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My Ideal Last Day of the Year

Melinda Nagy
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Congratulations for reaching the last day of the year!
Life’s not always easy–that’s something pretty much everyone can agree on. As humans, we encounter problems, challenges, and obstacles almost every single day, sometimes even more than we think we can handle.
But now, we’re finally at the end of the year! We’ve won all our battles so far and we’re ready to say goodbye to 2018 and move on to 2019. And to end things right, here’s how I’m planning to spend my ideal last day of the year.

Visit favorite places
There’s a coffee shop in my city that holds countless memories for me. When I was still a student at uni, I would always go there, sit in my favorite chair, order my favorite coffee blend (black and white mocha, if you’re wondering), and read a book or work on my journal. It was a place where I could unwind and feel at peace, while still in the presence of other people.
Sometimes a place is more than just a place–it’s also a sanctuary, a safe haven, a home. Spend your last day of the year reminiscing beloved memories by visiting your favorite places!

Let go of the past
“Le passé est passé”, says a popular French quote. It’s hard to let go of the past sometimes and admittedly, there are some not-so-good things that I simply can’t forget either. Still, it’s important to recognize that as long as you stay rooted to the past, it’s impossible to move forward to the future.
Take some time out of your last day of the year to go through some of your old stuff and throw out anything that doesn’t make you happy. You don’t really need this paper rose as a reminder of your ex that cheated on you, do you? Trust me, 2019 will be so much better without all the extra baggage weighing you down.

Give gratitude
Gratitude is something that we should all practice, but rarely do. It’s so easy to forget to give thanks when everything’s going our way, after all. Sadly, it’s much easier to remember when you’re at your lowest point in life.
But no matter how bleak everything may seem right now, all you really need is to look around you to find something to be grateful for. Be grateful that you have a roof over your head, a warm bed to sleep in, and a plate of food on the table. Be grateful even for your mistakes, for giving you valuable lessons and teaching you how to make things right. Most of all, be grateful for your life, the most wonderful gift of them all.

Spend time with loved ones
The most important thing on my list is to spend time with my loved ones. I could work for money my whole life, but in the end, nothing I could ever earn is worth it without the people who hold my heart.
Don’t forget to spend time with your family and friends before 2018 ends. If you’re a workaholic–don’t worry, I am too–why not turn off your phone even just for a day? Shut down your computer and close your planner while you’re at it too. Instead, play with the kids, take your partner out on a date, cook with your mom, and play golf with your dad. Do whatever you can to show them just how important they are in your life. Believe me, nothing can be more ideal than that.

Look forward to the new year
New year, new life. People generally see new year as a new chance at life, hence the millions of New Year’s Resolutions made each year. Something that I’m certainly going to do before 2018 ends is to write down whatever it is that makes me look forward to the new year. Not only does it put a lot of things into perspective, it also helps me feel motivated to reach my new goals.

There you go, now you know how I’m planning to spend my ideal last day of the year. What about you, how are you planning to spend yours? Share your thoughts below and let’s welcome 2019 in the most amazing way possible!

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