I love New Year’s Day more than that I love my birthday, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and all other holidays combined. Why? Because I am a planner, and at the start of a new year I feel like a powerful giant staring down at 365 days laid out before me. I believe I can do anything with those days if I simply plan them out in advance — with several contingency plans thrown in just to be safe. Even if you’re not weird like me, you might still enjoy some of my other New Year’s traditions.
On January 1 you can…
Look Back, But Mostly Look Forward: If 2019 rocked for you, take a moment to relish everything positive that came your way, and think about how you can keep that streak going. If 2019 wasn’t a great year for you, it might not seem like a good idea to relive it. But there is always something to be learned from the past — both the highs and the lows. Depending on how deep you want to go, you can try to assess things that went wrong and how you might have been able to prevent, or at least handle them differently. For things that were out of your control, simply acknowledging that fact — “This crappy thing happened, but it wasn’t my fault” — can be powerful. Remember, grieve, accept, forgive … do whatever it is you personally need to do to make peace with 2019. And then, let yourself look forward with hope. What are you excited about in the year ahead? If there are no big plans in the works just yet, do what I do: plan something small that you’ll enjoy in the future during a period that might be especially stressful. Give yourself the gift of something to look forward to!
Make a Theme: Or rather, let a theme emerge. Is there something that bugged you consistently in 2019? Was there an idea you never got to take action on, or something you really wanted to get around to … but didn’t? Is there a similar thread running across various aspects of your life? Or do you just have certain goals that you want to ensure you achieve in the coming year? Thinking about these questions will help you realize what your theme should be.
If you must know, mine is “Health Wealth” for 2020, with “health” covering physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. On New Year’s Day I’m going to be detailing out specific goals for each area — committing to what I want to achieve, and then working backward to figure out the best steps to get there. This is the best-known way to actually make progress. Write it down!
If you need some more inspiration, past themes of mine have included “The Year of Positivity,” “The Year of Productivity” and “The Year of Adventure.”
Go to the Gym: That’s a joke. You don’t need to be one of the millions of people who joins or otherwise visits a gym on January 1 just because society has made you think you should because America’s perpetual goal is to “get in better shape.” (Though I’ll probably still go to feel like I’m not totally wasting my gym membership because I didn’t go AT ALL in December. And because my gym is literally across the street. I truly have no excuse. Ahhh, the pressure!)
Entertain Yourself: For me, this means spending some quality time with my kids and doing my best to totally unplug on a day we all have off of work and school. It will inevitably involve cycling through each of their new Christmas toys and then realizing that the cardboard toilet paper roll they salvaged from the recycling bin is still their favorite thing. BUT whatever … it’ll be fun. After they’re asleep, I have big plans to start catching up on some of the shows that are taking up space on my DVR, and I also want to make a list of the movies I missed when I was traveling earlier this year or just didn’t get to watch for one reason or another.
I’ll start by going to the Most Popular section on the Redbox homepage to check out what’s hot at the Box, and then the Trending Now page for Redbox On Demand hits. And see, just like that I’ve got a quick shortlist of movies everyone else seemed to love that I wasn’t around for in 2019: John Wick 3: Parabellum, Hobbs & Shaw, The Peanut Butter Falcon and It: Chapter Two. (Hahahahaha just kidding I am NEVER watching It OR It: Chapter Two.)
Whatever you decide to do on New Year’s Day, and whatever you decide to watch, I hope you enjoy the kickoff to 2020 as much as I know I will.