using the festive season as motivation for 2019

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Right? Isn’t that how the song goes?

I’ve been meaning to get my next points to defend up for a while but I’m being super picky about it and I also don’t think that Christmas Eve Eve is the time for it. This December, I’ve found the festive season to be a great lil motivator, so I thought that I’d sit down and throw my thoughts about that onto the blog before the big day on Tuesday. Bit more seasonally appropriate, ykno x

Last year I wrote about goal-setting for 2018 and within one of my tips I spoke about being happy because the holidays are, for most people, the time for happiness. You may as well carry the positive vibes into the New Year.

yasmin stefanie festive christmas covent garden i am gia pixie coat
coat – i am gia // hat – river island [old, similar] // scarf – topshop // boots – topshop

It’s safe to say this is something I’ve carried on this December ready for 2019. We all use ‘it’s Christmas!!’ as an excuse for everything in December, so why not use it to motivate you to do something you otherwise wouldn’t, whether that’s because it’s out of your comfort zone, you’re too scared or worried, or it seems like something you need an excuse to do.

This year, once it hit December, I feel like everything in my life started going upwards again. I turn twenty in exactly one week, I’m saving the twenty things I’ve learnt before turning twenty / things I’ve learnt during 2018 post for then but I did think it was worth talking about how motivating Christmas can be now, whilst it’s still Christmas Eve Eve and you have the next week to enjoy the festivities. It is the most wonderful time of year – the festive cheer alone can pick you and your spirits back up so you may as well use it to your advantage. If you’ve got new year’s resolutions and goals to set, start heading in the direction of achieving those by doing a few things during the holidays with the ‘it’s Christmas’ excuse.

When I look back at that 2018 goals post, one of my own personal new year’s resolutions was to put myself ~out there~ more, and this did happen to an extent but, to me, putting yourself out there more is easier when you’ve got the ‘it’s Christmas’ excuse. Let me tell you, it works. I did it this month purely with Christmas in mind and oh my god will I be doing it again for the entirety of 2019.

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Whether you have one big goal in mind for 2019, or a few small objectives you’ve set yourself, it had be hard to give yourself that lil push to go ahead and get started on achieving whatever you’ve set out for yourself for 2019 – and that’s where the festive season comes in. It’s the perfect push in the right direction, everyone’s a bit happier, a bit more open and a bit more up for anything. If you need some help along the way to achieve your 2019 goals, start asking now. People will be more giving at this time of year because they’ll be using the it’s Christmas excuse too.

With December being the last month of the year (and the most wonderful time of the year if you hadn’t already picked up on that twice x) it’s the transition into the new year and I’ve always believed in starting on your new year’s resolutions in December so that, come January, you don’t just go all in doing something new and then end up hating it, struggling, or finding it too hard. I wrote about this last year, start in December just so you can ease yourself in, but this year I’ve found that it’s also beneficial to start in December just because of the happiness that the festive season brings.

If there’s something that’s bothered you this year or something you’ve struggled with (hello awful dip in mental health I’ve had since July) then this is the time to leave it behind and leave it in 2018, and the happiness surrounding all of the festivities in December is the perfect time to do it because you’ll have a better perspective. It’s easier to be grateful and appreciative of difficulties you’ve had during Christmas. December is the time for reflection and with all the positive vibes of the holidays, you’ll be able to leave all of 2018’s shit behind on a good note instead of being bitter. Acknowledge that it’s helped you become a ~better~, ~stronger~ person and move on in time for January.

yasmin stefanie festive christmas covent garden i am gia pixie coat
yasmin stefanie festive christmas covent garden i am gia pixie coat

So with Christmas in a couple of days, enjoy the festive cheer and carry it into 2019 with you as your extra lil push and your motivation to achieve the goals you set yourself. If you can use it’s Christmas! as your excuse to eat all that brie or buy yourself a couple of presents when you’re meant to be out shopping for someone else, you can use it to achieve your 2019 goals too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays my loves.

See you on Boxing Day for a points to defend tennis post I’ve been working on for way too long, and on my birthday in one week for that wet ‘things I’ve learnt’ post. Can you tell I’m taking some more serious blogging game into 2019 with me x

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Yasmin

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8 Comments

  1. December 23, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    I personally hate Christmas, but I agree that it can be used as a push to motivate. New year is a new fresh blank page full of new possibilities πŸ™‚ I also really love how you write, you can communicate and express so many exciting ideas on your blog. I think your blog is very very versatile, so well done πŸ™‚
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com

    • Yasmin Stefanie
      Author
      December 24, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      thankyou so much, one of the loveliest comments I’ve ever received. appreciated babe X

    • Yasmin Stefanie
      Author
      December 24, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      thanks babe, totally agree! X

  2. December 28, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I completely agree with starting your resolutions early, I set mine in November because I need all the head start I can get πŸ˜‚

    Alice XO | thealicemayedit.co.uk

    • Yasmin Stefanie
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      I love starting early with them, helps so much!! X

  3. December 28, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    What an amazing way to motivate yourself in the New Year! You’re right, we always use the excuse ‘It’s Christmas’ to describe anything we do or how we feel! We should all carry that feeling into the New Year to help keep us happy and motivated to do things! xx

    Lucy | https://www.lucymary.co.uk/

    • Yasmin Stefanie
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      yes!! no reason why we can’t keep up that attitude, especially to help with any new year’s resolutions! X

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