A Non-New Year’s Eve NYE

Since we agreed that New Year’s Eve is highly overrated, Keira and I decided not to partake in all the hype last night. On the other hand, neither of us really wanted to spend it solo with a cup of noodles and ‘Meet Me In St. Louis‘ either. That being the case, we figured that the evening would be best spent together. With no pretentious parties on our agenda, we were certain that the two of us would have some fun, no matter what night of the year it was, or what exactly we ended up doing.

Here’s how I spent my last hours of 2008:

  • A few glasses of chardonnay at Keira’s apartment. It went down easy. We were both giddy and just a little tipsy by the time we left.
  • Lots of photos.
  • A walk to Yaletown, only to find out that our intended destination, Cactus Club, was closed for a private party. (No offense, but really?)
  • Yummy cocktails, three pounds of Wings and a giant piece of totally out of this world mud pie.
  • Lots more photos.
  • Next stop: Duane’s apartment.
  • More wine.
  • South Park, ‘Young People F*cuking’, Apple TV surfing.
  • Home with pajamas on exactly 10 minutes before midnight. Perfect.

All Photos: Keira-Anne on Flickr

New Year, New You?

Photo: dotw on Flickr

Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew.

Will this year be the year? Will this be the year that you achieve real change in your life? Despite it being a wholly arbitrary event, there is something cleansing about tagging a new number onto the end of the date, hanging new calendars, “out with the old, in with the new and generally hoping for a better year than last.

This is a time when many of us get reflective. At least, I do. I have always been big on resolutions. For years, the last few pages of December or the first few pages of January in my journal would be filled with a zillion promises that I made to myself. With a new year came hope, excitement and a chance for a fresh start. In fact, I’m one of those people who actually sticks to her resolutions and sees them through.

For the first time (ever, really) I don’t have a gigantic list of things that I want to change going into the new year. I don’t have any real “resolutions,” per se. Sure, I know that I need to learn how to relax. And that I should find more time to take better care of myself. 2008, well … it was amazing, exhausting, transformative, exciting, terrifying, emotional and … how the hell was it just one year? I started it in my very own apartment, which now really feels like home. I made some absolutely stellar new friends. I took on a job which has challenged me and forced me to grow in ways that I never could have imagined. I’m a better (stronger) woman for what this past year has taught me.

Looking back, I can’t help thinking of the naive 25 year old that I was only a couple years ago. As Ben Harper just said on my ipod…”I’m more afraid of falling…” which I was, up until now. That being said, I have also most definitely stumbled a few times as I’ve gone along. What I am most proud of, is that I have been able to dust off my knees, get up and keep going.

The truth is, I’m always striving to be a better version of myself. I think about that all the time, not just at the end of the year. Regardless, I would like to bid farewell to 2008 as I look ahead to what I believe promises to be a most incredible new year. I just can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store!

Happy New Year. Truly. It will be.

Bring on 2008

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. With the end of this year almost upon us, as most of us traditionally do, I’ve spent some time reflecting and thinking about my resolutions. I feel good for the most part, as I jump into 2008, because I have accomplished so many of the things that I set out to do in the past year. For perhaps the first time, I feel ok about where I’m at. I am poised to jump into this next phase of my career, something which I know is going to be life changing. 2007 is the year that the pieces in the puzzle of my life have started to come together. I can finally see the big picture, and I’m happy with the progress.

One of the major things I would like to resolve to do differently going into 2008, is to strengthen my ability to just brush things off. I need to stop letting people walk all over me. I have such a strong tendency to take things personally. It’s my nature to want to please people all the time. What I need to realize though, is that there are some people out there who just have horns for an aura. I need to remember that not everybody is going to like me or agree with me all the time. Plus, some people are just mean, or insecure and volatile. I need to learn how to stop internalizing that negativity.

I have many goals with regards to my career and this spanking new role that I am set to take on. My stomach is full of crazy butterflies. I feel like I’m walking blindfolded into an unknown world. I’m going to be travelling a ton, and will be facing a whole pile of new challenges. As a control freak, I hate not knowing EXACTLY what I’m in for. Thank God the powers that be have so much faith in my ability to nail this, cause at the moment, I am terrified. I am resolving to bound into this with great intentions, my strong work ethic and an open mind.

Another resolution on my list is to write in my journal more. There was a time when I made it a priority to reflect and put pen to paper daily. These days, I get caught up and busy. I find that the more I blog, the less inclined I seem to be to journal. It’s a different kind of writing though. I can’t be as free as I am in my journal anywhere else. To some degree, I censor what I put out there in this forum. I want to get back to writing in my journal, becaue in the past it has been a great means of catharsis for me.

My other major resolution is to start cooking for myself more. Since I moved into my own place, I have found that I enjoy being in the kitchen more; maybe because it’s my kitchen. I think in the new year, I’ll take some classes and continue to improve my abilities.

I came across a list of tips at MyGoals.com to help you create better New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s worth checking out.

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do tomorrow night. I have to go into the office on the first to finish setting up our showroom and get everything organized for next week so that kind of limits my options. I suppose I still have another day to figure it out.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Standing still, dressed to kill, holding a glass of champagne

Photo courtesy of xrrr on Flickr

It seems like every time I turn around this week, somebody is asking me the dreaded question, “what are you doing for New Years?” I’ve never really gotten all the hype about New Years Eve. People seem to create these unrealistic expectations that no event could ever live up to and they think that it’s going to be the best night of their lives. Maybe it will. Never has been for me. I’ve realized over the years that suspending these “expectations” allows you to be pleasantly surprised…or not. But at least you’ll avoid disappointment by limiting the height of the pedestal you place the night on. In my personal experience, New Years has often turned into a drunken emotional fest of sorts. There’s usually some kind of drama, or conflict, somebody who gets too drunk to remember anything she did or somebody who passes out in a booth. Last year I was up in Whistler. We went to a casual house party with my friend who lives up there and ended up having a fantastic time despite the fact that I was sick and had lost my voice completely. Since there were copious amounts of alcohol involved, I vaguely remember that there may have been some tears at a certain point. However, the fact that we spent all of New Years day snowboarding in fresh pow more than made up for anything that I may have been crying about the night before. This year, I have no plans yet. I am hoping to avoid disappointment by again ceasing all expectations. Being spontaneous is a good thing. It’s one of my resolutions, in fact. I suppose I do still have one little hope for the evening. I’d be a liar if I said that I wasn’t crossing my fingers for a kiss at the stroke of twelve. This year has been one full of challenges and accomplishments, I have met some amazing new people and started some fantastic new friendships…so if nothing else, I have a great deal to celebrate. Plus, something about the clean slate of a new calendar year is always exciting.

What are your plans for the big night? Thoughts on the holiday? How will you be ringing in 2008?