How do you (or would you) celebrate New Year's?
J.J. Devine was the previous stop on this blog hop. If you missed her, check out her post.
New Year's Day is usually spent watching the parade on TV while taking down some Christmas decorations. The day is low-key. After the craziness of the holiday season, a slower-paced day is a nice break. This year, thanks to a crazy-tight deadline, I'll be spending the day writing and watching the NHL Winter Classic (Blackhawks v. Capitals).
Usually, my husband and I celebrate New Year's Eve by watching the ball drop in Times Square - but from the comfort of a warm house or a local pub. Some years, we are surrounded by friends or family and some years, it's a quiet celebration for two.
I always take stock of the past year, however, I don't think it's necessary to wait until January 1st to make changes. Whenever you are motivated enough to make a change - do it then, whether it's the first of the year, the first of the month, the first day of the week, or tomorrow, or NOW. Whenever you hit the point of rock bottom, or the end of your rope, or the edge of frustration is the time to take action.
Formulating a plan for change can be scary. Maybe you don't know what you need to do, or maybe you do, but know this - you are worth the effort.
Superhero and I are in for some huge changes this year, and to be honest, I don't know how things are going to turn out. What I do know is that it's time to take action. The unknown is scary, but also exciting. You have to go after what makes you happy. Take the risk. In the words of Jim Carrey, "You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
Another appropriate quote for gearing you toward your goal: Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward, and make your dreams come true. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
That's my wish for you this year - take a chance on something you love. Go after it and pursue it with passion. Be happy. Live in the moment. Be authentic to yourself. And surround yourself with people who will build you up, not tear you down.
I'll leave you with a quote I love from Neil Gaiman:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
Next up, let's head over to Leslie Hachtel's site and find out her plans for celebrating.
Wishing you a happy, prosperous, sparkly New Year!