At the end of summer, I practice self-evaluation and goal-setting. That is when I make my resolutions. I work and live in an academic cycle, I guess.
January 1st, when the year is fresh and new, I like to just be. To appreciate. To love. To be kind. To be gentle with myself and others. To sit (metaphorically) in stillness and not judge or search for faults or weaknesses or missed opportunities. For me, this is the perfect way to open a new year.