The start of something good

For most of us, January 1 marks the start of a new year. For others, it's back to school in late August-early September. But for Jews the world over, it’s now—the High Holy Days when the new year begins with the change of the seasons.

But you don’t have to be Jewish (as the old Levy’s rye bread ads used to say) to appreciate the absolute gift this holiday gives us. First of all, it really is a celebration. Rosh Hashanah marks the birth of the universe. The biggest of all effervescent, big bangs. Yom Kippur for all its solemnity gives us all a fresh start—vacating old promises and obligations and making new, more intentional vows to ourselves and others. (And, if you believe in it, to a deity.)

We’re now midway between the two holidays. And while I’m not an especially observant person, I’m enjoying the sense of renewal and re-invention. The liberation that comes from forgiveness and gratitude. A feeling I hope you can share—whatever your religious practice.

So I wish you a sweet year and a healthy one. And hope you find ways to becoming your best, most inspired { self }.

If you were making resolutions of the new year, what would they be? Tell us in the comments below.

A time to renew

Not quite Throw Back Thursday, but I thought I'd bring back last year's Rosh Hashanah message urging reflection and renewal...

It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, but you don’t have to be Jewish to make a fresh start and take these lessons to heart:

Reflect.  Look back on the past year—goals accomplished, wishes fulfilled, dreams not quite realized. Did you expand your emotional horizons or remain stuck in old patterns? How can you move forward, be better, do more now and in the days to come?

Forgive. “Sorry” may be the hardest word (just ask the Republican and Democratic headliners), but in the ten “days of awe” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), it’s all about apologies and granting forgiveness, of wiping the slate clean of errors, disappointments, resentments and hurts. Letting go can be liberating. It frees the heart and opens it to greater love.

Re-commit. To friendships, families, your community and—if you’re a believer—a higher power.  Find ways to “repair your world” starting with just one individual or cause. As we approach the end of the election season, walk the talk and get out the vote. Or get involved with an advocacy group. Contribute your time and talents to something bigger than yourself and start a ripple effect of good.

Eat! It wouldn’t be a holiday without a feast. Love your body with good foods that love you back and enable you to be your best and most awesome { self }.

Wishing all One Girl fans and readers of the blog a sweet and happy year.