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Christmas is Over… Now What? A Guide to Fun in a New Year!

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The close of 2019 brings the close of a decade. But it also opens the door to a whole new one. With the start of 2020, turning a new leaf in some aspects of your life might be at the forefront of your mind. Consider letting go of things in life that might not be serving a purpose, closet clutter, kids’ toys, and even broader things such as toxic relationships. And putting the focus on things that are more meaningful to you could generate more positive and meaningful lifestyle choices. Set short-term goals, make conscious efforts toward strong human connections, build your confidence, and be good to yourself and others.

Relationships and good mental health are known to have some of the most meaningful impacts on our happiness and overall life satisfaction. As opposed to taking an “all or nothing” attitude, try releasing the guilty feeling you may have if one small piece of your life plan isn’t living up to the expectations you set for yourself. Focus on “positive” rather than “perfect” steps, and life might lighten up in the new year.

Christmas is Over... Now What? A Guide to Fun in a New Year!

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And looking toward celebrating these new life decisions, ring in 2020 and a new decade with equally epic plans in the Texas Hill Country! Spend the evening dancing the night away at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera, where barbecue, country music, and a small-town atmosphere will have you feeling right at home! The bar hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration with a uniquely Texas flavor that you just can’t get anywhere else. Not only does it characterize the venue, it could set the tone for your year ahead in true Lone Star State fashion.

The Broken Spoke, in Austin, is also an awesome country venue at which to ring in the new year. Having just turned 55 in November 2019, the legendary dance hall which was most recently featured on the cover of the latest album from George Strait will have equally legendary entertainment lined up for New Year’s Eve. Generally a ticketed event, be sure to contact the bar in advance for their function details by calling (512) 442-6189. Reservations can usually be arranged in advance, securing a table for you and a guest or guests for a night to remember.

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