If you want it to be different, if you really want to stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself that things have got to change, that 2015 can't look a thing like the flimsy year of 2014 -- start right now.
As we scramble in the days that remain to put together a festive New Year's Eve bash, here are some creative ideas to kick things off that don't take a ton of time.
At this point in human evolution, the mere sound of Ryan Seacrest counting backward from 10 causes a Pavlovian response that can only be cured by bubbly. But not everyone has Seacrest's bank account, so it's not always gonna rain Dom.
Every year I hear people starting their year to get healthy, but that makes me question their logic -- why wait until a designated day of the year to live a healthy lifestyle?
I feel the freedom and less stress, perhaps, without children of my own at Christmastime. And yet, I feel so sad and maybe even a little empty without them.
Joseph, the adoptive father, stood by Jesus in the early parts of his childhood transcending biological distinctions and taking on great social risk.
The size of a party doesn't matter. You always want to bring the same five choices to every party you do. There is hope! I thought. Finally some inside information I can use! So here, boys and girls, is your chance to play at home like the big shots do.
As the New Year approaches, this is a time to reflect on our lives and be resolute about changing things that are not working for us. While there is much that is out of our control, there are many adjustments we can make to feel healthier and happier.
It's easy to say "a new year, a new me" every January 1st. We all have things we can or want to improve on from fitness and weight loss to budgeting and improving relationships.
We did not have to squint or wear spectacles to sight this top-of-the-front-page Chicago Tribune headline on Christmas, "Tithing in Reverse." If something in the world is going the wrong way, putting or viewing it in reverse can be a good option. This story was an instance.
Despite my neighbors still having their wreath on the door and a creepy stand-up Santa Claus in the hallway, the holidays are over. So this must mean that we're yet again closing in on another stellar year of life. And what a year it was!
Going away for Christmas with little kids, who wonder how Santa will find them, can be tricky. As a parent, I fret about the logistics of trivial things like: Where will the stockings hang?
With Christmas and Hanukkah finally over, I wanted to take some time to talk about the insanity of our holiday gift-giving traditions. From where I sit, the ritual of exchanging stuff is a total waste of time and money.
Though life is far easier for women these days, Women's Christmas celebrations are regaining popularity, and beyond the counties of Cork and Kerry, too, where the traditions were strongest.
I cannot begin to explain how much you mean to me. But clearly I'm going to try. I have known some of you for nearly a decade and others for less than a year.
As the host, you get to call the shots. Serve crowd-pleasing wines that appeal to you. Or pick a theme for your party and create a signature cocktail -- still a huge trend going into 2015.