Tuesday, December 28, 2010


¡Hola conejos, (Confused as to why I'm practicing my Spanish? Watch this.) hope all is well! I figured I'd check in once more before 2011.
Unlike last year, I have no resolutions to share with you. I've already graduated without regrets, rediscovered some passions, traveled to new places, and prioritized giving back. I have finally gotten to a point where I choose to eat healthfully without second thought, workout for pure pleasure, and do both just enough to maintain a body that I am not only comfortable with, but proud of. I am happy and I am thankful for this. And with the generous gifts I received for Christmas,  I couldn't ask for anything more. That's not to say that I don't have ambitions for this coming year however; this will be the year I live fearlessly.

"People who are truly fearless are those who 'fear less' because they're willing to confront their fears and embrace them," wrote Jennifer Goodman Linn in this month's Whole Living. This is the first year of my entire life in which the only things I know to expect are the printed holidays within my bare Moleskin planner. (Well those, plus my birthday.) I have no academic schedule nor career track to comfort me, and as such, it is up to me to make this year all that I want it to be and more. It reminds me of a quote by Proust that Elizabeth Gilbert uses often: "Our lives are journeys that nobody can take for us and nobody can spare us from, we have to do it on our own." I've appropriately placed it on my Facebook profile as a result. The personal, romantic, professional, travel, and wellness opportunities are seemingly endless right now. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
My last few days have been centered around family. My today was booked with doctor and spa appointments. The rest of my week will be filled with my other loved ones, my best friends. On Wednesday we will see the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, performed in Brooklyn. Thursday we will tailgate, cheer, and revel in Orange spirit for the Pinstripe Bowl. It'll take place at Yankee Stadium which both excites and perplexes me. (I wonder, is it a good idea to spike hot cocoa?) Then, of course, there's Friday.... good ol' New Year's Eve. Oh my do we have quite the celebration planned at Gallery Bar and beyond! As the #10 on Whole Living's 10 Thoughts says, "An ending doesn't have to be sad. It's the only way to begin something new." Smile, my dears, because we are ready for new, we deserve new. New will take us to places we never thought possible. Wishing you a very happy NEW YEAR and I'll be seeing ya'll on the wonderous flipside.


  1. Enjoy the rest of your time at home, it sounds like you have some awesome times planned!!!

  2. It sounds like you have quite a fabulous week planned! Enjoy it to the fullest, my dear:)

  3. Happy New Year Beauty!!!!! I miss you!!!

  4. it's wonderful that you are in such a good place :) Happy new year!

  5. i LOVE this. my dad used to tell me that the only truly scary thing is the unknown, and once we face it and experience it, we can't be afraid of it anymore. now i choose to look at the unknown as this ocean of possibility, and i really don't fear anything at all - i just get excited about all the opportunity instead. this is why we get along so well. :)

    the new year is going to hold so many new experiences for you - i can't wait to see what it brings.

  6. Happy New Year and hope you have a fantastic week!

  7. Could you be any cooler?! Seriously Danielle, I admire your optimism and lifestyle so very much. I hope to find your sense of balance and confidence in the coming year...I'm hoping 2011 will be an amazing one, full of growth and good times! Cheers to that :)

  8. Bec: Thank you!

    BroccoliHut: Thanks so much, I did!

    Trying To Heal: Happy New Year to you! Miss you too.

    Jaclyn @ Baking Charms: Thank you, wishing you the same.

    leslie: Your dad is a wise man, and you are a wonderful friend. Thanks for everything!

    Little Bookworm: Thank you, hope you had one as well!

    alovelyglass: Aw, haha, I sure hope so! I'm a dork :). But in all seriousness, I'm glad to inspire. I don't have everything figured out but I'm definitely optimistic about this coming year, and I think you should be too! We both have so many things to look forward to and tons positive surprises coming our way. Cheers!


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