2013: A New Year? Really?

Here’s wishing you all a Great 2013! New beginnings, a clean slate, a whole year’s cycle to choose what to do – SO, are you going to repeat all those habits and chores, or see this as the beginning of a new season, a new path ahead, a new adventure?

The tart of a new year always has that potential optimism, doesn’t it? But old habits die hard. How determined are you? How much are you ingrained in your current life, habits, routine? How much do you really WANT to change?

For me, it’s a bit of a psychological split. Bear with me and I will explain: As a Pagan, my ‘New Year’ actually started 31st October, with Samhain. This is when I make my vows, reflect on the past year, and honour all my ancestors-familial, cultural and spiritual. However, living in this society and culture, of course I can’t ignore the traditional and societal New Year – and all the psychological trappings that come with it.

Yet again, as Pagan, I find my natural energy waves in flow with Nature’s seasons – I literally withdraw in Winter, sleep more, think, and generally don’t do much – I begin more active thinking and planning in Spring, perk up a bit – and then go mad in Summer, when I seem to become more active, happy, and ever so slightly obsessed with whatever plan or project I currently have on the go. This lasts into the Autumn…. and so the cycle starts again.

So starting afresh and making resolutions or plans in the middle of Winter seems anathema to me. Yet I suppose it is good to have a ‘starting point’ – January; New Year; it gives a focal point. And I definitely want to make the most of this year.

I’m getting older, my children are growing – still young, but time goes fast when you have kids – and I want to be a Mum they grow up being proud of. I don’t want to ‘float’ through life anymore. There’s so many things I’ve put on the backburner – simply because it’s easier not to do them ‘I’m too tired’; ‘I like playing PS3 games’; ‘I need to get the kids’ stuff sorted’… the cycle of excuses is endless. Why do we do this? Why don’t we – some of us anyway! – follow our ambitions? It’s like self-sabotage. Is it a test? Some kind of Karma? Or are we just plain lazy?

Whatever the reason, I don’t want another year of non-achievement. I know what I want to do. And I’m going to do it.

Hello Life: Wait up, Here I Come!

I hope you, too, have a Dream Filled, Hope Attained Year ahead. Blessings be.

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  1. 1EarthUnited

     /  January 4, 2013

    Happy new year Heidi. I look forward to sharing and learning with you. Be well. πŸ˜€

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  2. Well said! Very true – I like your expression of it. If only we could recognise that more – that we are all beings with the same basic needs – there is no need for boundaries; differentiation; war.
    I’ve heard that too – about the pagan new year. There is a lot of individual interpretation in pagan followers – probably because what was left behind is so fragmented. But that’s what i love about it: you can choose your own Path, your own way of BEING pagan – there is no scripture, no ‘leader’, just you and Nature and your heart. Paganism is not ‘religion’ – it is a way of life! πŸ™‚
    Anyway, enough of that – thank you for your wishes.
    Blessings be.

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  3. Knowing what you want….GREAT!
    Going after what you want…..GREATER!
    Getting what you want……I am sure it will happen. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚
      I hope so… I have the Inner Will… I just need to keep and maintain the outer Will now – which I’ve always had a struggle with! But thinking about going after what it is I want – well, the world seems that much brighter πŸ™‚

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  4. Really? The pagan new year is the same day as Halloween? I did not know that. I’ve read about some of the pagan celebrations, but didn’t realize this one was considered a new year. Interesting. Another blogger I sometimes read writes that the new year is more toward spring (actual planetary position, though I can’t remember the particulars). This “passage of time” idea seems to be a universal, though (a year is still a year on Earth wherever and whenever we begin and end it), part of all our lives regardless of our beliefs – this mortal coil calls for recognition of it, I suppose – celebrating life then and now, and casting our wishes into the future. Happy New Year (belated as it is), Heidi!

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