When I was a little girl, my γιαγιά told me to pay very close attention to New Years.
What you do on New Years day, she explained, sets the tone for the rest of the year.
My father made a notable example of this in his boyhood by falling ill, which resulted in a year filled with home visits from their family physician. Greek superstition? Coincidence? The cyclical nature of the universe?Believe what you may, but I have made a point of taking great care on January 1st — and now that I’ve shared this with you, I predict you will too 😉
This year, I spent the first minutes of 2018 an approximate 36,007 feet up in the air with my fiancé, speeding through the first leg of a long trip to Rwanda, via Amsterdam. If this is in any way indicative of what the New Year holds, I’m delighted: travel with the man I love most, to countries I’ve never been to.
Having used up the entirety of my yearly vacation day allotment in January, I doubt that I’ll be jet-setting off to too many places between now and December, but 2018 is regardless filling up with so many other exciting things right here in Hawai‘i: the impending launch of my little jewellery business, Maris Pearl & Co., our upcoming wedding in July (!!), a new surfboard and its promise of many small victories and not-so-small nosedives…
In order to capture and celebrate these upcoming milestones, I’ve resurrected this very neglected blog, and am kicking it off with some (very late) resolutions for the New Year.
Write often; a lot or a little, well or poorly — but often
Read the French newspaper a few times a week to keep au courant, and in practice
Soak in our life here on O‘ahu as much as possible with surfing, hikes, etc.
Cook more interesting meals, and share my favourite recipe attempts here
Learn how to carve into waves and walk along my surfboard
Make this year’s women’s polo team — more on this later!
Wish me luck! If you’re here reading this, I invite you to say hello, and share your resolutions, too.