If I view 2013 through rose-colored glasses, I'd say it was a great year for me and the ones nearest and dearest to me. I suppose I can dwell on the negatives in my life, but since there were no tragedies nor any major health concerns, I'd say 2013 was one heck of a great year! As I sit back and reminisce about 2013, I’d like to share with you the positives in my life and all those loved ones around me, it’s important to see the glass half full.
I'm most thankful my entire family, my friends, and I are all in good health. Everything else seems so remote to me if we all aren't in the best of health.
This past year my sister, Mini, moved from sunny California to gloomy New Jersey with her 2 kids. The move was bittersweet. After an unfortunate loss Mini (and us as a family) had to bear in 2012, I speak on behalf of my entire family that we are all so thrilled to have her back on the east coast despite the location downgrade, but hey, family is everything! As I watch Mini rebuild her life day in and day out without the love of her life, I am amazed at her strength which in turn forces me to quit
whining about my issues. My sister is the strongest person I know with the warmest heart. To me, she epitomizes all the qualities a woman should possess... smart, confident, compassionate, independent, and one that has her own identity. It's these qualities I admire most in a person, and its these qualities that help you get thru the toughest moments in life. She is a role model not only to me, but to her 11 year old daughter, and our 5 teenage nieces. I hope the young women in our family all grow up to be strong, independent women who have a sense of self.
My husband found a new job. It's one that brings him a lot of stress and much happiness. At the end it is about finding a job you like, and hopefully one that makes you happy too. I’m so proud of you VS.
My eldest niece, Salena, joined college this year. It's so surreal for me because I started college around the same time Salena was born. Time flies.
My cousin, Ajay, and his wife had a healthy, adorable baby boy this past year, we're all having so much fun with a new baby boy in our lives, especially because our family is very female dominated (woohoo)!
My friend, Jhiane, also had a new baby... a beautiful baby girl, Malia. Malia was a total surprise for everyone, and she brings her mama so much happiness and joy. Jhiane you bring me so much happiness and joy.
My friend, Marian, moved back to the New York area upon completion of her MBA. She wasn't too happy about it, but I was SO happy! And the best part is, she is also my neighbor.
My friend, Anu, and I have became close again after she moved back to the States… I’m so glad to have my friend back! My life feels much happier being able to see you, Anu.
And as for me.
I received a promotion this year which came as a total surprise to me. I'm so thankful I work with smart and nice people who make going to work fun, in addition to doing good work.
Amongst some of the places I was fortunate enough to visit this year, Greece was the ultimate vacation. I finally visited with my husband and it was one of the BEST experiences of my life. Santorini is heaven, I’ve never seen a place so breathtaking.
My next favorite was Turks and Caicos. The trip was so special since I went with my 2 friends - Jhiane and Marian. Jhiane was pregnant, and thus it was going to be the last trip we were going to take as "friends without kids." So memorable!
food & blogging
I finally visited a Michelin Star restaurant for the first time in my life - Junoon! To most people this isn't a big deal, but for a foodie, it's a big freakin' deal.
My blog hit a milestone of 3 million hits this year... I was thrilled! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, the nice comments make my day, the mean comments make me sad, but I can handle constructive criticism. Thank you guys! Also, my blog received a new makeover this year, one that I love!
For the first time this past year, I was invited to several Press Dinners in New York. Attending these dinners helped me step out of my comfort zone and mingle with new people since I tend to be shy initially, not to mention a complimentary 5 to 10 course meal with wine parings - can't beat that. Additionally, I am learning so much about unique food pairings and trying a little bit of everything even though I don't particularly enjoy... duck foie (yuck), beef, bacon, lamb, lobster (I know, I'm crazy). One of my favorite Press Dinners this year was The Masalawala.
I'm so thankful I started Honey, What's Cooking back in 2009. My blog has enabled me to grow tremendously as a person. It's given me a platform to connect with people through my writing. I've gained the opportunity to meet a few fellow bloggers in person this year with whom I share common interests. I'm so happy doing what I love “on the side,” I will probably never earn a living from blogging, but cooking, baking, and blogging bring me immense joy.
happy new year
To my family, my friends, and all my fellow readers... I wish you all a very happy and safe New Years, definitely don't do what I did on New Years Eve 8 years ago. May 2014 be your year, and mine! Many thanks and lots of love! Happy New Year!
TELL ME: What are your plans for New Years? Staying in? Going out? Don't care for New Years?