#New Year

Happy New Year and how exactly to make it happy

Happy New Year! There is an old saying: ” How you will meet New Year, same way you will live it!”. Nice. Thank you . It just set up the new pressure to celebrate the New Year the best way you can to have the best out of it. And the pressure of success is ruling the life… the rush to be perfect and to have a perfect setting and perfect company and perfect, picture-worth-many-likes fun. Did I miss something? Oh, yeah, the happiness. That mysterious state of mind that we chase by our attempts to be perfect. But the trick is that they do not always go together. What to do? Below is the answer.

Just remember the times you felt extremely happy. Have your cup-glass of whatever, take a deep breath to let your body feel that you live and remember your happy times. ( often people who experienced lots of sad moments remember them first. I recently experienced a loss, so as my friend suggested to me, I remember and embrace my loss as a light memory, as a good memory). After those sad or upsetting things are passed ( just little pieces of emotions, do not stop with them ), remember the happy moment. And, yes, those are moments. One is enough. This is not about the actual event – this is about your emotion. Choose the one you d like – an excited or a calm one.

No matter where you celebrate you New Year, without getting too philosophical or perfect ( to my experience, both are slippery roads to lose  the momentum of happiness:)) prepare whatever you wanted and stop thinking ( what to wear, what to buy, whom to invite) – just stay content and calm and smile. Do not hurry. For my New Year celebration, there are few disturbing things that are stirring the mood: out of a large group of people who decided to book a nice house, two parties dropped the ball  after the place was already booked, leaving us to deal with high cost. Training camp, my husband getting sick,  and last minute shopping ( and oh, year mani-pedi and what to wear:) – some parts I just ignore ( well, I am not going to make any plans with these people for vacations, but hey, people are people – this is a natural fact – everyone has multiple sides and circumstances). I did shopping list with our french friends- and spend 1hr of my life to buy all stuff, one hour for mani-pedi, and 20 min to answer what to wear. No stress, little time. Tea with lemon and honey for my husband ( plus warm hugs). 1 hour to pack my family , while they are on mountain. Now I called my mom, and having my cup of whatever :))

After you ve done with preparations and enjoyed them ( aha, the preparations for New Year). I mentioned to stay calm, but you ll be surprised, that maybe you are one of those people who loves to be in a hurry before celebration ( “I am here and there and everywhere”). This can be fun too! When the celebration comes, focus on warm hugs ( ha ha remember that kid`s movie character Olaf?), smiles and take that happy feeling that you prepared before into your celebration.

Wishing you lots of fun and  happy moments in a New Year!

To travel or not to travel: full guide to enjoy holiday season

Holidays are around the corner, so what is the best way to celebrate New Year? Our memories are fed by our emotions and for those who cares to overwrite negative impact of past year, fun and joy of season celebration will set up the stage for a New Year. For some reason, this turns into crazy times when it is absolutely critical to do everything and even more: presents, impressive menu for the table and invites for guests. Do we always enjoy spending nights surfing online sales to get more presents? How to make these precious days memorable and enjoyable? Here are few simple steps that anyone can do to remember their transition into 2018 year.

  1. Get cold. New Year, Hanukkah and Christmas – although not historically – means snow! Enjoy it! Even in warm countries it is possible to find a skating rink or ice sculptures. In naturally cold places, make a snowman, watch some winter sports competitions, go for ski with friends, family or yourself.
  2. After you spend some time near cold snow – what can be better than a hot drink and fire? Spend evenings near fireplace with family playing games. If you do not have fireplace at home – or in nearby cafe – light up candles and sit near Christmas tree. This is the best time for board games and tales.
  3. Read a fairly tale that is related to this time of the year. This year I read Nutcracker to my little one.
  4. Go to see some show. Nutcracker ballet season is here in different versions! Dress up and make a night out. And you just finished the book, so no need to google libretto.
  5. About hot drinks: tea is not the only option (even if it is with rum and chocolates): hot wine is so seasonal and super easy to make. Warm cheap – since you ll mess up with taste – wine, add to the pot cinnamon, clove, and oranges. One can drop sugar with rum on fire, or just add sugar to the pot. Once ready ( smells good),  make a sugar rim around water glasses and add wine. Enjoy!
  6. Last but not least; travel. Many people from north travel to warm countries. Although initially it sounds like a good idea, dramatic changes in temperature that increase flu risk and missing snow fun is guaranteed. I suggest small towns near mountains or with local Christmas markets (Germany, Finland, and Austria are some great countries to go). Eastern Europe loves New Year, so you ll find plenty of attractions this season.
  7. Happy Holidays!!!!