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A New Moon

Updated on July 6, 2014

A New Moon Every Month

It takes one month for the moon to circle the earth. In that time it will go from full to empty and back again. So many things in our life are based on cycles, in particular lunar cycles. There are several countries/religions who use a lunar calendar as opposed to the typical Gregorian calendar that most of us are used to.

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A New Beginning

The new moon brings with it the promise of a new beginning. Just as in our lives, it is a fresh start, another chance, a time to do it all over again. While a lunar phase is only one month long, the phases and cycles of our lives generally last quite a bit longer.

This year, a new moon falls on the first day of the new year. When I heard this, it gave me pause to reflect. A new year....a new moon? For those of us who set New Year's Resolutions, a year can be a tough challenge, but....a month? A month can be pretty "doable". Think about it like this:

Now think about the way we treat the New Year. We tend to make the most common of the new beginnings into the "end all, be all" time to change our lives. We often put so much hope and promise into a new year that we may set ourselves up for a disappointment. Maybe we should look at the progress of a new baby who is constantly growing and developing. Or, we can observe many coorporate goals. They have yearly goals set but coach their associates to meet daily goals, then weekly, followed by monthly goals. If each smaller goal is met, it stands to reason that the yearly goal will be met. But, if one or two daily goals aren't met, you still have the next day to make it up. By keeping track of your progress in short-term goals, you can pretty much ensure the long-term outcome!

How do we use a month?

Think about all the things we measure in monthly increments:

  • Pregnancy
  • School calendars
  • Baby's first few years
  • Rent or Mortgage
  • Billing cycles
  • Menstrual periods
  • Salaries
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Weight loss
  • Sales goals

And the list goes on...

How to divide your goals into smaller increments

Goal
One year goal
How?
lose weight
30 pounds overall
weigh in weekly, keep food journal, join weight watchers
tone muscles
lower BMI* to normal standards
exercise daily, join a gym
 
 
 
*Body mass index. You can learn how to check this here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Do you make shorter goals for yourself?

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Create a Memory Jar

How lovely would it be to have a jar handy, where you can jot down accomplishmenrt, sayings or simple little things that make you happy? Think about opening and reading a years worth of those memories on New Years Eve. How much fun would that be? To make your own memory jar, please check out my hub, How to Create a Baby's First Year Memory Jar.

A pretty jar to hol;d your memories, dreams and hopes!
A pretty jar to hol;d your memories, dreams and hopes! | Source

Lunar Phases

Lunar phases are the illuminated parts of the moon that we see as it orbits the earth.

New Moon, New Year!

For the first time in nineteen years a New Moon falls on the first day of the New Year. A new moon sifgnifies fresh, new beginnings as well as new opportunities.

New Year resolutions/goals/challenges.

Anyone who is familiar with me knows how much I love new beginnings. Whether it is a birthday, a new job, a new relationship or a new home. Each is an opportunity to start fresh. The most common of the new beginnings is the New Year. We often put so much hope and promise into a new year that we may set ourselves up for a disappointment. New Years Eve will arrive quietly at my house, this year with minimum fanfare, no fireworks or wild parties! Yet, I will still be making goals and challenging myself. While they will continue to be my own, personal resolutions indigenous to me and me alone, this year I will break them down into smaller increments. I will try to make attainable, measurable goals where I can see the progress as I go. It will be another chance to do it all over again, hopefully a little better, a little more "right". I look forward to and embrace this new year, in all it's glory and all it's promise. We are perched on the precipice, on the brink of a new year! And it is a very exciting place to be!

Starting off the New Year with a bang!
Starting off the New Year with a bang! | Source

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      Randi Benlulu 11 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Shyron! You flatter me! I agree with you. I wish I had done this when my kids were little, too. I am so glad to be able to do this again with my grandson. Or at least try!

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Randi, I love your idea of a happy jar, I wish that you had written this years ago when my 2 boys were little, because they said and did some amazing things.

      This is a fantastic hub.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mike! Yes, the moon, stars and all that go with them always put me in a reflective state of mind!

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello btrbell. I am just bouncing around Hubpages catching up here and there. I see you were in a very reflective mood when you penned this piece. Wonderful ideas and great photos.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, poetryman! I appreciate your visit!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Happy New Moon!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thgank you so much, Ryem! It's nice to see you here! Happy New Year!

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      I learned quite a bit from this hub. I like the idea of setting smaller goals, instead of becoming overwhelmed by the big picture, like I tend to do. The memory jar is perfect as well!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Flourishanyway! It makes sense to me also! Happy New Year!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am so glad you happened over here, as well, Nellianna! your beautiful comments and interesting input, made my day! Thank you so much! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! Much appreciated! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of shorter goals rather than resolutions (too much pressure). Happy New Year!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am impressed, Frank! First, that you made 6 resolutions and then that you carried out 5 of them! Good for you! My money's on all 6 for this year! Happy New Year!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent! Randi - I adore this hub! I embrace the premise of using the shorter, closer cycle, which is more 'natural' to life cycles, I think, than the earth's orbit around the sun - or at least, it is more intimate & manageable!

      There are so many everyday expressions that show how we embrace the moon and its cycle, such as speaking of things that happened 'many moons ago' which still seem to have a tingle of immediacy about them, as opposed to 'many years ago' which seem so flat and final. I shall read this again when it's not nearly 3AM - lol. By the way, I don't make resolutions so much as formulating intentions. If it's a 'must-do', then it's more than a resolution, it's a - must-do!

      I am glad I happened over here, since I missed it when it was first published! Lovely hub and getting my votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, SheilaMyers! That is exactly why I think in smaller increments. Even if you don't succeed this week. you have next week to catch up! Happy New Year!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! I hope you and your family had very happy holidays and that your jar is also overflowing with only good things1

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Poetryman6969, thank you for stopping by. I really like the happy jar is=dea, too. I will have to remember to use it, though!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Faith! I am a big believer in "not setting yourself up for failure" Happy New Year!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting Randi and voted up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! So true! Happy New Year!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I make resolutions! Last year I actually carried out five of the six of made this year im going for broke 6 of 6 .. I like the memory jar concept.. in all kind of a fun hub to read tonight thank you for the share

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I don't make resolutions because it seems when I do, I end up breaking them. I like what you said about making short-term goals along the way so we can measure our progress toward the ultimate goal. The other part of that has to do with succeeding in reaching the end goal we have in mind. The little successes along the way keep us motivated to reach the end.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love the idea of the memory jar! It's a great way to remember all those special moments of the year past and reflect to what could be changed in the following year! Thank you for sharing Randi!

      Happy New Year to you and your family.... and I hope that your jar of 2014 will be filled only with happy memories!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Having a Happy Jar seems like a good thing. I seems to remember some author saying something like: She walked carefully so as to not spill one drop from her cup of sadness.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill for: being a staunch supporter and a loyal friend. Have a very happy, healthy and productive new year!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Interesting and I love your thoughts on not looking at an entire year but what is doable! I love that jar idea too as that would be so much fun to read our thoughts and such we had throughout the year at the end of the year. Up and more and sharing. Happy New Year , Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So very interesting. That old moon has been talking to people since the beginning of time hasn't it? Happy new year!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't do resolutions but I do a lot of reflection as you might have guessed. I wish you a very Happy New Year, Randi. Thank you for your friendship and support.