Every year I write out my resolutions in a new little notebook, which I reread throughout and especially at the end of the year. I’ve also introduced my daughter to this exercise. She has also reflected on her year and created a wish list of things she’d like to do, learn, or improve in the New Year. It’s a really enjoyable practice. I try and make my personal resolutions motivating but measurable. I also pay particular attention to the first twelve days of the year, and every evening I write a general impression of the day or anything distinguishing about it in my little notebook, with the idea that each day will set the tone for the corresponding month. The tone of January 3, for example, indicates what March will be like – superstitious but fun!
At the start of the year we have a dinner party with our friends. We play a game where we have a blank white card for each guest with their name written at the top. In secret, everyone writes down what they like and admire about the person whose card they have. At the end of the evening, everyone leaves with a card filled with compliments that will help them through the coming year. We also get the kids involved and their comments are always so cute. Last year one of the kids wrote “I like your smile” on my card. I made it my mission to live up to this compliment all year long!
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