Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been absent from the blog for a while. I had a nice break from work and I took a break from the blog as well in order to spend time with friends and family and to really and fully relax for a while.
I have a little tradition I’ve been doing for the past two years that I’d like to share with all of you as it has been very rewarding for me.
I call it my Jar of Awesome – but you can call yours whatever you like if you decide to do this as well.
I started it in January 2013. Every time something awesome happens – a fun day, an accomplishment, a friend having a baby…the list goes on – I write it down on a little piece of paper and pop it in the jar.
On New Year’s Day I spill all the little pieces of paper out and read them over. I find so much joy in doing this! I tend to forget a lot of the great things that occurred over the course of the year and being reminded of them and remembering those moments brings me into such a positive mind frame to start the new year.
I then write them all down in a moleskin notebook so I have a permanent record that I can look back on over the years.
There are a few reasons why I do this:
- It’s a fun and happy tradition to start the new year.
- It helps me remember all the good things that have happened over the course of the year, allowing me to reflect on it positively, and allowing the negatives to fade from my memory as much as possible.
- I feel that in the future I will be very glad to have a record of all the happy events in my life over the years.
This year before emptying my jar I thought to myself “I don’t think I will have as many as the last year, I don’t recall as many awesome things this year.” Lo and behold, there were actually more than the previous year! Many had escaped my memory and I was very glad to be reminded of them.
Tip: After doing this for two years now, I’ve learned that it is a good idea to date the events, and it’s nice to include a few notes about some of them to help you remember. For example, if my note is that I attended the Vancouver Film Fest for the entire weekend, I might add a note about who I went with, who I ran into there, and what bands I discovered I really liked.
I also like to throw in concert tickets and similar items to paste into the book as well, to make it like a scrapbook. I’m also planning to print out pictures of some of the events to include as well.
This practice has been so much fun and really helped me to be positive and grateful for all the good things in my life. I hope you will choose to join me while the year is still young so that next New Year’s Day you can relive your best memories from the preceding year as well.