Hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and a good start to the new year. I don't know about you guys but I was ready to ring in 2015!! Not that 2014 was bad, but I was eager to start fresh. Over the years I've heard many opinions about how to approach the new year. I know there's some people that simply don't think twice about it. I've also heard a fair amount about the likes and dislikes of making resolutions. And, in more recent years I've heard a lot about rituals & traditions, which I personally love!
I routinely use this time to just reflect. I dig deep into the topic of where I'm at in life, who I am, and what I want to align myself with. Then I try to set good intentions surrounding those thoughts. Often, I'll rely on traditions of my own to encourage the process. There's nothing special about these little rituals, as I'm sure they'll sound familiar to you. Nevertheless, I keep coming back to them for motivation, inspiration and hope for the coming year. I'm also just a sucker for tradition!!
So, the photo above is an image of Chinese Fortune sticks. My husband brought them home years ago from a work trip. The idea is to pick one and the number provided on the stick indicates your fortune. A small booklet with the corresponding numbers provides you with your unique fortune. Surprisingly, we've used these quite a bit over the years...mainly for fun. However, I do believe we attract little messages, clues, and insight into our lives all the time. Being open and aware is the key to seeing them.
My mom gave me these cards forever ago. I use them often, not just for the new year or special occasions. Whenever I'm in a transition, unsure about something or needing a new direction I call on these. They're all positive words so you really can't go wrong. Plus, it's fun to encourage the power of thought and intentions.
The above photo is from our hike New Years Eve Day (a tradition). It was one of those crisp, cold and clear days. It was a perfect way to ring in the new year. It also seems to represent the idea of being on a journey and moving forward one step at a time. Didn't really think of it that way until I saw this photo. Interesting huh...Cheers to 2015!
Thoughts on next week: Updates!
Have a good weekend - J