It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And every year around this time, as we reflect on the year, we also tend to make plans for the New Year. Yes, it’s a change of date, in its most basic form, but for a lot of us it’s a chance to start again, to take inventory and take charge of our lives once again. But you don’t fall asleep on 31st December, wake up on 1st January and suddenly become a new person, it takes preparation. What can you do to make way for an amazing year? I’m glad you asked. Here’s 10 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A GREAT NEW YEAR
The best way to feel brand new when the year starts is to make sure your space looks brand new when you wake up on New Year’s day. This doesn’t mean you need to deep clean your entire house from top to bottom, but it does mean that you should probably clear something up. Maybe declutter desk, sort through your papers and files. The point is to clean something, anything at all.
Helping out is something we should do as long as we have the chance, I’ve always believed that generousity is our privilege. There are a multitude of ways to help those who need it most, but especially as the year comes to an end, more of these charities are having events. One thing that helps in gaining clarity for our own lives, is helping others. It’s that saying that goes, “when you don’t know what to do, do something for someone else.” In the spirit of kindness and love, which is really what this season is all about, click to read a past blog post that has a list of charities and organizations you can give to.
Social media has power over you, whether you acknowledge that or not. The things we see as we scroll send several messages to our minds, consciously and subconsciously. We internalize them. Before the new yearrolls by, take a look at what you’re following, or who you’re subscribed to, that no longer serves you. Maybe you’re just not in a space where their content produces value, or watching them gives you anxiety, makes you envious or feel like you’re lagging behind in life. You don’t owe anyone a click on the follow button or subscribe button, so go ahead and declutter your social media.
The number one New Year’s resolution, every year, is to work out. Somehow, you, as well as basically half the entire world, believe that when January 1st comes around, you’ll suddenly have all the drive in the world to be the healthiest, fittest version of you. Gyms are full in the first week of January, but the crowd thins out by mid February. Because working out is so often not about being inspired to, it’s about discipline. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new exercise routine in 2022, start now. That way, on January 1st, exercising is a habit you’re building not one you’re beginning to build.
There is something so refreshing about doing a deep closet cleanout. You might not even have that many clothes to begin with, but there’s always going to be some clothes you never wear anymore, which you could give to charity. Cleaning out your closet also helps you take inventory, so you have a pretty good idea of what you own and don’t own, going into the new year.
Every year is crazy, and comes with its own set of problems and struggles. And even though we try (some of us harder than others) we lose touch with people who still mean a lot to us. This is sadly, one of the constants of growing up. But we still do need these connections that once meant so much to us. So before the year is over, think of one person you’ve lost touch with, or don’t talk to as much, and just pick up a phone and call them. It’ll be worth it, trust me.
I think I may have cracked the code for making New Year’s resolutions stick. By now you probably have a fair idea of what you want your life to look like in the next year.Whatever your resolutions are, get a head start. The trick to making your New Year’s resolutions stick is to not wait till New Year’s. So you want to exercise? Get started. You want to write a book? Start doing the research. You want to start a business? Start making the calls. Lay the foundation for what kind of year you want, starting now.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” It’s all in the preparation.
When the year ends, you would have lived three hundred and sixty five days. A lot happened to you, and you made a lot happen. There have been good moments and bad moments. And the best way to prepare for the future is to learn from the past. I call this a Year Review or Year Audit. You need to sit with yourself and process, because we’re walking around carrying a lot of weight inside us that needs to be unpacked. I’ll go in-depth on how to do a Year Review in the next blog post, so make sure to be subscribed to this blog to be the first to know!
This adulting thing is not easy. Apparently, you’re in charge of your own health now. And it’s serious business. Apparently you’re supposed to see a dentist every six months, get a pap smear once you turn 21, visit a gynaecologist, and do all these things to keep your body well, checking to make sure your body is the best it could be. It seem daunting, and maybe you even feel fine, but your body is the vehicle that is going to take you through this amazing new year you’re planning for, so plan to take care of it. Call your local hospital, ask all the questions you need to, go get everything checked. But just take it one appointment at a time.
If you save physical cash, you know there’s the temptation to dip into your savings and spend it if it’s always within reach. The end of the year is the perfect time to deposit that cash, or empty the susu box, into the bank account. Where it is safer from your wild urge to shop for things you do not need. It’s a step to the financial freedom I know all Conquerors want in 2022.
Merry Christmas to everyone! May your days be merry and bright. As you prepare for the incoming year, take some time to be grateful for everything 2021 has brought you, even the not so great bits.
I realize I’ve been missing from this online space for months, and without giving excuses, I’d just like to say I’m back, and better than ever.
The Conqueror Blog is only going to grow in 2022, and things are going to be a little different and much better around here. Buckle up. Thanks to everyone who called or messaged to encourage me to get back to what I do best. Thank you for being a community dedicated to thriving rather than just surviving life, I know we’re setting ourselves up for success in the coming year.
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I am Dzifianu, a seventeen year old who is constantly evolving, constantly chasing her dreams, and, constantly onthe go. When I am not blogging, I'm probably studying, reading a book, or, doing something absurd like dancing in the rain.
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