Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Do you have any special traditions for the New Year? Several of my friends keep the traditions of this holiday near and dear to their heart. Some of their traditions have been passed on to me. Now, they are being passed to you.

The first is the saying,  
"Bayberry candles burned to the socket, 
bring health to the home and wealth to the pocket!"
Burn your Bayberry taper candle all night long and burn out on its own. The longer it burns the more prosperity you will have for the new year.

One year my female roommates dug up the largest rock in the back yard. They brought it in the house, and left it there all year round. Each year they would dig for new one that was largest. I cannot remember the true reason for it, but it has good reasoning.

Those same roommates also cooked Collard Greens and Black-eyed Peas. The more you ate the more wealth you would have. The greens represent the dollars, and the peas represent the coins. This is a Southern US tradition.

While searching for different traditions I came upon this Welsh tradition:
At the first toll of midnight, the back door is opened and then shut to release the old year and lock out all of its bad luck. Then at the twelfth stroke of the clock, the front door is opened and the New Year is welcomed with all of its luck.

This tradition and others can be found here.

This year I have several "resolutions". I really don't see them as resolutions so much as what needs to be worked on or goals for the new year. Each aspect of my life has its own little space to grow. First, balance must be achieved. Trying to juggle personal, day job, and the business has been difficult. There are some days that laying around is just more appetizing to the list of things that has to be done. 
To combat this I have these solutions:
  1. Commit to business hours & shipping schedule
  2. Clean every day for a half hour
  3. Commit to a daily yoga routine
  4. Complete the Dedicant Path
  5. Improve grammar and its usage
  6. Eliminate Delayed Food Allergies & Intolerances
  7. Stay on top of trends
  8. Improve my photography skills
  9. Regularly donate to the food pantry
  10. Finish reading the Avalon series
  11. Journal regularly
  12. Blog with great content & in a regular manner
  13. Spin two braids per month (100g +)
  14. Start the yarn & fiber show circuit
  15. Knit for fun

Best wishes to you all in 2011!

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