Stroke Of Midnight

Where were you the night when 2017 turned into 2018? Is
that where you’d wanted to be?

My goal for this entire holiday season was for it to be as stress-free as possible.  2017 was the year that I acknowledged and accepted the fact that I am not great at dealing with stress.  In fact my worries and stress made me sick and caused many of my injuries.

Throughout this entire winter break I have been embracing my morning routine which consists of meditation, yoga, and journaling.  Sometimes in that order and sometimes flip-flopped.

This was the most relaxing holiday season I have ever had in my entire life.  We spent our days doing exactly what we wanted to do without feeling pressure to do anything.

I am really happy with the way that this New Years Eve/Day went!

The day before New Years Eve my bf and I pulled out all of our downstairs carpet.  We had talked about replacing it with hardfloor for awhile and decided that it was time to make it happen!  There is something so satisfyingly cathartic about ripping out nasty old carpet.


On New Years Eve we did two dump runs.  This felt like a perfect way to live the whole “out with the old, in with the new” phrase.  I am going to make this a new tradition.

I brewed a 2nd cup of coffee (which I greatly regretted a few hours later) and used that lovely coffee high to deep clean our fridge!


I will admit that this is not my favorite chore, but it feels SO good once it is done!  Why take all that old food into the new year?

Shortly after my frantic fridge cleaning I had a terrible caffeine crash and had to take a nap.  Luckily, I felt well enough to stay awake for a few more hours, but it wasn’t enough.

I was in bed by 11 pm on New Years Eve and by the stroke of midnight, I was fast asleep.

I believe this was a first for me.  I usually look forward to that midnight hour and get pretty festive, but this year it was nice to spend it in dreamland.

Also nice because I have been struggling to fix my sleep schedule.

Where were you on the stroke of midnight when 2017 turned into 2018?!?!  Comment below to share!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

7 thoughts on “Stroke Of Midnight

  1. Happy new year Alana! I like the way you spruced up your place for the new year. We were in a hotel room, chugging on Champagne with my brother and family. Later we ate copious amounts of good food and fell into bed quite happy. xx

    1. Happy New Year Dippy-Dotty Girl! That sounds like such a fun way to bring in the new year with family, friends, and plenty of champagne. We had a little champagne celebration on New Years Day night. I hadn’t felt that tipsy in a while 🙂
      I hope 2018 will be a wonderful year for you full of many grand adventures!!!

      ❤ Alana

  2. hahaha, that’s so cute! I think you ended the year in the perfect way possible, by achieving one of your goals. Ever since I graduated 5 years ago, I never had the same New Years Eve anymore. When I was a student, I had less worries and was less tired. Now with work, I feel more tired… But that’s fine really… It’s all about spending time with the family and creating memories… xoxo Sarah

    1. Isn’t it interesting how we change the way we celebrate with time? There was a time when I would have never missed a chance to ring in the new year at the stroke of midnight. Now I can see that the most important thing is making those beautiful memories with friends and family regardless of what time it is 🙂

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