4 Soul-Enriching & Unique Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve.
This quintessential night of celebration evokes scenes filled with fancy parties, sparkling champagne, and rooms full of people dressed to impress. And why not? A new year represents a fresh start, a time to realign with your goals and values, and to celebrate the past year’s achievements. While I certainly love a good party, this year I just feel a need for something different.
If you too are feeling the need for something more fulfilling to ring in the new year, here are four soul-enriching and unique ways to spend New Year’s Eve:
#1: Do You!
Everyone expects you to dress to the nines and party all night. But maybe you’d rather be with your family, catch up on quality time with your partner, or simply relax by yourself. Whatever you need, it’s not selfish to brush off other people’s New Year’s expectations of you. Quite the contrary—we can’t pour from an empty cup! New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse for giving into some guilty pleasures, or simply doing the things that make you happy.
Here are some ideas that your pocketbook and soul will love:
- Grab some champagne and sip it by the fire with your special someone
- Treat yourself to your favorite snacks and a binge session of your favorite show (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina! House of cards is crazy this season. & Grey’s Anatomy re-runs… I mean, Duh!)
- Create a vision board of what you hope to accomplish in the coming year
- Cozy up with your pet and that book you’ve been wanting to read
- That thing you’ve been eyeing in the store window the past three months? Buy it! (Within reason, of course. Please don’t go bankrupt!)
#2: Feed Your Spirituality
Whether religion or ritual, your spiritual health keeps you aligned to your values, and balanced when life gets rough. Nourishing your spirit on New Year’s Eve is a powerful way to begin the new year with gratitude and strength. Health & Wellness Leader, Emily Smith explains,
“Spiritual wellness has the power and capability to make our decisions and choices easier, ground us during periods of change and give us the resiliency to survive with grace and inner peace in the face of adversity.”
Whatever it may be, use your spiritual practice to reflect on the past year with gratefulness, and look to the coming year with intention.
Here are some ways to feed your spirit:
- Visit your house of worship
- Do some yoga – namaste!
- Meditate on your hopes, goals, and desires for the upcoming year
- Write 12 prayers for each month ahead in a prayer journal, or gather friends and pray for each other
- Create a symbolic piece of art
#3: Embrace a New Experience
Sometimes the best way to celebrate new beginnings is by literally doing something NEW and maybe even a bit scary. In her book, Let us have Faith, Helen Keller says,
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
Our experiences shape who we are, how we see the world, and embracing new ones opens the possibility for life-changing events and relationships. Take a leap of faith and embrace a unique way to spend your New Year’s Eve by trying something new.
Here’s a list to get you started:
- Support Our Troops! Grab some friends and create Care Packages for our troops abroad
- Conquer a fear. Reach out to that guy you’ve always liked and wish him a Happy New Years (you might end up with a NYE date!) Or take that swimming lesson you’ve been avoiding – you got this!
- Take a trip with your partner to that place you’ve been eager to visit. Or even better, take a solo trip to a safe location where you can relax and immerse yourself in a new culture
- Try a new cultural cuisine (or better yet, grab friends or family and make it yourselves!)
#4: Purge the Clutter – Literally & Figuratively
Clutter has been linked to elevated stress, depression and anxiety. When things get out of order, it sends a subliminal message that your world is in chaos. And we’re not just talking about tangible things – intangibles like social media accounts, toxic relationships, and overflowing schedules are common culprits.
To truly celebrate a fresh start, let go of anything weighing you down, holding you back, or simply not serving you.
Here are some ways to start your year off clutter-free:
- Take unused clothing or home goods and host a swap with friends (donate what’s left to charity)
- Get rid of any junk food and take a trip with your family to buy clean, healthy groceries
- Unfollow any social media accounts rife with negativity and follow ones that inspire you and align with your goals
- Evaluate your relationships by doing the “ignite my fire vs. dims my light” test. Come up with your list and devise a plan to move away from your light dimmer friends. You will start your 2019 lighter and brighter!
Time is a gift that’s free, yet priceless. Spend this New Year’s Eve doing what your heart desires and your soul craves. Align with your hopes and goals. Be unapologetically you—and when the clock strikes midnight, your best and brightest self will be there to greet 2019! Happy Early New Year!