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Who Says it’s New Year’s Day?

There’s Not Just One New Year

Who says Jan. 1 is the start of the New Year? I’m no historian, but as far as I can make out Jan. 1 was chosen more or less at random Julius Caesar, when he decided the Roman calendar needed a little updating, back in 45 BC.IMG_5615

The year never feels particularly “New” to me on the first of January, but it does feel as if the year is turning in the fall, when crops are being harvested. That’s when it’s time to celebrate the Jewish New Year, which gives me another opportunity to consider my New Year’s intentions and reflections.

But perhaps if I lived in an Asian country I’d feel ready to begin anew in February, when the Chinese New Year is celebrated.

Rather than debate the merits of the various options for a New Year’s celebration, I choose to honor as many as I can in order to support my New Year’s intentions, and I invite you to consider doing the same.

Here’s how:

  • On Jan. 1 set your intentions for the coming year.
  • During the period between Jan. 1 and Feb. 8 (the Chinese New Year) reflect on the year that just passed, and visualize what you want to move toward in the year to come.
  • On Oct. 2, the start of the Jewish New Year, renew the intentions that you set on Jan. 1. The Jewish New Year is also a time to seek forgiveness for any wrongs you’ve committed, so you might also take this time to forgive yourself for ways you’ve fallen short of living up to your New Year’s intentions. Then gently encourage yourself to try, try again.

No need to stop here…learn about New Year’s celebrations and traditions in other cultures, and see if you find inspiration for supporting your own quest to renew yourself again and again, all year long.

I am wishing you a Joy-Filled New Year. May you Renew, Refresh, and Recommit to being the best you can be.

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Here at AllTheSnoozeThat’sFitToPrint we’re resolving to do New Year’s Resolutions differently. Today’s post is the final installment in a week-long series on mindful ways of creating New Year’s Resolutions that work.

You can read the first post when you click here. Then just follow along.

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Resolve to Remind Yourself

What is it about New Year’s resolutions that makes them so easy to forget? Let’s face it, making resolutions is easy. Sticking to them–not so much. Here are some tips to help support you in succeeding at keeping your New Year’s intentions:

  • Touch in. Keep a touchstone (an object to remind you of your intention) close at hand in a pocket or pocketbook. Each time you see it, remind yourself of your New Year’s intention.
  • Home in. Take a picture of your touchstone, or of some other image that reminds you of your intention, and make iIMG_1020t the Home Screen Image  on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Be alarming. Add a label to your alarms and alerts on your smart phone or other devices that reminds you of your intention. So, rather than having an alarm that says “Wake Up” your label might read, “Wake Up to Joy,” to remind you of your intention to live joyfully.
  • Drop anchor. Another good way to stick to your resolution is to anchor your intention to something you do every day. For example, each time you brush your teeth, focus on lovingkindness, if that is your intention. Or meditate for each morning while your coffee is brewing, if you are aiming to bring more mindfulness into your year.

Get creative and have fun finding different ways to build Resolution Reminders into your day.

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Here at AllTheSnoozeThat’sFitToPrint we’re resolving to do New Year’s Resolutions differently. Today’s post is part of a week-long series on mindful ways of creating New Year’s Resolutions that work. You can read the first post when you click here. Then follow along.

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A New Year’s Reducing Plan

Perhaps in the wake of the season of gift giving and receiving, you’re feeling like you’ve consumed too much: Too much food and drink, as well having bought too much and accumulated too many gifts. In these quiet days we have an opportunity to take stock, value what we have and let go of what no longer serves us.

New Year's is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

New Year’s is the perfect time to do some mental housecleaning.

Looking around our houses this time of year, with rooms cluttered with gifts, cards, and baskets of cookies and sweets, one thing is clear: It’s easier to acquire than to let go. But just as our shelves, table tops, closets, and drawers fill up with dusty old tchotchkes and worn out clothes that no longer fit us, so too can our minds and hearts get cluttered with old stories and beliefs that are taking up space without serving any useful purpose.

As we approach 2016, take a mental inventory. List 3 (intangible) things you want to let go of. Perhaps there’s a belief that is far past its sell-by date; perhaps you’ve collected some resentments, or old myths you’ve created about your life that no longer bring you closer to the truth of who you are capable of becoming.

As you clean up your house this week, discarding bags of wrapping paper, sweeping up pine needles that have fallen around the Christmas tree, or even doing daily chores such as washing dishes and taking the trash to the curb–think about the habits of worry or negativity, or the old beliefs you are going to let go of as 2015 draws to a close.

As what no longer serves you falls away, you can make room in your heart and mind for new possibilities and fresh starts.

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Here at AllTheSnoozeThat’sFitToPrint we’re resolving to do New Year’s Resolutions differently. Today’s post is part of a week-long series on mindful ways of creating New Year’s Resolutions that work. You can read the first post when you click here.

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Resolve to do New Year’s Resolutions Differently

New Year, New You

What was your New Year’s resolution for 2015? Don’t remember? Perhaps you don’t want to remember because you didn’t succeed at keeping it.

Don’t worry. 2016 is your chance to do things differently. For this last week of 2015 I’ll post a tip a day on how to succeed at making New Year’s Resolutions that really do work.

Choose HOW over WHAT

Traditional New Year’s Resolutions focus on what we want to do and change: Lose weight, exercise more, eat better, clean up our house, or clean up our act.

Instead, I recommend making resolutions that address how you want to experience your life, your days–each moment.

That’s because whether or not you succeed at getting to the gym more or digging into that half-gallon tub of ice cream less–you won’t feel any happier unless you work from the inside out.

Instead, try this:

Dream Up A Brighter 2016

  • Take a moment to consider what you want to feel like in 2016. What kind of person do you want to be?  Do you want to nurture more kindness within yourself and to experience the world as a kinder place? Are you yearning for a more peaceful world? What can you do to nurture peace within yourself and within your home? Do you want to have more fun? Feel more pleasure? Be more generous? Experience more gratitude?
  • Choose 1-3 inner qualities you’d like to focus on and write them down.
  • Make a drawing or collage that represents how each of these qualities make you feel.

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Now that you know how you want to experience 2016 we’ll work on how to bring these intentions from ideas into action. Stay tuned for more tips for resolutions that work tomorrow …

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