Phew! It’s already the last week of the year. Maybe you are preparing for December 31st, when people celebrate New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year. It’s a day to say “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new. Also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day, many consider New Year’s Eve one of the most exciting holidays of the year. For many it’s reason for big parties and celebrations. For others, party or not, New Year’s Eve can be a significant turning point in life. It’s a time to reflect on the experience of the past year and all of the lessons you have learned. If you have had a rough year, New Year’s Eve offers a feeling of relief. You can be thankful that the year is finally over. The new year is also a great time for forgiveness. Forgiveness is freeing. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you believe that you have made, the resolutions you may not have kept, and maybe forgive others as well. Try not to get caught up in the New Year resolution trap. Only 8% of people accomplish their resolutions. It’s better to set up to four goals. Breaking down those goals into small actionable steps and reviewing your progress daily will help you keep them. It’s also a good idea to find a friend or mentor who can both help and hold you accountable. Your library has free resources to help you learn about and reach your goals. All are available free with your library card. Can’t find something–just ask; your librarian is happy to help and won’t judge you! Happy almost new year!