Each country goes through the changing of the year process in a different way. In the US the tradition is to kiss someone when the year begins. In Uruguay, water is thrown out of the window to cleanse the house of the year’s energy. In London ‘first footing’ is celebrated, which involves ‘running’ (although not literally) to your relatives’ or friends’ house after the bells to bring good luck. In Spain lucky grapes are eaten in time to the bells. There is a series of celebrations that are associated with New Year, which everyone adapts to their country, their customs and their life.
And there is something that, regardless of the country that you come from, you definitely know about: the New Year’s resolutions. Each year the resolutions are repeated, we think about the things that we want to do, a trip that we want to go on, what changes we want to make. We take stock of what we have achieved in the last 365 days, and what we still have pending for the next year. Does that ring a bell?
And I am no exception to this. I also have expectations for the New Year, I think about what I have gone through and I have many New Year’s resolutions. Do you want to know what they are?
Thoughts about 2018
This year has been sweet, I can’t deny that. Lots of people from all over the world have been in touch with me; they have connected with my stories, with my world. And believe me, there are few things that are as satisfying as reading the messages that you send me. The stories that you write for me and Towanda, your drawings, your photos, your cakes… There are very few things that make me happier than being part of your world; I can only thank you for that!
That is why, I can’t forget the whole team who has made this dream come true, they turn my stories and adventures into precious products, they communicate with you, they help you in whatever way and every day they work hard so that my dream, becomes the dream of us all, which comes true. To all of you, many thanks!
And taking stock of it all, this year Towanda and I have been in Venice (Venezia collection), we have made an ode to freedom (in the Liberty collection), we have paid tribute to Amelia Earhart (Aviator collection) and we have managed to revive our childhood (in the Miss Anekke collection). Undoubtedly, it has been the threshold of many dreams, adventures and stories that I will be delighted to share with you in this year to come. I can’t wait for it!
What do I want for 2019?
When we begin to think about what we hope for in the New Year, we usually make a list of things that we want to achieve. The small changes that we would like to make to improve our lives. However, my list of requests for the New Year is not for me, they are for you.
What do I want for you in 2019?
I want you to be free. I want you to be yourselves. That nobody tells you or makes you feel that you can’t make your dreams come true, that they don’t hold you back. That you dream a lot. That you work to make that dream come true. That you feel proud of yourselves. That you spend more time on yourselves, on your families, on what is really important. That you spend 15 minutes each day (at least) reading. That you claim your place in the world. That you enjoy every small moment. That you learn to say no. That you treat yourself to something once in a while, because you deserve it. That you smile, because you certainly have reason to. That you always see the bottle half full. That when you have a stupid day, you remember that the next day everything might be better. That you go on a trip, alone, accompanied, as you want. But you travel. That you look around you and you are surprised just like the first time you see something. That you sing, dance, hug, kiss. And of course, you include me in your daily life. That you are happy!
I hope that I continue to be part of your lives this year, that you continue sending me your stories, your photos, that you take me with you and that you continue to make me as happy as you have up until now. Happy New Year to all of you!