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Beach2012 Happy New Year 2012

A Recipe for Happiness in 2012

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight,
thirty or thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time
out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience
one part of courage
and one part of work

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and meditation,
and one good deed.
Season with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness
and you will enjoy a Happy New Year

[ author unknown ]

NewYear2012 Happy New Year 2012
Good Luck Foods for New Year – a collection of recipes from around the world and different cultural traditions that are eaten for good luck on New Year’s:

  • Long Noodles: Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life
  • Pork: many countries, including Austria, Cuba, and Spain, view pork as a good-luck food…pigs root for food, they keep their feet planted and push their snouts forward, signifying progress and future properity
  • Lentils: lentils (symbol of coins) are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the new year
  • Fish: North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the new year; people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward…others think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools
  • Dark Greens: (color of money) greens such as kale, collards, and cabbage, are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day because of their association with wealth and economic prosperity
  • Black-eyed Peas: common good luck food in the southern United States.. thought to bring prosperity, their shape and abundance representing coins
  • Pomegranates: eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the new year,  associated with abundance and fertility
  • Citrus fruits: Chinese celebrate New Year’s Day, with oranges and tangerines to promote prosperity. This tradition developed from a play on words: “tangerine” and “orange” sound much like “luck” and “wealth,” respectively, in the Chinese language
  • Grapes: At midnight on New Year’s Eve, revelers in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries eat 12 grapes — one for every strike of the clock and month in the year. This custom grew from a grape surplus in the Alicante region of Spain in 1909, and celebrates the coming of a sweet year.
  • Round Cakes and Breads: Eating round or ring-shaped cakes, pastries, and breads is a popular New Year’s tradition in various countries, such as Greece (vassilopita, a cake containing a hidden good-luck coin), Italy (sweet panetonne), Mexico (rosca de reyes cake,) and Holland(puffed, doughnut-like ollie bollen)

Just for fun here’s a link to a comprehensive list for some good luck rituals from around the world:  Global Good Luck Traditions

Wishing every one a joyous, healthy New Year filled with bright blessings now and always, Lady Rose

Dec 292011

13 Goals 2012 13 New Year Goals

I don’t do New Year resolutions any more, but I do like to plan ahead and set a few manageable goals for the year ahead.  My overall theme for the year is going to be ORGANIZE.

This is a goal I’ve had for decades and it is a bit of an overwhelming task.  Ten years ago we moved from a big house with a huge basement, attic, and big gargage with attached building into a house with no basement, no attic, no storage shed, and only a small gargage.  We had to leave a lot of stuff behind because we simply ran out of space and I have never really recovered from having boxes and stuff jammed every where from floor to ceiling by the movers.  I’ve made a huge dent over the years, but much more needs to be done.  I work full time and my health was poor and my pain levels were extremely high back then and I weighed over 300 lbs.  However, since I lost over 170 lbs and reached my goal weight of 135 lbs in Jan. 2010 I have been able to get a lot more done and I plan to continue making progress in the year ahead.  I am not going try for perfection, or set goals that are just to big to actually achieve or set deadlines for myself that are going to cause stress.

Here are a few things I’d like to accomplish next year:

  1. Strength and Rebirth Circle of Trees Spring Retreat (present two workshops (April)
  2. Woman I Am Circle of Trees Fall Retreat (present two workshops) (Oct.)
  3. Finish Qi Gong Therapist class take home exam
  4. 2nd level Qi Gong Healing class (Oct. – 1 week in CT)
  5. Family summer vacation (to celebrate my daughter, Angelgirl’s 16th birthday in May)
  6. Visit with my best friend Mama Kelly at least twice (or more next year) – but since that is based on her schedule, I’ll settle for at least getting to visit once
  7. Record a review of at least 12 tarot decks and post the videos
  8. Finishing getting wedding video copied to computer and uploaded to youtube and then posted on blog
  9. Copy China video to dvd, uploaded to you tube and then posted
  10. Paint and organize my daughter’s room (she wants to change from pink to green with brown trim; one of her Christmas presents was a new bedding set and new sheets in green and brown)
  11. Organize and inventory crystals and semi-precious stones and create a few craft projects to sell
  12. Sort and organize the 6 tall bookshelves in fireplace room and organize the bedroom (clear excess junk, sort all clothes, get a bookshelf, baskets, and storage containers to organize stuff in)

What are your goals for 2012?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Related Post: Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (includes tips for setting resolutions and goals)

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