Posts Tagged ‘New Years’


What I DON’T Know About my Word of the Year

January 2, 2020
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Choosing a word is not new to me. Some years, my friends and I deliberate for weeks, trying to find the most appropriate guiding word for the new year. We offer suggestions, look at lists, and think long and hard about what word embraces our moods, hopes, and visions.

This year, I took a different approach.

I found a word that popped from a long list of words. I didn’t think about it. I didn’t ponder or gauge or assess the definition it might or might not deliver throughout the year.

Sometimes, going with our gut and following our intuition provides powerful and significant meaning—more meaning, perhaps, than any analysis could provide.

My word is harmony. I don’t know why. I don’t know if it will relate to my work or my family or my health or music or if I should actively be seeking more harmony in my life. But I’ll find out. When we choose to embrace the unknown and follow some sixth sense the universe sends our way, magic can happen.

Do one of these words pop for you?

Be                                Seek                            Bliss                            Grow

Joy                               Rise                             Survive                        Intuition

Thrive                          Bounce                        Peace                          Value

Gratitude                    Meditate                     Intention                     Love

Appreciate                  Harmony                     Shine                           Balance

Connect                       Bold                             Wander                       Imagination

Dazzle                         Clarity                          Organize                     Strong

Faith                            Adventure                   Breathe                       Create


Don’t think about it—just go for it. A guiding word for the year can deliver magic.

I’m ready, you?






Rule of Threes and the Winter Solstice

December 20, 2011

A rule of thumb in writing: don’t make your lists longer than three. Rules are made to be broken, right?

This time of year bombards us with much stimulation. Chanukah lights, red ribbon, mistletoe, Santa, nativity scenes, dreidals, Kwanza promises, New Year’s resolutions, Christmas cookies, holiday pounds, and . . . are you tired yet? I am. And yes, I am a rule breaker.

Besides the many wonderful religious holidays, this time of year marks the return of the sun. The winter solstice falls between December 21st and 22nd. My dad used to tell me the blend was his favorite day of the year. Never mind that the 21st is my birthday and the 22nd is my mom’s, but I knew the day held triple meaning for him. He was a spring kind of guy. But, for me, the winter solstice brings about a bit of sadness. Call me crazy but I love cozy nights by candlelight. I love celebrating all of the traditions this time of year has to offer. It is a lot. But aren’t celebrations all about abundance? Rule of three beware. I’m breaking bad. Here’s the list of what I love this time of year:  Yule logs, Christmas cards, snowflakes, gingerbread houses, latkes, chestnuts by the fire (actually, I hate chestnuts but they always sound so good), the smell of sweet balsam, magic, Christmas cards, Rudolph, secrets and surprises, school parties, family phone calls, and the longest night of the year.

Happy winter solstice to all and to all a good night.