I think we can all agree that 2020 had its fair share of ups and downs; but if you’re reading this, then that means you’ve made it this far. So let’s at least be thankful that we got through all the mess and chaos—that is definitely something to be grateful for!

For this New Year, I decided to do things differently.

I cleaned my house by New Year’s Eve as usual per southern tradition (or at least my southern grandma’s!), but I also decided to purchase a fire pit.

Why a fire pit, didn’t 2020 see enough things that needed to be burned to ashes??

I purchased a fire pit to try out a new idea that I saw someone post on Pinterest. Fire is symbolic. It symbolizes many things including passion, desire, rebirth, resurrection, eternity, hope, and purification.

What does all of that have to do with me and my newly-acquired fire pit?

So the concept is this: I got a sheet of paper, then one side I wrote some of the things that did not go well in 2020. On the opposite side of the paper, I wrote things that I wanted to start doing (or start doing better) in 2021. After lighting the firepit, I stood there for about two to three minutes in silence, focusing on and visualizing the things I wanted to change. Then I burned the paper. This was definitely a new experience, but it felt SO good to do.

As a part of our ceremony, my children also created their own list of things that they wanted to accomplish this year and burned it as well. I’ve decided that this is an activity that I’d like to continue once every month or two, that way it’ll be a consistent reminder to me of the things that I want to remove from my life and the goals and habits that I want to replace them with.

No matter the experiences you’ve had to this point, you made it here. If you were dissatisfied or unfulfilled in 2020, you still have the power to change the course of your life now. Whether you do a symbolic burning ceremony like I did or simply make up in your mind to make a change, do it! Regardless of what’s going on around us, let’s strive to make it the best year yet.

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