New year, new goals and *GIVEAWAY!*

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.

11 Comments on New year, new goals and *GIVEAWAY!*

  1. Joel Santana
    January 5, 2012 at 12:41 am (4 years ago)

    awwww Pao I loved this post! I also love your blog it’s too delicious! I know I have never commented before but I always mean to. Promise!

    First of all Happy new year! Is it weird that you are always one of the first people I think about partying on New Years, even though I don’t ever think we have spent a New Years together? o.O I think it’s because every time we used to hangout, it was a NEW and exciting experience for me… on many different levels. Like, our trip to La Cuchilla or that weird trip to Canada. We always had this weird connection. That’s why I always thought of you in the New Year — I guess to see what the year will bring, and how crazy it will be!

    Now, time to name my new year’s resolutions! I actually laughed when you mentioned FLOSSING.. because that too, is one of my goals this year. As you may or may not know, my teeth and gums are VERY sensitive, and so flossing is always a nightmare. However I have learned to appreciate and love my smile more as I’m getting older. I’m always told that it’s one of my best features.

    Another resolution of mine is to take care of my body and stop feeding it junk. Which means no fast food, no unhealthy/disgusting eating, and no over-eating (remember when I used to get every single thing available at the commons when I ate there) How disgusting was I? Yeah well, I find myself doing that on occasion, still. Except substitute the commons with the free food available at my job. I also need to stop eating with my hands (in public). I do it sometimes because for some reason my food tastes so much better when I do this. I do understand it is time to let that go though because I’m sick of the dirty looks some people give me. I can always do it at home by myself, right? Or maybe with Jose. He wouldn’t mind.

    I’m also very self-conscious about how I eat now. Jose told me the other day that I chew and eat in a weird way. Like I made noises that others might find weird. I don’t know about this one because no one can take the delicious experience of food for me. I guess my resolution on this one though is to stop caring about what others think about me to an extent.

    Last, my other resolution is to hate my body. That’s right, I’ve learned to hate my body and love it at the same time. I realized a while back that I love myself too much and this stops me from working on my body. So… I guess you can say that I hate to love my body, and I’ve learned to love to hate it as a tool for physical growth. The status quo will not win because I’ve *drum roll please* joined the gym! I actually went today and it felt GREAT! I want to keep this one going. I want to work on my chest, and lose my stomach completely. I know this will take lots of hardwork, but I am up for the challenge! ARGH! o_o

    I really do enjoy this blog, btw. It makes me smile :) I also really love giveaways, they make me smile too, guys! I used to always get a rush whenever I won a thousand dollars on the radio and so you can only imagine the rush you will give me if I win this one. I would be able to go up to the empire state buidling and dance with my hands above my head.. and SMILE! I will make sure I floss that day, too – it’ll be the cherry on top to my glorious moment.


  2. Sandy
    January 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    My New-Year resolutions? Oh let me count the number of them:

    1. To find a way–by hook or by crook–to be geographically closer to the man I love and who I knew I was happily destined to love right after our 1st date! Yes, ma’am! It’s the truth and nothing but the magical (and dare I say DIVINE) truth!
    I love love. I love him.
    Thank you, fate!
    Oh help me, God!

    2. I will stop being complacent and lazy in order that I can live up to my BEST potential as a human being. I’m pursuing greatness from here on out; I really have no excuses to hold me back!

    3. In the words of Gordy Grundy: “I want to leave everywhere I go better than I found it. I want to leave everyone I meet better for the encounter.”

    4. And on the more mundane side of things, I want to practice being a better mingler. I’m horrible at mingling with people. I’m awfully awkward at it.


  3. leelah
    January 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy new year!
    My resolution is to work harder. Not just in my academics and work, but in my general life. I’ve noticed that when I do more (of almost anything) I am happier. For instance, when I wake up at 7am on Saturdays and go on a bike trail, I feel much more energized than when I sleep in. I think doing more makes me happier, and will result in changes in other areas like my fitness and social life. Good luck your resolutions!

  4. Sass
    January 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve always admired your gutsy decision about everything! Insecurities and negative energy always seemed to be in the air when it came to fashion and many other things such as self-awareness during our high school days. Although it was contagious at the time, you always seemed to be comfortable and secure within yourself. Going naturelle or dying your hair a bright color was not a popular thing to do at the time, but you did. That made you “strange”, let alone your odd sense of fashion during our teen days.

    One thing I do know is that life has different sets of stages and you were blessed enough to step on one that people typically miss stepping on and have many regrets later on life. Finding one’s identity can take a lifetime. It seems like you have always known yours and I admire that!

    Love the blog and I believe it may inspire some positive individuals out there in the real world.

    All the best and see you later!

  5. Anna Stange
    January 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm (4 years ago)

    My new years resolution is to be a better me! I don’t want to change anything (although flossing more is never a bad idea). I just want to focus on doing the things that I think define me. I want to do more art! I want to go on more adventures. I always do tons of things when I’m traveling but when I’m at home, I don’t do much at all and there’s loads to do within a two hour travel radius. I want to be outside more!


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