why I don't celebrate the New Year

As a child, I loved New Years Eve.  We would often visit with cousins, and all the kids had a tradition: we signed our name just before and just after the New Year, as if something significant had happened. 

This was when I started to feel like the turning of a year isn't a life-altering event in itself.

As an adult, for years I celebrated the New Year with friends... I tried to be excited, stay up until midnight, drink champagne... but it always felt anti-climactic.

I was always the same person on January 1 that I had been on December 31. 

And I do understand why people see the New Year as a time for making resolutions, but I never quite got caught up in that action. 

But over the past few years, as I've started really living by my values and priorities, I've begun to see the New Year differently.

This is how I see it now...

Not as a celebration, but an honoring.  Honoring the joys and lessons of the past year, honoring the opportunity to learn from the lessons and make aligned choices in the new year.

Not about making resolutions, but re-evaluating.  Am I using my time and energy in ways that support my values and priorities?  Am I crystal clear on what my priorities are?

Sometimes (and this just recently happened for me) we make a plan that seems to support our priorities, but when we look closer, we see that there's actually a simpler and more direct path to where we want to go.

And so, as we turn the New Year, I invite you to to consider:

~ what are your top three opportunities for growth as you reflect on the past year? 

~ and what are your top three priorities for the coming year?  What three things will you commit to stepping into, to be aligned with your values?

These are not small questions, I know.  Give it some time, make space for clarity to come ~ and when it does, you'll be ready to jump in with both feet because you want to (not because you 'should' :))

My warmest wishes to you and your family for a New Year filled with connection and love.

xoxo Natanya