31 Drawing Prompts for January

Are you searching for a creative outlet? Drawing is one of the simplest forms of art to begin. Purchase pencils, crayons colored pencils, markers, sketching paper, and other basic supplies at a local dollar store. If you looking for daily inspiration, consider the following 31 drawing prompts for January.

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  1. Happy New Year’s Day!
  2. Self-Portrait
  3. Snowflakes
  4. Snowman
  5. Sledding
  6. Skiing
  7. Ice Skating
  8. Nature Scene
  9. Animal
  10. City Scene
  11. Clouds
  12. Sunset
  13. Family
  14. Friends
  15. Favorite Movie Scene
  16. Favorite Food
  17. Out Your Window
  18. Birds
  19. Path
  20. Tunnel
  21. Mountains
  22. Volcanoes
  23. Trees
  24. Love
  25. Unicorn
  26. Castle
  27. Time
  28. Gnomes
  29. Fairies
  30. Snail
  31. Artist’s Choice

Photo Prompts for January

Are you ready to start 2022 with photos? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for January.

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  1. New Year’s Day! Celebration or relaxation.
  2. Selfie
  3. Resolutions
  4. Time
  5. Outside Your Window
  6. To The Left
  7. Paths
  8. Low Light
  9. Signs
  10. Silhouette
  11. Colors
  12. Bokeh
  13. Black and White
  14. Sunset/Sunrise
  15. Photoshopped
  16. Small
  17. Large
  18. Up High
  19. Landscape
  20. Cityscape
  21. Clouds
  22. Skyline
  23. Dirt Roads
  24. Nature
  25. Similar
  26. Opposites
  27. Sepia
  28. Street
  29. Friends
  30. Family
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Enjoy your first month of 2022 in photos!

Journal Writing Prompts for January

Are you ready to start the new year? Is journal writing one of your New Year’s resolutions? Or are just searching for new material to include in your ongoing writing? In either case, check out the following list of journal writing prompts for January to help you get the New Year going.

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  1. New Year’s Day! Describe how your day went? Highs? Lows?
  2. How did your holiday season go for you and your family? Go into details, add your likes and dislikes.
  3. What are you hoping to do different next holiday season? Why?
  4. Did you make any New Year resolutions? Why or why not?
  5. What do you hope to accomplish in 2022? Write monthly goals and yearly ones.
  6. What steps do you need to take to make 2022 a healthier year for you?
  7. What is your biggest worry going into 2022? Why?
  8. How do you hope to improve your mindset in 2022?
  9. Create a bucket list for 2022.
  10. What do you want your life to look like at the end of this year? Five years? Ten years?
  11. Is there a hobby or activity you want to try in 2022? What is it? What do you need to do to get started?
  12. Free write for 22 minutes.
  13. What 3 things did you achieve today?
  14. What was the worst advice you ever took? What happened?
  15. What was the best advice you ever took? Why?
  16. Write a review about a movie, book, or product.
  17. If you did not need to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
  18. List your biggest pet peeves.
  19. If you could have any magic power, what would you pick?
  20. Write about your most recent dream? What do you think this dream means?
  21. What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  22. Would you ever consider getting rid of your television, computer, phone, or other electronic devices? Why or why not?
  23. What are your strongest attributes? Make a list of 5. Yes, you have at least five.
  24. Describe your family. List characteristics and details for each member.
  25. What does happiness or contentment mean to you?
  26. Describe your dream lifestyle.
  27. Right now, who are the people who mean the most to you? Why?
  28. If you had to host a fancy dinner party, what would you do? Would you have a theme? Go into details to describe each aspect of the party.
  29. What is your happiest memory? Why?
  30. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions?
  31. It’s already the end of the month! Did you accomplish your first month’s goals? Why or why not?

51 Hashtags for New Year’s Eve

How are you going to spend your New Year’s Eve? Are you going to a party? Staying home with your family? Or enjoying a quiet evening alone? There’s no right or wrong way to bring in 2022. But if you want to draw attention to your social media posts, use hashtags for celebrating New Year’s Eve.

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  1. #NewYearsEve (Simple but effective)
  2. #NewYearsEve2022
  3. #NYE
  4. #NYE2022
  5. #TimetoSparkle
  6. #BringOn2022
  7. #Goodbye2021
  8. #Hello2022
  9. #WelcomeNewYear
  10. #Welcome2022
  11. #NewChapter
  12. #NewYear
  13. #FreshStart
  14. #Celebrate
  15. #Cheers
  16. #Midnight
  17. #BallDrop
  18. #TimesSquare
  19. #RockinNewYears
  20. #MidnightKiss
  21. #NewYearsParty
  22. #Party
  23. #PartySafe
  24. #NewYearsFood
  25. #NewYearsSnacks
  26. #Fun
  27. #Dec31
  28. #Jan1
  29. #Friends
  30. #SquadGoals
  31. #Boyfriend
  32. #InstaLove
  33. #Family
  34. #Home
  35. #NYEselfie
  36. #SelfieTime
  37. #NetflixandChill
  38. #NewYearNewMe
  39. #NewYearSameMe
  40. #NewYearsResolution
  41. #Resolutions
  42. #DreamBig
  43. #NoResolutions
  44. #Page1
  45. #Next365
  46. #Love
  47. #NewYearsProposal
  48. #Fireworks
  49. #Champagne
  50. #Hope
  51. #Peace

New Year’s Eve Family Night Ideas

Who is ready for 2022? Let’s hope 2022 brings good health and happiness to all. Are skipping the parties this year to stay home with your family? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Many people are ditching fancy parties to stay home with family. But staying home does not mean a boring evening. With some last-minute planning, you and your family can turn New Year’s Eve into a lasting memory.

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Family-Friendly Ideas to Enjoy New Year’s Eve

Your New Year’s Eve celebration does not need to be elaborate, just fun. Check out the following for New Year’s Eve family night ideas.

Food: Everyone Loves to Eat

Food for your New Year’s Eve should be your family’s favorites. The holiday only comes once a year. So, time to have some fun. Do you need some food ideas? Check out the following 5 ideas to help you plan for your New Year’s Eve family night.

  1. Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza at parties? Pizza is alway a go-to take out item. Order from your favorite local pizza place. Remember to place orders early to ensure timely delivery. Or make homemade pizzas together to fit everyone’s exact tastes.
  2. Favorite Meal: What is your family’s favorite meal? Make the dinner together as a family to enjoy on New Year’s Eve.
  3. Finger Food: Make finger sandwiches. Even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fours are an excellent treat for New Year’s Eve. Spread different types of sandwiches out on a tray for everyone to enjoy. Create a picnic indoors as part of your holiday fun.
  4. Sweets: Serve special treats for your New Year’s Eve family night. Bake cookies, brownies, or other family favorites to rind in the new year.
  5. Celebration Cake: Buy or make a 2022 cake. The cake does not need to be fancy. A simple cake with white frosting and 2022 written in bright-colored frosting is perfect.
  6. Ice Cream: Buy your favorite gallon of ice cream or two. Create a sundae bar with different topping choices, including whipped cream, syrups, nuts, candy sprinkles, marshmallows, and cherries. Allow everyone to create their own sundae masterpiece.

Drinks

Serve different family-friendly drinks for your festive evening activities. Of course, water should always be on the menu. But consider sparkling cider or punch for a midnight toast. Homemade hot cocoa is another delicious idea to add to the celebration.

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Activities

Plan various family fun activities to keep everyone busy until midnight. If you have younger children, they may fall asleep before the clock strikes twelve.

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  1. Games: Play board or card games. Sitting together and talking is great for quality family time. Remember to turn the television on to watch the ball drop.
  2. Video Games: Multi-player games are perfect for a New Year’s Eve family fun night.
  3. Do Crafts: Make paper crowns or silly hats out of construction paper for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Create themed decorations to display.
  4. Movies: Binge-watch your favorite movie or series until midnight. Then, turn your channel over to watch the ball drop at midnight.
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Hide clues throughout your home to lead to a final treasure. Plain white envelopes work well for this activity. Place a note with enough information to lead your searchers from one clue to the next. The final treasure can be a special treat, coupons for future activities, movie tickets, gift cards, or cash.
  6. Balloon Pop: Blow up several balloons. Write different times on each balloon. As the night progresses, pop each balloon at the specific time. Make sure there’s enough balloons for everyone to pop at midnight.
  7. Light Sparklers: Check with your city’s ordinances first. But light fireworks or sparklers to ring in 2022.

Make Unforgettable Memories

The best part about spending New Year’s Eve at home is making memories.

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  1. Photo Booth: Create a photo area. Use a blanket, sheet, shower curtain, or large piece of material for a backdrop. Place different props out, including hats, crowns, beads, scarves, and cardboard cut-outs. The accessories can be homemade, or go to your local dollar store to find items. Make a point to take pictures every hour leading up to midnight. The sillier the photo, the better; remember to print your photos to place into a 2022 scrapbook.
  2. Time Capsule: Create a time capsule. Ask your family or friends questions. For example, what do you want to do when you grow up? The question is simple. But when opening the time capsule the following year or two, you may find the answer amusing or inspiring. Place photos, stories, or other memorabilia into your time capsule. Yes, a shoebox works as a time capsule.
  3. Make Memory Cards: Index cards work well for this type of activity. Ask each of your family members to write out favorite moments in 2021. You may need to help younger children. Encourage drawing. Each card is a perfect addition to a scrapbook or photo album.
  4. Create a Video: Make a YouTube or TikTok video saying good-bye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Share the video on your social media platfroms.
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Regardless of how you celebrate, enjoy your evening with your family. Remember, ringing 2022 is a once in your lifetime event. Happy New Year!

22 Quotes for the New Year

Are you searching for inspirational quotes for New Year’s Eve or Day for your social media platforms? A few inspiring words are a great way to kick off 2022!

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  1. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
  2. “You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” – Dr. Seuss
  3. “We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.” – Ellen Goodman
  4. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” — William E. Vaughan
  5. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” —Oprah Winfrey
  6. “The bad news is time flies. The good new is you’re the pilot” – Michael Altshuler
  7. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” – Johnathon Huie
  8. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” —Robin Sharma
  9. “The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” ―Josiyah Martin
  10. “The best is yet to come.” – Frank Sinatra
  11. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —J.P. Morgan
  12. “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately, we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt
  13. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” —Melody Beattie
  14. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” —Nido Qubein
  15. “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” —Charles Lamb
  16. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  17. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  18. “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” —Vern McLellan
  19. “Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
  20. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” T.S. Eliot
  21. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates
  22. “Don’t make plans. Make options.” —Jennifer Aniston

Happy New Year!

Journal Writing Prompts for January

Is one of your New Year’s resolution to keep a daily journal? Are you uncertain about how to begin? Or do you just need a little inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for January.

  1. Happy New Year’s Day! How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Did your celebrations go as planned?
  2. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
  3. Write 5 things about the holiday season that you do not want to forget. Go into detail.
  4. Write a good-bye letter to 2020.
  5. What did 2020 teach you about yourself, family, friends, community, and the world?
  6. Write 10 major goals for 2021.
  7. Write 3 minor goals for January.
  8. What are your hopes for 2021 for yourself, family, friends, community, and the world? Provide details.
  9. What is your favorite quote? Why does this quote bring you inspiration? Do you have a new quote for 2021?
  10. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  11. Free write for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer.
  12. What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
  13. Create a blessing or gratitude list. Try to list at least 10 things.
  14. What small acts can you do in 2021 to make the world a better place?
  15. What new thing would you like to try in 2021?
  16. In what ways would you like to improve your life in 2021?
  17. Create a local bucket list. For example, visiting small businesses or order take out from individually owned establishments can be part of your list.
  18. Using 5 words, describe yourself. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. Why did you pick these 5 words?
  19. Pick one word to describe 2020. Now pick another word to describe 2021. Why did you pick these two words?
  20. Pick a book title for your life. Yes, this can be a totally made-up title. Why did you pick this title?
  21. What songs bring you inspiration? Why?
  22. Write about a loved one who has passed.
  23. Describe your neighbors in detail.
  24. If you could own a business, what would you do? Why?
  25. List 3 of your favorite television shows. Why do you like these programs?
  26. Describe your day in detail.
  27. What is the most stressful thing in your life right now? What are you doing to combat the stress? Can you change the situation?
  28. Write a letter to your future self. Describe how you think 2021 will go for you and your family. Seal the letter. Read at the end of the year.
  29. Write a book review.
  30. What you like to change about yourself? Be realistic.
  31. What were the high and low points of January 2021?

21 Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

Do you need some inspiration to ring in the New Year? 2020 will definitely be a year to remember—time to move forward with some inspiring words.

  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”-George Eliot.
  2. “The best is yet to come.”-Frank Sinatra.
  3. “You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.”-Dr. Suess
  4. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie.
  5. “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot
  7. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin.
  8. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”-C.S. Lewis.
  9. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot
  10. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” —Paulo Coehlo.
  11. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates.
  13. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” —E.E. Cummings.
  14. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” —David Bowie.
  15. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt.
  16. “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”-Alex Morritt.
  17.  “Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” —Neil Gaiman.
  18. “Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.”-Steven Spielberg.
  19. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”-Brad Paisley.
  20. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  21. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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Local Event Review: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in St. Johns

Most of the time on New Year’s Eve, I stay home with my pets. Living in Michigan, the weather is not exactly great for hanging outside around midnight. Leaving my house at 10 pm is just not something I do. Yes, I realize this behavior makes me old. This year in St. Johns, Michigan, there was a ball drop event.

Watching the ball drop in New York is one of my items on my bucket list. I realize our little local ball drop is nothing in comparison. But the event was still fantastic to attend.

Favorite Part

I admit, there is something special about a group of diverse people loudly counting down to midnight to usher in the new year. The bright colored ball with 2020 shining brightly against the dark sky was perfect.

Least Favorite Part

Even though the local bars were still open for business, I personally would have loved to seen local vendors set up. What can I say, an elephant ear or fried cake would have been an excellent addition to the evening.

Will I attend the event again? 

Yes, most definitely.  The ball drop did not occur properly due to a  malfunction. I would like to witness the ball drop as the count down happens. Of course, I am still hoping for an elephant ear covered in powder sugar.

What you need to know if you attend? 

If you attend in the future, dress in warm clothes.  The Michigan nights are cold. Even with the close proximity to everyone, the night air was chilly.

 

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