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5 Affirmations for the New Year


Affirmations for the New Year

Every new year, most of us are hoping for some kind of change.

Even when things are going very well for us, there’s always something we want to improve, some things we want to work on.

While making and setting new goals for yourself is very exciting at first, it usually wears off after a couple of weeks.

That’s when sticking to your goals and intentions becomes a bit more difficult.

An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” ~ Louise Hay
Other than writing down my goals, this time of year is when I love setting new affirmations for myself. Something that will guide me throughout the year and help me stay focused.

Affirmations make you aware of your thoughts and when you use them on a regular basis, making them a part of your routine, they can help you defeat negative thoughts or moments of doubt.

I love writing mine down on post-it notes and placing them on a mirror, desk, on my journal, in my calendar. Read them, say them, think them; make them a part of your daily routine.




Because you should never think that you don’t deserve good things. When you think that you’re not deserving of things like a great relationship, a loving partner, better health, a career you actually love, trying to achieve those goals might feel like you’re fighting against yourself. As you repeat: “I am ready to receive,” you open yourself to all those good things and experiences.


When things aren’t going as planned, when you experience setbacks, the easiest thing to do is giving up.

Some days will be dark.

Sometimes, it will be other people around you who will try to bring the worst out of you- that’s when you have to choose love and joy. It’s those moments of darkness and doubt that often “make” or “break” us.


Treat this affirmation as a reminder that your life, and the lives of those around you, are precious. After losing my Gran last year, it took weeks for my head to get clear enough to think. One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was that I never want to feel like this again. I never want to get close to anyone, I never want to lose anyone I care about. I had this short-lived fantasy about living in some distant place, all alone, never having to suffer again.

Then, I started thinking about all the wonderful times and memories from my childhood. I remembered that for every heartbreak we went through during her illness over the years, there were hundreds, thousands of reasons to smile, countless memories. Memories so beautiful, so warm, so magical, you couldn’t paint them or describe them, no matter how hard you try- and those, are wonderful miracles. You can see and live through miracles every single day- you just have to change your definition of what a “miracle” means to you. Miracles happen every single day, you just have to see them. Your life alone is a miracle. You have endless potential, you have an amazing body that keeps you strong, you have an amazing mind where all your ideas are born. Your life is a miracle. Don’t ever forget that.


If you want to live the life you’ve always wanted, you have to stop making decisions out of place of fear.

Fear of failure.

Fear of someone else’s opinion.

Fear of not being good enough.

Fear of starting over.

Fear of being uncomfortable or fear of change.

There are so many beautiful, smart, talented people who wish they lived different lives, but get eaten by fear. They complain about everything around them, but refuse to make changes, because they feel too comfortable, staying where they are. As you repeat “I release all fear” you bring yourself one tiny step closer to making those decisions out of place of love, instead. The more you repeat it, you begin to consciously shift your perspective. Let love be your guide.


Anger. This is another thing that often holds you, me, back. It’s often difficult to forgive, even ourselves. We carry around anger, without realizing that it can actually stop us from moving forward.

Anger is actually a very useful “tool”; there’s a reason why nature created it. It can act as a motivating force and its expression can sometimes benefit relationships, as long as you’re aiming at finding a solution to a problem. But carrying around anger, blame, resentment, grudges, can all make you feel like you’re being chained. Resentment is like carrying that chain around, hoping for an opportunity to get back at that one person you resent.

My wish for you is that this coming year is good to you, filled with love (including self-love), laughter, new adventures, and health. My wish is that you realize just how amazing, strong you are and just how beautiful your life can be, despite the occasional disappointment, failure, and heartbreak.


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    Linda Libra Loca
    December 28, 2017 at 2:00 am

    My wish for you is that you have an amazing year full of love, growth and laughter. And that you keep gifting us great content on your blog like you have done in 2017, although the latter is more of a wish for me.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    Lisa Autumn
    December 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Ah so inspiring girl! May 2018 be your year!

    xx Lisa |

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    Nickesha Smith
    December 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Amen to those. I recently started saying affirmations daily instead of sporadically and it really has caused a mental shift. I started with just telling myself I am enough.

    I happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and I love everything about it. The visuals, colour scheme and of course the inspiration and pratical tips.

    May 2018 bring an even greater sense of purpose for you and may it be filled with joy, growth and peace. I wish you all the best! xx

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      Paula @
      January 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Aww thank you so much Nickesha, I am so happy to know that you like my blog!

      Wishing you all the best in 2018, hope it’s filled with lots of love, happiness and health! xx

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    December 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I AM READY TO RECEIVE!! Yes. Thanks for the post.

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    Anika May
    December 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Literally as I was reading this I was thinking: “This would be great on a printable” and there it is! Thanks so much for sharing, love the positivity!

    Anika |

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    Paula Loreti
    December 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This was such a positive post! And I think it’s amazing that you choose to let go of all the bad and keep the good. Wish you the best!

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    Frankly Flawless
    December 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful post. I am a massive believer in affirmations. These are great and I will definitely be using them x

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    Amber Kemp
    December 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love number 4, I am really trying to say yes to more things, even when they scare me because as I reflect on this year my biggest regret is not doing, well, anything really. There were so many opportunities that I could have taken but I didn’t because I was too afraid. This affirmation should hopefully help reduce my number of regrets next year. Great post!

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      Paula @
      January 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Even if you feel like you didn’t do much, I am sure that you were still able to learn many valuable lessons! Thank you so much, Amber and Happy New Year!

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    Jessica Wade
    December 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I love “I am ready to receive!” I’ve been trying to settle on an affirmation for progress/success in the new year, and that one’s pretty great (along with, “Get your $#!& together!”).

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    Samantha Frances
    December 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Absolutely loved reading this post <3 I especially love 'I am ready to receive' – I completely agree that every single person wholeheartedly deserves all of the things you mentioned, it's such a shame that so many of us believe we don't! I hope you have a wonderful new year Paula and I can't wait to see what your blog brings in 2018! <3 xxx

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      Paula @
      January 2, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Thank you SO much, Samantha! That one is one of my favorites, too! Wish we could all realize just how deserving we all are of all the amazing things that life has to offer. Happy New Year, Beautiful, wishing you all the love and light!

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    December 29, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I wish all the best for you in the new year! I am really really hoping that, at least for me, it will be a significantly less stressful one – and I feel like you had your fair share of nerve wracking experiences in 2017 too :)

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      Paula @
      January 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

      That is my wish for you too, Aleksandra! I hope that your 2018 is filled with nothing but laughter, growth, health, happiness and new adventures! Thank you for always being so sweet and supportive. Sending hugs!! xx

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    December 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I really love your post. I am going to write a post on my affirmation for the new year too.

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    Agnese Hadebe
    December 30, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I completely agree and these are affirmations I will also take on in 2018, we all deserve to be happy! Hope you have a brilliant next year!

    Lots of love,
    Agnese |

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    Cristina Dalla Valentina
    December 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Love your post. Thank you so much for your words, happy new year to you!

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    Heidi B
    January 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Happy new year Paula! I need to catch up on more of your posts, struggling with body lately tho.
    I love this one..I am also trying to let go of anger this year & bring more positive. Some of your affirmations are what many of us should aspire to!
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your gran last year. I lost my dear nan 15 years ago next month, it sill miss her to this day but I am proud to have known, loved and learnt so much from her.
    Here’s to a fabulous year ahead!
    H x

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    January 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    This is so true and something I’ll keep next to my resolutions! (So hopefully this year I’ll tick off more than last AND with a smile on my face). ;)


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    Toni Clarke
    January 7, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Lovely post, it really is important that we all try and work on self-love/self-care. Love how positive this is, definitely something to live by this year!

    Toni x

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    shubham desh
    July 4, 2021 at 11:00 am

    God’s Message For You 😇💌 #2 Message From God

    Paula, a very happy new year to you! I need to read more of your blogs because I’ve been dealing with my physique lately.
    I love this one..
    I am also trying to let go of anger this year & bring more positive. Some of your affirmations are what many of us should aspire to!
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your gran last year. I lost my dear nan 15 years ago next month, it sill miss her to this day but I am proud to have k

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