The end of another year and start of a new one

Well, I think we can all agree that for better or for worse, there’s no denying that 2020 was a year to remember. We might remember periods of isolation, restriction, lack and despair. We might also remember slowing down, making do with less and rethinking our values. Surviving this year is an achievement. It has not been easy but if you are still here, with food on your plate, a roof over your head, managing to pay your bills, loved ones and with reasonable health, then there is so much to be thankful for.

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect and reset. Instead of remembering the bad news though, have a think of the good things that came out of it such as reconnecting with friends you hadn’t seen for a while, starting a new hobby or keeping up your yoga practice using Zoom.

This New Year’s Eve will look a lot different than last year’s celebration. Instead of heading out for a night on the town, many of us will be settling in for an evening on the couch and in lieu of ringing in 2021 with dozens of friends, our guest lists will be limited to the people who live in our households. Take a moment of gratitude that you made it through this year and raise a glass to all the incredible experiences you’ll have in the New Year.

Here’s a fun idea for New Year’s Eve: Decorate a “Memory Jar” to keep over the next 12 months. Every time something incredible happens, write about it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. You can even include momentos like ticket stubs to remind you of events when the world start to get back together again. On New Year’s Eve 2022, you can open the jar and take a walk down memory lane.

Since you’re staying home, why not start to think about your New Year’s resolutions and get ready to have your best year yet. Try to cover a range of things but remember to include self-care and don’t ask too much of yourself as we gently move one day at a time through 2021. The year may start with more challenges and we may be frustrated when things don’t progress as fast as we want but be patient because it will be ok and the world will come together again. So take a moment now to reflect about the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings.

See you on the mat in 2021.