Well we are half way through the first month of the new year. I’ve pretty much dedicated 2018 to a year of new beginnings. I want to incorporate some new traditions into my life as well. One of my newest traditions was implemented in 2017 actually. My Dad and I went sailing together on Black Friday, the shopping day after Thanksgiving, rather than hitting the stores for all the great deals. We jokingly posted that we were going to the Black Friday “Sails” and shared a video of the Deja Vu out on the Gulf. We had such a great time that I’ve decided, weather permitting, to do a Black Friday Sail every year.
Other than holidays I can’t really think of any real “traditions” we’ve had as a family. I would love to start maybe a monthly . Here are a few traditions I’m thinking of incorporating and a few I’ve started doing:
- Full Moon Walks: As a child I was fascinated with the moon. As a sailor, I rely on her to dictate the tides that get me to where I need to be. I would love to turn this into Full Moon sails but I’m not sure that I’m brave enough for a night sail just yet. Roughly ever 29 days I would love to soak in the energy of the Full Moon. Lunar energy is at it’s highest during the Full Moon. It’s an excellent time to refocus our gratitude. It’s a time to be thankful and feel blessed for all that I been given and all that I have created.
- Day of Service: I’d like to pick a charity or nonprofit each month to volunteer with. This would also be a great way for me to get back to being involved in the community. Having been the Director of a Nonprofit and being super connected to going to where I’m pretty isolated has been a huge change and no doubt has had some significance in my depression. “Acts of Service” is my love language. It makes me feel amazing to know that I’ve helped others.
- Baseball Opening Day Celebration: Ok so I’m not in Boston anymore. I can’t celebrate opening day the way I have for the last four/five years by taking in a game at Fenway. I’m going to have to be a little creative. Luckily for me, baseball is still a huge pastime here in the south and Mobile has it’s own team, the Mobile BayBears. Our neighbors to the East and West also have teams: the Pensacola Wahoos and the Biloxi Shuckers, so I have no excuse not to get to a game and you KNOW that I’ll be watching the Red Sox opening day from some bar/pub here on the coast.
- Annual Camping Trip: I grew up in the countryside so my family was never really big campers. I would however like to plan a camping trip to the mountains this year. I’m thinking Tennessee or North Carolina. I’ve done some beach camping in NC and it was fantastic. So maybe that’s in order. I remember camping in New Hampshire for the first time. I love the warm days and cool evenings. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be a long distance camping trip!
- Happiness Jar: If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know I’ve been dealing with some serious bouts of depression. I’ve started a Happiness Jar. Every night before I go to bed, I write down one happy thing that happened that day. At the end of the month I’ll read what I’ve written. It’s a reminder to me that not every day is bad and that despite some really tough circumstances I’ve been faced with, there is joy.
- A Book A month: I used to spend a great deal of my free time reading. I love to read and write. Lately I haven’t had time to enjoy a great book so I’d like to make that a priority again. At one time I would have set a goal of reading a book a week but life is a little too crazy for that now. So I’m going to set a goal of reading a book a month. Maybe I’ll even share a review of the book here. I’m going to go to the library later today I think and get a library card, something I’ve not done in YEARS!
- One New Recipe a Week: One night a week I’d love to make a new recipe. Maybe a little adventurous, cultural, or international flare will be involved. I love to cook and trying new things in the kitchen. I’m also looking at how to incorporate or adjust recipes for cooking on the boat for when I’m living aboard full time.
- The Give me 5: Being a Navy spouse, I’ve made friends all over the world. Sometimes it’s really hard for us to catch up with our long distance friendships. I want to start the tradition where I text a friend and say Give Me 5 and they send me five things going on in their life.
- A local museum or historical site a month: I’ve traveled all over the world and yet there are places right here in my backyard that I’ve never seen or even heard of! Each month I’m going to choose a museum or historical site to visit that is within a days drive. I’ve already started a list with the USS Alabama being at the top. I have no idea how I’ve never been onboard this Iowa Class Destroyer. She sits so beautiful across the bay from me and I see her all the time.
- Send a thoughtful card or letter by mail: In this age of computers and technology, written cards and letters have gone by the wayside. Each month I’m going to send a friend a hand written note or card by mail and who knows maybe a little surprise to go along with it. This includes sending mail to my kids who are at college and private school. My mom used to send me little care packages when I lived far away and even if it was nothing more than a pack of gum and a handwritten I love you, it was so special to me.
So there is a start to a few of my new traditions. Do you have any new traditions you would like to start this year? Share your ideas with my followers! I’d love to hear them.