My Life-Changing New Year Eve Ritual

I’m always nervous around the 31st of December. Might come as a surprise, but my nervousness has absolutely nothing to do with my outfit for my NYE celebrations. It’s just the anxiety of a new beginning, of a crisp, untouched page of a brand new book.

I have a tiny little secret ritual that I’ve been doing since a few (almost 5) years now and I find it being the only thing to calm my anxious nerves on the last day of an eventful year. I started it with my best friend years ago.  We make it a point to meet even if it’s for a couple of minutes on this day and do this ritual together. What started as a silly ritual has turned into something immensely  meaningful, impactful and literally, year-changing, without us even realising it. I’ve seen the MAJOR success of it and hence this year, I wanted to share it with you guys.

Years ago we named it the ‘Wish Jar’.

Let’s begin with the ingredients. All you need is a jar, preferably an air tight one or a box with a lid, chits of paper, a pen and peaceful corner in your home.
Now here’s what we did. On each individual chit of paper, we wrote down what we ‘wished’ for in the coming year. Right from magnanimous life-changing situations (admission into a university, health goals, marriage, finding love, etc), to insignificant demands (materialistic pleasures), to emotions we wished to feel (travel, freedom, stress-free etc). One year it was 10 chits and another year it was 16. It didn’t matter how many there were, as long as we were sure that we really wanted this ‘thing’. Now, we would put it all into this little jar, keep the jar in a little corner or hide it somewhere no-one would find it and literally forget about it for the rest of the year.

The magic of this ritual was, we were taking out the time to really introspect and ask ourselves – WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE; WHAT REALLY MATTERS? When we had our answers, writing them down was like striving to turn our thoughts into reality and sending a clear message to the universe of what these thoughts (soon to become reality) were. The most special bit was completely forgetting about this jar the next day, including everything I had written inside, and opening it directly on the 31st December next year. Every year it was the same story, 80% of the stuff I had written came true/happened in that one year. But more importantly, it was crazy that I had not thought about/fretted over 80% of these things the entire year!!!
Even if I cut out all the deep stuff, I enjoyed the time I got with myself to just introspect and evaluate my dreams, my goals. That glimmer of hope with every little chit, truly kept the fire burning within me.

Maybe it’s the magic of not obsessing over our dreams & goals but instead working hard towards them in our own little way and in the process, being able to BELIEVE that they will materialise some day. Doing this little ritual is my way of putting my BELIEF out there.

I’m excited to do mine this year, 2017 has been brilliant and eventful for me to say the least! If you’re going to do it (and I insist you do) – I would love to know – please tell me in the comments below!!!

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  • Greeshma
    December 29, 2017

    This is an amazing ritual and very lovely and personal. I’ll eagerly wait for 2019 to look through my chits and know how well did I enjoyed lived 2018. Thank you so much Masoom.

  • Prachi parekh
    December 29, 2017

    Yes I’ll surely try this out!!! seems so exciting?

  • Surbhi Sethi
    December 29, 2017

    Sounds like a brilliant idea. I’m definitely going to try it. Not just to manifest those desires, but like you said, to actually figure out and gain clarity on what is it that I truly want in the coming year. Thank you for sharing this, you happy shiny soul! Xx

  • Dhaarna
    December 29, 2017

    Soo inspiring!!❤ Definitely going to try it for 2018 🙂

  • Sakshi
    December 29, 2017

    Definitely definitely doing this! Had been feeling so anxious lately. I can easily say I NEEDED this post in life right now.
    Thank you so much Masoom. Lots of love and luck to you in life!
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Shivangi
    December 29, 2017

    I will do it???

  • Zahra m
    December 29, 2017

    Thankyou for sharing I totally loved it & i will definitely do this !! <3

  • Dhwani Valecha
    December 29, 2017

    Something so different and amazing ♥️??

  • E Brown
    December 29, 2017

    Definitely gonna do this. This is a great idea to see how subconsciously we work towards what we want most, and whether we achieve what we wanted at the beginning of the year or end up with something much better. Thanks for this great idea! Love your blog and have a happy, blessed year ahead! ❤️

  • Anushka Gupta
    December 29, 2017

    you are truly truly the most inspiring blogger out there ..i follow so many bloggers on insta..but yours are the only ‘BLOGS’ i read rest i just like pictures on insta but your blogs have that genuine feeling and the touch of love and i feel connected with you in some way. the grateful activity is something which inspires me everyday..keep doing the good work..you are the best. the way you take time to connect to your followers is truly commendable. when you liked my pics on insta and commented on it as you were doing for all your followers truly made my day. i felt i little more closer to you. keep connecting to your viewers. keep replying to them as these are the only things which leads to a community. you genuinely reach out to make your follower’s lives better. i don’t know what am i typing i just have so much to say..all i wanna say i love your work. keep growing. more power to you 🙂
    xoxo
    Anushka Gupta

  • Pratiksha Parak
    December 29, 2017

    This is such a beautiful thought Masoom ❤️
    Thank you for enlightening us with this beautiful idea, will definitely help me keep sane ?

  • Neha Sharma
    December 29, 2017

    Masoom 🙂
    I have messaged you a few times.. but I understand you get 100s of them so they go unread.
    I so connect with everything you say because I also believe in same things. Infact I have got a tattoo made of “gratitude” symbol, after I started following you. #todayiamgrateful I have started.. it gives me so much strength. You are a true inspiration. I am definitely going to do this.
    Love
    Neha

  • Apeksha padukone
    December 29, 2017

    I’m definitely doing this ! My thinking pad has already begun ! I’m on the hunt of a cute hat now ❤️

  • Sonia
    December 29, 2017

    Hi Masoom,

    I’m doing something similar, by creating a vision board! Cutting out pictures of things l want and places I’d like to see! But like the idea of putting emotions down as well ?

    • Sonia
      December 29, 2017

      Yaay! Also, I’m the first to comment! That makes me happy ?

  • Navneet Kaur.
    December 29, 2017

    I am definitely gonna do it. And would love to tell you the next year what all I wanted was achieved. ❤❤

  • Angel Arora
    December 29, 2017

    I absolutely loved it.I was thinking of doing something same but my ideas were very scattered.Thankyou for putting them together
    I’ll definitely try it this year!

  • Shauryaa
    December 29, 2017

    I was thinking of what jar am I taking to my best friends house while reading the post ! Totally going to so this and today I am grateful for having people like you in this world who selflessly spreads positivity and joy ❤❤ Thank you and wish you have the most amazing 2018❤❤

  • Sana
    December 29, 2017

    That’s enough inspiration for the new year’s Eve. Thank you so much. I’m sure this post has helped influence Jenny other readers including myself. I WANT A JAR NOW!!!!

  • Shivani Dalal
    December 29, 2017

    Thank you so much Masoom. This is what law of attraction states, announcing your desires to the universe with full belief and without obsessing over how this is going to come true. Letting go is the key.
    Even your other gratitude posts inspire us to become a better person every day. Much love and magic dust. 🙂

  • Ankita Anand
    December 29, 2017

    Amazing! I did this too, but then more long-term wishes/goals! I will share this on my blog too!

    Ankita – beautistaa.com – fashion & confidence

  • Anonymous
    December 30, 2017

    Definitely going to try this. I truly believe in the law of attraction and this is something I’d love to follow! Thank you for spreading positivity and thank you for sharing such lovely messages that would (I’m sure) make a positive, lovely impact in peoples lives. ❤️

  • Pooja Bangera
    December 30, 2017

    I’ll definitely try this for myself. With this I’ll be reminded of my dreams ? thank u so much dear.

  • Diksha Kumar
    December 30, 2017

    Hey, I saw the same thing on one of my favourite shows called “One tree hill”. I have been wanting to do it for years, I’ll finally do it this time. Can’t wait for 2019.

  • Prachi
    January 1, 2018

    i’ll do this surely……and you know what i really need this ….thank you so much for always …you are a inspiration for me
    lots of love ??
    and wish u a very happy new year ❤❤❤

  • Nikita parmar
    January 3, 2018

    Nice ☺️ I wll try

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    January 9, 2018

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  • Sushree Kanti
    January 12, 2018

    Need to try this ritual ???

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