29 Things to Remember for the New Year


1. Choose a narrow path. The sooner you pinpoint exactly what you want to achieve in your life, what you want your legacy to be, the sooner it will happen for you. Don’t choose the well beaten path; create your own. Dare to be different and aim for the moon (in order to reach the stars).

2. Embrace change. If life were consistent and without ups and downs, it would be boring, bleak and monotone. We’re here to dodge bullets, get back up when we’re kicked down and make decisions for ourselves. It’s all about building your character. Never fear change, it could be exactly what you need.

3. Its okay to eat cereal for dinner. You only live once…

4. Own your mistakes. The only way to learn is to make mistakes. The only way to learn from mistakes is to own them. You’ll be surprised how much people will value you for owning your mistakes, no matter how small your role in them. 

5. Appreciate what you have before you ask for more. Because there is always someone worse off than you.

6. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. But never forget you don’t have a body, you have a soul. Your exterior will never define your interior.

7. Who you are is not what you have; its what you do with what you have. Ever noticed how some of the happiest people in the world have the least? It isn’t about what you have (material things or achievements), but what you decide to do with that. Your life is your legacy. How do you want to be remembered?

8. Be Loyal. In love, friendships, and most importantly with your family. Stay true to your word.

9. Laugh more.

10. Words are powerful. It takes just two to commit your life to another. Words are powerful – choose them wisely.

11. You can never be over educated. Want to learn another language? Its better late than never. Thinking about taking art classes? You never know what it will lead to. You are only limited by your choices.

12. Be gracious. Be humble. Be kind.

13. Live in a new place. You will be surprised as to just how much our surrounds shape us.

14. Live within your means. Life isn’t about keeping up with the Jones’s.

15. Have an opinion. Voice it, engage in healthy debate, but never be rigid and close-minded.

16. Be proud. Credit where credit is due. Learn to welcome compliments and accept them – by doing so you will provide value to them and soak them up like a sponge. It will lead to better work in the future.

17. Accept criticism. But know when to distinguish between constructive criticism and a genuine insult. If someone insults you, it says more about them than it could ever say about you.

18. Get outdoors more.

19. Spend time with anyone older than you. Age = experience. Experience = wisdom. Spend time with your grandparents and ask questions. No one stays on this earth forever – make the most of the time you have.

20. Be honest. People will value your opinion if it is raw, honest and made with consideration.

21. Don’t give money, give your time. There is no greater gift than your time.

22. Take a day off. Do something you have always wanted to do. By yourself. 

23. Track your finances better. 

24. Work hard(er). Set your goals higher and higher… your limits are only those you believe to be true.

25. Smile at strangers.

26. Keep a journal. Sometimes the best way to clear your mind and keep a clear vision is to jot down your thoughts at the end of the day or week. Consider what you did, who you met, how you felt, what was on your mind. Think outside the box and sort through your thoughts rather than offloading your troubles onto someone else.

27. Escape into a film. Bad day? Don’t dwell on it. Escape to someone else’s reality or jump inside a fiction. Two hours later you’ll have forgotten the trivialities.

28. You are the company you keep. If your friends aren’t bringing joy into your life, maybe you’ve outgrown them. Don’t be afraid to make new friends that understand you (and where you’re at in life right now). Adapt. Change. Learn. Grow. Evolve.

29. You’ll never be as young as you are right now.

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    December 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Always great to read this!

    Sarah Elizabeth
    January 24, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Such a sweet and inspirational post. Good things to remember (or learn) this year. And I actually love number 27! Too often I beat myself up for wasting time or being too lethargic to take control of the day. But you’re absolutely right; sometimes we need to sit down and zone out, relax, take a moment for ourselves to recharge and remember that taking a break from life isn’t a waste of time. Sometimes stepping outside of ourselves allows us to return to life with a fresh perspective. xx

    January 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    #28 and #3 really stuck with me. I needed the cereal reminder! I’m glad I found this blog! Best wishes for 2015!

    Nic Latham
    January 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Love them all of them 🙂

    January 6, 2015 at 12:09 am

    This post made me happy and motivated for some reason! Loved it! 🙂

    January 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Such a beautiful list of simple yet powerful reminders. So happy I found your blog, wishing you a beautiful 2015.

    January 5, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Some people, like myself, who live on an extremely low income, can’t afford to donate ANY money. But, I can and do, donate my time at local organizations.

    January 4, 2015 at 5:40 am

    So many beautiful points! Thanks for this reminder, Brooke!
    Love, Dani

    January 2, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Most of these were beautiful–I disagree, however, with discouraging of monetary donations. Volunteerism is wonderful, but unfortunately most non-profit organizations would not exist if not for ongoing financial support. Please donate to these as you are able. Sure, volunteering your time makes yourself feel great, but we are in a reality where time alone is only one of many resources that keep charities afloat.

    January 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great reminders! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful new year!

    January 1, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Dear Brooke,
    It’s like you’re inside my brain! Thanks so much for putting together a post I’m always meaning to write! So important and today was the perfect day to find it. Well done miss! 🙂 Happy New Year to all you folks on here!

    Kara W
    December 28, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I definitely aim to work even harder next year. Great inspirational list for the new year.

    Gracious Store
    December 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Great post! The greatest path to success and true happiness is to embrace change and to be joyful in all circumstances even the most challenging of all situations.

    December 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

    must admit some of these reminders hit me pretty hard. thanks for sharing another great post!

    Jill Seidner | Interior Design
    December 22, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Great post and thanks for sharing!

    December 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I absolutely love this post! Totally #christmasspirit !

    December 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    what a wonderful post. such great things to be more aware of. 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

    December 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sound inspirations to reflect on in the coming year end!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    December 20, 2014 at 8:42 am

    …All sound advice–ESPECIALLY #3…Indeed, it is NEVER a bad time to indulge in chocolate muesli!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    December 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Awesome. All so true.

    Nikita Goyal
    December 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Hey, thanks for this great article. New year is something that allows to make changes in our life which we usually couldn’t do during the entire year.
    You point about choosing the narrow path is so true for if you set up a goal which is too wide and too big.. it is possible that you would never reach there.. so it is good to have small nuclear yearly goals
    while keeping your eyes on the real objective
    That was a great post and i loved each of the point and couldn’t agree more. Thank you 🙂

    December 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    So many good reminders and lessons in this post! Thanks for sharing.

    Meg @ Adventures in Verdance
    December 17, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Choosing a narrow path is what 2015 is all about for me. Time to buckle down, decide what I want to be my various endpoints, and start working toward them. Thanks for the lovely list!

    Danny Gibson
    December 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Well that’s a big list – a LOT to implement. So I’d like to add one and make it 30 Things to Remember for the New Year… ‘And remember, folks – step by step 🙂

    Fascinating list. Thank you for it.

    Much love.


    December 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! these were so true and great reminders. Thank you!
    x Rita

    December 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Laugh more! So true! Even though it is sometimes hard I just discovered even if you are in a bad mood it is worth smiling, this will release endorphins and will then make you happier! Works for me and makes life so much better 🙂

    December 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Inspiring post! So many of these things are so important and I hope to live by these words next year and beyond.

    Also, loving the new website design!! I’m using a Solo Pine theme too and absolutely love it! x

    December 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    great tips to remember!
    Awesome post!
    recently discovered your page and instantly fell in love <3

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    December 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Words are powerful, that’s a great one. I’m still constantly seeking to use my words to spread love and kindness, it’s not always easy!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Leah 🙂 I agree! Never easy so always room for improvement!

    December 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Thank you, Brooke! Great words to live by. I appreciate your honesty and love following your adventures.

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Whitney & love your blog! Thanks for introducing me 🙂 x

    December 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Man, that was wonderful. Thank you for the words of inspiration.

    Marie @ Marie Away
    December 16, 2014 at 4:19 am

    So many great reminders. The first one really resonates with me. I spent my years in university thinking in such broad terms, never dedicating myself solely to one purpose. It’s only within this last year that I’ve realized that I will only be happy doing exactly what I love. There is no compromise to be made. It’s an important point in my life. Thank you.

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

      The best part is that you came to the realization! Sending positive thoughts your way for a great 2015!! 🙂

    December 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    These are such inspirational tips to live by.. I’m glad I am not the only one that enjoys cereal for dinner!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Hahaha…. I’m glad someone gets me!

    December 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

    One of the many reasons you are quickly becoming my very favourite blogger! Thanks for another wonderful post. Polly x

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Polly – you are too kind! Hope you keep enjoying WoW in the new year 🙂 x

    December 16, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I’m so glad you mentioned spending time with people older than yourself! I have a close relationship with my grandfather and have learned so much by listening to his wisdom and advice.

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

      I love spending time with my grandparents 🙂 so true! They are full of wisdom and cheer – ahhh can’t wait to spend time with mine over the new years period! x

    December 16, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Fantastic post! These are great reminders, I will definitely need them this year!
    Thanks and take care :)xx
    PS: Did you redesign your website? It looks awesome, I love it!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Hey Mariam 🙂 Yes I did ! so glad you like it!! xx

    Chloe Mason Gray
    December 16, 2014 at 1:10 am

    #13. Live in A New Place is my favorite! I moved to Mexico 4.5 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. If there’s anyone here who wants to live and work abroad but is not sure how they can read my post on how to get a job in another country

    Thanks for this article!

    December 16, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great read some things I need to incorporate into my lifestyle.

    December 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    What a wonderful post, really great read!

    December 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This post really made my day. I always try to work for my dreams and choose my own path. This was a great reminder for me to keep doing it! Thanks 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

      What the mind can perceive, the mind can achieve! Best o’ luck to you lady!! x

    Miles of Happiness
    December 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I love the list!! 🙂

    December 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Such a great post! Truly inspiring for a more positive outlook on life! So excited for the new year! 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Me too I can’t wait!!! x

    December 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Very inspirational post!

    Krystal Nelson
    December 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Best post you’ve ever done! Hit home and I’m grateful for it. Happy holidays to you, wherever you may be spending them!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Aww thanks Krystal! Happy holidays to you too – hope you have a great time with your loved ones 🙂 x

    December 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Wow! Great read! Keeping track of my finances is the biggest lesson I have learnt this year.

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    December 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Great inspiring words. If every person way to this words then every person is a successful person in their life. thanks for sharing nice views.

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    December 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Such a great list. I really like number 14-Live within your means. Especially with social media people sometimes tend to get caught up on materialistic things.

    Liz B. @ Umami Life
    December 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    My favorites are “be proud” and “follow a narrow path.” I feel like the latter is often overlooked; there’s nothing like a meticulous plan with attached plans B and C to get you where you want to go.

    Oh Hey Blog
    December 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Changing your surrounds is the best way to reevaluate what’s important. This is a killer list!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    These are all such valuable tips, thank you so much for sharing them. Keeping a journal is definitely something I’d like to do in 2015.

    Tessa /

    December 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Very inspiring post! Also, I like the new layout of the site 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Thanks so much Eden! glad you enjoyed 🙂 x

    December 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Such inspirational words, thanks so much Brooke!
    This is just what I needed, especially heading into the new year.
    I may have to pin these on my wall!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Here’s to an amazing 2015 🙂 I love starting the new year with a clear head and new goals! hope you have a great one x

    December 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for philosophic posts this month. They make me feel it’s the end of this year…
    3 and 27 were very interesting to me. Common sense doesn’t bring us new things!
    A bit early but Happy New Year to you!!
    Kozue from Tokyo

    December 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Thank you so much Brooke! You must have read my mind because this is exactly what I needed right now 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      December 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Keep your chin up Lex! Brighter days are always ahead 🙂 x

    December 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I adore this post! Often we forget to take a step back and appreciate what it is we have.

    Chalsie |

    December 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

    What a warm, heartfelt post! Indeed the ‘words to live by’ by Brooke Saward, love it! 🙂

    December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Brooke this is such an incredible post. I am definitely going to be sharing this on my wall as the year draws to a close. Awesome writing

    December 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This is beautiful. All the advice I need right now.

    December 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Thank you for this! I will embrace it every day of the new year 🙂

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

    Dominique | Wander In Nature
    December 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Thank you, Brooke. These couldn’t have come at a better time especially with the New Year on its way. A timely reminder to strive to be the best version of ourselves while enjoying & appreciating life each and every day.

    Cheers to the adventures ahead!


    December 15, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for this. This is a list I should print off and tape on my mirror. It is a good reminder and encourager.

    December 15, 2014 at 7:18 am

    So beautiful words! You are such an inspiration Brooke! I specially loved num 21, so true! I hope you have a wonderful year!
    With love,

    ivana split
    December 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I hope I will be able to implement many of these tips into my own daily life.

    December 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Great tips! I particularly think number 28 is important – part of growing up is changing and sometimes changes bring new friends and there’s no reason to feel guilty about it. And of course number 25 is a simple tip that will open endless new doors!

    Love your new layout by the way – very sleek and stylish 🙂