Unpacking Your 2017 Baggage

As we head into the New Year, it’s a great time to reflect on what we should leave behind (emotionally and physically) and what we should take with us in to 2018.

While many will set resolutions for themselves, I try to avoid these – they often feel like a set of rules that can easily be broken or potential failures. Instead, I focus on opportunities for growth within the next 12 months, or outline the strengths I want to work to harness, and the plans to do so.

Take a Mental Inventory

365 days of ups, downs, stress, and happiness (and everything in between) creates a beautiful person – make sure you leave behind the parts of you from 2017 that you would not want to take into 2018. Start fresh in the New Year as best as you can. While I understand this may not be entirely possible, make the best of it. The more mental hang-ups we enter with, the more challenging it is.

Decide what is important and has to come with you – if you have baggage that is still following you from 2016 (ahem, an ex) this may be the year to finally shed them.

Create Your Blueprint for Success

Now that the best version of us is entering the New Year, we’ve got to plan accordingly for the success we’re going to project. Got your eyes on a promotion? Want to help out in the community? Looking to take some extra classes? Use the month of January (not just January 1 – allot yourself the entire month to plan for success) and decide what you plan to accomplish this year. By not rushing to create your blueprint, you are not setting yourself up for failure – you’ve carefully researched, thought out, and crafted what can and should happen to have an outstanding year.

Plan for the Best You

Who is the best version of you?

This is your time to decide – unpack the baggage, plan accordingly, and decide that you want to be more this year. You no longer have to be held back or scared of the what-ifs – we all are. This is the year to decide that we can use the unknown to our advantage and work through it. Yes it will be scary, but we have someone we can turn to, and we will no longer be harnessed by our past. We will find a way to be better, grow, and successful because of it. This will be our year.

Yes, there may be some stumbles along the way, but they will help us become stronger and better.

New Year, New You

Have you been wanting to take an art class at a community college? Looking at a design class online? Thinking of a first aid class in town? A Dance class? Whatever passion is pulling at you, now is the time to decide to do something for you. Listen to the inner voice – it’s driving you for a reason.

The New Year allows you to realign what you’d like to focus on throughout the year, so take the opportunity to focus on yourself – if you’d like to reconnect with your artsy side, decide that you’ll dedicate some time this year to arts. If you’d like to spend more time to volunteering, dedicate xx number of hours per month to a local organization. You see where this trend is going, but instead of setting a resolution that says, “I will go to the gym this year” and risk failing to meet that goal, by saying you’ll focus more on something you want to do, you are more likely to enrich your life and succeed. That’s a win/win overall.

Share Your Vision/Message

Find your voice – we all have a message to share, so find the way to best communicate with your family, friends, and loved ones. If you are unsure if now is your time to share, don’t worry, when you’re ready you’ll know. It can be something as simple as what your new hobby is, or as big as going back to school – the main message here is, it’s your vision, and yours alone to share. Find what makes you happy and go from there.

What Do You Want to Do?

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, and we’re laughing with friends, sitting at home on our couches, or wherever we are, we have the opportunity to decide how we’ll begin the first chapter in our 2018 novel.

So as you unpack your 2017 baggage, leave as much as you can behind, and start fresh. We owe it to ourselves to make this year as great as possible.

Kristin Blitch

Kristin’s full time gig allows her to be a Jill-of-all-trades with a focus in marketing. It also provides opportunities to brainstorm, communicate, encourage, and work with some of the brightest women on a daily basis-- she’s incredibly lucky. When not working, she’s continually checking the feeds of her social channels, combing blogs and sites for the latest and greatest business trends, reading (and listening) to books, catching up on pop culture, finding the next television show to binge watch, purchasing her next vinyl, and finding new and creative ways to feed the economy by wasting money on her dogs.

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