Celebrating 2019

New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” Sarah Ban Breathnach


Good-bye 2018:

The year is coming to an end and another birthday is nearing.

I like to spend the last month of the year reflecting on the highs and lows of the past year. This usually gives me a hint on what I will be working on in 2019. It could come in form of a passing idea or an issue that came up and I found myself drawn to it. We carry enough wisdom within us to know what we would like to do next so trust that voice in your head (unless you truly believe this voice is another entity or person then you might want to consider not trusting the voice and seeking psychological evaluation instead).

Reflecting on the past year it not meant to judge ourselves or our actions, but rather to assess what is working and not working for us. It helps to answer a few questions such as: what do I want to carry on into the New Year and what do I want to leave behind? What goals and dreams would like to work on? Who are people you would like to take with you into the New Year?


Welcoming 2019

According to numerology. 2019 is a “3” year.

2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 1+2 = 12 or 1+2 = 3

Whether you believe in it or not, Numerology provides fun information which can be used as a focus point for what to work on in this coming New Year. According to numerology, the number 3 is about improving our communication skills and self-expression. It’s about expansion and development. Making ideas happen.  

In honor of the 3 year here are some reflective questions for you:

What goals do you have regarding your communication with yourself and other people?How could it get better?If you had no fear, what would you say?


Keeping up with the New Year

Here are a few ideas and activities to help you jump start into the New Year.  Feel free to play around with them and change in to better suit your needs.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal or dairy: you can either use your everyday journal or dedicate one to gratitude. In each entry, you can write a few words or go into details.

  2. A happiness Jar: whenever something good happens, big or small, you write it down on a piece of paper and then it put it in a jar (a clear jar would be best so that you can watch it get full). By the end of the year, open up the jar and read about all the wonderful things you witnessed. Note: might be a good idea to get a jar with a large opening. I used a bottle with a narrow opening once and it was very difficult to remove the small pieces of paper.

  3. Write a bucket list. You could either write a bucket list for your lifetime or for one for 2019. Remember, the brain loves lists so feel free to keep it minimal, relatable and realistic. In the year I turned 39, I made list of 40 things I would look to do before I turned 40. Surprisingly, I was able to cross off most items on the list. I did improvise a few unachievable items. I also had around a few trusted people who helped me put together the list and cross them off. I also got their permission when I amended the items just to ensure that my reasons for not achieving them were valid rather than issues related to comfort zone and fear

  4. Do a major in-house clean up and put away anything that you don’t use. For instance:  clothes that are too big or too small, or haven’t been worn all year. Get the kids to do the same with their toys.

  5. Put together a vision board of things you would like to attract in 2019. Another activity kids might enjoy.

  6. Set an intention for how you would like to show up in 2019. To read more the difference between setting an intention and goal, read:  Ready For Your New Year’s Resolutions? http://community.pathwaysjeddah.com/ready-for-your-new-years-resolutions/

  7. Start a group project


MAKE IT A GROUP ACTIVITY:

Involve family members, even little kids. Make sure to write it down. Perhaps you can agree on a goal or two as a family unit…

Remember to Keep it simple and have fun doing it, and make sure to write it all down.

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