out and lost a friend, figure out why. Assess why and how that happened. Can you possibly make that better this year? Work on it or move on. That’s up to you. But figure out what went wrong and don’t repeat that.
And of course, jot down all your wins as well. Celebrate them. Be happy about them. Celebrate every win that comes your way, because there is literally nothing wrong with a little celebration. More people need to acknowledge the wins in their life.
3. GIVE BACK IN SOME WAY.
I find that this is the most important and most significant way to end the year on a good note. You’ve written out what you’re grateful for, you’ve acknowledged your failures and wins, now you need to look out at the world and acknowledge who needs help. Whether it’s donating to a new charity, becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, volunteering, sponsoring a child, whatever it is, do something that will put a smile on someone else’s face.
Happiness isn’t always what happens in your life. It’s also what you do for someone else. I have been a Big Sister for over 2 years now, and truly I can say that it has changed my life in so many ways. Not only has my Litter Sister become so close to me, but she’s one of the most important people in my life. I know that deep down we’ve got a special bond. A friendship for life. And I’m happy knowing that she is happy.
This year, Andrew and I also decided to sponsor a child in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thanks to a really close friend of mine who opened our eyes to this. We are so grateful to be able to help in anyway possible.
So, think about this as you end your year. Think about ways you can give back to the community, to the less fortunate, to the world.
Okay those are my thoughts on ending 2019 folks!
What are your thoughts on this? How will you end the year on a good note? Share your ideas below so that we can all benefit from them.
Love and Peace for 2020! See you in the NEW YEARRRR.
+ If you want some ideas on giving back, check out my post on 6 Ways to Give Back This Season.
++ Also, read my post on What Does Self-Care Really Mean?