Gratitude in the New Year


Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

As 2020 comes to a close, I have been thinking about my intention for 2021. The word that comes to mind is gratitude. This year has been tough, really tough. This year has brought challenges that I never knew existed. This year has taught me things that I didn't know I needed to learn. This year has taught me to appreciate things that I have taken for granted. Most of all, this year has taught me to be thankful. As I head into the new year, I am going to try my best to practice gratitude each day. 

A few ways to practice gratitude include:

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal
  • Share Gratitude with Others
  • Respect and Appreciate Your Body
  • Smile More
  • Say Thank You

Something that I am especially thankful for are family traditions. For as long as I can remember, my dad has cooked a big pot of black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Consuming black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is a southern tradition that is thought to bring prosperity, blessings, and positivity throughout the new year. Not to mention black-eyed peas are a great source of potassium, iron, fiber, and protein!



½ cup of chopped celery
½ diced green bell pepper
2 lbs. frozen black-eyed peas
½ stick butter
1 tsp. black pepper
3 tsp. season all
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
¾ tsp. cumin
¾ tsp. garlic powder
salt to taste


  1. Pour frozen peas into pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain peas.
  3. Add the seasonings, celery, bell pepper, and butter.
  4. Cover the mixture with water and boil. Reduce to simmer and simmer for 1 ½ hours.
  5. Enjoy!

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