Ready or not, 2015 will be here before you can remember all five verses to Auld Lang Syne. The best news, however, is that the transition doesn’t have to feel abrupt or rushed. There are even simple techniques you can start using right now to ease into the new year.
1. Remember deeply – Fill your heart with gratitude by reflecting on what has come before this day. Being thoughtful about the past will help you feel grounded to the present and make the future look even brighter.
2. Focus on photos – There is one thing that never fails to get me excited about scrapbooking and my life: spending time with my photos. Use these lingering days of 2014 to nurture your photo library and dream about what’s to come.
3. Choose a January goal – It can feel intimidating to consider what you want to accomplish over the entire year. Start small and doable, focusing just on what you can (and will) do in the first 31 days of the year.
4. Embrace slowness – Be gentle with yourself, setting aside non-essential tasks in these final days to locate a slower and more forgiving pace of life. Raise the attention of each sense as you exist fully in each and every moment.
5. Set your own start – With all the excitement (not to mention the food and beverage) of New Year’s Eve, it can feel uncomfortable to begin anew the very next day. You can choose any day to start fresh and mark the beginning of your new year.
Wishing you all the best as you ease into 2015. Happy New Year from the entire Simple Scrapper team!