17 Simple Ways to Ease into the New Year

I don’t know what it is about seeing January 1st on the calendar that makes me so excited for a fresh start. In my heart, I know and truly believe every single day is a fresh start and on the days I’ve jumped on the crazy train and forgotten to “mind my manners” every minute is a chance for a fresh start. Am I right?

I gotta tell you guys, I am super pumped for 2017! For realz, I can hardly contain myself! From milestone birthdays to bucket list dreams this year could possibly be our best year yet. If you had a chance to check out Monday’s post I shared a festive New Year’s celebration tablescape along with some of my favorite bloggers and yesterday I shared an easy to make New Year’s cocktail. So today, I thought I would share 17 Simple Ways to Ease into the New Year…

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Be Fully Present at Your Christmas Celebrations – No matter what the size of your Christmas celebration, the number of presents wrapped under your tree or the amount of food you have on your table, be fully present during your time with friends and family as you celebrate Christmas. Your time together is a gift.

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Make Plans to Ring in the New Year – I know this day/night can be really hard, especially if you’re single, divorced or widowed. Believe when I say, I totally get it! That being said, your friends, family and loved ones want to hang out with you so invite friends dinner, take your gal pals dancing or accept an invitation to a party you would normally say no to and dance all night. If going out is not your thing, no worries! Stay home and host a game night, enjoy a quiet candlelight dinner or host bonfire in your back yard. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all – all you have to do is celebrate!

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Organize Your Christmas Ornaments and Decorations Before You Put Them Away – Organize your decorations by color, theme or room before you put them back in the attic or basement. This way you’ll have a head start on next year’s decorating. Bonus, decide on your 2017 decorating theme now so you can pick up special ornaments, papers, trees, ribbons and other holiday décor while it’s on sale!

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Write Down Your 2017 Goals – Writing down your goals will help you to be clear on what you actually want, it will provide motivation, it will help you stop procrastinating and it will give you a reason to celebrate your progress throughout the year. They can be home goals, business goals, weight loss goals or personal goals but writing them down will be a clear reminder of what you want to achieve this year.

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Make a Plan for Your 2017 Goals – Writing down the goal is step one…making a plan is step two! Your plan should be clear and include measurable, achievable steps on how you plan to work toward each goal. The steps should also include a deadline to help keep you accountable and on track to reach the long term vision you have for 2017.

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Start a Victory or Gratitude Journal – I know so many people that say 2016 was a really hard year. Before you think I hang out with a bunch of downers, I can assure you, I do not. From major illnesses to death to hurricane and fire destruction to job loss, 2016 was a lot. to. handle for many families across the South. Let’s all start off 2017 with a mindset of victory and kick defeat to the curb, ok? The simple act of writing down even one thing you’re grateful for or feel victorious about each day will set you on your way to living well.

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Buy a New Calendar or Planner – I may be totally old fashioned but I still keep a paper calendar. It gives me complete joy to open the planner to the month of January and start putting pen to paper. Complete joy.   I’ve used a Planner Pad in the past but this year, I decided to switch to the Take Charge calendar by At A Glance which you can find at Staples. You can also try the Erin Condren Life Planner, Passion Planner, Living Well Planner all which can be found online or the Day Designer Planner you can find at online and at Target.

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Chose a Word of the Year – For the past few years, I’ve chosen a “word of the year” and carried that one word throughout the entire year. Last year, it was “intention,” the year before that it was “committed.” It may sound like a small thing but having a one-word reminder helped me to keep focused on my priorities and values in the midst of life’s busyness.

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Create a Soundtrack of your Life – Ok, so some of you may be too young for this one but did you ever have a mixed tape or cd or even a record you put on for all of your “life events?” One year for Christmas my sisters gave me a series of mixed cd’s that I still play to this day. I know most everyone has graduated to itunes now so let this year be the year you set up a soundtrack for the sole purpose to celebrate being YOU!

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Create a Signature Style at Home – If you don’t invite people over because you’re embarrassed about the way your home looks, take the time to look through books, magazines, blogs and Pinterest and create a signature style for your home this year. If you’ve already started creating your signature look let 2017 be the year you refine it!

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Declutter Closets, Shelves and Drawers – Ok, just hear me out…yes, I know this time of year is SO BUSY but my thinking is if you spend 15 minutes a day going through the clothes you’ve outgrown or that no longer fit your style you’ll have room if/when you get clothes for Christmas. Even if you don’t get clothes for Christmas you can start the New Year off with organized closets, shelves and drawers.

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Develop Your Personal Style – There are some people that always look pulled together no matter what they wear or where they are going. My middle sister is one of those people. She gets it from my mom who is also one of those people. Have a trusted friend help you go through your closet and help you pull together outfits that make you feel confident every time step out your front door.

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Commit to a Workout Schedule – We’re in the midst of training for a 15 K next year as part of my milestone birthday celebration goals.   Sure, we could have started January 1st but we decided to get a head start and commit to a solid workout schedule now. Is it hard? Yeah, sometimes I just want to eat donuts and hang in the mornings drinking my coffee on “the gram” but I feel a million times better after those first 2 miles are finished and I know you will too.

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Kickstart a Healthy Meal Plan – I know, we haven’t even made it to Christmas yet and I’m already talking about healthy meals. I’m not saying give up your Yule Log or your Christmas fettucine I’m not giving up mine either. That being said, don’t wait until January 1st to start eating healthy. Help yourself out and start meal planning healthy options now. Bonus, you don’t have to hear, “What’s for dinner?” at 4:05 pm every day because you’ll already be prepared.

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Get a Cleaning Schedule that Actually Works – Cleaning like most clothes are not one size fits all. If you feel overwhelmed just by saying the words, “I’m going to clean the house today,” consider doing a little bit each day like bathrooms on Mondays, floors on Tuesdays, laundry on Wednesdays…you get the idea. On the other hand, if knowing you have to clean every day even if it’s for just a few minutes drives you bananas set aside one day a week to tidy your home.

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Start Practicing Your Morning/Night Routines Now – If you want to start a morning or night routine now is a great time to start practicing! Most people who set a goal for the New Year are already off the wagon by week 2 or 3. By starting now you’ll already be ahead of the game.

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Set a Date in 2017 – Once you have your calendar/planner start putting things in it! Book a retreat you’ve been putting off, make a lunch date with your girlfriends, grab breakfast on the beach with your bestie, make a shopping date with your mom, take a photography class or learn to paint and give yourself something fun to look forward to.

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It’s going to be an exciting year, you guys, I feel it! I hope you all have a safe and happy holidays. Team Crowned Goat will officially be on vacation with our families until December 27 so I hope your Christmas is richly blessed. I’ll see you back here on Tuesday as we start counting down to 2017! Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,



    • says

      I’m so excited for 2017 too ladies! We are SO going to rock this year. Sending you both lots of hugs, loves and thank yous for being two of the best gifts in my life! Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year. Love you too, CoCo

  1. sarah says

    Great post CoCo! I’ve already started organizing the kids toys and I’m currently working on a meal plan for the month of January. They seems like small steps now but I know they’re going to help me stay organized when the kids go back to school, Sarah