Just a friendly reminder that this year is almost over… Seriously though, where the hell did that even go?! Rather than spend what’s left of 2016 fretting about what’s to come or what you haven’t yet achieved, these tips might help point you in the right direction.
Check your health
It’s actually really important to start the new year with a clean bill of health. Because in case you haven’t noticed, it’s really hard to take care of others when you don’t take care of yourself. So stop putting it off and make a point of visiting your GP, dentist, optometrist…and all your other ‘ist’ professionals. Feel free to nag your family and friends to do the same, for peace of mind if nothing else – and if you are a sexually active human then you owe it to yourself and your future bones to get on top of your sexual health.
Deep clean like your life depends on it
Collective groan, I know. But if you are planning on saying goodbye to your old habits in 2017, it all starts with deep cleaning your physical and emotional space.
Kick things off by getting rid of all the dust, useless junk and forgotten laundry. Then focus on your inner cleanse. Things like meditation, reading and physical activity have all been proven to help reset an unsettled mind (thanks, science). And don’t forget to clear your cyber space! Clear out your inbox, text messages, desktop and photos.
Come to think of it, now’s also the perfect time to purge your social media accounts. I don’t care if it’s that friend that really isn’t your friend, that guy that you chatted to one time at 3am, or your mum’s friend’s sister who’s just so sweet that you had to accept her friend request… Be ruthless. No frenemies, ghost followers, haters or fuckboys allowed. Bye Felicia!
Make like Macklemore and head to your nearest thrift shop kiddies! Or even spend an afternoon getting better acquainted with eBay. Hopefully you can make some cash from all that stuff you cleaned out of your room. If not, you can always donate it to charity. And a short morning of effort lugging it to a car boot sale can yield a plentiful wodge of cash. Warm, quality clothing that can be re-sold or passed on to the less fortunate goes a long way, so give it some thought before you dump everything in the garbage.
Write a brutally honest letter to yourself
I know the cheese factor is through the roof right now. But this really does have a purpose, I swear. I’m not saying put pen to paper and have a mad bitch about what a shitty year you’ve had (although the temptation is real). This is an opportunity to reflect on your year and be totally honest about everything: the good, the bad and the horrifically unfiltered. Hopefully by the time you get to the end of your letter, you can recognise the setbacks that have strengthened you as well as the victories you should be proud of. Self-love is the key guys, spread that shit like glitter.
Make a wish list
Sounds like a lot of phony resolutions, yeah? What it’s actually meant to be is a set of goals for the year ahead. Making a list of what you hope to do/achieve in 2017 should get you thinking about to make these wishes a reality. For instance, a wish to travel somewhere you’ve never been should get you thinking about your work schedule and a savings strategy for next year, things that will make that wish a physical reality.
You have the next twenty-four hours to make it happen guys. Get on it!
Adrianna is a 22-year-old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming at @adri_zapp.