NextGen Know-How: Our new family ritual for a great year

Take a moment to intentionally let go of bad habits, challenges and disappointments and direct your energy toward positive progress.

Happy New Year!

I love the beginning of a fresh, new year.

On New Year’s Eve 2021, I started a new ritual for letting go of what didn’t serve me that year so I could start the new year feeling renewed and optimistic. This year, I decided to share this practice with my family while we were on vacation in Virginia last week.

At New Year’s Eve dinner, I handed out pieces of paper and asked my husband and three kids to each write down anything they wanted to release—challenges, failures, disappointments, stresses—anything that didn’t serve them that they wanted to let go of before the new year. My son, Luca, who is nine, started to write down his sisters’ names on a piece of paper, so we had to create a rule—you can’t release a person. I told him he could reframe it as releasing “fighting with his sisters.”


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