This Year Is Your Year

The clock is nearing twelve o’clock on New Year’s Eve, and whether you’ve already created your list of resolutions or have yet to let the champagne bubbles inspire you, these last few moments of the year are ones to reflect on, to use as a springboard for the things you might like to change in the upcoming year. The year that’s coming to a close is but one chapter of your life, and the new one that’s just beginning is full of blank pages of the story you have free reign to write.

It’s important, however, to remember not to put too great an expectation on yourself. If you’re planning to make a list of resolutions, make one that’s actually achievable for you. If you want to get in shape or lose weight, set your goals with a more realistic mindset, one that won’t leave you feeling defeated before the party confetti has even been cleared from the floor. All too often, we set lofty ideals for ourselves that sound great as we’re making them, but we end up caught in a cycle of self-defeat because of the degree of expectation; and we toss aside that resolutions list feeling frustrated and stuck. Resolve for this year to be different—make resolutions that are fun, rather than punishing. Make a list that’s positive and inspiring to you. Yes, we all have things we need to work on, but looking at your list shouldn’t make you feel as though the way you are right now isn’t good enough. You are a person to be celebrated; so as the clock strikes midnight, celebrate who you are even as you look to whom you’d like to become. Here’s to you, and here’s to the possibilities ahead. Here’s to a new year and all it has to offer.

Hungry for a great year?

HERE ARE A FEW “GOOD LUCK” FOODS TO ENJOY AS THE NEW YEAR DAWNS...''

Lentils and black-eyed peas are traditionally served in hopes of bringing wealth, so cook some up as a tasty side dish or in some stew.

Want a year full of abundance? Tuck into a bowl of rice or another grain to keep the blessings coming.

If you want a baby, get figgy. In many cultures, figs are a symbol of fertility, so bite into some fresh figs or spread some fig jam on a bagel.

And speaking of bagels, bagels (and other ring-shaped foods like doughnuts) are considered symbolic of a year that has just come full circle.

If you love pork, you’re in luck—literally. Pork is traditionally eaten at New Year’s in hopes of bringing prosperity, as its rotund shape is a sign of plenty, and the way it uses its snout to root forward while it eats is considered to be representational of making progress in the year ahead.

Strike it rich with cornbread. The golden color of the bread’s corn is symbolic of real gold, and extra whole kernels baked into the batter signify nuggets of this precious metal.

If you’d love to prolong your life as long as possible, slurp some noodles without breaking or biting them.

Much like beans, fish scales are evocative of coins, and many countries believe that eating whole fish will increase wealth in the New Year. Roast some for your meal and celebrate the abundant possibilities for advancement and prosperity in the year ahead, as well—something that these aquatic creatures embody both by the fact that they swim forward and that they travel in schools

More greens mean more green - as in money. Eat spinach, kale, collards, or any other green of choice to build your chances of financial increase.

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