Happy 2012! Ok, so I'm a tiny bit late on cementing my New Year's Resolutions. However, it's not because I don't have any. Of course there are the classics that make the list each year, 2012 being no exception. Go to the gym more. Keep up better correspondence with friends and family back home. Challenge myself.
After a nearly a decade as an entertainment publicist, I made the leap and relocated to London a couple of years ago for a job with the WTA professional tennis tour. While this was an incredible challenge and personal growth opportunity, I've come to realize it now belongs much more to a past life.
This leap abroad set up a chain of events that moved my life onto an unexpected path. I met a great guy from London and had a dream wedding in a lakeside Italian villa. I evolved from a short-term expat to a full-time UK resident and a whole new life and home and friends have sprouted up around me. What I did not do, however, is let go of my old plans to make room for new goals for this new life to evolve.
While 2012 is definitely set to be a growth year and no doubt a continuous work in progress, here's a sneak peak of the "to do" list from the starting line where I stand now.
IN 2012 I PLAN TO...
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Incorporate some more formalized instruction into my baking projects. First up, completing a course at L'atelier des Chefs on the art of French macaroons. Tips to come!
Create the perfect baby shower goodies for my two pregnant girlfriends, including these SUPER cute homemade cookie designs by the amazing Peggy Porschen and Kristina of Paddleattachment.com
Spend more time photographing and discovering the regional flavors of Provence--one of
my absolute favorite places on earth.
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Expand my appreciation of Britain's love affair with tea by continuing to explore London's grandest afternoon tea venues (starting 2012 with the iconic Savoy hotel this month.)
with just my husband and my camera.
As with all things in life, you have to walk before you can run, and facing the unknown is scary. I've always believed in the mantra "Leap and the net will appear" and have lived my life accordingly, but recently I found I was only willing to dip a toe or two into the shallow end. That too will now belong to the past. 2012 will be a year to conquer lingering doubts and fears, to embrace and find confidence in this new path and to stop trying to merely find time and instead start making the time to pursue these goals to their fullest potential. In life, in the kitchen, in my travels and in this blog.
Wishing everyone a brilliant 2012!