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“A year of ending and beginning, a year of loss and finding and all of you were with me through the storm. I drink to your health, your wealth, your fortune for long years to come, and I hope for many more days in which we can gather like this.” C.J. Cherryh

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Bill Vaughan
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Melody Beattie
For those of us with an inward turn of mind, which is another name for melancholy introspection, the beginning of a new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past. Michael Dirda

Happy New Year! HAPPY End of 2018! As I write this post, some parts of the world have already entered 2019 and are well on their way with celebrations and hoots of delight and gratitude. What a great gift to see another year, another day spent with loved ones, and the opportunity to set new goals and meet them. A few years after creating this blog, I started sending out the twelve gifts/blessings below because contemplating them added a positive influence to my year. I pick one each month and contemplate its impact on my life.

Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I offer each of you all twelve gifts and encourage you to practice choosing one as a point of focus every month. Choose one in any order you wish, and then contemplate how it has helped shape your decisions. Write your observations down and, with time, the gifts will reveal their secrets to you.  Words have tremendous power and these words can be used as monthly affirmations to help you along. You may substitute your own words too. Enjoy them and have an abundantly blessed 2019! Here are my twelve 2019 Happy New Year gifts/blessings/wishes for each of you/us:
♥ Health
♥ Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Adventure
♥ Divine Protection

If the creative muse or spirit moves you, feel free to create your own wish list of twelve and try using the suggested tips on affirmations above. What do you plan to do on January 1, 2019? Happy ♥ New ♥ Year!

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“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

 

New year can begin only because the old year ends. Madeleine L’Engle
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca The Younger
The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy. Charles Dickens
Another fresh new year is here another year to live! to banish worry, doubt, and fear, to love and laugh and give! William Arthur Ward
Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time. Craig D. Lounsbrough

Food is nourishment and it plays a very important role in all of our lives. Even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, you still need it as sustenance to keep body and mind functioning. Some time ago, I came across an article about special foods to eat just before the new year and on New Year’s Day. I tried it out and fell in love with the idea. Every year, I make sure to honor the foods on this list that I enjoy. Since I don’t eat meat, I skip the pork but, I try to incorporate all the others in some fashion. Frankly, in my area of NY, these foods are so popular as New year meals that, last year,  they ran out of black eyed peas.  I was quite surprised and vowed to always have it in stock in my pantry.  Bon appétit, Buon appetito, Rie nke ọma … and have a wonderful feast of your chosen foods.

Below are a carefully curated list of good luck foods to eat.  There are 10 groups of foods to choose from. You can eat something from each group or select a few to add to your celebrations. Your call.  Pick what you like and enjoy!

• Black eyed beans and/or Lentils for prosperity
• Buttered bread for nourishment (Ireland)
12 Grapes/Raisins before midnight (New Year’s Eve) for great fortune (Spain)
• Greens like Spinach, Kale, Collards remind us of green money and health and drive away evil spirits
• Pork as a way to stay focused in moving forward with our goals and desires.
• Long Noodles offers longevity and eating an unbroken long noodle is extra luck. (Asia)
• Cornbread – the sweet, sunny, yellow, satisfying food augurs prosperity on all fronts.
• Round Foods – desserts, citrus fruits, wave off the old and welcome the new into our sunny lives
• Whole Fish on New Year’s Day is a sign of great prosperity. Fish is a prosperous symbol in Asia
• Chocolate is always great as a digestive and a luxury treat signifying a year of pampering.

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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“At the end of every day of every year, two things remain unshakable, our constancy of purpose and our continuous discontent with the immediate present.” Roberto Goizueta

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

 

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

 

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Brad Paisley
I have a wish. It as a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning. Che Guevara
Let us embrace the coming year with a living hope for everyday life. Lailah Gifty Akita
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. Lewis
ear’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey
At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness. Life is going to happen whether you overthink it, overstress it or not. Just experience life and be happy along the way. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control your happiness. Holly Holm

What are you planning for 2019? What have you accomplished in 2018? I touched on my year in last week’s post so I won’t revisit that subject. One thing I know for sure is that it was a productive year with lots of surprises, setbacks, successes, challenges and grace. To celebrate the good, I decided to create a collage from 12 of my favorite posts this year. Can you identify any of them in the photo above? Do you know why I picked them? Regardless of my reason, what matters is that I stayed the course and created posts that I hope helped my readers and that also helped me grow.

Having a lifestyle blog that focuses on the positive helps me push through the minutiae and look for silver linings on cloudy days. Do I have my share of cloudy days? Of course, if you are human you get your share of life lessons and they help strengthen your backbone and give you more reasons to keep pressing on. Here’s to an abundant year of grace in all of our lives. May the gaze of the Goddess of great good fortune fall on each of us in 2019. Happy New Year!

 

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Another Fresh New Year is Here  – by William Arthur Ward via yourdailypoem
Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

 

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Positive Motivation Tip:  Wishing you and your loved ones abundant love and blessings in all areas of your life in 2019

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos:  Happy New Year via Pixabay
,  AND/OR  via  Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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204 Comments leave one →
  1. Krista Mills permalink
    01/01/2019 1:14 am

    I love the idea of using quotes. Brilliant post, and very eye catching.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:21 pm

      Merci!:)

  2. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    01/01/2019 1:29 am

    Happy New Year to you. May you get more views this year. I’m excited to read more of your articles.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:19 am

      What an original thought Neil. I had a good laugh when I read your comment, then I thought about it. Heck yeah! I pray for more of all good things this year. Thank you my friend! <3

  3. Viki permalink
    01/01/2019 2:22 am

    Setting monthly goals is a very wise approach to managing life better than one has previously done. I wish us all to achieve the goals we’ll set!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:17 am

      Amen to that. Here is to a year of true excellence!

  4. pslater1972 permalink
    01/01/2019 2:29 am

    Thanks for the gifts and food suggestions. I may also ‘borrow’ some of the quotes to use in my proper job.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:16 am

      Go right ahead and have a wonderful year too.

  5. Shnooks permalink
    01/01/2019 2:32 am

    Thank you for the amazing post and I really enjoyed the quotes you aded 💗 happy new year.

  6. Judy permalink
    01/01/2019 3:21 am

    I really enjoyed the list of food for the new year. It was interesting to read what each one was for. I think I may eat some of the round foods and chocolate!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:16 am

      Hahaha! I did too and loved every minute of it!

  7. Yazia permalink
    01/01/2019 4:16 am

    Love this post, I hope the new year becomes amazing for you and me

  8. my wee thoughts permalink
    01/01/2019 4:32 am

    As we wrap up this year, my wish for you is that each and every year is better than the last. Have a happy and Amazing New Year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:15 am

      Thank you for your kind wishes… and likewise. <3

  9. Elizabeth Varkey permalink
    01/01/2019 5:15 am

    I am really motivated with this new year blog. Motivational mondays are really motivating. Thank you for sharing this post and wish you all a very happy new year

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:15 am

      Wishing you great things ahead in 2019!

  10. reesa permalink
    01/01/2019 7:35 am

    Oh I love that quote you started your post with! So very fitting for the new year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:14 am

      It was a trigger for my post title too.Thank you!

  11. Mrs. Type A permalink
    01/01/2019 8:12 am

    Thanks so much for sharing. I loved the idea of the 12 gifts and spreading them throughout the year. Each new year always brings excitement that is easily lost after a few weeks. Spreading out the gifts is a great way to keep the momentum going!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 11:14 am

      I completely agree. Plus it gives us more to look forward to each month. TY!

  12. Lisa permalink
    01/01/2019 9:07 am

    Thank you for these 12 beautiful gifts! I like to think of myself as an eternal optimist, and also wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 10:56 am

      Yes, optimism is a guiding principle in my life too. happy new year!

  13. Nate permalink
    01/01/2019 10:14 am

    You’re so right about food being a nourishment and it plays a very important role in all of our lives. We need proper food to keep the body and mind functioning

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 10:55 am

      We sure do. Have a terrific 2019!

  14. Krysten permalink
    01/01/2019 1:44 pm

    Wishing you a very happy new year! I’m trying to figure out my relationship with food, hopefully it will be healthier this year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 3:15 pm

      Wishing you all the best in 2019!

  15. Lauren permalink
    01/01/2019 2:24 pm

    Wow! I loved this post…truly! Going to subscribe after I comment. I’m going to look at your list and create 12 words of my own. I love how you incorporated health by talking about different foods and the cultures beliefs for the new year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 3:14 pm

      Glad you find it helpful. Wishing you the best in 2019

  16. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    01/01/2019 3:44 pm

    I’m delighted that I came across your post. I will remember this! Have a wonderful year ahead 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 3:53 pm

      Seriously? You’ve visited and commented on my blog before. Come on!

  17. Ashley permalink
    01/01/2019 3:50 pm

    Happy 2019 to you! I hope that the start of the new year has been good to you. I do love most of your 12 words and feel that I can definitely focus on them more.I am working on better health through diet and exercise and need to get out there and find new friendships. My best friend and I had a falling out early last year, so I have had a hard time trusting since then. I need to remember not everyone will turn their back on me and there are valuable friendships out there. Thanks for sharing.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/01/2019 3:56 pm

      I do hope things improve in your friendship.I’m so sorry to read about the falling out. Like you, I will focus on health and exercise again this year. Plus staying positive helps me gain clarity too. Best wishes dear one. TY! 🙂

  18. marjiemare permalink
    01/01/2019 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much for those beautiful 12 gifts words. I intend to use them and sparkle in 2019. Happy New Year!

  19. Amanda Yorton permalink
    01/01/2019 4:25 pm

    Cornbread is definitely a feel good food for me but I didn’t know that it was a good luck food. My dad’s family would eat it at every holiday!

  20. Stephanie permalink
    01/01/2019 5:48 pm

    Another year, another opportunity! I like your idea of writing one-word wishes like this rather than full goals or just a single focus word. I spent the evening with my husband and some great neighbors watching the insane amount of fireworks in Houston, TX, that actually created insane fog in the area.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:20 pm

      Hahahah Insane fog. I like that. Best wishes in 2019

  21. Jeannette (Jay Joy) permalink
    01/01/2019 7:58 pm

    I will totally use these as affirmations. Thanks for the twelve gifts, they are reminders of what truly is important in life.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:19 pm

      Thank you too!

  22. Fujka permalink
    01/01/2019 8:35 pm

    Loved the idea of twelve gifts and dedicating a month to each! I would probably amend the list for myself, but the idea is awesome! Thanks for this inspiration 🙂

  23. nicoledurham permalink
    01/01/2019 8:40 pm

    Happy New Year! I thank you for my 12 gifts, I truly needed and appreciate them. Such a great idea! My 2019 has been well so far. 2018 was a wash, so much went wrong last year.. im working very hard for a better outcome this year.

  24. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    02/01/2019 1:09 am

    I am always excited as a kid when new year approaches. I feel very powerful and I know the year to come will be better for me than the year just passed. I try to stay positive and attract positive energy. it works so far!
    Happy New 2019 Year! Best Wishes!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:17 pm

      Happy New Year to you too!

  25. Ivan Jose permalink
    02/01/2019 2:21 am

    Happy New Year! I have definitely heard about the 12 grapes custom in Spain. In the Philippines, we display all things round and dotted.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:19 pm

      I love the round items idea too.

  26. Jeferson Beluso permalink
    02/01/2019 2:24 am

    I’m claiming your twelve gifts…..Thanks for giving me the positivity I needed in facing the New Year…..

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:19 pm

      Thank you. Claim them! 🙂

  27. folabest permalink
    02/01/2019 2:29 am

    Happy new year. The ideas for the year are amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

  28. chaddden2001 permalink
    02/01/2019 3:27 am

    This post is definitely motivating. I loved the idea of the 12 gifts and spreading them throughout the year and it keeps the motivation there, rather than running out after a few weeks.

  29. Surekha Busa permalink
    02/01/2019 4:16 am

    Happy to leave 2018 too. Even if it will make a year older.. lolz. At least i had move on to another page of my book. Nobody can stay on a single page. So let’s just be happy for every single one.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:16 pm

      Amne to that. Happy2019!

  30. Rupy permalink
    02/01/2019 5:54 am

    Very nice post. I accept your wishes and please all these from my side too.

  31. Fatima D Torres permalink
    02/01/2019 6:22 am

    thank you for the wonderful gifts, more so happiness and adventure. We love to explore as a family.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:15 pm

      Thank you too Fatima!Happy 2019!

  32. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    02/01/2019 8:17 am

    I hope you have a wonderful 2019 and that everything you’re working towards will happen!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:15 pm

      Amen to that and same to you! TY! 🙂

  33. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    02/01/2019 8:24 am

    Happy end of 2018! 🙂 Such a crazy year!

  34. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    02/01/2019 10:59 am

    My mom called me on New Year’s Eve to tell me she was having her traditional pork and sauerkraut meal. I laughed, but I like that she sticks to her traditions. 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:14 pm

      Hey…ya gotta believe. 🙂

  35. soulstories84457110 permalink
    02/01/2019 12:48 pm

    These were such good suggestions for everyone else for the New Year as well as a good overview of what would be good to achieve.

  36. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    02/01/2019 1:06 pm

    The list of food to eat for good luck is interesting. We always have some kind of fish on our table on New Year’s Eve. Asians (especially the Chinese) believe fish is for prosperity because the Chinese word for fish and sounds the same as the the word for prosperity. But then again, we must not rely purely on luck. We must work hard to achieve our goals too.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:13 pm

      Hahaha! Of course we will. 🙂

  37. janna permalink
    02/01/2019 1:20 pm

    really love the TS Eliot quote. I hadn’t heard it before but it really resonates with me. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  38. Justyna Butler permalink
    02/01/2019 2:16 pm

    Happy New years to you and to your beautiful family! This year I will focus on my family…and travels! Cannot wiat what 2019 will bring!

  39. Elaine @ Changing Laines permalink
    02/01/2019 2:31 pm

    I loved that you included a list of good luck foods for the new year. The only one I had ever heard of was black eyed peas, which I did make. Learning about the others was very interesting! I don’t think I could incorporate a whole fish into next year’s meal, but definitely could on the others.

  40. Tiffany permalink
    02/01/2019 3:26 pm

    Happy new year! I love all of your good wishes but I particularly love the list of good luck foods! How unique and there are definitely some I’ve never heard of before! You’ve always got such interesting culture to share with us!

  41. Judy permalink
    02/01/2019 4:05 pm

    Another Fresh New Year is Here. I really liked reading that. To banish worry, doubt and fear. I’m not sure why it’s so hard to live without those three but it’s a reminder to try. Thank you.

  42. Blair permalink
    02/01/2019 5:45 pm

    Happy New Year 2019 💫. As always a great collection of motivational ideas. Thanks for the exceptional effort.

  43. kaypittmanknits permalink
    02/01/2019 6:22 pm

    I feel like I accomplished a lot in 2018 as far as working on my own business. The problem is that I felt like the year passed me by because I was so focused on work and nothing else. This year I want to continue to focus on my brand but also take time to smell the roses and see the world. I want to enjoy my life while I’m still on this Earth. So for 2019 I hope for the 12 words you mentioned above but especially peace, love, happiness, friendship and success. I really hope to spend more time with family this year because they are important.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:12 pm

      I wish you much success too…yes, stop and smell the roses for sure.

  44. Angela Tolsma permalink
    02/01/2019 6:30 pm

    I love your 12 years of gifts, it’s beautiful. Cheers to a new year and I hope it’s a beautiful year for you.

  45. thebusyboymama permalink
    02/01/2019 7:02 pm

    This post is so bright and cheerful. I definitely hope for some adventure in 2019!

  46. Clare Minall permalink
    02/01/2019 8:32 pm

    Oh wow, Love your list of good luck foods to eat. Those were really a great way to start our year full of luck.

  47. 03/01/2019 1:05 am

    Happy New Year!! I love your 12 gifts and the idea of focusing on one of those values for each month of the year. What a great idea. THANKS so much! And thanks for the quotes, you always find good ones. I have that Brad Paisley one posted 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:01 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! Wishing you the best in 2019:)

  48. Jessica Lyles, LMSW permalink
    03/01/2019 3:55 am

    Without this post I would not have known you have series of motivational post each week! That’s dedication. I love the quotes and recommendations you gave throughout to make the New Year the best it can be.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:00 pm

      Thank you Jessica!

  49. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    03/01/2019 5:09 am

    Happy New Year, Elizabeth!
    I spent the first day of the year at home, with the rest of the family, resting and catching up on much-needed sleep, haha! I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family, too. 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:10 pm

      Happy New Year to you too!

  50. Taty Barone permalink
    03/01/2019 5:18 am

    Happy new year and thanks for this wonderful gifts!

  51. Everything On A Plate permalink
    03/01/2019 6:08 am

    The quote by Brad Paisley is our favorite!

  52. Laura Dove permalink
    03/01/2019 6:11 am

    Happy 2019 to you Elizabeth! I have had such a strange relationship with food over the years, I am hoping that this year I am finally in a good place with it.

  53. Marissa's Teachable Moments permalink
    03/01/2019 6:16 am

    Wow, your 12 wishes for the new year are beautiful! I can’t wait to write the first chapter of my 2019 book.

  54. Cindy permalink
    03/01/2019 6:38 am

    I love the idea of focusing on one of the 12 gifts for each month and starting with health in January is perfect!

  55. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    03/01/2019 7:56 am

    What a lovely post, and love the 12 words rather than resolutions, I am going to focus on two this month though health and hope x

  56. 03/01/2019 8:28 am

    Chocolate as a digestive? I’m okay with that 🙂 I’m very aware that if I eat a little bit of really good chocolate it’s more satisfying than a whole bar of sweet stuff that can leave a slimy feeling in my mouth.
    Happy New year lovely lady xx

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:10 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Gilly! 🙂 Sweets are my downfall. I need to cut back on them a lot this year…

  57. vidyatiru permalink
    03/01/2019 12:26 pm

    love the idea of 12 gifts and enjoyed the curated list of lucky foods too.. i am going to ensure we have those at home 🙂 and I know I have visited your blog before and loved reading it earlier, so now leaving with a promise i will visit more often now.. 🙂

  58. Henrietta Gee permalink
    03/01/2019 1:18 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! What a precious post and your gift ideas of the 12 words is a fab idea. I narrowed in on wisdom, grace. love and would add family 🙂 I also really enjoy how you sprinkle quotes on your posts. this one resonated much…”The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie

  59. Megan permalink
    03/01/2019 1:44 pm

    Thank you for a beautiful year of motivation and beautiful posts. I hope you have a wonderful start to 2019!

  60. Lisa Rios permalink
    03/01/2019 1:45 pm

    The end of a year marks 365 new beginnings! I’m so excited to improve my relationships and business.

  61. Danielle permalink
    03/01/2019 4:20 pm

    It is so important to have good food in order to nourish our bodies and minds. It is also important to keep us fueled in order to chase our goals!

  62. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    03/01/2019 5:03 pm

    Yeah!! Love all your captures here & motivational sharing here, Happy New Year 2019 ya 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  63. Flossie permalink
    03/01/2019 5:16 pm

    I’ve heard of new year’s goals (which I do), resolutions (which I don’t), focus words, but new year’s wishes? I love this! Will stick on mental back burner and mull over!

  64. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    03/01/2019 5:36 pm

    Love your personal sharing here, let’s continue enjoy 2019, happy new year 2019. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  65. lisamfucci permalink
    03/01/2019 6:27 pm

    Happy new year. I am ready for 2019. 2018 was a rough year for us. Cheers!!!

  66. Christa permalink
    03/01/2019 6:34 pm

    Happy New Year! I love the twelve wishes/blessing you mentioned. I wish all the same for you.

  67. Gervin Khan permalink
    03/01/2019 8:18 pm

    I’ve always waiting for your article to be posted. I love every post from this amazing blog site. It teaches us something to acquire in our self and make use of it in our daily lives.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:03 pm

      You are too kind.:) TY!

  68. The Color Coded Mom permalink
    03/01/2019 8:40 pm

    Wow, what an interesting post! I especially loved the list of good luck foods to eat in different areas of the world! So cool!

  69. Vince permalink
    03/01/2019 11:38 pm

    Wow never knew some of these. Fun read!

  70. Shweta koul permalink
    04/01/2019 2:37 am

    This is really a motivational blog, I’m going to bookmark this. Thanks a lot for motivating us. Keep posting.

  71. Samar permalink
    04/01/2019 2:40 am

    I am going to follow these steps for sure. Really Excited. !!!!

  72. moyinoluwababy permalink
    04/01/2019 3:26 am

    Happy New year to you! Will apply your tips to become better in 2019

  73. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    04/01/2019 3:50 am

    We follow that tradition of eating 12 grapes, too. We also have 12 round fruits on the table, as this symbolizes good fortune for each month of the coming year.

  74. Cathy Stucker permalink
    04/01/2019 4:52 am

    I must say you have a great collage of pictures. Its so inspiring that I am planning for something similar. What tools you have used to create this? Hope you had a great new year 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 10:57 pm

      I use Pixlr to create the collage and Canva for the quotes in collage.

  75. Jennifer Prince permalink
    04/01/2019 5:19 am

    Ha! I like the optimist/pessimist quote. So fun! I am glad a new year is here with new beginnings! 🙂

  76. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    04/01/2019 5:35 am

    The year 2018 had past and I am so grateful for all the things that happened for that past year. Thank you for the 12 gifts that you given to us as we are welcoming this year of 2019 with all positivity and love. I am so excited to see what 2019 stores for all of us!

  77. Susan permalink
    04/01/2019 5:53 am

    Happy New Year! I’d never known about the “good luck” foods you listed. Always wondered why people eat what they do on this holiday – and now I know!

  78. With Love Moni permalink
    04/01/2019 6:57 am

    I am offering you the same too. Happy New Year lady. Have a great year.

  79. Corina permalink
    04/01/2019 7:52 am

    Thanks for sharing gifts and food suggestions, I also like quotes very much And wishing you Happy new year.

  80. presiiicom permalink
    04/01/2019 8:19 am

    Happy new year. This first week is the first blank week out of the 52 weeks we have. Let’s write a good one.

  81. Joline permalink
    04/01/2019 9:03 am

    Happy new year! Loving those gifts 🙂 We spent the first day of the year with family and I can’t think of a better way to start the year. Have a wonderful 2019!

  82. Tizzy Says permalink
    04/01/2019 11:17 am

    I love this quote “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ” What does one say about those who just sleep through the turnover to the new year?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 10:56 pm

      Smart… hahaha!

  83. sincerelymissj permalink
    04/01/2019 11:21 am

    Happy new Year to you! Your posts are always filled with such great insights and positive energy! Thanks for sharing!

  84. Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins) permalink
    04/01/2019 11:37 am

    My whole goal for the year is just less. Less stress, less stuff, less saying YES to everything!

  85. Stephanie Jeannot permalink
    04/01/2019 12:01 pm

    Looks like you take a huge leap of faith into the new year. That’s awesome. Happy 2019 to you. Hope you find every blessing that has your name on it.

  86. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    04/01/2019 12:06 pm

    I always enjoy your in-depth posts, with all the great quotes (which I also love to include in my own blogs), along with the pictures and thoughts. I like the idea you offered about the 12 gifts, and to concentrate on one each month. I might choose health for this month, in all areas (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual!)

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:03 pm

      Yes, I always start with health and then work my way through the rest…

  87. folabest permalink
    04/01/2019 12:47 pm

    I say amen to your twelve wishes and I wish you a greater success this year.

  88. Ari Jade permalink
    04/01/2019 12:54 pm

    I appreciate my gifts I think that your passion for motivating others & using faith to support that. I wish you the best of luck this year!

  89. Becca Wilson permalink
    04/01/2019 1:06 pm

    This is such a great end of the year post. I love all of your gifts that you have left for us to take with us.

  90. Flavia Bernardes permalink
    04/01/2019 1:25 pm

    Happy New Year! And great to read about all those traditions to bring in good fortune for the new year (I especially liked the Spanish tradition – it sounds really fun).

  91. Kim permalink
    04/01/2019 2:14 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for sharing these 12 gifts with us. I think these are very doable. I’m definitely going to try this.

    My resolution this year is to eat healthier and take more time out from work to spend time with my family.

    Thanks again for this great post – very motivating indeed.

    Kim

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 11:02 pm

      Thanks for checking in. Best wishes in 2019!

  92. Kayla permalink
    04/01/2019 4:47 pm

    I love the idea behind your 12. My biggest goals this year is saying No, focusing on me and my family, and doing whatever it is that makes me happy. I’m a mom of 4 little ones and I need to make more time for myself.

  93. HilLesha O'Nan permalink
    04/01/2019 4:54 pm

    It has been years since I’ve made New Year’s resolutions. This is why I try to make small, attainable goals throughout the year instead.

  94. genaadventure permalink
    04/01/2019 7:07 pm

    Happy New Year! I think I have already mentioned somewhere on Instagram, but I will say again – your posts always give me so much motivation! And inpire me to be better and do better. Speaking of endings – I have taked down my Christmas decorations ealrie today, I usually wait until at least a mid January. I just felt like I had to move on and begin a New Year without anything holding me up 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 10:54 pm

      Wishing you all the best in 2019 too!

      • genaadventure permalink
        07/01/2019 8:34 am

        thank you, Eliz! Same to you 🙂

  95. Justyna Butler permalink
    04/01/2019 8:02 pm

    may your new 2019 be all full of health and prosperity!

  96. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    04/01/2019 9:39 pm

    Beautifully written and I offer the 12 gifts to you as well. I hope 2019 is everything you want it to be. I’ve made few goals and plan to focus on them instead of a lot like I usually makde.

  97. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    04/01/2019 10:59 pm

    Happy New Year! I am focusing on health after I had a scare last year. Here’s to success in 2019! ♡

  98. alwaysusebutter permalink
    05/01/2019 12:23 am

    I love the idea to focus on a specific thing each month, or even each day. Otherwise I run around knowing I wanna change “all these things” but nothing happens. Thanks for the tips!

  99. Daily Deals UK permalink
    05/01/2019 12:54 am

    Happy new year to you – I need some motivation myself if I’m honest, I need 2019 to be my year!!!

  100. happyandbusy permalink
    05/01/2019 1:24 am

    Hello!!! HAppy new year too!!! I really love how you made my 2018 inspired! Just keep on doing what you are doing!

  101. Amna Tariq Shah permalink
    05/01/2019 3:27 am

    Totally love the food suggestions and the quotes. Happy new year 🙂

  102. Elaine permalink
    05/01/2019 3:46 am

    Learning about the foods others eat on holidays is so interesting to me! The only one I had heard of on your list was black eyed peas for the holiday.

  103. Jeferson Beluso permalink
    05/01/2019 4:06 am

    will use 12 gifts as guide to get through 2019….I wish you all the best this 2019…..

  104. Belle Marie permalink
    05/01/2019 5:08 am

    I love the idea of focusing on gifts, as opposed to goals – a positive start to the new year ahead.

  105. Gervin Khan permalink
    05/01/2019 5:14 am

    I am so grateful to read this post and helps me to be more motivated and to be a better person. Thank you also for the 12 gifts that you’ve shared with us. Happy New Year to you, too!

  106. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    05/01/2019 5:57 am

    Happy new year too! I achieved most of my 2018 goals but on to 2019, I want be become more actionable and track all goals.

  107. Silent Scream permalink
    05/01/2019 5:57 am

    Happy 2019. Another great read. Im trying to do my wish list of twelve too.

  108. Shane Parks permalink
    05/01/2019 6:26 am

    Happy 2019! It feels like a fundamental shift this year, more so than in years past. If I was to sum my goals up in 2019 it would be to improve my efficiency and organization.

  109. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    05/01/2019 6:58 am

    Yeah!! Thanks so much for this motivational cum festive sharing, love your postings as always. cheers, siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com

  110. Megha Sehgal permalink
    05/01/2019 7:06 am

    True happy new year wish… And I am going to read this again and again… Real positive blog and infomative

  111. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    05/01/2019 7:15 am

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you an amazing 2019. Have a great year.

  112. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    05/01/2019 7:22 am

    I love the 12 gifts, how lovely, thank you! Wishing you a healthy, happy and successful 2019!

  113. ruiyyanko permalink
    05/01/2019 11:03 am

    Mondays are the worst, but I love your idea of 12 motivational gifts. Many of us often neglect to take the time for self-reflection when it is actually essential in keeping a positive mindset. I hope you have had a wonderful festive season, and 2019 brings lots of love and joy.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/01/2019 10:36 pm

      Likewise…thank you for your kind words.

  114. Stephanie @ Nutrition Hungry permalink
    05/01/2019 11:17 am

    Happy New Year! Love the list of good luck foods, can’t wait to try some!

  115. sincerelymissj permalink
    05/01/2019 11:19 am

    Really great post always full of inspiring and interesting content. I really enjoyed reading about the significance of different foods in different cultures, in regards to starting the year a new! Happy 2019!

  116. makeupadda1 permalink
    05/01/2019 11:50 am

    Happy New Year to you too. That’s a beautiful motivating article. I love reading your articles.

  117. Alix Maza permalink
    05/01/2019 1:23 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful post! I never thought of having 12 words/one for each month. Great idea!

  118. Emilio Marcos Sierra permalink
    05/01/2019 1:42 pm

    Love your 12 happy new year wishes, and straight back at you! I love how positive and motivational your post is it has put me in a really good mood!

  119. Sinjana Ghosh permalink
    05/01/2019 7:16 pm

    Happy new year and wish 2019 bringyour all the joy and success. Great motivating words to start every week of the year.

  120. April Marquardt permalink
    05/01/2019 9:55 pm

    Happy New Year to you! I love the list of food for the new year.

  121. nicol permalink
    05/01/2019 11:23 pm

    and i would love to send you the same 12 gifts too. also, i did find the list of food really interesting to read! learn something new every day

  122. Blair villanueva permalink
    06/01/2019 2:29 am

    One word per month and complete it to 12months! This is an awesome idea and helps us to be focus on what we want.

  123. brianmayroam permalink
    06/01/2019 5:01 am

    Happy New Year to you as well. I love the whole fish idea…….ever since I visited Thailand for the first time back in 2013.

  124. helenevlacho permalink
    06/01/2019 5:36 am

    Beautiful quotes including meaningful wishes. I wish the best for the New Year and hope for peace and love.

  125. Everything On A Plate permalink
    06/01/2019 8:55 am

    one of our favorite parts about your blog are the on point quotes ! LOVE LOVE LOVE !

    We have noted so many down

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      08/01/2019 12:34 pm

      Thank you! <3

  126. Katrina Honer permalink
    06/01/2019 11:17 am

    It’s funny you mentioned grapes on New Years 🙂 My mom hangs grapes from the windows to bring in good luck and we always have a basket of 13 different fruits placed on the table before New Years Eve.

  127. Cris permalink
    06/01/2019 11:53 am

    What a beautiful post with those collages of photos! I love the thought of taking each of those positive things and focus on a new one each month. That should certainly bring much good to anyone’s year.

  128. aditi permalink
    06/01/2019 12:44 pm

    I just love the Bill Vaughn quote on optimists and pessimists. Life becomes what lens you view it from.

  129. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    06/01/2019 2:44 pm

    You always share the best quotes and advice for life. Like this one “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” by Melody Beattie. I have been trying to “write” my new year and plan it better than the last one.

  130. myweethoughts permalink
    06/01/2019 4:46 pm

    Happy New Year to you! 🙂 The qoutes and the food are everything! Best wishes this year!

  131. kaypittmanknits permalink
    06/01/2019 5:44 pm

    I always cook greens, black eyed peas, and a roast for new years. I was unaware of the grapes. I’ll be adding that to my yearly tradition. I also read that there’s a culture that believes wearing polka dots represent coins in the new year, meaning financial prosperity. I’ll be adding this to my tradition as well.

  132. ForeignFreshFierce permalink
    06/01/2019 9:18 pm

    Nice wrap up to 2018 and start of 2019! Looking forward to.new quotes for 2019!

  133. Aashirvad Kumar permalink
    06/01/2019 10:14 pm

    That’s pretty cool. The guide has manythings which are really awesome for the peoples. Their many things are mentioned which are useful.

  134. Times With Kai Mommy Blog permalink
    06/01/2019 11:54 pm

    thank you for the gifts! Happy New Year! this year will be about rethinking my goals and acting on them even more and paying more attention to myself. This year is definitely more about self-care

  135. Jasmeet Singh permalink
    07/01/2019 12:54 am

    A very refreshing read. Thank you for the amazing gifts. I wish you a very happy and prosperous New year.

  136. Everything On A Plate permalink
    07/01/2019 2:32 am

    Loved it! Do try and do another one based on food ! we want to see what dates you have tell us that are important for food

  137. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    07/01/2019 2:57 am

    Happy New Year to you too! These are 12 great gifts – I would like to send the same gifts back to you too…

  138. Candy permalink
    07/01/2019 3:37 am

    There is all kind of information given here in this post. We make goals and a plan to finish them

  139. Helen Neale permalink
    07/01/2019 6:00 am

    Happy New Year to you! I just love this food for the year! Thank you for posting and allowing us to start our year right

  140. Nicole permalink
    07/01/2019 10:20 am

    What an amazing and inspirational post. I love the 12 wishes that you did. I’ll have to do a list of my own, thanks for sharing!

  141. Binge on Basics permalink
    07/01/2019 10:36 am

    A very happy new year to you too and it is good way to start new year by setting your goals. Keeps you organised and focused all year long

  142. wayfarerkate permalink
    07/01/2019 10:39 am

    I love the positivity in your posts. I hope you receive the same gifts for your new years. Keep the positive vibes up!

  143. ashleynicolerice permalink
    07/01/2019 12:20 pm

    Happy New Year!! I was so excited to start this New Beginning. I just set my goals for the year!

  144. Pedro permalink
    07/01/2019 12:23 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    What a fantastic blog you’ve got here…and what an inspiring and inspirational article. Love the motivational quotes.

    I am really excited about 2019.

    And because I am feeling inspired, I will end with a quote from a great friend: The past is a story TOLD; The future can be written in GOLD!
    Have an amazing 2019!

    Best,
    Pedro

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      08/01/2019 12:33 pm

      Thank you Pedro. Wishing you great things in 2019!

  145. Ruth permalink
    07/01/2019 2:52 pm

    Happy new year to you 🙂 I hope it’s an amazing one and I can’t wait to read more of your posts this year :3 I always look forward to them. Great post as always and the quotes are amazing X

  146. Melanie Frost permalink
    07/01/2019 4:05 pm

    I have actually heard the idea about eating fish on New Years before, but did not know about the others. I will have to try one of those out next year.

  147. jessylauren permalink
    07/01/2019 4:56 pm

    I never knew grapes could bring fourth good fortune!!! This with the other good luck foods! I wish I saw this before nye!!!

  148. blair villanueva permalink
    07/01/2019 4:57 pm

    To some up the whole year, always SMILE. One of the beautiful 5-letter word that never goes out of style 😀

  149. kayceeenerva permalink
    07/01/2019 7:29 pm

    Happy new year! Oh boy, I really need motivation my body is sill on vacation mode!

  150. konnaant permalink
    08/01/2019 3:12 am

    Happy New Year. WIsh you the best for you and your family. Actually I just pusblished an ig post talking about my goals for the year and “eating enough food” was at the top ahaha. Somehow even though I always try to take care of myself I forget to eat.

  151. Alyazia permalink
    08/01/2019 3:15 am

    I love the article really interesting

  152. Criselle Anne permalink
    08/01/2019 6:47 am

    Thank you for this motivational topic. I myself have been trying to do monthly goals specifically my blog view. I’m hoping that we all get these goals not only every month but for the rest of the year.

  153. twinspirational permalink
    08/01/2019 12:25 pm

    Happy New Year Elizabeth. We love reading all of your Motivational Monday posts. Can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for you.

  154. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    08/01/2019 3:36 pm

    These! So true in every level…

    – Long Noodles offers longevity and eating an unbroken long noodle is extra luck. (Asia)
    – Round Foods – desserts, citrus fruits, wave off the old and welcome the new into our sunny lives.

    Thanks for sharing, brought a smile to my face.

  155. Geraline Batarra permalink
    08/01/2019 6:26 pm

    Another year to be happy and sad, whatever it is, just cherish every moment of our lives.

  156. toastycritic permalink
    09/01/2019 12:10 am

    Thank you for the 12 blessings. They are definitely needed for the new year. I wish for you the same. I am sure 2019 will be an amazing year.

  157. Christine Ann Fuentes Dela Cruz permalink
    09/01/2019 4:21 pm

    Happy New Year to you Elis. Wishing you more productive year this 2019. and keep spreading motivational posts.

  158. Carly Nicole permalink
    10/01/2019 5:47 am

    Happy 2019! I loved your blessings for us and wish them upon you too in the upcoming year 🙂 I will be trying to eat healthier in the new year.

  159. momelite2 permalink
    10/01/2019 3:50 pm

    I have a feeling 2019 is going to be a great year! Best wishes to you!

  160. Adriana permalink
    11/01/2019 7:51 pm

    I love the end of the year, it allows us to really reflect and set new goals for the new year. happy 2019

  161. alwaysusebutter permalink
    12/01/2019 2:22 am

    I love starting a new year! So much energy and anything can happen!

  162. Bindu Thomas permalink
    14/01/2019 12:06 am

    love the idea of 12 gifts. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for the motivating post. Best wishes for you.

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