Bringing in the New Year…the ‘traditional’ southern way

On our table tonight (my last carnivorous meal!) we will have a traditional southern New Years dinner: BBQ ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and corn bread…yummy! Even on her way to an overnight shift, my mom made sure to prepare a pot of collard greens and black eyed peas.

Along with some bubbly we will bring in the new year with our pj’s on, prayer on our tongues and full bellies.

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Bubbly!

 

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Our pork of choice was fried chops.

So what is the meaning behind this meal?

  • Pork represents health and continued prosperity
  • Greens (collards, mustard, turnip, cabbage) represents the present paper money
  • Black eyed peas (or any other field peas) represents good fortune or coins
  • Cornbread represents gold

 

All together the meal represents financial prosperity, good luck and good health in the coming new year for everyone who partakes in the meal.

Whether we truly believe it or not, this is how previous generations in my family did it, how I brought in the new year each year with my family and I plan to continue it with mine.

 

How do you bring in the new year?

Who do YOU love? New Years Eve – Part I

I’m not big on resolutions but I do like to take the time throughout the year to re-evaluate where I believe I fall short.

Growing up I was an avid reader, I find myself not taking the time out to read outside of work or school. This will change. Parents are encouraged to read to their children, but what about ourselves?

Which goes to my next point:

Sometimes I forget that I am a person outside of my daily roles:

Wife, mother, daughter, sister,  friend, employee…

It’s all too easy to get caught up in everyone else and lose the person you’ve known all your life, the person that means the absolute most…YOU!

I’m dedicating the next five months to…ME! My birthday is on May 16th (Go Taurus!) and I want to be happier, healthier…more sane!

I’m going to give myself a goal of at least an hour of ‘me time’ every day. It will allow me to be a little more even keeled (hopefully!). I will lean on but not limit my cleanse to:

  • Food (Vegetarianism)
  • Health (Multi-Vitamins, Daily Workouts, Hydration)
  • Spirituality (Meditation, Reflection, Dedication)
  • Entertainment (Reading, Cultural Performances)

My goal is to take note on how I look and feel during this period and after 137 days I’ll post an update–with the nitty gritty…grrr!!!!

 

Who’s with me?