How To Spend The Week Between Christmas and New Years

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Does anyone else feel like the week between Christmas and the New Year feels like those old Cheeto stained sweats you wore to literally ever class in college? Kind of familiar and cozy, but by the end of it you hate yourself and feel totally disgusted and wonder what the heck you were even thinking?



Ever since college I have spent this week in the exact same clothes every day and night, eating  wayyy to many cookies and cheese covered snacks; and when I finally move from my bed where I've been binging whatever fall hit show I fell behind on, I look in the mirror and wonder, “what the heck am I doing with my life?

Every year I swear I am going to use this week to “get my sh*t together.

I am going to…

– Create and schedule my workout routine

– Write out my meal plan

– Finalllyyyy clean my apartment and clean out my closet…

– Take down my Christmas tree before April (no joke, ever since I was 20 I have left my tree up until April).

– and basically just do ANYTHING that resembles being a “responsible adult”

But every year my week always ends up looking more like this:

– Staring at the pile of returns I “should” do but never get around too

– Eating my body weight in popcorn, chocolate, pizza, nachos, and Chinese food. every. damn. day.



– Staring at the grout build up in my sink and shower, wondering how people even clean that stuff off

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– Meeting minimal hygiene requirements…*Sniff sniff* is that smell me — or the sheets — when was the last time I washed those?

– Watching 10-14 hours of TV every single day.

– Avoiding calling back any family members who may have reached out – because #drama and this is my gluttonous week before I finally get this #adulting thing down in the new year. amiright?!?

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But not this year.

This year I am officially in my mid-late twenties (it's a thing) and I am a wife and I am going to get my ish together. So here is my adulting game plan to channel my inner Bey and not turn into a total sloth who hates myself by January 1st:

– Set a date to take my Christmas tree down and actually take it down

– Write out a list of three “emergency” healthy meals that I can make in thirty minutes or less and always have the ingredients on hand.

– Actually schedule my workout routine in my calendar

– Keep a list in my phone for all the random thoughts about #adulting I have: like how do you clean shower and sink grout?

– Limit my TV watching to no more than 8 hours a day because I am an adult. And I have responsibilities. And this sh*t needs to stop.


I don't know about you – but just saying I am going to do a bunch of stuff doesn't usually hold me accountable. So I am setting up this negative reinforcement plan:

Infraction 1: 10 burpees

Infraction 2: 10 burpee + 15 push ups

Infraction 3: 10 burpees + 15 push ups + return one person's phone call or text I've been avoiding

Basically, I need negative consequences during this week to actually get my ass out of bed and put down the french toast casserole –> which  you would've seen if you're following my on Instagram or Snapchat!

How are you spending this week? Do you typically sloth it up or do you actually ring in the new year by killin' the game? If it's the latter, HOW?!?


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This post was originally published on 12/26/17.

96 thoughts on “How To Spend The Week Between Christmas and New Years”

  1. It really takes writing it down and saying it out loud to get down to it! Haha! Merry Christmas and may you check everything off your To-Do List!

  2. What I great post! I chuckled a bit at the infractions bit! And your “typical week” looks just like mine! Hahah you’re just so relatable… maybe I have to make goals a little like yours for this week. So far I have, set a workout routine, schedule blog posts for two weeks, finish my econ homework and take my exam (winter class, yikes), and study for an hour each day for my upcoming GMAT!

  3. I love these tips, and I love how honest you are! This is great! I’m a bit older than you but I totally know the feeling! I am in a totally different spot this year than I was two years ago (and even last year) – two years ago, I pretty much slept the whole week between Christmas and New Year’s and then slept on through New Year’s. This year I’m launching a healthy habits challenge January 1st which means this week is a whole lotta of organizing to make sure I’m ready to go. It takes a little bit of a push to get yourself going but once you’re moving it feels awesome getting ready for the New Year! Great post, I’m so glad you shared!

  4. I used to think negative reinforcement would work, but then I turned it into justification. Night cheese? Totally worth the burpees. I’ll do them while eating the night cheese, and then I can double consumption. My math never lies.

    1. HAHA Yes! I agree it does turn into a justification – totally worth the burpees. – but hey then I am tackling another beast I was avoiding by actually working out haha

  5. I can totally relate! Thankfully, I’m working every day this week until the 30th, so that will give an excuse to get ready and actually do something! However, I am kind of sad because that means I won’t be able to catch up on TV shows, watch movies, or read books in one sitting. 🙁

    1. Awe man! Well now I feel guilty for not reading the book on my table that I keep saying I am going to read. I am going to read it for you now! 🙂 Hope work treats you well this week!

  6. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    This is great. Lol! Love this post!! I actually took the 11 days off work this year in hopes of getting extra stuff done. We’ll see if that happens.

    1. Haha “we’ll see if that happens” <– that pretty much describes this week every year for me. I am all "take time off" and then I don't do anything to get ahead with that time #SMH I will learn some day. enjoy your vacation! Happy Holidays!

  7. Haha.. great post! I can totally relate. As a teacher, I’ve always had that week off and made big plans… which I would never accomplish.

  8. This is so real lol. I have been doing a lot of chilling and wearing the same outfits for the whole day but I have been getting a lot of stuff done too! This is such a great time of year!

  9. Unfortunately, I have to go to work this week! But I still love this week, and I’m still trying to make the most out of it. I can’t wait to relax soon! This post made my day. 🙂

    1. right! I always thought that was strange! I manage to always get fired before the holidays so I am always on vacation. Except those few years I was waitressing. I was working at night during this week, but that was around more cheese and pizza, so it really wasnt that bad, because pizza #duh

  10. Courtney Patterson

    Hahaha! This was a great read! Don’t feel bad at all about your tree. I keep ours up year round. It makes me happy so I refuse to take it down. Happy New Year!

    1. omg no way!! I LOVE THAT!!! I think when we have a bigger place I totally will do that too! We just have 1,000 ft and it’s in our way and cluttered. I even keep fake presents under it to keep it looks festive haha

  11. Normally I’m cleaning and planning like crazy this week but after having the flu I am surprisingly going to be lazy and just rest! haha

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