I am sitting here in New York City on my buttercream microsuede corporate apartment couch feeling the way I normally feel as the end of a year draws to a close.
I always have an urge to capture the memories of the passing year and lock them up,
hold them close, preserve them from ever leaving my heart.
There's something so exciting about the promise of a new year.
What will it hold? What surprises will there be?
So many different thoughts race through our minds depending on what season of life we find ourselves in...
Will this be the year I land the job of my dreams?
Will I meet the love of my life?
Will this be the year I get pregnant?
Will I finally get to retire?
Will I be able to purchase my first house?
I think we all like the idea of a clean slate. A brand new year with no mistakes in it yet.
A fresh year to accept our own challenges to cook more or exercise daily or tackle a new DIY.
And while I am excited to behold all that 2012 has for me and my little family,
I don't want to forget the past year, the one that shaped us into who we are today,
the one that helped bring us to this very place.
Here are a few of my favorite memories from 2011.
January / moved to New York City in the middle of a blizzard
February / learned to navigate our fair city
March / hung out with Jimmy Fallon
April / found our favorite pizza in Brooklyn
May / welcomed Spring to the city
June / discovered Central Park at dusk
July / dined outdoors
August / introduced my parents to the Big Apple
September / walked in the cool of the day
October / met some of my favorite ladies in Boston
November / celebrated Thanksgiving with friends in NYC
December / bought our first city Christmas tree
Thanks for being such a great year, 2011. I liked you a whole lot.
2012, bring it on. You've got some shoes to fill.
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
Anne of Green Gables
Happy New Year, friends.