I wasn't happy with the way 2015 was going --just more of the same blurg (technical term) of 2014. A lot of cleaning. A lot of illness. Very little joy. Just...drudgery. I tried to do the 10-Day Detox again and just threw my hands up after day four --and you KNOW I love a good detox. My FULF is really acting up. All gray, cold weather, but no snow. I don't know, I just WASN'T FEELING IT.
We needed some sort of exorcism, because I am NOT doing another year like 2014. And because, as Sri Dharma Mittra says, "How you begin a thing is of great importance." (On the actual New Year's Eve, the City of Austin canceled all the fireworks and other activities due to a threat of inclement weather. It ended up just raining a little. I went to bed at 10:00. That's a pretty "meh" beginning to a year right there.)
My family...gosh I just love my kids. I said, "We are having a do-over for New Year's." And they said, "Okay. Sounds good." No drama. No, "Oh, Moootherrrrrr."
So, I cleaned the house, and then we made a nice dinner and all sat down and discussed our dreams and hopes for the New Year. We talked about what we liked best from the last year.
|Coop's cousin is visiting from Cuba. She may indeed have thought I was crazy, but she played right along and got to light her first sparklers.|
Then we went outside and lit sparklers and shouted, "Happy New Year!"
Monday, January 12, the official first day of 2015 (Reprise) was such a fun day! Yes, it was school and work, but everyone had such a good day! The girls were bubbling over with funny stories from school, Coop took his cousin to watch a Cyclocross competition, and I taught two inspired yoga classes and did no laundry. (My friend Cheryl says that her grandmother had a superstition that if you do laundry on New Year's Day, you wash away your prosperity for the New Year. I am SO down with that.)
And now, instead of implementing sweeping changes and rebooting my entire life, I am making tiny, consistent efforts on a number of fronts. More about that in my next post.
Happy New Year, whenever you celebrate!
(Some people asked if I haven't done this before and yes, it's true, I have a history of just making up my own timeline of events. July, 2006 seemed like prime time for a reboot and May, 2011 seemed like a good time to celebrate the New Year. I believe in starting over when you need to, symbolically or otherwise.)