i stopped making new year’s lists a few years ago, and tried to be more spontaneous. i found it wasn’t instinctual for me as i preferred planning ahead and a bulleted list was what i required to stay focused, and feel … accomplished. however, the problem with such a list is that i tend to measure myself against it – how many have i ticked off? “go to the gym 3-4 times a week” – more like once every 3-4 weeks! ack!
but at each and every end of the year, when i look back to the year that was, there were plenty of other memories / events / to-do’s / gatherings that took over my starting list, and i end up always, ALWAYS, happy.
this year, i choose happiness. simply that. it’s a great compass to deciding what to do in the moment, how to live life, and how to love.
some may think this hokey and living in denial, but i believe this:
“change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” – wayne dyer
so with that thought, what are your new year’s traditions? whether it be making lists, or something else, i’d like to read about it if you are willing to share!
we received a package over the holidays with the following contents and their significance:
- bay berry candles – per the label: “A bayberry candle burned to the socket puts luck in the home, food in the larder and gold in the pocket”
- red socks – red is a sign of prosperity
- a gift certificate for a sweet shop – for a sweet life in the new year
doing something to ring in the new year appealed to us after this! cheeks and i are still trying to start our own traditions, and since we are both non-religious people, non-denominational traditions are preferred.
thanks for stopping by and reading my first post! i plan to continue writing more this year, so come visit often!