Happy New Year’s Eve! I can’t believe that the last day of the year is here. Where did 2018 go? It’s been a pretty amazing year for me – one of the best, in fact. I launched this blog, saw my favorite Broadway play, Les Miserables, when it came to Dallas, took Brad to New York City and showed him a little piece of my old life, and traveled to see friends and family in New Jersey, Atlanta, and Phoenix.
We are celebrating tonight with a small group of friends but calling it an “early bird special” because we will be home by 10 pm. By the way, did you know that the TV stations don’t delay the ball drop?! My first NYE in Dallas I was all prepared to watch the ball drop at midnight and it dropped at 11 pm! Now, I DVR the broadcast so I can watch the ball drop at midnight.
This past week I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming year and all that it has in store for us (I’ll post more on that as the exciting events unfold). I’m also thinking about some things I want to improve upon to help make 2019 even better. For the first time ever, I put pen to paper and wrote down my vision for the new year. I spent about an hour really thinking about each area of my life, including my career, personal growth, spiritual health, finances, and home, and what small steps I can do to make positive improvements in my life. I’m really blessed and have a pretty amazing life. It wasn’t always easy, as I have lots of setbacks, but coming out of the other side, I can really appreciate how fortunate I really am. I have an amazing partner for life, supportive family and friends, and this blog that was a dream for so long is now a reality.
Resolutions are easy things to make and hard things to keep. I didn’t want to create a long list of things to change about myself only to give up by the end of January. That’s why I took a different approach and wrote down my vision for the year. And the motivation is a bit different for this year, as if I want certain things to happen, I have to put in the hard work. What is your vision for the new year?
If you are looking for a delicious and easy meal this New Year’s Eve, try my Pasta Aioli. It’s super easy and only requires a few ingredients. It doesn’t take long to cook and won’t keep you in the kitchen while your friends and loved ones party it up in the other room.
Author: The Food Allergy Foodie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
1 package of gluten-free spaghetti or linguini
8-10 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 bunch of fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
½ cup olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
¼ – ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (use more if you like things hot!)