Here at JPI, we’re happy to say goodbye to 2020. Thankfully, the year hasn’t been all bad… Some of us were even able to find a few good things to say about 2020. COVID-19 made time with family and friends even more precious than ever. It gave many of us a true sense of purpose, too. Some of us said we were more grateful for even the little things now. Still… There’s an old Irish tradition that says open your door at midnight to let the old year out and the New Year in. For 2020, we’re thinking it would be good to open the garage and windows as well. Really. This year just needs to go!

Ringing In the New Year

Sooo, how are you planning to celebrate? In case you’re looking for ideas, here are some traditions from around the world.

If you interested in improving your luck in the New Year, try this Southern tradition. Simmer up a pot of Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens. They say the two together represent coins and paper money and will bring you good fortune. Since my mother’s family hails from Texas, this is my go-to for New Year’s and apparently, I’m not the only one in the office.

A few folks here hope to travel more next year. If you too are hoping for a year filled with travel and adventure, try this idea from Columbia. Run around the block as fast as you can, carrying an empty suitcase.

Or maybe you’ve heard about eating 12 grapes for good luck. And in case you’re wondering… It’s actually a thing. They do it in Spain on New Year’s Eve. Mexico, too. The 12 grapes represent the 12 months of the coming year and they’re eaten at the stroke of midnight.

How about a tradition for procrastinators? For people who follow the Lunar Calendar, the New Year isn’t celebrated until February 12th. That should give you plenty of time to prepare yourself for the Year of the Ox.

Of all the ideas I heard floating around the office, the best idea I heard by far was an annual tradition of making, not a New Year’s resolution, but a dream board that matches your goals for the coming year.

However you celebrate, we wish you the very best in 2021. Thank you for sticking with us through a tough year!

Make a Vision Board in 5 Easy Steps
1. Select a board… Any kind of board will do. Pick something you’ll like to look at.
2. Go through magazines and collect images, words, and quotes you love.
3. Begin arranging them on your board, embellish with markers and stickers if you like.
4. OPTIONAL: Save a spot in the middle for a fabulous picture of you.
5. Display it where you’ll see it every day.