I always love the clean slate of January. The year ahead seems like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be filled with doodles.
For me, it’s a time of hope – full of new possibilities, fresh starts and boundless enthusiasm before the weeks and months leave their mark.
Some time ago, a friend introduced me to a ritual he carried out on the 31st December each year. It’s become a tradition in our house ever since, so I thought I would share it with you.
First, there are two lists to be made. One is of things you don’t want any more and the other is of things you do want, or want more of. You can call them whatever you like. I usually go for something along the lines of ‘No thanks’ and ‘Yes please’.
The NO list contains everything you’ve had enough of in the preceding year: nail biting, stressful situations, eczema— whatever you’d like to leave behind for good. The YES list contains all the great things you’d like to come to you in the year ahead. Again, it can be anything you like (one year, my daughter wrote ‘walnuts’) interesting work projects, new friends, inspiration…
The NO list needs to be burnt to a cinder (watch out here, and play safe!). The YES list needs to be set free in running water — a stream, river, the sea or whatever water’s nearest to you.
Here’s a photo of one of our Childs Farm friends sending out her wishes last year.
Have a go with the lists yourself if the fancy takes you. We’d love to hear how you get on.
All happiness and joy to you for 2016!