Happy 2014! I don't know about you, Homies, but I'm very happy to have a clean slate. I've been thinking a lot about the brand-spanking newness of the New Year, so I thought I'd round up some of the site's resources if you're in the same contemplative mode…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of New Year’s posts.
I don't celebrate New Years for a few reasons. But the most important reason I don't celebrate New Year's is because I already see each day as a fresh start. I don't need to party it up one day a year in order to cherish the fact that I get a chance to begin anew.
Hoppin' John is a traditional southern dish that is usually eaten on New Years' Day, because it's thought to bring good luck. It's not much harder than dropping some stuff in a pan and letting it cook down, so (*cough* Megan): TRY IT. I think you'll be surprised!
I love the excuse that a new calendar provides for encouraging me to try new things, push myself, and break out of bad habits. But even though I've heard that it takes just three weeks to develop a new habit, my new year's resolutions always break down around week five or six. So this year, instead of attempting a 365-day resolution, I am considering trying something different: twelve one-month challenges.
I am all for elaborate, well-planned bashes, but sometimes ain't nobody got the time for that. With the holiday season in full swing, between getting ready for Santa, work being busy at the end of the calendar year, and other commitments, there is just no room in our days to Martha Stewart-ize this party we want to throw. So I threw together a party game plan with minimal effort, and am sharing with you the fruits of my (limited) labor.
On New Year's Eve, we raised over $2,000 for a local food bank by dressing up, showing off, and getting cheerfully smashed with 30 or so of our best buds. We don't have loads of cash, a fancy venue, or any (particularly) super powers, so how'd we pull off this feat? By focusing on what we do have.
January always seems to be about making new starts. Quitting things, cutting down on things, doing more of other things… I, of course, thought I was above falling for the hype. I'm an Offbeat Homie, I don't need to buy your exercise video just because it's January! Obviously.