I gave my boyfriend a New Year’s kiss for the seventh consecutive year at midnight this past Sunday, January 1, 2012. We spent a quiet but fun and interactive New Year’s eve with his and brother’s fiance’s families in New Hampshire. The last thing I wanted to do was a big party in New York. I wanted to start the new year differently and more maturely. I didn’t need the crowded rooms, unnecessary conversations with strangers, and the head-splitting hangover that usually followed.
The day was spent as a girl’s day out with Tyler’s sister, Roz and brother’s fiance, Anita while the men shopped for groceries and cooked. Isn’t that the life? My boyfriend was the executive chef and his brother, the sous chef. The menu consisted of several hors d’oeuvres. The beef one called for my famous and delicious Haitian spicy slaw, pikliz, and the shrimp one was made with homemade mayo. The entree was a delightful gnocchi with lamb ragu. Homemade dessert was provided by Anita’s mom.
We ate, I talked too much, and we drank cocktails followed by Champagne. We talked about our New Year resolutions, and said our good-byes before eleven. My boyfriend and I grabbed some chocolate truffles, and drank wine until the ball dropped.
As I sat watching the ball drop with my boyfriend, I started to think about how much I grew the past year. I thought my abou my accomplishments, goals, and mistakes. I was overal very happy with 2011, and all of the events that happened. It was definitely a step up from 2010, one of the most difficult years of my life.
In 2011, I moved in my very own studio apartment in a location and building I love. I advanced a bit further in my professional life. I went to London and Paris for my birthday. I discovered Bikram yoga. I tried Samba and many other things I’ve wanted to. I’ve thrown myself at the world and received its warm embrace in return.
I typically do not make New Year resolutions, but I figured I’d do some things differently this year to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life. The priority on my list of things to work on this year is to spend more time with the most important woman in my life, my mother. I want to influence her to live a more active life. I just want to help her back to her old, charming, beautiful self. I also plan on reading at least 20% more than I did last year. And for motivation, I will post about whatever I’m reading at the time. I want to focus on turning my studio apartment into something I can be proud of. I’m still in the process of decorating and I will also post about whenever I do something different with it. My other resolutions include going back to Bikram Yoga, keeping up with my hair routines, using my sewing machine for projects, and flossing. That’s right. Flossing.
What are your New Year resolutions? A lucky person will win a VIP executive pass to the Empire State Building for 5 people. You don’t have to wait in line, you go straight through! It’s the perfect surprise if you have family visiting from out of town! Respond below and the winner will be announced on January 31, 2012.