What You Can Do Now to Prepare for The New Year



Hey friends, can you believe we’re almost to the end of December? We’re now less than a week away from Christmas, and I am feeling the pressure.. I find this time of year is so busy, and chaotic, that it’s important to give yourself grace and allow time to breathe. And while I have yet to create any “resolutions” or “goals” I am beginning to get my sh!t together to ensure I’m ready for whatever the new year has in store for me.  If you’re feeling the pressure to start goal setting, and making those resolutions/affirmations (whatever you personally do) allow yourself the gift of time. There is no timeline to create goals for the new year. You can make your goals weekly, monthly, or even quarterly. If you find yourself at a loss for what to create for a goal, here are a few ways you can prepare yourself for the new year…


Get Organized / Set Up Your Planner

One thing to do before the new year arrives, is to be sure all of your dates, deadline and appointments are all in one place. There is no better way to do this by purchasing a brand new planer for 2019. I have become a little obsessed with planners in the past few years, they are a tremendous way to keep yourself on-track and most importantly, organized. Before the end of the year gets here, take time to set up your planner, pour everything down: birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, bill due dates, travel itineraries ect. If you’re all for simplifying your life, getting organized and staying on track in the new year, I highly advise using a planner.


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Purge Your Wardrobe

We all have an old shirt from 6+ years ago, it’s time, just throw it out already. If you have clothes you barely wear, donate them. Purge your closet of what no longer serves you. If your style has changed, update your wardrobe as the year goes along. Many people swear by capsule wardrobes – it’s easy, efficient, and cuts spending. This year, try something new. Go through your wardrobe with intention and really ask yourself if a shirt is just simply taking up space. Purging your wardrobe may seem scary, but it’s actually very therapeutic. When you purge, and declutter, you’re bound to be content with less as a result.



Go Through Your Pantry

It’s shocking how long we all let things stay in our fridge or pantry long after it’s expired. It’s totally normal, and just goes to show how busy life gets sometimes. Before the new year, make it a goal to just simply throw away anything you don’t regularly use. Check the dates, and if they’re expired, chuck em’! Take stock of what you’re putting into your body, is it healthy? Reflect on what you fuel your body with. Cleaning out your pantry and fridge is a good time to brainstorm any health related goals you want to make for the year. When you’re decluttering your pantry or fridge, write down your favorites. Make a list of “pantry staples” and post it to the fridge, to simplify your life a bit.



Reflect on 2018 + Brainstorm New Goals

Put the kettle on and make big cup of tea, and go to a quiet place. Allow yourself to reflect on 2018.

Ask yourself these questions to spark reflection:

“What went well?”
“What didn’t go well?”
“What would you change?”

Put away your phone and eliminate any type of distraction. Really sit with yourself and go over the best times during the year, and some of the worsts. How can you make sure you’re not making the same mistakes in the new year? When you find yourself reflecting, and realize you need to make a change, turn it into a goal. You don’t need a big list of resolutions to change your life. Just a few small goals, or habits you want to let go of can make a huge difference in your life.




How are you prepping for the new year? Share with me in the comments below!


Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.