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My One Little Word for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve never been one for making resolutions, and when I do make them I usually act on them in the Spring. I do this for two reasons: 1) my birthday is in Spring and 2) the Persian New Year begins on the first day of Spring. Doesn’t it just make more sense to start your resolutions on your birthday? After all, you’re starting the next year of your life. It also just makes more sense to me to start new beginnings after a major burst of spring cleaning and a new wardrobe in time for warmer weather.

With that being said, for 2016 I came up with just one word that I’ll use to guide me through the new year:

Magic

No, I’m not talking about magician and fairy dust magic. The magic I’m talking about is more like making just an ordinary thing extraordinary. Going about your everyday normal routine and adding on to it to make it wonderful. Making an effort to make every day special. Magic doesn’t only have to happen on a holiday, a birthday, or a special occasion. Instead, it should be had every single day of the year. Making something magical doesn’t take money or objects. It can come from the tiniest of things available to all. All you need to do is just put in a little effort.

I knew that I wanted to make New Year’s Eve this year very special, and even though it’s not practical to go out with two little ones on New Year’s, I still wanted it to be magical.

So me and hubby dressed up in our fanciest outfits. I dabbed on some red lipstick, glittery black eye makeup, and I would have even worn stilettos if I still had a pair that fit (just one of the many annoying side effects of pregnancy). We dressed the kids in their best suits, and we had a party at home! We turned on our singing life sized Santa and we had a dance party! We also all ate a very special dinner of mac and cheese, pizza, cake, wine and champagne. Sir Edward the french bulldog had some special celebratory treats. We brought out the cloth napkins, crystal champagne flutes and our best china. We even ate pizza with a fork and knife. We are just sophisticated like that.

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Valentino, Caspian, and Sir Edward had a blast running around chasing one another the whole night. There was lots of dancing, eating, cuddling, and laughter. I don’t want these magical moments to end just because the holidays have come to a close. I want each and every day to be just as special as any holiday, and I’m going to try very hard to make it that way by putting in effort, being spontanious, and exerting an over abundance of love.

We put the kids to bed a little later than they normally sleep because they were just too busy being hyper and partying. Then after they went to bed, me and hubby stayed up past midnight drinking champagne and yeah….it was fantastic! And just magical.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.