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Make 2010 YOUR Lucky Year!

Here's wishing you a New Year just absolutely overflowing with all kinds of fabulous fortune and luck! Only now it's lucky YOU, since I'm about to tell you exactly how to make that same thing happen.

It all starts with a resolution revolution! I know, I know, we're all going to lose weight and exercise more regularly. We're going to eat healthier as well as improve our relationships, our diets, our kid's study habits as well as our own drinking ones. We're going to finally find that better job and be more philanthropic or forgiving and, as usual, this will be THE year when we get back in touch with all our loved ones. Especially the ones whose text we still haven't returned from three weeks ago. That's right, we rush here and whoosh there and then believe that because what we resolve on this one single day can change our life for the better, forever. Um, not so much. If you know what I mean?

Now, I'm not all bah humbug or about being a sour dumpling raining on your New Year parade. In fact, I certainly ascribe and subscribe to the belief that if we create and intention and then follow it through with an empowering action step, well, we WILL see whatever positive results we were hoping for. The difference though is that if you are still in the same size jeans or still doing that same old job while still reaching for the pinot after you've created a platform to change those very behaviors AND after you've enacted a few of the following Lucky You adjustments, advisos and cures, well, then, there needs to more of an internal assessment and less hanging of wind chimes in the center of the kitchen while eating on black plates while wearing a white shirt because Feng Shui says that will help you shed those last ten pounds (which, by the way, IS what this philosophy does say will help those very efforts!)

So go ahead and try ANY or ALL of these cures to make this (or any day really) New Year your best one ever. And, as you'll see, you're right in time too. Because some of this stuff needs to happen either before on actually on New Year's day so just give ‘em a once over and pick the ones that feel most right to and for you. Because, then, they are!
  • One of the most powerful cures to ensure a power-packed New Year is pretty practical as well. It suggests that your entire house, as much as possible should be completely cleaned before the New Year comes calling. This will clear the way for new and exciting energies to enter your life immediately tagging alongside inspiration and opportunity too. That said, you should NEVER (and I mean NEVER) clean your house on New Year's day itself as in many cultures and traditions this act is believed to 'sweep' your luck and blessings away. Look, if you find that you can't tackle cleaning the whole house before the big day than at least concentrate on cleaning up the kitchen as this is the one space in your house that represents Health, Happiness and Prosperity - - - The Three Great Blessings that will lead to one spectacular year!
  • According to Feng Shui, the New Year ‘Gold Standard' is to move twenty-seven things around your home on New Year's Day and then sit back and wait for Fortune and Luck to invade your life from every conceivable direction. Moving twenty-seven things might be harder to do than you might think, but, remember, it will also count if you simply move the salt shaker to the other side of the pepper. The object here is only to shake it up in order to change it up. Then you'll find that the ‘same old, same old' heading the way of 2009.
  • Refill your sugar reserves (canisters, bowls, whatevs) to restock this same supply. This old custom is a ritual that guarantees you the sweetest, most wonderfully Happy New Year!
  • Anytime immediately prior to the clock striking 2010 go to the ATM and pull some cold cash out of your soon to be heating up bank account. Get a good, hearty smattering of small bills and put them inside your wallet making it appear stuffed good and full and really fat. This simple tip will bring untold and unexpected fortunes for the year ahead. If you want to get muchly magical, put twenty-seven one dollar bills in your wallet and forty-nine coins in your change purse or pockets. Then sprinkle dried ginger inside and outside of those same spaces. You might want to amble over and give a little shake on the checkbook too. This can really spice your financial life right UP!
  • If you are home as the year turns, then open up all the doors and windows, if only for a moment, no matter how frosty freezing it is outside and allow the energies from 2009 move out so some new, interesting and inspirational ones can come calling in 2010. Along this same line of thinking, you know, burning off the old in order to make way and welcome the new, you can light firecrackers or bang pots and pans together to make some big noise. This is believed to scare away any malign influences that could have bought the crap in the New Year. Buh bye negativity! Hello abundance!
  • On New Year's day itself never refer to anything in the past. Instead, talk ONLY of dreams and hopes and wishes for the future. Then, place nine mandarin oranges in a bowl in your kitchen or on your dining room table. In Chinese, the word for ‘orange' sounds exactly like their word for ‘gold' so to put these fruitful symbols in those two rooms associated only with abundance, well, it can only mean the happiest New Year yet!
  • No crying, swearing or cutting with any sharp objects (including knives) on New Year's Day lest those energies hang around for the following 364.
  • This is my favorite secret Shui New Year's tip: It's considered TOTALLY auspicious if the first think you see on New Year's Day is a red bird. If you don't think a red bird will just happen by your window on its way home from the Swallow Jagermeister Party, then get proactive and paste a picture of one somewhere where you will see it easily and FIRST THING on New Year's day. (PS…magpies…especially red ones…are known to bring special boons and benefits when hanging around your house…just sayin!)

* And, lastly, the first thing you hear as the New Year anchors in has a HUGE impact and influence over the entire rest of it. Bring a script. I am sooo not kidding. Have that special someone agree to wish you all your heart's desires as Dick Clark watches Ryan Seacrest do his job. Think of what it is that you REALLY want during this next New Year and have someone wish that for you…to you. This works. Period. Oh, and, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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