NYE Chris and I spent with his boss and family, at their home, making Polish doughnuts. They moved from Charlotte about a year prior to us and have two kids, one which is not even 6 months old. Since we are in a similar situation with baby on board and not knowing too many people in the great state of Minnesota, we gladly obliged when they invited us over. Originally they are from Poland and when they invited us over to make doughnuts I didn’t know what to expect but we were greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere full of food (my favorite) and we had a great time! After eating what was an impeccable meal of pork stuffed with prunes (trust me it was delicious) and steamed veggies and potatoes garnished with rosemary, we finished the dessert.
Filling each sac of dough with two dark cherries and deep-frying them made my mouth water and it was all I could do to keep from drooling as the smell of powdered sugar and fried dough filled their house. As the ball dropped, we ate our hard work delicacies, washing it down with sparkling cider (God, I miss wine) and enjoyed conversation next to a Christmas tree decorated with strictly red lights only.
While it’s a far cry from where we spent our NYE nights a few years ago, in a packed bar with over-priced cheap champagne and uncomfortable clothing, I am so happy we are in the place we are now. Heading into 2013 clear-headed, focused and healthy makes this year of resolutions all that much more exciting. I tried to keep my list to a minimum (usually I run wild), quantifiable and realistic. Wish me luck!
1.) Read at least 12 books this year (one book a month). That might not seem like a lot to many people, but I don’t read much in my spare time. Instead I take a highly, unhealthy dose of late night television. Thanks to my Kindle, I feel this is more than possible!
2.) Spend less time on Pinterest. I really do think that Pinterest is a great site, but for me lately the obsession has got a little out of control and for the sake of my bank account, sanity and hopeful decrease in materialism, I need to cut down.
3.) Embrace work. I work a very fast-paced, intense job at a boutique agency which promotes social change. Instead of focusing on all the man hours and hard work, I want to focus on all the good I’m contributing at my 9-5.
4.) Focus on the blog like it’s my second job. Follow the goals I’ve set to drive more traffic, be more relevant and graphically enhance the look and feel of the site.
5.) Practice selflessness. As I embark on becoming a first-time mommy, I realize that “my” time will cease to exist, and while that will be an adjustment, understanding the importance of unconditional love and relentless, sometimes thankless, work is important to visualize.