It is always in this season that my mind turns to the anticipation of light. The lengthening of days, the illumination of fallen snow, and the spark of hope that comes with a turning year. I am not a resolution maker per se, but rather a reflector, goal setter, and most importantly, a doer. The New Year has always, for me, been about reflecting on the goals I set in the previous year, evaluating my progress towards them, and setting a new set of goals. It's a kind of mental spring cleaning I suppose, but also some kind of important ritual for the acceptance of myself. Who am I now? What new things have I experienced? What lessons have I learned? How to I go forward? Answering these kinds of questions isn't always easy, so one of the things I do is craft time for myself after the rush of the holidays for renewal and evaluation. Some important parts of my turning-year rituals:
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How do you greet the New Year?