Packing away my holiday decorations always gives me a sense of perspective and satisfaction. My tree ornaments have been acquired over the years, and each goes back into its own packaging. Some I’ve had since childhood, and some were favorites of my sons. I’ve kept the ornaments my husband and I found on our honeymoon: glass wreaths from Harrods in London. Each holds a memory and a connection to the many people I’ve been blessed to have in my life.

On January 1, I don’t make resolutions and never have. But I do journal most days, even when traveling or at our beach house. Out of my stream of conscious journaling in the morning, ideas and goals take shape. From writing, to gardening, to decluttering, to exercise, I figure any grandiose resolutions will fall by the wayside before the month is over, let alone the year.

Gardening will have to wait until after the snow melts!

I love to wake up on January 1 feeling good and rested. My husband and I set out on a walk to start the year off right. Do you have a New Year’s Day tradition?

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