10 Ways To Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

Newsflash: 2016 is nearly over! Although you may still be running around like a headless chicken trying to play your family’s version of Santa Claus, try to take some time to reflect on the past year. Most importantly, take time out to consider how you want to make 2017 your best year yet.

A New Year provides the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean and give your life a metaphorical kick up the butt. Whether you want to take up a new hobby, give your home a decor boost or simply improve your state of mind, we’re here to help!

Here’s 10 ways to make 2017 your best year yet…

1. Let Bygones Be Bygones

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The Buddha once famously said: ‘Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Instead of holding grudges against neighbors, family members or friends, wipe that metaphorical slate clean. You may just find that your grudges are more damaging to your own mindset than those of others!

Begin by thinking of those who you used to have positive relationships with, then allow yourself to forgive that individual. Doing this could be as simple as saying ‘I forgive you’ or even writing down the quarrel on a piece of paper and literally burning it.

Make an effort and invite your former friend round for dinner. Beautiful friendships will make for a far better 2017 than old grudges.

2. Challenge Yourself

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Without challenges, the ride of life would be pretty darn boring. For 2017, set yourself a personal challenge. Perhaps you would like to run a marathon or overcome a fear?

Set yourself a challenge and stick to it. The thrill of success is sure to make 2017 your best year yet.

3. Get In Shape


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Every single person under the sun knows that getting in shape is the number one resolution! But instead of letting those gym sessions slack off as soon as February appears, make a sincere effort to keep your fitness up.

Fitness is far more than having Rihanna’s abs or JLO’s butt, it gives you the energy and health that you need to live life to the absolute fullest.

To make the whole of 2017 your fittest yet, opt for a physical activity that you actually enjoy. Whether you are a keen hiker or you enjoy martial arts, choosing a sport that gives you pleasure is the easiest way to reach your fitness goals.

4. Up Your Home Decor Game

Your home should be a relaxing sanctuary and if it’s not, 2017 is the year to make it so! Even if you don’t have Brad Pitt’s bank account, a few stylish changes can turn your home into somewhere you actually want to be.

Try giving your bedroom a makeover by investing in a stunning hand embroidered duvet cover set. Add more color to your living room with printed pillow covers or up-the-ante on any old furniture with beautiful table runners.

Here’s our picks for 2017:

Hand painted 7 piece duvet cover set


Exotic oriental pillow cover

Black & White

Hawthorn leaf table runner

5. Love Yourself

Anyone else singing the Justin Beiber song right now? Much unlike the lyrics of this cheesy pop song, self-love is key to making 2017 your best year yet.

Do you find yourself getting down about everything? Do you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others. Give your poor self a break and indulge in just how awesome you are!

On the 31st of December, make a list of everything great about you. Pop this on your bed side table and read it every morning for a quick and effective self esteem boost!
Want to make your list a highlight of your decor? Place a framed card on one of our stunning saree border placemats.


6. Refocus Your Goals


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Once upon a time you wanted to be a **insert job here**, so what exactly happened? Whether you have found yourself in a dead end job or have been constantly putting your own needs below everyone else, it’s time to refocus your goals.

As depressing as it sounds, what would you want someone to say about you in your funeral speech? Perhaps it is a life goal of yours to do charity work abroad, or maybe you wish to study for a new career? Either way, make 2017 the year that you refocus your life goals.

7. #FriendshipGoals ?

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Friendships come in all different shapes and sizes, so it’s important to sit down and consider how they affect you. If you find that certain friends make you feel negative or have a draining effect on you, it may be time to start spending less time with them. Make 2017 your best year yet by concentrating on fun and positive relationships that are mutually beneficial.

8. Don’t Like It? Change It!


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We all have things we don’t like about ourselves, but it’s important to remember that we can change them! Whether you have a bad habit of smoking, or you are messier than the insides of a garbage bag, self-improvement can always help.

9. Get Outside!


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As technology continues its world domination, a lot of us take mother nature for granted. Ask yourself: when is the last time that you have truly gone outside and lost yourself in nature?

Make 2017 your best year yet by getting outside more! Fresh air is the best medicine and getting lost in the beauty of the outdoors will make the stresses of your every day life fade away. If Winter walks seem a bit chilly, snuggle up in one of our fashionable printed scarves.

10. Relax

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Life is stressful: relax. As stupidly simple as it may sound, a mere 10 minutes a day of pure relaxation is sure to make your 2017 one to remember!

So how exactly do I switch off, you ask? Try yoga, meditation, taking a walk or enjoying a long bath. Playing with your pets, watching a movie and reading are also ways to escape the noise of your brain.

Ready to make 2017 your best year yet? It’s up to you now!


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Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net