January 2 -Resolutions

Devine Resolutions

One of mom’s Christmas presents this year was a chalk board to keep us organized, made of slate recycled from an old classroom. Last night we all wrote down our new year resolutions for 2012, and as you can see from my photo of the day, we have some good ones! I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my own resolutions (for those following me on Twitter you already had a preview).

1. Bike more.  My purple bike has been in DC for 2 years now and it’s only been out about ten times.  Biking is GREEN, free, fast, and another way to exercise. Win win!

2. Learn more about wine. I love learning (and sampling) new wines and I would like to visit more vineyards this year to expand my knowledge of the wine making process.  This should come in handy for opening a coffee wine bar.

3. Cook more international foods. I love cooking and I love traveling, so making meals inspired by places I’ve been and places I want to visit makes sense. In 2011 I traveled to so many places: New York City, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard, Atlanta, London, Cambridge, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Milan, Lyon, Paris, and Los Angeles. I am hoping to have the opportunity to travel a lot this year as well, but if somehow I don’t have time for a 3 week Eurotrip, I can at least explore through food. =)

4. Start a business. This could go two different ways, but I don’t want to say too much here.  Just know that 2012 is going to be entrepreneurial.

Here’s to new goals in 2012!


January 1 – Happy New Year!!

Marie, dancing a New Year's jig

So, it’s that time of the year again.  I had such an awesome 2011 that I am a bit reluctant to move on (it will definitely take me into February until I begin remembering to write dates with 2012).  I am very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, many who follow the V Life and leave me awesome comments, and I am also very proud of what I accomplished in 2011.

Looking back, it was a great year: I began with adopting a furry little friend who needed a home, celebrated dad’s 50th in style, celebrated Angela’s high school graduation, visited Madison in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and London, completed a full year in a DC apartment (a V record!), turned 24 (an even number again!), worked up the courage to leave a job I was no longer professionally growing in, started a new job the next day, went to Europe for THREE wonderful weeks, started a blog, spent a few weeks with my family around Christmas, and rang in the new year with my best friend.

I already have a lot of new opportunities opening up for me this year and I am excited and nervous to see how they play out! I will get into my new year resolutions tomorrow, but for now I wanted to introduce you to the beauty in my photo today.  Meet Marie Runyon, a 97-year old NYC resident. I consider myself very lucky to have had the privilege of knowing her for almost four years now.  She is the sweetest “old lady,” and even at her age can hold a very intelligent conversation.  I think we would all have a lot to learn from her, but most importantly, her approach to life.  She continues to have fun everyday – singing, dancing, and joking around. Every time I see her she is in high spirits, and when I say goodbye to her I leave in a better mood.  She still strives to learn whenever possible, and definitely doesn’t let anyone (including Columbia University) stand in her way when she wants something. For 2012, I am hoping to have a Marie Runyon Year – full of joy, continued knowledge, and inspiration to achieve my goals.

A very happy new year to all of you!