Why I spend New Year's Day Alone

I like to spend New Years' Day mostly alone.  The first day of every new year I have this practice, which I absolutely love and have found to really get me in a great place as I look ahead.  It's a two-part process:

- first, I take a clean piece of paper (or comp document) and open up my Google calendar.  I scroll all the way back to the beginning of the last year, and week by week I go through and look at what I've done.  Then on that clean piece of paper I write down (sometimes painstakingly) what happened each month.  What milestones did I reach, who was I dating, what friends did I see, what trips did I go on - so many moments and choices make up a year.  I go through and document each and every one of them.  Some big events, some very tiny, but all important.  I write each down with its corresponding month, and when I'm through the year, I take a look at the year in retrospect.  I take stock of all that I accomplished, the slips I had, the lessons I learned, the memories I created.  Each year I can't help but be anything but grateful.

- second, I look to my trusty journal with my pink paper clip holding my place :)  I sit some place quiet and calm and really think through how I want to feel in the coming months.  I don't think so much about what I want, but more, really, what feelings do I want to have this year.  As with anything, I force myself to get very specific here.  So for instance, it's not: "I want to feel skinnier" (rolls eyes)  It's: "I want to feel that my core strength is greater and that I am more conscious of my daily posture and how that shifts my life".  Inevitably, this practice of writing these specific things down gets me to a place where I've addressed and set intention for every area of my life.  Health, friendships, romance, finances, career, travel....

After I'm done, I gotta tell you, I feel so great!  And I'm pretty sure it's not because of the wine ;)

 

This practice I hold sacred each and every year because it helps me to begin by being intimately acquainted with myself again.  Let's face it - the holidays are always a blur!  So much to do it's hard to take a breath sometimes!  This practice always helps me to acknowledge and be proud of where I've been, and get really excited about all that's to come.

 

Here's to intention! 

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