I start off by giving myself a few hours of sacred time to go inward and reflect on the events of the outgoing year. I close the door to my home office, light a candle and turn on some soft music. I begin by taking a moment to appreciate and give gratitude to all the blessings that the year has brought into my life.
Like the positives I believe it's just as important to reflect on the negative aspects of my life - I call it my annual Letting Go Ceremony. I begin by writing down on slips of paper all the negative things that have entered my life during the year and I place them into a bowl. One by one I read and reflect on them and decide whether they are something I have control over to evoke change. If so, I place them aside.
For each negative that I do not have control over but wish to eliminate or give less power to is placed one by one into a tin with a tealight candle and I release them. Some are pretty easy to set aflame and others are very emotionally charged. This may seem a little hokey to some but I find this a very powerful and cleansing exercise. It clears a space in my heart to receive all that the coming year has to offer.
Next I pull out my craft supplies and begin creating a Vision Board for the coming year. Along with my dreams and wishes, I also incorporate those negatives that I set aside as a "call for change". I cherish this time spent leafing through magazine images, often intuitively, to create a vision and set the intention for the fresh new year.
This is the one I created for 2013 and I am in awe of how many of those dreams came into fruition this year.
Perhaps its our age but we have less desire to celebrate New Years Eve with all the hoopla that we did in our younger years. Most New Years Eves you can find us preparing an assortment of appetizers, cracking open a bottle of wine, and spending the evening in front of the tube enjoying Canadian comedy specials like This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Royal Canadian Air Farce, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, to name a few.
While at Silver Star Ski Resort over the holidays I tried an amazing cocktail. When we got home Mr. Frugalista bought all the ingredients to create our own version, and so on the drink menu tonight is Ginger Pear Cocktails.
GINGER PEAR COCKTAILS
1 oz Grey Goose Pear Vodka
1 oz Ginger Giffard Liqueur
Sparkling Water or Ginger Ale
- Dip the rim of two glasses in lemon juice followed by granulated sugar
- Cut 1 lime into eighths and place 4 slices per glass
- Rip 4 mint leaves in half and place 2 per glass
- Peel and dice into small pieces fresh ginger and place in glass
- Muddle the lime, mint and ginger
- Add 1 oz each of vodka and liqueur
- Add ice cubes
- Fill glass with sparkling water (or ginger ale for a sweeter taste)
As I bid 2013 farewell, I am filled with gratitude for all the amazing talented people I have come to know during this past year here in the Blogosphere. I look forward to sipping my morning coffee while admiring your creativity. Thank you subscribers and followers on Google+, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and Hometalk - reading your lovely comments is one of the highlights of my day!
So with gratitude and an open heart I wish you a...
Do you have any New Years Eve rituals?