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Simple Goals for the New Year - Finding the Magickal in the Mundane

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New Year’s resolutions usually don’t last. Instead, set some simple goals you will be able to manage. You will find the magical in the everyday and mundane.

  • Clean out your junk drawer or closet. By doing this, you are going to come across things you thought you lost, eliminate things you no longer need, find things someone else might be able to use, and maybe even recall some good memories. What you take away from the lesson: learning what no longer serves you or has no purpose in your life anymore, keeping the good and hanging onto what is meaningful or useful, and donating what is still good but no longer needed to others. You may also learn that something you thought was long gone -either lost or stolen, is actually still there waiting for you to find it and use it. Maybe its time had not come yet until now. We think what we need and what we are looking for is hiding, when we realize it was there all along. We also may learn that we have the very things we need and don’t need to go out and buy a new one. Abundance is sometimes realizing you already have everything you need and feel fulfilled by appreciating what you have.
  • Make your bed in the morning. By doing this, you are being good to yourself. You are preparing for your day, starting it off feeling organized and accomplished, as if everything is in order and you are setting your mind to keep the rest of your day that way. You are also letting yourself know, deep down, whatever happens to you today, you are going to be OK and will make it through the day to crawl back into your bed tonight. And you will sleep better in a bed that is made, rather than in one that is messy. The energy feels like it is fresh and prepared just for you and that you were looking out for your own best interests, rather than the energy feeling used, chaotic, old, and like “Here we go again, going to bed just to get up and do the same thing over again tomorrow.” So, you are also learning the importance of self-care, thinking and planning ahead, and how mundane things can affect your whole day and night and your mood and outlook. These things carry over into everything you do the rest of the day.
  • Write a letter and mail it. Letter writing is a lost art, and it is a shame. We live in the day of modern technology, we send a quick email, text, or instant message and expect an immediate reply. And we don’t care if we hit enter after everything we type and blow up the other person’s phones and they get 7 notifications one right after the next. What we used to do is sit down and write a letter with actual paper and mail it at the post office. Start by asking the person how they are doing. It shows you care and you’re not just writing to rant, vent, or ask for something. Talk about something you have in common; it lets them know you are thinking of them on a personal level and are trying to relate to them. Tell them how you have been doing, what you are up to these days, and choose to emphasize the positive. Then, talk about the future, and how you hope they have a good day or week, and let them know you hope to and look forward to seeing or talking to them again. This also gives them something to look forward to as well. Use a closing. “With love”, or “Thinking of you”, or “Until later”. This will be the way they feel you are thinking of them and that idea will last until the next time they hear from you. I also recommend taking it to the post office or a mailbox. It is a physical action of sending something out intentionally and with purpose. Waiting for your mail carrier to pick it up is OK, but it takes away a certain responsibility from you and involves you less and has that “someone else will take care of it” feel to it. There is also something magical to be learned here – clear communication, patience, consideration for the other person, and respect by using etiquette, grammar, and punctuation. Additionally, organizing your thoughts and focusing on the positive rather than the negative, giving hope and leaving a good impression. Also, making your intention clear and sending it out, just like a spell.
  • Plant a garden. Even if it is small, plant something – even in a small pot in the window. What you will learn from this plant, whether it is a vegetable or herb: Patience - nature has its own timing and cycles, just like you. Amazement at how the earth really is magical: how that little seed can have everything it needs in the soil and water to become a plant! Nurturing: You have to water it, aerate it, keep it safe and don’t let it get too hot or too cold. And then finally you eat the vegetables it makes and the plant gives back to you. All that time, effort, and nurturing the plant has benefitted you. And how you can be a part of nature and realizing that you are in fact like this plant in many ways, and part of the earth and the ecosystem. You’re part of a big universe!
  • Talk to an older person. We often tend to wait until the other person is finished talking (unless we are being rude) to be able to reply. Did we really get what they were trying to say, though? Or were we listening just to reply? Listen to understand and relate. We all have more in common than we think. I’ve traveled to different countries and met people from all walks of life, of all ages. We all have some very basic things in common, even with those who were born in other eras. We tend to think we know more than our elders because our minds are young and nimble. And that the older the person, the more outdated their thoughts are, and their ideas and ideals don’t apply anymore and are no longer valid or significant. The takeaway lesson here is up to you to figure out. Listen to someone else’s point of view. Even if they don’t know what they’re talking about, they still have something to say and everyone wants to be heard. You don’t have to understand, agree with them or believe them, but just listen with an open mind and heart, and take in what they are trying to say, how they feel, and what they are wanting you to know. It must be important to them. And maybe Spirit has something to teach you through them.
  • Learn to cook 1 new dish: Don’t say you can’t cook. Everyone can cook. Maybe not well, but that’s OK. Anyone and everyone can learn. I don’t mean becoming an accomplished 5-star chef. This is a basic life skill. So, pick one recipe that you want to try. And try it. It doesn’t have to come out perfect. Even if you start with something simple, like those ready-to-bake meal kits in a box. Casseroles are easy. So are crock-pot meals – they require very little effort and attention. But as you expand your menu and try new recipes, you learn: How ingredients work together to produce a final result – what ingredients work better with the rest of the ones you’re using. For example, you wouldn’t use salt in a cake, and you wouldn’t use yeast in spaghetti sauce. What you may learn: How ingredients and their uses are important, what they do, how they behave and either complement or conflict with other ingredients, and how to add your own touches and make it even better and uniquely your own. Now you’ve learned several things, both mundane and magical: You’re self-sufficient, you did something that produced a beneficial result for you and for others, and you’re learning about magic. Yes, magic. Like spells and magical oil formulas. How elements, tools, and ingredients can be used. They have their basic properties and uses, but you can also learn to distinguish which ones work well with others, which ones can and should be used for a specific intent and purpose, and which ones to not mix well with something else. You’re learning to focus your intent for a specific purpose, use the proper ingredients, not confuse and mix 2 different/conflicting intents, and how to get the best outcome. Experimentation is actually encouraged here. We learn from our mistakes, and from our experiments more than anything. And what if we also learn by making our mother’s or grandmother’s recipe that we feel more connected to them as a result? When we cook, we are putting a piece of our heart and soul into what we are making, just like when they wrote that recipe down for whoever would be reading it later. So this is also honoring your ancestors.
  • So, these all seem pretty easy and you can pick one per week, or one per day, and continue to add to your list. As you tackle each of these, you will learn something new (maybe even about yourself), have a sense of accomplishment and purpose, and become motivated to accomplish more and set more goals.

    Originally published in the January issue of the Witching Hour Magazine 2020

    Copyright Sherry Scott 2020

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