The excitement of the season is drawing to a close. A new year is about to begin. You resolved that on New Year’s Day you will make resolutions. The end of the world didn’t happen on December 21. Maybe 2012 was a great year for you. Maybe not. The United States sure went through it’s traumas from mass shootings to election woes and financial cliffs. Still, you have survived and maybe thrived. When the New Year’s Eve party is over and you have served your traditional New Year’s dinner, whether it’s kraut and pork or Hoppin’ John or whatever is traditional for you, perhaps a Jasmine or Earl Grey tea will do. Or maybe you will be ready to curl up with your notebook, calendar and a chocolate chai. Today is the day to take some time for you. Take a breath. Ponder on your resolutions. Yes, enjoy the football games if you desire, but maybe your tastes run to a good movie. Or maybe you are spending some time with your significant other or immediate family planning how to be more prosperous, healthier and connected this year. Thank you notes can wait until tomorrow or get them out of the way now and then relax. The important thing to do is take time for you. Relax. Meditate. Think about the last year. Did you meet your goals? Did you have to set them aside for something more urgent? Is it time to bring those goals forward again? Regroup and make plans. If they are big plans break it into manageable pieces.
Maybe your tea is a party with friends or club members. The same goes. Take the time to plan the coming year. Review last year. Were goals achieved? What are the new goals? How will you measure success? Are they achievable in the time you have given it? Does the goal or the time need adjusted? You cannot lose 50 pounds in a week and trying to lose it in a month is dangerous. But a year? It’s doable. Maybe treat yourself to a pretty notebook and calendar set. Mark your goal deadlines on the calendar. Keep a diary. Reward yourself for your little successes. Maybe your goal is to save money. Think of ways to do this. Maybe couponing and saving $10 a week is a doable goal for you. Maybe eliminating that fancy coffee drink twice a week (and still saving that $10) will work for you. Maybe stopping smoking is one way. That could save you even more down the road by saving hospital bills. Maybe it’s time to learn a new skill. Use the library and the internet to help with that or research ways to get that training for free or with financial help.
Take a couple of hours to sit and dream. Plan and make notes. Whether it is by yourself, or with family or circle or club, take the time to enjoy tea, think positive thoughts and may 2013 be a brighter year.