9 New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

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Happy New Year! It’s time to live up the last moment of this year and ring in the next! But before you go out and watch that ball drop, be sure you know these dos and don’ts to have a safe New Year’s Eve.

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9. Plan Out Your Transportation

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to you this New Years is to not have a ride to your event. Or, even worse, after everything is done, not having a way to get home. Before you leave the house, load up your phone with the numbers of a trusted cab company or download a map of the city in case you need to catch a bus.

8. Tell Someone in Advance

Checking in with mom and dad can be a hassle, but they need to know where you were going and who you were going with if something were to happen. Don’t be too proud. Instead, share with a friend or family member your plans and another number to reach you in case of an emergency.

7. Have a Clear Plan

Don’t try to wing it on New Year’s Eve. With so many people out and about, your options are endless, which means there is no excuse on wandering the streets or dorms looking for the best party. Have a set plan of where you will be and when so you can avoid getting lost or taking a wrong turn to a bad event.

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6. Carry an Extra Charger

Your phone is a lifesaver, and it is important that on holidays like New Years that your phone is charged and ready to be used at any time. Purchase a portable charger or throw a wall or car charger in your purse. You’ll be thankful for it after you take all those awesome NYE selfies.

5. Hide Your Money Well

If you do plan on going out to a large event, beware of pickpocketers. They are so good that they can get into your shut and zipped purse without you even knowing! Instead of stashing away all your money in your wallet, tuck a few dollars or a debit card under your shirt or do what some runners do and stick some money into your shoe. They’ll never know to look there!

4. Comfort Over Fashion

Those high heels are awesome, but can you really walk in them (especially if you needed to because of an emergency)? Make your own fashion statement by saying no to uncomfortable outfits that are hard to walk or stand in. Instead, hit the shopping mall for a look that allows you to move around freely.

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3. Know Your Limits

Only you can say “no” to a situation. Before you go out, have a heart to heart with yourself and set some firm limits. That way, if you get to your end, you’ll already be resolved to saying no. And if you’re comfortable, tell your friends about them too so they know not to pressure you or ask you to do more than you’re willing to.

2. Stick to Familiar

NYE is great for a public event or hitting up a house party. But make sure you know what you’re doing before you go too out of the box. Go out with friends you trust, to places you know how to get out of, and to parties you know are safe and well-contained. If you’re feeling uneasy, find an alternative event instead.

1. Bring a Buddy

Who do you plan to smooch at NYE? Going solo on NYE is not a safe idea. Instead, take a friend that you know well and stick to their side as much as possible. If you do get lost or separated before the ball drops, have a meet up place or a couple of contact points.

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5 Tips For the New Year

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I’m the type of person who finds solace in reflecting back on a year’s worth of memories.
They say that you shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about the past, but I find it just as worthy to look back at old mistakes in order to learn from them. If anything, struggles and difficult people I’ve encountered in the past have made me stronger as a person. Though I do admit that I’m guilty of wanting to change the past, I still keep my focus set on the present, in order to achieve what I want in the future.

Whether it’s academic achievements, meeting new friends, spending time with family or traveling, it’s always interesting to look back and see how far you’ve come. This helps me understand where I strayed off the path and how to do better and be better the next time around.

Instead of sharing my New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would compile a list of 5 tips to keep in mind as we head into 2016.

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Tip #1: Change your perspective and attitude.

Though I don’t particularly believe in the “new year, new me” slogan, because someone cannot “change” from one day to the next, I do believe that you can change your perspective and attitude towards certain people and things. Over the years, I’ve grown to understand that even when you think nobody’s watching, someone always is. Be mindful of your surroundings and be able to handle your attitude about something that doesn’t go your way.

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Tip #2: Invest in people who invest in you.

I mentioned before that I have encountered many difficult people in my life. Most of the time, I wish that I had never met them and wonder what would have happened if I had chosen to walk away. Instead of trying to fix the past, try learning from your mistakes. Take time to notice who cares enough to stay in your life and be the type of person you’re striving to meet. I do think we meet the wrong people in order to find the right ones.

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Tip #3: Understand that hard work never goes unnoticed.

The hardest part is being patient. I’m especially reminding myself of this because I am quite possibly the most impatient person you’ll ever meet. However, I’ve learned to control that and not let it show. Better yet, I’ve learned to change my perspective in the situation. This tip is also mindful for all you bloggers out there who are working hard to take your blog to the next level, or students striving to get into the college of your dreams, or anyone wanting to attain a goal that seems nearly impossible. Don’t. Give. Up. Success doesn’t come easy. You have to work for it.

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Tip #4: Stop comparing yourself to everyone else.

#guilty. We all do it. Comparison is the thief of joy, and all it does is tear you down. Let’s be real. Instead of beating yourself up over someone else’s success, let this be a challenge for you. Challenge yourself / push yourself to be the better version of you. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, let yourself be your competition.

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Tip #5: Smile and laugh more.

I think we underestimate the power of smiling. Laughter is the best medicine, is it not? I think we worry too much on life’s little problems and it gets the best of us. Instead, try learning to breathesmile, and enjoy life. When you’re going through a stressful situation, try pausing the moment and remind yourself that life is about the journey, not the destination.

Even if these are tips you already use, it’s always good to have a reminder from time to time.

Thanks for reading!
Feel free to follow along on Pinterest for more inspiration, and be sure to head over to my blog Gracefullee Made!

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