Happy New Year: Are You Ready For 2014?

“Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give!" William Arthur Ward 

New Year 2014 Fireworks celebrations at Times Square NY

 Happy New Year and Hurray for 2014! I watched the ball drop at Times Square and the first thought that crossed my mind was "Thank God for a New Day of goals, dreams and blessings!" After the challenges of 2013, I'm ready for positive change in 2014. What about you?  Are you ready for 2014? What will you do differently this year? What will remain the same?  Some of the blogging opportunities I'll be involved in are:  NaBloPoMo and Zero to Hero. To stay focused in 2014, I've put together a short list of 8 goals to keep me on track.  You are welcome to use them and offer some of yours in my comments section.

Set Goals you can accomplish - Keep it real and simple
Celebrate your Blessings - Eat, Live, Love, Pray with abundance
Maintain a Healthy physical, emotional & mental state - Work and be better at maintaining equilibrium and a positive attitude
Express Gratitude regularly for all gifts, skills, God's blessings and  people's grace - Believe that the knowledge/ability to find the best solutions in all situations is within.
I've added the remaining 4 points after the page break below. What resolutions or goals are you working on for 2014?

List of 10 Good Luck Foods to Eat on New Year's Day (catch up w/in the week too) 
• Black eyed beans and/or Lentils for prosperity
• Buttered bread for nourishment (Ireland)
• 12 Grapes/Raisins before midnight (New Year’s Eve) for great fortune (Spain)
• Greens like Spinach, Kale, Collards remind us of green money and health and drive away evil spirits
• Pork as a way to stay focused in moving forward with our goals and desires.
• Long Noodles offers longevity and eating an unbroken long noodle is extra luck. (Asia)
• Cornbread – the sweet, sunny, yellow, satisfying food augurs prosperity on all fronts.
• Round Foods – desserts, citrus fruits, wave off the old and welcome the new into our sunny lives
• Whole Fish on New Year’s Day is a sign of great prosperity. Fish is a prosperous symbol in Asia
• Chocolate is always great as a digestive and a luxury treat signifying a year of pampering. ;-)
 More below!

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie 

New Chapter: Are You Ready for 2014? Time to fill the Blank sketchbooks above and heed Melody Beattie's Quote

♥Visualize Goals & Act on them - Use affirmations to zero in on opportunities and goals, then follow through with some of your own idea. Create/make your own opportunities.
♥Find a Mentor and/or a Workout Buddy - Effort pays dividend and patience helps. Take at least one step towards your goal each day.
Perform Random acts of Kindness and Peaceful communication -   Look for ways to help others and end exchanges peacefully.
Don’t Give Up even if You Mess Up -  We all fall down but don't stay there. To quit is not an option unless our life is endangered. Go for it!

Last year, I shared twelve words/gifts that have helped me focus on the positive. I'll do so again this year as it is a wonderful way to set affirmations; especially if you don't want to create resolutions. Let me know your thoughts.  Each month, choose a word from the list to write/share/meditate on. You can also follow the order presented below:
♥ Health
♥ Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Adventure
♥ Divine Protection 
Thinking of a single word to focus on in 2014 is not so easy but one that comes to mind is TRY - and with trying comes Trust. If we try new things and trust in seeing a beneficial outcome, then ultimately, we will. I pray that Abundance and compassion will touch all of our lives in 2014.

Some Food for Thought: What are your goals/resolutions for the New Year? How do you plan to make a difference/an impact as an active member of the global community in 2014? I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment.
Thank You!
Positive Motivation Tip: Start the New Year ready to jump in and take charge of your life. with a reflective heart and a positive spirit and then act on your dreams! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


  1. Happy New Year Eliz! More blogging opportunities for us all.

  2. For this year, I have so many plans in mind. The truth is, like last year, I am overwhelmed with good ideas and I don't know where to start. One thing is for sure now, I am aiming to work at home and all my efforts and motivations root from it.

    Happy New Year!

    Mommy Maye

  3. Happy New Year Sis, This is gonna be good year for us, Cheers!

  4. In Germany, they eat sauerkraut and nifla! It is believed that eating Sauerkraut will bring blessings and wealth for the new year.

  5. I always wondered why people ate black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's. Now I know! :)

  6. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a super weekend!

  7. Hope you have a terrific 2014 and you can achieve all your goals!
    I didn't make any resolutions but I did choose a word for this year, it's joyful. Hope you have a joyful year also!

  8. I have lots of plans this year, No New Year Resolution though. ButHappy New Years to you & Your Family, I hope hope you have many more to come

  9. I've never tried to eat black eyed peas before. (on your food list) :)
    I have a lot of plans for 2014, too!

  10. We have set goals, and are already acting on them for our business.. and i have set personal goals that i have started a few months ago ramping up for the new year.

  11. Looking back 2013 was a rough year for me and I welcomed the new year. I can see lots of big changes and challenges ahead for this year. But they will all be good changes and challenges that I'm ready to take on!

  12. I'm so ready for 2014! No much planning, all actions :-) Happy new year! Cheers!

  13. I have tons of goals this year and I plan on accomplishing each one; I don't plan on failing and I only aim for success this new year.

  14. Thanks for your suggestions for 2014. In particular i liked the List of 10 Good Luck Foods. food was not in my to do list of 2014, thanks for reminding, am gonna add my food stuff in my 2014 list.

  15. Thanks for your suggestions for 2014. In particular i liked the List of 10 Good Luck Foods. food was not in my to do list of 2014, thanks for reminding, am gonna add my food stuff in my 2014 list.

  16. What a great post to read at the beginning of the year! Thank you for sharing this!

  17. Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be the best year ever .... I believe it :)

  18. Great article.. didn't know about this before..Thanks for sharing

  19. I like all those good luck traditions. Next year I'm going to try the 12 grapes!

  20. I'm more shocked that last year is already over!

  21. I don't do any of the "luck" traditions. I do choose a word as a focus point for my actions throughout the year. Great post!

  22. These are some great tips! I also felt the same for the new year...new goals...new positivity!

  23. New Year, New Start! I am in the works of putting together my goals for my blog and other areas this year. My first call to order is to write them down.

  24. happy new year! 2014 is for positivity :)

  25. I hope this year will be a better one for all of us here! Have a great 2014!

  26. These are really great tips for the new year! Let's try to follow these tips and expect a better 2014! :)

  27. Because we got hit by calamity this week, I am re-celebrating new year next week- a renewed chance to make things better.

  28. Wonderful and great tips for the new year. Almost a month has passed and it has been a great one for me. I hope it will continue this great for me and for everyone. :)

  29. I didn't realize there were new posts in your blog and that your first post is just a sticky! So sorry! Now it's the Chinese New Year, so maybe I can still greet you a happy new year? Hehe. And you have a lot of motivating words, as usual. My word for this year would have to be "faith." :-)

  30. Right, today is Chinese New Year so maybe I could greet you too a Happy new year!? :-)
    Anyway, you shared great and amazing message every single time and I appreciate it a lot. Very inspiring! Hoping for a wonderful year for all of us! God bless!

  31. We're on the second month of 2014, how time flies! I'm working on my financial and personal resolutions. Only 11 months to go to complete them all. Thanks for the encouragement!

  32. Happy New Year Eliz, your positive outlook in life is very inspiring...

  33. We do the grapes in my family.

    Michelle F.

  34. I love your outlook and you are so inspiring! Keep up the great work! :)

  35. My year got off to a rocky start so I'm officially calling March 1st my HAPPY NEW YEAR day! I've always thought the New Year's traditions were interesting - I've heard of not doing laundry on the 1st or someone close to you will die, eat black eyed peas and collards, but I've always wondered how that works since we all have different traditions. Seems somewhere along the line we'd all have really good luck or really bad luck depending on how you look at it. Fascinating to learn how others celebrate!

  36. I made sure to eat Hoppin' John this new year. It is pretty good and I cannot believe I never made it before. Happy New Year to you.


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