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Yay! I am done with my “tu-do” list in preparation for the new year.

When that clock strikes midnight tonight, where will you be?  Will you be drunk at some party kissing a stranger?  Or out with a bunch of depressed singles?  In my Vietnamese culture, we believe that what you do on the 1st of the year reflects your whole year.  Below I have included some of those superstitions, but also have added my own personal list of what you should not be doing on January 1st.  You can call this superstition or think of it as a start to manifesting the year that you would like to have. A new year oh-so-wonderful and inspiring, full of love, happiness, beauty, prosperity, health, and peace.  Wouldn’t that be amazing if you could have it all?  

So what is it that you really want for 2014?  A loving relationship, a successful career, a healthier body, more peace and balance in life, or simply just to be happy?  What is it?  Do you really know?  Think about it, if you want to improve your health and get in shape in the new year, then spend time with healthy people doing something productive on January 1st, not lounge on the couch in front of the TV eating chips and drinking beer.  Instead, cook something healthy with them, go dancing, play a sport, or work out with them.

If being in a loving and happy relationship is your priority for 2014, then it would make sense that you spend time with couples you know that are happy and in loving relationships.  Make sure they are truly happy and really in love, because some couples may just be settling and together for security and other reasons than love.

And now, without further ado, is my list of what NOT to do on New Years Day…

1. Do not wake up to the new year in a messy home.  What you see is what you will get for the rest of the year.  Trust me on this.

2. Do not let anyone be the first to enter your home unless they are tall, dark, handsome, positive, kind, generous, intelligent, and successful.  This is my mother’s and my own superstition.  The first person entering your home on New Years Day will influence how your year will turn out, good or bad.  So choose wisely.  If you do not have such a person in your life and you like your own energy and aura, then you should be the person to walk through your door.

3. No matter what, do not wake up with a drunk stranger or someone that is not quality in your bed out of desperation or loneliness the night before, or you will spend your whole year on bad dates and with bad lovers. I have never experienced this myself because I value my body too much to share it with someone who does not deserve it, but trust me, I have known people over the years that have done this and they had to suffer the aftermath…very sad for them.

4. Do not spend time with anyone negative or depressing.  Whether it’s through FaceTime, instant messaging, phone calls, emails, text messaging, lunch, breakfast, coffee, or dinner. You do not want them to spread the negative energy on to you for the new year.  If they happen to be your family, then make sure you are upfront with them to not talk about negative and depressing things around you on this day.  My parents are worriers now in their old age and I usually just tell them save the worries and tell me on January 2nd. 🙂

5. Do not wake up drunk, tired and lazy.  If you have been a workaholic and want more relaxation time in the new year, then that is what you will get.  If, however, you have been lazy and unproductive in your work and you are still struggling to move up in your career, then the last thing you want to do is have another lazy and unproductive year!  Go to the office or spend a few hours at home working productively on this day.

6. Do not kiss someone you are not in love with or attracted to. A baby, your pet, or a loving family member is ok, but other than that save that kiss for the special someone.  Seriously.

7. Do not give away anything or let anything go out the door on New Years Day – not food, not trash, not cash and donations…just nothing.  This means no lending money as well. If you do, you will be losing things throughout 2014.

8. Do not cry, not even tears of joy.  Stay upbeat and positive throughout the day.  If you must, save the tears and cry on January 2nd if you remember to do so. 🙂

Well, that is all for my what not to do list.  Simple, is it not?  I just have two things for you to incorporate if you can on this day.  Make sure to do some exercise, as a healthy mind and body will produce a healthy you and a healthy year.  The other is make sure you find a few hours on January 1st to do some work related activity that is creative or in the business development area, that will give you a very innovative and prosperous year, but no matter what, do not clean or declutter your office.

Well, what do you think? This list is for me and me only.  It is simple and I chose eight because it is a prosperous number.  I hope you will be inspired to follow this list as well or even create your own. I do this every year and the quality of my life improves each time.  And if you did not get a chance to do everything from my other list, no worries at all!  You will have a second chance to get it right before Chinese New Year…happy now?  As always, glad to be of help anytime.  So do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need assistance.

Happy New Year and I wish you a year full of dreams come true…love, happiness, health, prosperity, peace, and beauty…everything that your heart desires. Hugs, kisses, & smiles…tu-anh



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