My friend Starlee Kine has really good ideas! Every January Starlee and her friends make New Year's Resolution Cookies. They shape sweet cookies into their hopes and dreams for the coming year and then they eat them. Isn't that just the BEST IDEA? I really love it so much. They focus on their intention, shaping it, really getting their hands and heads in it. Then they bake them in the oven. Let them cool. Then they stare at those dreams. Laugh at them maybe. Smile at them for sure. Decorate them perhaps, or just leave them pure and plain and simple. And then...they EAT them and let them become part of them! Did you just get a tingling feeling of excitement thinking about that? I did! I did! This year me and a few neighbor pals followed Starlee's lead and made a few. You can see them above. I made an egg. I have never eaten a poached, fried, soft-boiled egg in my life. Isn't that crazy? Its just about the only thing I won't eat in the world. Well, I am going to have one this year and then maybe I am going to have them all the time. Who knows what will happen! But I am sick of having that silly rule and I want to be more adventurous in a lot of ways. So I ate that egg cookie (and a few more symbolizing other hopes!) and now I am excited! You should make some New Years Resolution Cookies too! Come on! Its so great! Hurray 2014!
Above is a notebook my little daughter made for a friend! This is an all ages activity!
Here's something you can do to make use of all those ding dang catalogs that show up in your mailbox in December. Thumb through them and cut out interesting images. You can also do this with magazines, or the scraps that end up in your purse or backpack. Pictures, business cards, drawings, wrapping paper, matchbooks, stickers, whatever! Buy a few blank composition books and make a collage with your scraps. Then laminate your layout using clear packing tape. I like to make these for pals and family. Its nice to have a new notebook for all the ideas and lists and recipes and stories and jokes you will need to record in the new year!
A nice thing to do as you are saying goodbye to one year and hello to another is to make a big list: a hundred things you are grateful for in the passing year. Be loose about it. Let it move. Big and small. High and low. General and specific. Just make a list. I am grateful that my mom is healthy AND for avocados! Your finished list can be a sort of sketch of the year. Nice to look at and think about that sketch. Nice to say goodbye and hello and feel grateful for both! This is the month to do such an activity! Go!