|New Year's Dinner - collards, Black Eye peas, ham & cornbread waffle
"A friend told me recently that she believes the best way to prepare one self for receiving good is to reflect on all the good you’ve received before."The holidays and year-end stress, new schedule, life changes, illness and old haunts have been a bit rough on me lately. It's easy to get mired in the negative, even when it's surrounded - out numbered - by the good. To put it all in action on this first day of the new year, I'm throwing out a general Thanks to the universe for all the greatness that has happened over the past year. This blog alone has brought such peace and purpose, not to mention a few paying gigs, and new connections with like-minded people that have brought me a great sense of hope and encouragement. There have been difficult days, challenges and painful lessons. And there have been new friends and beautiful moments, generosity and sincere goodness. I'm better for it, and truly excited for 2013. To celebrate the hope and potential for the near future, my family will share this classic Southern tradition of collard greens and Black Eye peas with ham and cornbread waffles.
It is a Southern tradition to eat collard greens and Black Eye peas on New Year's day, for luck and good fortune in the year to come, with collards representing the obvious - green money. I've even heard that cornbread, another Southern tradition, is supposed to represent gold. Growing up, we always had Black Eye peas, collards and a piece of ham, cooked in the iron skillet, for dinner.
|Collards, washed and trimmed|
|Discarded collard ribs|
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”