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Out With The OLD . . . In With The NOW December 31, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Mindfulness.

IMGP1800bMy “resolution/goal/plan/intent” for 2015 is simple . . . let go of the “OLD” to make room for the “NOW.”

More specifically:

* Remain awake and aware.
* Stay focused on THIS moment.
* Enjoy the journey.
* Be patient. Allow the path to unfold.
* Be Here Now.

Midnight tonight (New Year’s Eve) signals  the transition from OLD to NEW in venues all around the world.

It’s an arbitrary calendar event, much like Christmas, but one shrouded in tradition, folklore, and celebration.

Since moving to Florida, BFF and I no longer celebrate the arrival of the New Year by sitting on the couch to watch revelers in Times Square watch a big ball descend a long pole amid a cacophonous chorus of horns, whistles, bells, drums, fanflukers, and sardineous screams of  3!  … get off my foot … 2! … stop pushing! …  1! …  Happy New Year!!!

Weather permitting, we greet the New Year on the beach with fireworks screaming overhead at midnight.

A few years ago, we watched a show on New Year’s traditions around the world.  Our ears perked up and  stomachs growled with delight when the host mentioned that eating chocolate on New Year’s Eve will improve one’s “luck” in the New Year.

Chocolate?  Yes, please.


We have an ample supply of chocolate at the ready . . . which we plan to inhale before heading out to the fireworks.

And again on our return.

Just for good measure.

Aah . . . that’s better!

How do you “ring in” the New Year?  Alone or With Friends?   In or Out?  Awake and Aware?  Sound Asleep?  Sleepwalking?  Sober? Intoxicated?

Mickey-OKHowever you choose to celebrate . . . Be Happy!

Our mood at midnight (as well as the type of food we eat) tends to follow us into the New Year.

Enjoy a smorgasbord of gustatory pleasures and your heart’s delight tonight . . . for tomorrow we die-et!



1. Rainee - December 31, 2014

I like your resolutions Nancy. It will be nice and quiet here – hopefully I will be snoozing. It is only 3.5 hours to 2015 here 🙂

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

I didn’t realize you were 13 hours ahead of us, Rainee. Hope your 2015 is full of all good things. Enjoy!

2. Val Boyko - December 31, 2014

I love your resolution Nancy. Letting go .. and being present 🙂
I also like to think of creating space at this time of year so that there is room for the new to be manifested…
Today we will be cooking and taking the goodies over to friends to enjoy together along with some special wines.
We will also have some port and chocolate in the hot tub afterwards 🙂
Not too intoxicated compared with my home land!!
Happy New Year to you!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

That sounds a great send off for 2014 and a warm welcome to 2015, Val. We’re doing an early dinner out with friends followed by dessert (Chocolate Bread Pudding) at their place. Perhaps we should the hot tub to our agenda?

Here’s to creating space so the NEW doesn’t feel intrusive.

3. Jill Weatherholt - December 31, 2014

One of my most memorable NYE was spent on a boat in Florida. We watched the fire works from the water…so cool! Well, I have my physical/blood work this morning, so I’ll be free to partake in some chocolate tonight. We typically hang at home or at our neighbors. I must admit, some years I’ve fallen asleep before midnight. Have a great time tonight, Nancy! Wishing you the very best in the New Year!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

I’m glad you didn’t schedule your blood work for tomorrow morning. Fasting + New Year’s Eve = NOT Perfect Together.

Being on the water to sip cocktails and watch fireworks would be awesome . . . as long as there was a head on board.

Hope your 2015 is full of infinite possibilities and fun surprises!

4. Hariod Brawn - December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Nancy – may it bring you lots of chocolate!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Thank you! Enjoy the tail end of 2014 as 2015 readies itself to cross the threshold.

5. Silver in the Barn - December 31, 2014

Happy New Year, Nancy. We are flying down to SC to visit family tonight and then picking up some rescue dogs in the morning to fly back up to Richmond. That’s a good way to start the New Year, right? Cheers!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

WOW! That sounds like an awesome plan, Barbara.

Of course an even better plan would include a detour to Bradenton Beach. We like dogs.

Enjoy your visit tonight and your rescue mission tomorrow. I wish you all the best in 2015 (and beyond).

6. NancyTex - December 31, 2014

Have a wonderful beachside New Year’s Eve, NH! Cheers to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2015.

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Thanks, NT! I wish you the best from first to last ~ be happy, be healthy, and at peace.

7. suzicate - December 31, 2014

Going out for New Years has never been a tradition for us. This year we’re not staying in as usual. We’re going to a friend’s house and then to our town center for a celebration of local vendors and lots of live music, including Eddie Money…now that takes me back a few years! Happy New Year to you and BFF!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

We’re going to Main St. Live tonight which sounds like your town center celebration. Music by Big Daddy. Enjoy Eddie Money.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

8. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - December 31, 2014

All of the sudden i feel the need to celebrate with chocolate!

Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - December 31, 2014

And Happy New Year!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

You must celebrate with chocolate. It brings good luck. Black eyed peas do too . . . but they aren’t as fun to eat.

Have a happiest of New Years, Kate!

9. thecontentedcrafter - December 31, 2014

For a number of years now I have chosen to spend New Years Eve in quiet retrospection and review, tempered with a little anticipation. This year I wrote a blog post allowing that process to unfurl. I ate some chocolate dessert 🙂 Happy New Year Nancy!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Glad you enjoyed some Good Luck Chocolate to usher in the new year, Pauline. I look forward to more of your contented posts in 2015.

10. Eric Tonningsen - December 31, 2014

Of course chocolate. Was there ever any doubt? 🙂 The year transitions as I slumber deeply, by design.

Much happiness your way in 2015.

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Thank you, Eric! All the best for 2015 . . . enjoy your deep sleep as 2014 takes its final bow..

11. diannegray - December 31, 2014

I slept through it last night, but Happy New Year to you, Nancy xxxx

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Thanks, Dianne. At the moment, I’m not sure I’ll make it to midnight. {{Yawn}} We did have a good time with our friends and the chocolate bread pudding was divine!

12. brickhousechick - December 31, 2014

* Remain awake and aware.
* Stay focused on THIS moment.
* Enjoy the journey.
* Be patient. Allow the path to unfold.
* Be Here Now.
are exactly what I hope to do more of this coming year! Oh, and laugh more! 🙂 Have a fantastic time at the beach welcoming in the NEW. Thanks to you I am adding chocolate to tonight’s menu! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Laugh much, Marie! Life is so much better with laughter.

Feliz Ano Nuevo!

13. Anne Lene - December 31, 2014

Happy new year, have fun at the beach. It sounds a little more fun than wathing fireworks in the biting cold and rain like we did here 😉 Here’s to a great 2015!

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

Thanks, Anne. We are home from a lovely evening with friends and are undecided about staying up for fireworks at midnight.

Crawling into bed with a good book might be more “productive.”

14. sufilight - December 31, 2014

I wish we could do fireworks here; that’s an awesome way to ring in the New Year! We stay home and still watch the Time Square revelers while being happy and grateful for everything.

Happy New Year! 🙂

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

In the 6 years we’ve been here, we’ve gone to midnight fireworks 4 times. Not sure we’re going to make it tonight. I’m about ready to crawl in bed right now and it’s only 10:15.

Being happy and grateful IS the best way to ring in the new year. It sets the mood for the year.

15. Barb - December 31, 2014

I like the chocolate regime!
We spent the evening across the road at a neighbour’s house having nibbles and drinks but alas, none of us made it till midnight….we were back home in bed by 11pm! Mind you, we did start at 4pm, so I think we lasted quite well, considering we were the oldest couple there!

Happy New Year to you and yours Nancy – I like to think it’s another chance to get it right.

nrhatch - December 31, 2014

I feel much the same, Barb. We got together with friends at 4 and just got home (at 10) ~ that may have been enough merriment for one evening. The chocolate bread pudding was delicious!

Happy New Year! One more chance to get it right.

16. Pix Under the Oaks - January 1, 2015

Nancy I love your resolution/goal and that is why I am here each day. Finding you and SLTW has changed my life. My worrying, anxiety filled self has made some huge improvements since I started following you and reading here. And meeting you and BFF has enriched my life. Your tradition of eating chocolate is much tastier than our tradition of eating creamed herring, but the creamed herring has been a long-standing tradition handed down from my Mom and Dad and CH and I have been honoring the tradition by putting it between two crackers to disguise the taste for 41 years and it seems to have kept us pretty lucky. We did have our share of chocolate yesterday though and more chocolate will be had today. We spent New Year’s Eve together with a couple of glasses of wine, shrimp, and cheese munchies and neither of us made it till midnight.. haven’t for years! Happy New Year’s Day you two… see you soon!

nrhatch - January 1, 2015

Thanks, Pix. And yay! Here’s to shedding habitual ways of thinking/viewing the world that are NOT adding to our joie de vivre!

Others may point us in the “right” direction, but it’s up to us to practice what we’ve learned. And keep on practicing until the status is no longer quo.

I’m so glad that creamed herring was not on the agenda last night. Jean’s chocolate bread pudding was delicious. I’m cooking black-eyed peas to dig into today . . . the more the merrier where “good luck” is concerned.

See YOU soon!

17. Tiny - January 1, 2015

Copy that! A wonderful intent, broken down to its essential elements, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 1, 2015

Thanks, Helen! Here’s to manifesting a year filled with happy, enthusiastic, upbeat, positive thoughts that fill us with joy, vitality, gratitude and peace!

18. Barb - January 1, 2015

It seems like I have to clean up a mess before I have room to start another one. I’ll join you in “making room.” (I hope).

nrhatch - January 1, 2015

I did some clean up today too ~ it’s amazing how fast “stuff” multiplies when we’re not paying attention. Happy New Year.

19. pix & kardz - January 2, 2015

that sounds like a great way to welcome the new now year. and chocolate is actually good for your health – full of antioxidants. so all is well. happy 2015!

nrhatch - January 2, 2015

Thanks, Kris! Hope 2015 offers up plenty of magical moments and sweet surprises for you.

20. livelytwist - January 5, 2015

“. . . which we plan to inhale . . .” XD
Hope you enjoyed the fireworks. Happy New Year!

nrhatch - January 5, 2015

Thanks, Timi! We never made it to the beach for the fireworks ~ but we did inhale Chocolate Bread Pudding.

So it’s all good! Hope your New Year is filled with positive momentum.

21. Three Well Beings - January 6, 2015

“Out with the old, in with the NOW!” Perfect! I won’t forget that one, Nancy. It really resonates with me, too! Thank you!

nrhatch - January 6, 2015

Life is so much easier when we remain awake and aware right Here and Now.

That way we never miss hearing ~> “Would you care for some chocolate?” 😎

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