I have always loved New Year’s Eve. I find it refreshing and exciting. It’s a whole new fresh start. I feel energized and inspired as New Year’s Eve approaches. I’m hopeful of the year ahead and all that it will bring into my life. I add to this excitement by creating a theme for the new year and performing some rituals. I thought I would share them with you.
I’ve found that making a theme for the year seems less daunting than a specific New Year’s Resolution. A theme seems more all-encompassing of the year. A resolution seems ruined the minute you break it, usually in the second week of January.
For 2018, I decided the year’s theme was about me. Now that may sound egotistical and selfish, but hear me out before you judge me. The previous year, 2017, I had spent focused on other people. My husband spent half the year immobilized due to back pain. He finally had surgery and started the road to recovery.
Then there were two weddings in 2017 we were involved in. The first was my sister-in-law for which I was the maid of honor. The second was my husband’s best friend for which he was a groomsman. If you have ever been part of a wedding party, you know that it’s not just a commitment the day of the wedding. You are involved all the months leading up to the wedding. There is a lot of time and money involved.
There were other things going on that year. And by the end of 2017, looking back at the year, I felt like I had been on autopilot all year just making it through. Also, it is really, really easy for a 9 on the enneagram to surrender to everyone else’s needs. It’s like a comfort zone.
I knew I needed a change. So I decided that 2018 was going to be about me. I was going to make myself more of a priority. I asked myself, “What did I want to create in my life?” Now, looking back as 2018 closes, I feel like I accomplished that pretty well. The biggest thing I accomplished was starting this blog. So, thank you to all of you who have been with me on this journey.
Along with the idea of creating a theme, I’m a big believer in rituals and symbolic actions to start the new year. Here are a couple of my favorites.
The Two List Ritual – This is my favorite ritual. Before midnight, I write down everything from the old year that I want to let go of, everything I want to leave behind. I don’t want to take these things with me into the New Year, so I write them all down. And then I would burn the piece of paper.
After midnight, I write down everything I want to manifest in the New Year. My hopes, my dreams, my goals, I write it all down. And then I burn the piece of paper.
I choose to burn the paper because fire not only destroys, it creates. As we know too well, fire is powerful enough to destroy acres of land. It is also powerful enough to heat a whole room or cook a meal. So, I feel like when I burn the paper, the fire activates both of my wishes – to destroy the bad and create the good. Also, I like fire.
As a side note, I almost started a scary fire at my parent’s house on New Year’s Eve. They were out-of-town and I was house sitting. There were a few moments of panic there. So, be careful when you burn the paper, or pages of paper as was the case that night.
Write a Check to Yourself and Keep It in Your Wallet – A client showed me this ritual and I’ve been doing it ever since. On Jan 1st, or sometime in January, write a check to yourself. Fill it out like this:
Fill out the date line: Jan 1, 2019 (or what ever day it is.)
Pay to the order of line: Write your full name.
Signature Line: Law of Abundance
Memo: Paid in Full
Then put the check in your wallet and keep it there throughout the year. When the next New Year arrives, rip up that check and write a new one.
I’ve heard of a couple of other New Year’s Eve rituals that I thought I would share. I plan on incorporating these into my New Year rituals.
Focus on the First 12 days of the New Year – This ritual goes along with my idea of creating a theme for the year. The first 12 days of the year represent the rest of the year. Each day represents a month in the year. So, for the first 12 days, really focus on practicing what it is you want to bring into your year. Furthermore, be hyper aware of your actions during these 12 days. Practice being present, finding compassion for others, being kind to yourself. You get the idea. Look at these first 12 days as the big magic days where you set the stage for the rest of the year.
Have money in your pocket when the New Year starts – I have to admit, I rarely have money in my pocket. So this idea is intriguing to me. Having money in your pocket when the clocks chimes midnight Jan 1st means money will keep flowing to you.
Wear Polka Dot Underwear – Apparently, wearing polka dots brings good luck. So, you wear polka dot underwear on New Year’s Eve. The color matters as well. Wear red for love, green for money, and yellow for happiness. Guess I should pull out the isty bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini to wear. Just kidding.
However you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve, I hope you enjoy yourself. Thank you again for sharing 2018 with me. I’m looking forward to what 2019 will bring for all of us.
Wishing you and all your loved ones a wonderful New Year!
May your heart’s desires be with you in 2019!
Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions or rituals? I would love to hear them. I’m always looking for new things to do. Comment below or email me at Heather@HeathertheYogaNerd.com
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