Here's my take on New Year's Eve: Don't put so much pressure on the actual date you celebrate. You can have so much more fun if you ignore Dec. 31 itself.
I'm celebrating it on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28!
I really don't want to be in the middle of all the craziness on Dec. 31, and I'm not so enamored of any of the current men in my life (none of them is "the one") to undergo all the pressure that comes with being someone's date for New Year's Eve. (More on my dating philosophy in my Prepare to Be Loved program.
So, I have two super-fun events coming up for the weekend after Christmas. On Saturday, Dec. 27, I'm meeting some of my best women friends in the world (and they're also my ready-to-party aunt, cousin, and two ex-wives of my brothers -- the mothers of my nieces and nephews). We'll be going out for margaritas and Mexican food, and out for line dancing after that. And, probably sleeping it off at my aunt's house. I love these women, and can't wait!
On Sunday, Dec. 28, it's the December meeting of the women's wine-tasting group I'm a part of, and we'll be meeting at the beautiful home of one of the members, with the theme of Winter Wines . . . (and celebrating my birthday, which was Dec. 24).
I find that it's so much easier to schedule wonderful time with women friends (both married, divorced, and single) when you do it between Christmas and New Year's -- so that's what I do!
These two events will be the highlight of my holiday season. I find Christmas with the family just a little depressing and stressful, since there's hardly anything on which we see eye to eye. Yet, they're family, and I do it.
So what should you do on the dread New Year's Eve itself? If your kids are with you, order pizza, watch some movies and make noise at midnight.
If you're on your own? Indulge yourself in any way that feels good to you -- especially by doing things that your ex didn't like or didn't approve of.
Of course, you can use this time to take a look at your year in review and decide how to make the new year different.
But, for many of you, it's a much happier idea just to let it all go, and get to bed before midnight. By the time you awaken, a beautiful new year will be here!
Before you turn in, you can make a little ritual of kissing the old year goodbye, or maybe exorcizing it from your life with a few rounds of lion's breath -- open your mouth wide, extend your tongue, and forcefully exhale everything that brought you to your knees in the past year.
You can take a cleansing bath or shower during which you symbolically wash away every disappointment, regret, and fear, and call in everything you want to be part of your life in 2015. Use a wonderful scent that makes you feel protected, calm, and strong. Whatever scent you like is a good one for you!
2015. It's your year to make of it whatever you will. Make a resolve that no one else will hijack your beautiful life for their own purposes. I want to propose a new definition of selfishness. It means that you are full of yourself, full of the person who you were always meant to be. An example of beauty, strength, and happiness, who draws like-minded people to you.
I'm wishing you the very happiest new year ever!