Well, it's almost that time. The new year is almost here! It is crazy how fast this year has flown by, but here we are! And as we approach this new year, people will be making their New Year's Eve plans or will be reflecting on big moments in 2017. But, perhaps the most common tradition done when bringing in the New Year is making New Year's resolutions. This is something we have all done. We promise things that we will change about our jobs, relationships or our own selves so that we can better our lives. You may think to yourself, how did this tradition even begin? Well, it actually began some odd 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. They were actually also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year. Today we are still celebrating the new year and this tradition by making our New Year's resolutions. However, often times these resolutions are abandoned shortly after they are made. Why is that? Well, at times it may be that we have unrealistic standards of how we are supposed to be or how our lives are supposed to be. While it is good to change and grow and better oneself is this tradition really worth doing? I personally, don't think so. I think, often times we focus so much on what we don't have that we would like, or the position that we aren't in yet that we would like to be or that our appearance is not exactly how we would like or that we may have not yet found the right person. Whatever negative thing that it is about our lives that we have chosen to focus on should indeed not be our focus. I think a better way to celebrate the new year is to reflect on all the blessings, the accomplishments and great memories in the prior year and on indeed how far you have come. While yes there is always more to strive for and there are always ways and opportunities to better oneself, this is not something that should be focused on when celebrating the new year. But yet celebrate every good and bad moment the last year and look forward to all the new opportunities that the new year has to offer. And whatever it is that you would like to change in your life, make plans to do it after the celebration of the new year and remember that these goals can be made at anytime of the year. But, also be reminded that this is a time to celebrate our life and another year. This year for me, personally was a great year! It was the year that I got married (as I have mentioned multiple times). I also started a new job that I love and have made great friends and strides toward my future and I think that is something to celebrate. So tell me, what are you celebrating this New Year's? What were your best moments and who made your year all the more amazing? Whatever it is be sure to celebrate all of this and don't worry about making resolutions, just celebrate how far your have come. And please stay safe during your New Year's celebration! God Bless everyone! :)