The New Year or the first day of every year is a celebration! People revel on this big day right at the stroke of midnight. Thus, the famous count down all over the world! After all, it is the birth of the New Year; if you blow candles on a cake on your birthday, what should you do on the New Year?
1. Blow candles on a cake
As stated, it is 2022’s birthday! A cake is always a good idea to celebrate birth! We get to make a wish before blowing out the candles! Plus, serving sweet food on the first day of the year, they say, makes the year sweeter!
2. Whisper a prayer
For Catholics, it is also the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, so some go to mass. Whether or not you attend a religious service, remember to offer your prayers of thanksgiving for the year that was. You can also lift up to the Heavens all your plans, protection and intentions for the year.
3. Jump as high as you can and make some noise
When I was a kid, my parents made my brother and me jump as high as we could at the stroke of midnight. They say it would make us taller. We bouncily obliged, but I honestly don’t think there’s truth to it. Since I enjoyed it as a child, I also make the son jump in the first few minutes of the year. I feel like it gives you a figurative boost on how high this year will bring you.
4. Create your dream board
A dream board or vision board, as its name implies, is a board containing your dreams and visions. It is a visual representation of what you want to become, what you want to happen in your life and how you want your future reality to be.
It is suggested that you make one every year. That way, you turn your dreams into goals. As Napoleon Hill once said, goals are dreams with deadlines. So making one every year pushes you to achieve them in a year. I must say, the New Year is the best time to do yours! Print, find and cut out pictures of what you want to have or to be. Put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day, it then becomes a reminder for you to push and work for them.
5. Write your resolutions
Nobody is perfect. Once in a while, looking deep within ourselves and analyzing our strengths and weaknesses is not exactly a bad idea. It does us good when we know what we want to change within ourselves. Writing your New Year’s resolutions might be overrated, but only because they are thought to be promises that are usually broken. Then, don’t let it be the case. After regrouping with yourself, find the courage and mean to change for the better. You do nobody else more favor but yourself.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.George C. Lichtenberg
6. Count your blessings and make plans for the year
Whatever blessings bestowed upon you in the past year, be grateful. Be it in the health, wealth, travel, friendships and other aspects of your life, appreciate them all. Do you want to get them again in the coming year? Make plans to work for them.
7. Spend time with family
Your family is the group of people who will stick with you through thick and thin. Spend the day with them and feel the love. There may be bickering and squabbles among siblings, in-laws or couples, but that is just a part of it. Let’s call it the spice of life. Without it, life will feel bland and meaningless. Laugh off the negativities and pay attention to the pleasant ones, if only for the New Year.
8. Connect with friends
They say friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Find the time to connect with them as well. A simple greeting with brief updates on our own goings-on will suffice. You might not be aware, but sometimes, your simple message might just be what your friend needs. It may bring a smile, warm the heart or make them feel loved.
Read my previous post about friendship here.
9. Organize your living space
January 1, 2022, is a Saturday. This means that January 3 is the first workday of the year. In my family, we practice doing a general cleaning on December 30-31. This gives our home a refreshing start to the New Year! Keeping things clean and neat at home gives you an organized feel at the beginning of the year, which may trickle down to the rest of the year.
10. Try something new
Match the New Year with something new! Perhaps, it’s a new haircut, a new dish to try, a new game to play or a new place to visit. It’ll be worth it, I promise!
Happy New Year! May we all have an abundant, healthy and purposeful year ahead!