How to bring in the new year and new decade!

2020, a new day, a new year, a new decade. Personally I LOVE New Years, I see them as a time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. A time to asses life, what your goals are, your alignment to your goals, to check in with yourself to make sure you are living the best life you can be.

There are a few things my family does to prepare for the New Year. We do these because we want to receive this time and it’s new opportunities with open doors.

Sage the house

The New Year presents an opportunity to allow positive energy into your life and your space. Sage has long been associated with promoting healing and renewal. Cleaning the energy at home brings peace, harmony, and connection into your home and life, connecting you with your home so that together you can achieve your goals. New energies support and nurture each person who lives and spends time at home. You can purchase sage from health food stores and garden centres.

Don’t set resolutions, make goals!

In our family we don’t talk about resolutions, to us they signify regrets with the year that has passed. Instead we focus on our goals which allows the feeling of much more positive change. We sit down individually and write our goals for the new year. This can be anything from personally to professionally, health, travel, attitude. We look at all areas of our lives. We think about what it would feel like to achieve our goals, and visualise having met them. Then we come together and talk about our goals, we ensure they are aligned so that all of our expectations can be met. We talk about how we can support each other in achieving our goals. We have even started to include our children in this conversation and asked them what goals they would like to achieve in the new year.

Set routines with good habits

The end of a year is a great time to reflect on daily and weekly routines. Is there is part of your day where you could be more efficient by making some changes, or be more relaxed, productive, more present? I use the New Year to re-asses my morning routine to make sure I am setting myself up for the day as best I can. I also look at our weekly routine and make changes to that. I refresh the children’s weekly activities and make sure that everyone is still engaged and happy with what they are doing.

Spring clean the house

The period of time between Christmas and the New Year is a great time to give your house a good clean. However don’t go overboard on this one, and spend days doing it. Remember this is your holiday time with your family, so spend the time with them and not working for your house. I do however find it so refreshing to start the new year with a clean space.

Practise some self care

Go and get a pedicure, do a DIY facial or do a hair treatment. Take some time to yourself and head into the New Year feeling great for it!

Give your 2020 a feeling

Think of a word, thought of feeling that you want to focus on for 2020. It might be joy, abundance, self, others, happiness. Take time choosing your word and make sure it’s something true to yourself and that you want to focus on.

Spend the 1st of January well

Don’t just think about the party on New Years Eve, make awesome plans for New Year’s Day as well! Spend it with the people you love, doing things that you love. Personally I’ll be somewhere in nature, at the beach or going for a walk.

Congratulate yourself!

You made it through another year on this beautiful earth, that is worth congratulating yourself for. Your body and mind navigated a whole 365 days, and no matter the ups and downs of the year you got through all of them.

A more in-depth look at planning your 2020 goals… below I have set out a five step system for goal planning in 2020…

1. Document your goals into a journal or vision board.

2. Reflect on the importance of your goals, why you chose them and are they true to you. Make sure you choose goals that you want to achieve and not ones you are achieving for other people.

3. Develop a strategy for achieving your goals. Write down the steps that you will need to take to get there.

4. Establish a realistic timeframe that you will need to be able to achieve your goals. Give yourself time and set yourself up for a win.

5. Check in on the progress of your goals throughout the year. Head back to your diary or vision board to make sure you are on track. Congratulate yourself on how far you have come and visual what you need to do to complete your goals.

I would love to hear about your New Years plans, your goals and your expectations for the new year! Drop me a line on Instagram.

Enjoy and happy New Year!