Use December to Prepare for the New Year

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December has always been a very festive month. It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends. We exchange kindness and love. We share our time. We create memories. Hopefully, we do realize that these actions are the important things in life.
December should also be a time for reflection. We are coming to the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. We should think back through the last year and see how we feel about it. Would we have done something different? Would we rather have not done something at all?

All of this questioning can be incredibly helpful for us to prepare for the upcoming year. We have a fresh start! We can plan and create a productive year.
Yes, not only is New Year’s Day the first day of the new year, but it’s also the first New Moon of the year! This is a perfect day to write down your intentions and goals for 2014. And, you have to write them down in ink. If you don’t, then it’s like as if they don’t exist.

On the next New Moon, January 30th, revisit your list. Make any changes you want. Add something, delete something, or tweak something. Once you got it, re-write the list on a clean sheet of paper, so you don’t have any scratch-offs or scribbles. It should be a list of clear concise intentions and goals. Cherish your list by keeping it in a special place, and revisit it on every New Moon of the year.
After all of this, we find ourselves celebrating once again! The Chinese New Year is on Friday, January 31st. It’s the "Year of the Green Wood Horse", a very active and auspicious year. This can help put your intentions and goals into action. Therefore, I highly suggest that you take some time in December to reflect and think about what you really would like to accomplish in 2014.

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Until next year...