Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Of Superstitions and Resolutions

It was supposed to be a very American New Year’s eve, a night out with friends, ringing in 2011 in a cloud of noise and alcohol, amidst packs of kids dashing across numerous rooms, clinking champagne glasses in the midst of crazy dancing and screaming. Instead, our daughter got sick, last-minute — recurrent strep throat — and we ended up greeting the new year on the couch: Toy Story 3, playing truth-or-dare with our kids, dancing a little just the four of us.  

If you go along with the Russian New Year superstitions (see my previous post: https://katiaraina.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-celebrate-the-new-year-russian-style/), then what does that sort of party bid for the year that stretches ahead?

It’s hard not to wonder. And hard not to worry, a little. Hard for someone like me — having been raised in Russia — a country of deep superstitions — and coming from a Jewish family (more superstitions still).

Spit three times over your left shoulder when you say something you want to come true.

If you forget your hat or your purse on the way out the door, and return home to grab it, be sure to look at yourself in the mirror if you want an auspicious trip.

If your ears feel hot, someone’s cursing you out, or gossiping about you.

If you drop a fork or a spoon, someone (of a female gender) is on their way to your house right now. If you drop a knife — then it’s a male.

Lucky charms, guardian animals, the right way to greet the New Year’s. I am wondering if maybe it’s time to start letting some of those go. I think maybe it’s part of letting go of control and fear, and trusting in Destiny more.

This year, I am replacing the superstitions with resolutions:

Wake up one hour earlier every day of the week  (except on Shabbat, Saturday mornings, and maybe vacations and holidays) to get a head-start on writing.

 Blog, Facebook and e-mail at the end of the day, after all the writing is done.

Try to finish all your work before the kids get home, so you can give them your full attention.

 Finish not one but two whole manuscripts this year! (well, one of them is almost done).

I am hoping that doing this will carry me farther in 2011 than those silly Year of the Rabbit superstitions I have blogged about before. Still, even as I write this today, on the first day of the year, I am wearing my special magic Rabbit sweater. Just in case.




January 1, 2011 - Posted by | Personal Mirror | ,


  1. Katia–all great resolutions. But make that THREE manuscripts this year–because you CAN! (Okay they don’t all have to be perfect, but three complete drafts? Yes you can.)

    And sometimes, life just puts you where you need to be. This time, this New Year’s Eve, you were in the perfect place: in the bosom of your family. Of course it was happy!

    Can’t wait to see you soon, and to get cracking on our new manuscripts. My resolutions for this year: I’m NOT going to drive you crazy, and I’m also not going to let you get crazy, quit writing, or anything silly like that. 🙂

    Cheers, to 2011! 🙂

    Comment by Patti | January 2, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Patti! You never drive me crazy, and no matter what, I am staying sane this year. Add this to my resolutions list! (Instead of the three manuscripts. Don’t know about that. :))
      Thanks for your faith in me, Patti, always! Cheers!

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. I have this bad habit of doing my writing last thing. I should do it first thing and have the social networking as a treat.

    I’m hopeful that this will be a great year.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | January 2, 2011 | Reply

    • It does make better sense, Medeia. Let me know how that works out for you. Here is to a phenomenal 2011!

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 3, 2011 | Reply

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