the beginning of the New Year - no work at all done on my birthday & Jan 2nd this year was a public holiday here....so I start my housekeeping today and lots to catch up on as I haven't really done any cleaning at all since before Christmas ! shame on me..... so I am actually really looking forward to getting my pink gloves on, rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck into a mini spring clean [is that sad?] * I am going to strip the sheets on our bed * let the bed air all day while I give both bathrooms a good scrub. Once that is done I am going to smudge the rooms with a sage stick - it is something I like to do each New Year. I guess you could think that I sound like a bit of a nutter ! I have no idea why I do this, I just like the ceremonial ritual I guess. Many cultures & religions have used herbs for hundreds of years to clear negativity and 'evil spirits' and I like to think I am clearing the space from all last years negative stuff to make room for the wonderfully simple year that I am going to have. You know, I am actually feeling very excited about this year - I am truly looking forward to getting my house in to order, getting all the hand washing done & puttering. I can't wait to start my gratitude journal all over & have just started my illustrated discovery journal - what a fun year this will be !