How to Soak Up the Last of 2017

Now that Christmas is finally over (*sheds a tear*), that means that there is less than a week left in 2017! How insane is that? The week between Christmas and the New Year is always a weird in-between time for me, but I’m not worried this year because my team and I came up with the best ways to soak up the rest of December and spend the rest of 2017!

1. Write Yourself a Letter

One of the girls on my team does this every single year and it really inspired me! Think about where you were and who you were at the end of 2016- a completely different person, huh? This year, take time to physically write yourself a letter. Write down everything you loved about 2017… everything you hated… and everything significant you can remember. Just let it all out on paper, seal it in an envelope and read it next year. I promise you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come!

2. Read a Good Book

If you remember from this post here, I’m actually a huge bookworm! If you have time this week, get in that last book that you told yourself you’d read before the year ended or, finally finish that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table forever! You’ll be so happy you did.

3. Indulge in Your Favorite Treats

After all of that holiday madness, you deserve to #TREATYOSELF! So grab that chocolate chip cookie you’ve been eyeing, the extra sliver of cake…whatever! A little indulgence now and then never hurt anyone! My guilty pleasure is carbs! Gotta love those pastries especially when they’re from Bottega Louie😉

4. Enjoy a Staycation

If you can, get away! But… not too far away. A staycation is a great excuse to get out of the house and relax. Allen and I absolutely love doing weekend staycations! Having a change of scenery once in a while and just not having to worry about things really takes the pressure off, and lets us really spend some quality time with each other and with Chloe.

5. Hit Snooze

If you guys know me, you know that I NEVER really sleep in. I feel like I’m always on the clock! From family to work, it never really ends but this week, I’m going to hit the snooze button at least once. Even if it’s just once- I know that treating myself to a few more minutes of sleep will help me feel refreshed without feeling guilty!

6. Call Your Loved Ones

I’m so blessed to be surrounded by my family for the holidays, but if you’re like me, so many of my dear friends are across the country! So pick up the phone and give them a buzz! Not a text, but an actual call. It’ll make their day, I promise. Just letting them know you’re thinking about them means the world.

How are you guys spending the last week of the year? Let me know down below!



  • Great post! Indulging in treats is what it’s all about!

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Yoldine says:

    Probably the thing on the list that resonated with me most was the written letter to yourself. But instead I’d probably tweak it, I’d write the letter at the end of each year and would challenge myself to not open or read it until 5, 10 years later; or maybe once I reach a certain age. I think that would be so interesting.

  • Jennifer says:

    Great post! I’m definitely going to try one of the things on this list. 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    Really loved the idea of writing myself a letter! I think I’m really going to do it 🙂 Thanks for the great roundup of ideas, Chriselle! Wishing you another great year ahead!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Rania (@itsmystylediary_) says:

    Great , sincere ideas.. I especially love the last one because we are always running around and don’t have time to call and actually have that personal moment with faraway friends .. I finally started my vacation that I plan to spend every moment of with my nieces and nephews who I’ve lived with since the moment they were born , I timed my vacation to be with their school winter break so we can make the most out of this time together.. it’s really this quality time with them that makes life have a purpose for me xx

  • Vivian says:

    mm loving point number 3 😉

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • paul says:

    you always share good insight

  • Diana says:

    I’m picking one person to whom I will write a letter. I do this every year and the goal is thank the recipient for making a positive impact on my year. Over the years I’ve written quick cards to a barista at Peets who made me my morning coffee five days a week that year (during my divorce) to long letters to dear friends. This year I might right to a friend who lost his spouse suddenly on Valentine’s Day. It’s what I do instead of making resolutions. xoxo

  • K says:

    I love this ideal writing a letter to yourself this is a very good ideal thank you Sharing

  • Meghan Burns says:

    Love this. I cannot believe that the year is ending. Crazy.
    Meghan |

  • Tammy says:

    Such great ideas to recoup and renew ourselves for the new year! Defiantly indulging in Sweets and a good book right now!
    xx- Tammy

  • Nikki says:

    I love the idea of writing a letter to myself.
    Going to try that one for sure.


  • Natali says:

    To write a motivational letter to myself and have a staycation are two things which I’ll definitely do before this year ends. 🙂

  • Mia says:

    I agree that the time after Christmas before New Years is a bit awkward, but I love these ideas! YES to hitting snooze and not feeling guilty about it! I also plan on writing a letter to myself. Such a great way to reflect!

    Mia |

  • Kay Nguyen says:

    I love all of these ideas, especially indulging on my favorite treats because cmon, everybody likes food! Thanks for sharing <3

  • Marianne says:

    I absolutely loved the idea of writing yourself a letter! I am so ready for the new year to come and all the new adventures and experiences that await with it 🙂 <3

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