This morning I transferred all the birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments from our 2008 kitchen calendar to the 2009 calendar. Some things have not been moved to my computer calendar yet, . . . I think because I like having the milestones out where I can see them. And I enjoy this ritual of doing the calendar every year. It makes the new year seem official.
I also wrote our first checks of the new year and carefully made sure to date each one 2009. Now I have to close out the budget for 2008 and have the 2009 budget conference with Michael. (I do a preliminary set of numbers for us to discuss and then we work together to finalize our budget every year.)
Once I get through those two tasks, I will know that I'm in a new year. Until then, I feel like I'm in transition.
What makes the new year real for you?