Hello!  I feel like I have said this so much lately, but where in the heck has the time gone?  With today as the last day of 2014, and tomorrow being a new year, I thought I would talk a bit about some yearly traditions that I partake in. Feel free to use these ideas, as I'm sure I'm not the first! For several years, I've had a NYE tradition that I did on my own, then one year I shared it with others, and we have all been doing it ever since.  Basically, right before midnight we write down something that we want to let go of from the previous year on a small piece of paper.  This can be a negative experience you are holding onto, a fixed belief, or anything that doesn't serve your highest good.  For example, 2014 was a bit challenging for me in terms of exercise and not being able to move the way I want to (knee surgery this past May), and I want to let go of that thought, and move forward in perfect health and movement, so I'll probably write something along those lines.  Once our thoughts are written, we light them with a match, and let them go (following fire safety codes, of course).  This is a wonderful way to end the year, and start fresh!

gratitude jarAnother tradition that Greg and I have done together for the past few years is keep a gratitude jar (the above photo is the jar from 2013).  It's just what it sounds like!  We write down short snippets of what we are thankful for throughout the year, from the small (good wine), to the large (Kanan getting into Cal) and stick them in the jar. Then, on New Years Day  we open up the jar and read them aloud.  It's a sweet tradition that we share together, and a really beautiful reminder of how blessed we truly are.

Do you have any traditions you keep?  Think you'll try one of these?

I mentioned this a bit yesterday, but I am so very thankful for everyone who supports not only me, but my writing and creativity on this blog.  2014 has been a great year, and I am looking forward to what 2015 will bring!  Happy New Year!  Cheers!

xo.  Jen

P.S.  Check back tomorrow for a kick-off of intentions for 2015!  Yippee!