Hello, New Year

I’ve never really been one to make new year’s resolutions, but recently I found that I really enjoy taking time to reflect on the year that’s passed, and to feel hopeful for the one that’s about to unfold.

I wrote out my list this year, and it surprised me by turning out pretty big, but it’s mostly things I made baby steps toward in the last year…purging my closet of things that don’t work perfectly, staying on top of birthday cards and thank you notes, trying a new, special blend of tea each month, working on the house so it feels very “hygge” (warm and cozy), and so on.

We’ve been careful to make sure our actual celebration is comfortable and happy, since it’s our first holiday season in our new place. J’s family traditions usually involve Christmas crackers containing paper hats and terrible jokes (an English tradition), and crossing arms while singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight; my family always eats black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, for luck.

We’re not doing anything big on the evening, just spending time at home with the cats, and getting a bit dressed up, in celebration.

Here’s my version of a perfect mori-inspired New Year’s Eve coord:
Take a cup o' kindness

Take a cup o’ kindness by themorilife featuring vintage jewelry

Ella Fitzgerald, crystal glasses of bubbly champagne, velvet ribbons, ruffles and lace, bite-sized food, New York City on a quiet screen in the corner, tea lights flickering, Auld Lang Syne, roasting chestnuts, jotting resolutions in a fresh journal, family traditions and making your own.

(You can listen to the song that inspired it, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” sung by Ella Fitzgerald, here.)

(via whitepaperquotes)

So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? What are your resolutions for 2012? How are you going to be inspired by mori in the upcoming year?

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