5 Things To Do Before The Clock Strikes Midnight Tomorrow

The concept of a new year is quite an extraordinary thing. I mean, of course at any point in time we can choose to reflect on moments past or ponder those ahead, but December 31st has a sneaky little way of bringing these things to the forefront of our minds on its own. I always find myself buzzing with energy on this very day.

Past experiences flash through my head, bringing about feelings of gratitude as well as the thought, “Whoa. I can’t believe all of that happened in these past 12 months”…  and I get a rush of excitement for what’s to come. This year, I want to make the most of this natural energy that whirls through me on New Year’s Eve. To prepare myself for a year that’s even better than the last, I’ve come up with 5 things I’m going to do tomorrow — although these are things that I think are great to do on any day. Feel free to join me in participating in these 5 things (or your own variations)… and please share anything else you’ll be doing to go into the new year with peace in your heart and a smile on your face.


1. Let go of something. Each moment lived is a moment of accumulation… accumulation of stuff, whether mental or physical. I find that all of this stuff can take really a toll on me, causing me to feel overwhelmed, out of balance, or weighed down. How beautiful it would feel to go into the new year feeling free. To do that, I’m challenging myself to let go of something — more than one thing, actually. First, choose something physical. Look around for an object you own that would be better off in someone else’s possession… and give it to that very person. Just that simple act frees up a bit of physical space… but it also frees up mental space. You’ll no longer have any little feeling of guilt that the object isn’t getting as much attention from you as it once did. Instead, you’ll be happy knowing that it’s in a better place, and that you have given the recipient a little bit of happiness. The next part may be a little harder: I’ll also be letting go of something mental. It could be one bothersome experience that I’ve been unnecessarily carrying with me for weeks, months, even years… or it could be the accumulation of all experiences in general. After all, we already have everything we need right this very moment. Relieving ourselves from carrying past events, judgments, and negative feelings around can give an incredible sense of freedom. It might not be easy, but identifying the need to do this is enough to get you moving in the right direction. Close your eyes, envision what it is that you’d like to let go of. Imagine it as a ball of energy, and let it float away from you. With eyes still closed, watch it float… away, away, away, out into the distance until it’s so tiny that it seems to vanish into the air. Say goodbye. You don’t have to forget about it completely, just realize that you don’t have to let it affect you. Whatever it is, let it go. It’s okay.

Yoga by rainy window

2. Treat your body. Our bodies are our very own temples. They’ve been with us since the day we were born, and they’ve certainly gone through so much. Thank your body for all it does for you. Massage it with beautifully smelling oils… Drink a deliciously healthy fresh juice or smoothie… apply a homemade natural face mask… stretch. The greatest thing we can ever do for our bodies is to listen to them with a kind ear… and act accordingly. If your shoes are hurting your feet, take them off. If your hands are cold, pour a steaming hot cup of tea and clasp them tightly around it. Be thankful for another year inside your beautiful skin.

3. Do something different — or differently. Habits. Patterns. We all have them. I think that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing something the same way every time. You’ve found what works for you, why should you change it? But doing something different — or in a different way — for a change can open up more possibilities than you ever knew existed. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, either. Let’s see… after work tomorrow I’ll be setting up for a New Year’s Eve party. I always go to the same spot whenever I need to buy champagne. It’s close to my house, I know the setup of the store, the faces inside are all familiar to me. But maybe tomorrow I’ll go somewhere else! Yes, of course I’ll still end up with the same champagne — and there’s no guarantee that something life-altering will happen while I’m there — but that’s not the point. What’s important is that we’re opening our minds to start creating new possibilities… and taking initiative to make something happen. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up experiencing something life-changing after all.

Wood floor, notebook, plants

4. Write something down. I always find that I sometimes don’t even know what I think until I write it down. Writing is therapeutic, and it’s an incredible way to free our mind from all that stuff I mentioned earlier. Take pen to paper and write something down. Make a list of the new places you explored in the past year… or of the people you met… the things you learned. Write down 5 things you’re greatful for, 4 things you learned about yourself, 3 things you never thought you’d try but did. Write down a goal for the next year. It can be as specific as where you want to be living and with whom and by what date… or it can be as vague as a 4-word phrase. Be nicer to people, perhaps. The simple act of writing one thing down can offer closure to the past, gratitude for what you’ve experienced, and a giant wave of motivation for what’s to come.

Gold glitter, champagne glass

5. Celebrate. Ladies and gentlemen, this is New Year’s Eve! It’s undoubtedly a time to celebrate, so celebrate. Get dressed up. Wear a little extra perfume. Go out tomorrow night with more confidence than ever before. Let life flow through you as you dance, laugh, interact, and party with ease, joy, and glory. You’re another year stronger, smarter, wiser, and more — it’s like a birthday, but better… because it’s not just you who’s celebrating the year that’s passed and the one that’s to come, it’s every single person around you. We all did it. Let’s let loose.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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7 years ago

These are five wonderful ideas. Trying a routine in a new way is definitely something I will try!

xo, Juliette Laura

7 years ago

Fortunately, I took NYE off from work, so I am going to make sure I write something down, at the very least!

7 years ago

Nurturing/taking care of the body are def going to be on my list. Maybe taking a bath and making a homemade exfoliating mask (maybe a hair mask too), then rehydrate with a detox juice. Prob go to a yoga class, take my dogs for a long hike by the ocean, and then in the evening go out to a new restaurant with the boy before meeting up with friends to celebrate the new year <3
xoxo Annejelina

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7 years ago

Thanks. Love your writing and ideas.

7 years ago

This is so lovely, taking note and will be doing some of them tomorrow.

7 years ago

Love these and love the photos just as much!
Well done, and Happy (almost) New Year!

7 years ago

Oh, these ideas are awesome, I will certainly use them. I can’t wait to write down my lists of things I’ve done in 2013 and things I will do in 2014.
Happy 2014! Let your dreams come true :)

7 years ago

That was such a refreshing read! I am so excited to try those things out tomorrow!!

Xo Christine

7 years ago

Great Ideas. I love the idea of pampering your body a bit to refresh for the new year!


7 years ago

Brigette – words cannot describe how much I connected with this post. I feel different and better already. It has helped me feel like how I want to feel and to envision who I want to become (which is, in essence, who I already am.) THANK YOU. I hope everyone has a joyous and safe night and a beautiful new year. So much gratitude and love.

7 years ago

Absolutely love this post. Thank you. xo

7 years ago

You have the number 3 twice, where 4 should be.

7 years ago

Love it :)

7 years ago

Such a nice post. Better than “put on your skimpiest outfit and go get drunk!” My father died a few months ago, and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. The last time I talked to him our phone connection was bad, so he couldn’t hear me. The time before that was his last day of radiation and he was too tired to talk much. Since I couldn’t tell him what I had planned for my life, I feel this need to do everything, to make my life better in case he can see me from wherever he is. I have so many things on my “to do” list for the next year, but I don’t know where to start. So I’m going to try writing again (which I haven’t done since I had to move back in with my mother, because she snoops). And I really need to take better care of my body. Maybe I’ll print out your post and tape it up somewhere. Thank you!

7 years ago

I’m doing the “Let go of something.” I have a horde of dresses, most of which have never been worn once, but I love them all so much. (they’re pretty!) My best friend from France is here for the holidays, but I was away on vacation, so the only time we have together is New Years Eve and New Years Day (pretty perfect, right?). We don’t see each other much and she knows how much I love fashion, so I’m actually letting her “shop” my dress collection! That way some of my dresses get a new home and she (beautifully) said, “I would love to wear one of your dresses, that way I could think about you even more than I already do.”

7 years ago

so beautifully written, thank you. :) xx

7 years ago

Amazing list. I love the ritualistic (and mindful) quality of doing these 5 things. Thank you!

7 years ago

love the list~
letting go is the best! i’ve been cleaning out and getting rid of items that i no longer need.
trying to simplify!
writing lots and lots in my art journals …..and trying to make my dreams a reality.
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