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Journaling New Year rituals?

Do you have any journaling rituals connected with the New Year?

For years, I used to start a new journal on January 1 and this will be the first time I won't do it, as I am in the middle of my first Moleskine whom I love. But I will stick to another ritual of mine - I will choose some inspirational quotes to put on the page preceeding my entry for January 1.

What about you?



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Dec. 26th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know yet... I have this sketchbook that I LOVE and I haven't gotten very far in it... But when I started it, I had that motivational idea that it would be filled with happiness since I felt as if I was starting a new "era" type of thing in my life... But, I'm bipolar, and this ALWAYS happens to me. I start a new journal/sketchbook while feeling great, and thinking that this will be new and different this time, and then it turns into a roller coaster... Ugh. So many traditions I'd like to start for this year!
Dec. 26th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I actually looking through how many pages I had left in my current journal, and I think I might actually be able to start a new journal on New Year's. Which would be very exciting, as I've never done that before.
Dec. 27th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I usually put a quote in just before the first page of the journal I'm working in. My last journal ended on Dec. 24th 2012, new one started Christmas day.

The quote for the 12-5-12 through 12-25-12 one is on the cover this time, it says, "There's an idea that hell is other people. My idea is that it might be repetition." --Stephen King. That's his note on a short story called That Feeling You Can Only Say What It Is In French.

It may sound a bit grim, but the story is about things irrationally repeating themselves and it is rather creepy. But it has been making me think about how often I choose the same old same old just to get a false feeling of safety and security. Sometimes I need to make things different so I can grow.

I have been making my own journals, and fitting as many pages in them as I could, 200, written on both sides. Any more than that and they are too much to handle. Usually they last more than a month. This month since Dec. 25th landed on a fresh page, I thought I'd make it the start of a new journal, so it's a bit small. And my new one is written in, several pages worth, but not inside the covers yet, nor are the pages all folded and glued in.

Lol, I'm going on and on....:)
Dec. 27th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm having a bit of a problem with my current journal. As lovely as it is, it's just not working out for me. (Actually, I blogged about this just earlier today, if anyone is interested: star-stuff.NET) So today I ordered a new book from Amazon and I hope & pray that it will arrive on it's estimated date, Dec. 31st so I can start it for the new year.

I have only once started a new journal on a new year's day, and that was my very first journal kept as an adult, beginning on Jan 1st, 2009. Since then, it has never lined up with me finishing a book around the end of December so I could line everything up to start a new book on the first.

But I figure since I'm having trouble with the book I am writing in now, this might be a good opportunity to start fresh for a new year. IF my book makes it to me in time.

And all this really has nothing to do with your questions. I suppose the only ritual I have for the new year is writing down my resolutions, but not so much that the last couple as writing down my list of monthly goals at the beginning of each month (which I've fell out of habit with, so I guess this year my resolution will be to make monthly goals- sort of redundant!).
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Dec. 28th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I use different quotes each year. I used to have a special notebook for collecting quotes that I loved, so I tend to look over it and I usually find something appropriate. I also write down inspirational passages from books I read.

There is a plenty of inspirational quotes on the Web so it's relatively easy to find one that will speak to you. :)
Dec. 28th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
New Year ritual
On the last day of the year I will carry down into our open basement and put away my December 2012 diary. I will get out all my 2012 diaries and take a picture of them. I will then post the pictures in my blogs. On January 1, 2013 I will start another diary and write page 1 at the bottom.
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