My American Boxing Day

The day after Christmas is pretty much my favorite day of the year. I’m sad we gave up the the Boxing Day holiday tradition from England when we had that little revolution of ours. On December 26, the pressure of Christmas is off and it’s time to enjoy all the gifts you received and watch others enjoy theirs. You get to wear new clothes (especially socks!), drink out of new mugs, and play with new toys. You basically get to spend the day basking in the glow of love and gratitude.

It’s also that time when you begin looking forward to prepping for the next year. Once you start cleaning up the boxes and wrapping paper, it’s natural to see the other flotsam and jetsam of life that has accumulated in your life and needs to be eliminated. The list of organizing projects grows, but at least for me, at this time I’m inspired.

As this is the last Thursday of the year, I’m reflecting on the goal I set 16 weeks ago when I committed to blogging each week. There have been many weeks I wasn’t sure I could find anything worthwhile to say or if anyone would read it if I did. But now I can see the accumulation of my thoughts on paper (well, at least on cyberpaper) and it makes me happy I did this. And since this is also the time for looking forward, I’m deciding where to take this little endeavor in 2019.

What habits or patterns of life do you see when you look back that you need to make decisions about? Are you in a routine that you want to keep? Are there big dreams you need to plan for? Small daily changes you need to make? Before sitting down to that New Year’s Resolutions list, take some time to think about what is working for you and what isn’t. Put a little reflective thought into making that list before you mindlessly put that usual things on it. It’s easy to say “Next year, I will eat healthy, exercise, save money, etc.” Spend some time dreaming and make that list more about what you want to do, not what you need to do.

I did some of that on my American Boxing Day yesterday and will continue to ponder and refine just what I’m wanting, hoping and planning for in 2019. Whatever you come up with in your next few days, I wish you the best in 2019. And thank you all for your support and love these past 16 weeks. I’ve learned and grown more than I would have ever imagined.

Happy New Year