The Year of Awesomeness Jar

Happy new year!

Now that the holidays are over the world is focused on resolutions and reinvention. But wait a second, before you tackle all the new challenges ahead of you, take some time and revel in the year that was.

Think about all the great things that happened to you and your family in the past year. The sky’s the limit hereā€¦ did someone do great in school or sports? Did anyone volunteer? Was it a year of trying new things? Did your sports team rock it? Did you adopt new pets or did you keep the family fish alive for another year? Did you travel to favorite places or discover new ones? Were you eating homegrown tomatoes into November? You get the idea.

Then write or type these on slips of paper and put them in a jar or box or any container. You can even add some confetti or streamers to liven up the presentation. Do it all yourself as a surprise to the family or have everyone contribute their own. On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day any day in early January, have each person take turns pulling one out and reading it aloud. It’s fun to be reminded of good things from the past year and how much you have to be grateful for, if you pause to recognize it.

Three cheers for the “Year of Awesomeness Jar”! May next year’s jar be just as full of promise.

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