Happy 2019! 2018 was full of wonder, awe and frankly some disappointments. But with the start of a New Year comes new opportunities and new ways to make the most out of the year ahead. Here are the ways that you can start the New Year off with a bang:

1. Skip the Resolution

Unless making a resolution is a part of your New Year traditions, skip it. Have you ever looked up the definition of resolution? It is defined as, “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” Whether your resolution is to give up caffeine or stop smoking, sometimes we’re humans and can fall off the resolution train.

Instead of setting yourself up for failure, use the word goal. Goals are defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort.” Make a goal for yourself this year to work towards a better you rather than resolve a problem you have. This way, if you do make a detour on your path, you can always find your way back without feeling too bad about yourself.

2. Show Gratitude

Take a look back at 2018. What was the best part? What was the worst part? When we reflect on our past, we are able to see how much we have grown. Even if you thought 2018 was not a significant year, think back to this time last year. What were you excited about? What were you nervous about? Those few moments of appreciation will help you start 2019 off on the right foot.

3. Make Memories

That new rock climbing gym? Go check it out. The itch to play drums? Find a used set on Kijiji. Want to try ice-skating? There’s no time like to present!

The New Year often implies a fresh start. Take this opportunity of a clean slate to take a shot at something you’ve always wanted to try. Get the entire family involved too to create new memories.