Getting Ready for 2012

Getting Ready for 2012

2012 is already here for most of the world, and in a few hours it will be here for my family and me as well. Are you ready for the big year that many claim will be our last on the planet?

While I am not drinking the Apocalyptic kool-aid just yet, I will acknowledge that any day could be our last on the planet—as an individual or as an entire species. So it’s always important to live this day as if it were your last, to the best of your ability. What will that mean for you in 2012? For me, it means living a more meaningful life, trying to worry less and play more, and generally stay on top of things so I can maximize the use of my time. Yes, we’ll see how that works!

Here are some nifty things you can do to get ready for the New Year upon us.

  • Check out Gala Darling’s list of 10 fantastic ways to get ready for this year. She has some awesome tips, such as clearing out your Google Reader (I totally need to do this, as well as my overloaded bookmarks bar), changing something about your appearance that you’ve always wanted to do, and changing all of your passwords. Sound advice, as is often usual from Gala Darling!
  • Bless your space. We always do a few feng shui moves on New Year’s Day in our home, as well as bless our space with a sage smudging—which we do on the first of every month. Feel free to use our blessing if you like: “Health, wealth, happiness, love; As below, so above.”
  • Try one of Marc and Angel’s challenges for 30 days of growth. Though I don’t always agree with them, I love Marc and Angel and they often offer very useful tips and advice for everything from money to love, organization to what’s important in life. Any one of these 30-day adventures would make a difference in your life; imagine what one a month would do!
  • Create your own 101 things to do in 1,001 days list, a Living to Do or bucket list, or other dream wish list. Goddess Leonie makes an annual planner that is perfect to use if you are just starting out with something like this, and it’s very affordable and lovely.
  • Clean out something. Whether it’s your filing cabinet or medicine cabinet, fridge or footlocker, it’s bound to help you out this year—and make you feel accomplished already!
  • Make a New Year’s affirmation instead of a resolution.