Happy new year friends! How did you spend NYE? For us, it was a BBQ on the deck with friends (and food, so much food), a couple of beverages (non-alcoholic for moi) and watching the 9pm fireworks over Sydney harbour on the telly.
I’ve never been a huge NYE person. Even when I was single and fancy free, it was the one night that always promised the world and usually came up short. Apart from a memorable evening at a friends place in Kirribilli and a fabulous NYE camping trip to cockatoo island, I’ve always been more of a New Year’s Day fan.
As a kid, New Years was usually spent in a tiny town up the coast of NSW with fireworks on the headland at midnight and an early morning swim. Fast forward to 2014 and that’s pretty much how we spent this morning, albeit with our own kid in tow and numerous caffeinated drinks under our belt.
There’s something about the promise that comes with the first sunrise of new year that I just love. A certain freshness that brims with possibility. While I’m not big on grandiose, often unrealistic resolutions, I do love sitting down to workshop some small changes I’d like to make, along with projects or ideas that I’d like to implement.
The whole ‘start as you mean to go on’ thing is especially appealing at this point in the New Year and in keeping with that theme, one thing I’m really excited to kick off is the happiness jar project.
I actually stumbled across the idea last year at around the same time and even took a screenshot on my phone to remind me to find a jar when we returned from the UK to get things rolling. Somehow I managed to forget all about the idea and it fell off my radar. Luckily, I was scanning Facebook the other day and came across a post all about the happiness jar on the gorgeous Birth In Balance website. Birth In Balance is run by nutritionist/wellness expert/massage therapist Briony Howland, who also happens to be the amazing doula who supported my birth with Ollie. Briony had written a gorgeous summary of the project, complete with image and I immediately bookmarked AND screenshotted. I’m heading home from my parents tonight to dig out our largest empty jar, attach some ribbon and start collecting little moment of happiness.
You can find the Birth In Balance post mentioned above HERE
And a few more little ideas for creating your own happiness jar below.
Image found HERE
Image found HERE