Last Year I started a new tradition in my life. I actually wrote myself a letter for the New Year and sealed it away. I didn't want to just make resolutions and forget about them, so I thought this was a better idea for me. Basically, the purpose of writing the letter is to really reflect on what you want for your life in the coming year. It sounds really cheesy but once I started it, it came really easy. And I don't remember exactly what I wrote last year but I know I really thought about where I was in life and where I wanted to be. And this year has been a transformative year for me. I'm not sure if the two are connected but I liked that I really reflected on things that mattered to me and it felt so healthy. I do remember taking a long time to really think about what I wanted for the year. I highly recommend it for anyone.
After the letter was written, I sealed it and put it away. I was pleased to get it out this week so I could read it on New Years Day this year. I'm excited to read it. I'm planning to write my 2009 version before I open this one so I've got to work on that.
I do make resolutions but VERY manageable and measurable ones (i.e. one year I said I'd write a note a week to someone in my life--and I did it) This year one of my manageable resolutions is to actually put money in my savings account from each paycheck. I know, I should have been doing it all along, but whatevs. (I did the paperwork today so I can check it off my list) The complete resolution list is still in the works and that will not be sealed away with the letter. Maybe I'll share...
Do you have any new year traditions that you do for yourself?