Ah, the year is new. Tomorrow. Well, according to our calendar. The Chinese New Year begins February 9th (what a powerful day that will be–Lunar Imbolc, dark moon, first day of the water serpent!, ah!). But tonight we have yet another opportunity to celebrate this past year, to prepare for next year, and to align ourselves with what we hope to become in a way that we can understand and bring to fruition.
Next year we are welcoming our baby into the world. We welcome a new spirit into our family, a spirit who chose us as parents. Next year, our family will experience the trauma of losing a trio and will simultaneously experience the joy of a quartette. A balance will align.
Glitter & Grit turns one year old in this first month of the new year. Hip Hip Hooray!!! I am so happy to be here, so happy you’re here, and I hope you’ll stay. I will!
Next year we are embarking on a journey of no personal possession purchases. This sounds like quite an endeavor. I will keep you wildly posted, I’m sure. And, what will become of the column Today is for Lovers, you wonder? Nothing, I will still love lots and lots of things, you silly reader! I’m nervous and excited. What are your thoughts? Have you ever done such a thing? I can’t help but (in fight or flight fashion) mentally think of all the things I need to buy before tomorrow. As everything does, this will change. This too, shall pass. And when it does, I will be one year older, with a financial wisdom and compassion that only suffering can bring.
And perhaps you will find new columns popping up all over Glitter & Grit about the sweet and salty yin and yang of womanhood. Ideas include lady lists (things every lady should know), men of true grit (exploring what means to be a real man), simplifying motherhood, and many more. What would you like to see?
On the eve of the new year, Cody and I like to stay up late and create a vision board. Last year we did it while building our house on a bus. We made a big bubble chart. We created our world. And, most of it came to fruition. I believe that just by asking for what you want, the universe finds a way to provide. Sometimes getting is as simple as asking. Sometimes it’s a lot more work (worth it, too). But it never hurts to ask.
This year I’m:
:: budgeting our life
:: listening to the homing device (where are we going to buy land and settle? Is it so wrong to want to choose a home based on the name of the town? Sweet Home, Oregon, anyone?)
:: keeping it simple
:: learning hand work, I want to knit and crochet!! I want to sew!!
:: staying home more
:: tuning into my animal
:: exploring my community and the forest around me
:: transforming; a woman of graceful surrender, soft and ripe
:: listening, listening
:: lighting an inner fire, lighting an outer fire
What are you doing this year? What intentions do you set? What is your vision?