One of the things I am most grateful for this year, is having welcomed Chelsea into my life and on to The Elgin Avenue’s team . . .
The minute Chelsea and I connected over Skype (having been introduced by my great friend Amanda) I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.
For almost seven years it’s been just my voice here on The Elgin Avenue, and as my business and commitments have grown it’s been crucial for me to find additional people who can support me in various areas.
Handing over some of the writing responsibilities for the blog is no easy task (I mean – I have a vice-like grip on this baby!) but Chelsea’s positivity, organisation and wellbeing priorities align with my own values so perfectly, I knew immediately that she was the ideal fit for The Elgin Avenue!
As I get ready to sign off of work for the year, it feels fitting that Chelsea’s last dose of advice is SUCH a good one! And one which will help both you and I to kick-start our priorities for 2018.
I am ALL for laying out your plans for the new year well ahead of time, so that you can start January 1st completely afresh!
Whenever you mark your new year (I’ve on occasion pushed mine back to my birthday mid-January), it’s incredibly helpful to start planning long before your ‘new year marker’.
So, it’s over to Chelsea for the last time in 2017!
A HUGE thank you to Chelsea for all of her amazing advice, support and wisdom this year!
Love, Monica x
Plan Your January Now:
How To Ensure That You Kick Start The New Year Feeling Relaxed
Other than autumn, the new year is my favourite time of year.
I’m a total sucker for fresh starts!
This year, I’m planning ahead. I’m taking the weeks leading up to the new year to plan for it. I know that the last thing I’ll want to do after a crazed November and December is to cram-plan for January.
I want to feel like come January 1st, my goals for the year have already been laid out.
You wait for this refresh for 365 days; it seems silly to waste the opportunity of all the good feels!
I want to be able to enjoy the holidays, chill afterwards, and enter into the new year with open (relaxed) arms! So without further adieu, here’s how I’m doing it . . .
“I’m dedicating my Sunday mornings
to personal reflections.
What am I hoping to improve in 2018?
What goals are at the top of my list?
Some new things I want to try?”
Sunday Morning Reflections
I’m a big fan of using Sundays as a self-care day.
Whether that’s catching up on work and getting my mind settled for the week, doubling down on wellness practices, or touching base with myself – it’s the perfect time to focus inwards.
As the new year creeps closer, I’m dedicating my Sunday mornings to personal reflections.
What am I hoping to improve in 2018? What goals are at the top of my list? Some new things I want to try?
It’s important to give yourself time to reflect on any changes you want to make, or anything you want to remove or add to and from your life.
By checking in on how I’m feeling, and then eventually making a plan for those changes, I won’t be burdened with forced resolutions come Jan 1.
Make A Plan
After the first stages of reflections and ironing out the changes you want to make, it’s crucial to have action plans in place.
What good are goals or a resolutions unless there’s a clear plan of how to achieve them?
For example, one of my goals for 2018 is to become more flexible. I’m in decent shape, but my flexibility is downright embarrassing, and it’s holding me back from feeling 100%.
So, I’ve marked in my calendar (for 2018) to take yoga 2 times a week. I’ve mapped out the studios that offer which classes and a general outline of when I’ll fit the classes in. I’ve also purchased a couple of stretching bands that I plan on using before bed each night.
I already have supplies and an outline for one of my main goals for the year, which makes things a LOT easier when the new year rolls on round.
How can you plan and prepare now, for your goals and resolutions in 2018?
“do yourself a favour
and leave January as open as possible.
Think of it as your time to focus on yourself,
to load up on self-care,
and to leave room for whatever feels right
in the moment.”
Create A Holiday Budget
Before you go full-force into holiday shopping, stop and take a look at your finances.
January is bound to be hard if you find your bank account suffering, so do your best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
If you have $500 (or £s!) to spend on gifts, don’t go over that. And think about ways to budget the rest of your life.
Maybe talk to your family about doing 1:1 Secret Santa instead of everyone buying for everyone.
Or skip going out for meals for the month of December so you don’t go over your spending budget.
Whatever it is, focus on smart spending during one of the most expensive seasons of the year.
You’ll walk into January feeling more confident about your bank account, and it’s one major stressor to skip.
Leave The Month Open
I personally get anxiety when I look at my calendar and see it jam-packed with events, especially when my weekends are full too. So after the holidays, the last thing I want to see is a January that feels never-ending and forced.
If you feel the same way, do yourself a favour and leave January as open as possible.
Think of it as your time to focus on yourself, to load up on self-care, and to leave room for whatever feels right in the moment. This will make entering the new year a whole lot more relaxed!
What’s Your Take?
After hearing about those 4 ways to start the new year off relaxed, who is ready for 2018?!
What are you doing to plan ahead? Please share!
I always love hearing your take too!
Love, Chelsea x
Copper Fairy Lights: Anthropologie c/o | Vase: Vintage
Candle: Neom Organics ‘Christmas Wish Candle’ c/o