New Year's Eve Stress

Sunday, December 31, 2017 / 8:58 AM

Happy final day of 2017! This morning I went to get coffee and the barista asked if I was doing anything fun for New Year's Eve. I paused, and said, "Honestly? Just unpacking."

She laughed. "That's pretty fun! As long as you're doing what you want to be doing, 'fun' doesn't just mean one thing!"

OK, so unpacking isn't my preferred way of spending an evening, but unpacking has been part of the moving process, which I've been so excited about. I was ready to get out of my old apartment, and it'll be great to save money this year (or longer?) by living with my sister.

But the barista was right. Fun doesn't mean just one thing. I'll admit, I'm so guilty of FOMO and buying into the hype of things like New Year's Eve and "needing" to do something "epic." It's why I've ended up doing some pretty dumb things on New Year's Eve, including spending ~$300 with strangers for a dinner one night that was only just OK.

But my favorite New Year's Eve memories have always been the ones that involve being surrounded by friends or family and doing things like watching TV or getting In-N-Out. I think people feel bad about doing that because it's not very glamorous or Instagram-worthy, and everyone else online seems to be having these fabulous parties and outings.

If there's one phrase that needs to be brought back and stay in 2018, it's "you do you." And this is something I'm working on myself too.

So, happy almost-2018, friends – I hope you're all ringing in the new year doing exactly what it is you want to be doing :)

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