My first new year’s out in x#@! years



For the past, oh, two decades, I’ve stayed home, happily.

I’m not a believer in the eve.  It makes so many people miserable. It’s an arbitrary date. Forced gaiety is not my thing.

I usually cook something comforting, drink some good bubbles, watch the ball drop and go to bed. I adore New Year’s day however, waking well and early with great energy for what’s ahead. Cooking another something comforting for my hangover-straggling-in friends.

This year I felt the need to be out, in public, part of the mob, to mark the evening with elegance. I wanted to formally acknowledge the end of an astonishing and — difficult year.

So I booked a table at a charming, tiny restaurant known for its innovative cuisine. Of the six invited guests, five of them will move away from Tropica in 2018. Hello change!

And me? Where will I be next year? I too would like a change. But where? I’ve given up trying to figure it out. I’m going with Lord Byron,

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods.”

I wish you an amazing, passionate, intense, flexible, astonishing year filled with extraordinary things. But mostly, kindness. Compassion towards yourself and to everyone who crosses your path.  A year of creativity and richness. And always love.

xo Liza

P.S.  What did you do this New Year’s eve? Just curious…as are all of us!

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20 thoughts on “My first new year’s out in x#@! years

  1. What a lovely post. Thank you. I went to a restaurant with a friend and was home by 9.30pm! I don’t really do forced gaiety either, and today, January 1st, is the anniversary of my husband’s death. So I’m happy to be quietly pottering at home. But life is good and I have some travel planned for this year. One thing – here in New Zealand we were the first people to see 2018! How cool is that?

  2. Thank you Liza for the wonderful 2018 wishes. I wish you the same blessings. My partner and I are house sitting in Cape Town. Last night we binge watched NYPD Blue, ate the remains of Sunday lunch’s yummy pork roast and listened to the hooting and fireworks going off at midnight. My son texted me at a few minutes to midnight. All in all a lovely peaceful start to 2018.

  3. Thank you, Liza, for the wishes for 2018. I love your words about showing kindness, compassion, and even enjoying creativity this year.
    For the past 2 years I have chosen one word for the new year, and I have kept those words for life. So far they have been BALANCE, and then ADVENTURE. My word for 2018 is COURAGE. May we each have the courage we need to face whatever lies ahead, and do it with kindness, compassion, and especially creativity!

    1. Cheryl, I love the word courage for 2018. I’m going to think of a word for me…and it may just be courage, too! Thanks for suggesting it. Happy New Year!

  4. Having just returned from Christmas in NC, my husband and I were only too glad to dog sit my son’s pet and help his new wife assemble a smashing outfit for a party out on the town in Denver. Had I had a party to attend, I may have reconsidered our early night, but it dawned on me that I could give a party next year.
    This year, I want to continue my own blog and continue to write.
    Happy New Year to all.

  5. I chose to be with old friends to usher in the new year in New York time. So here in Seattle we raised our glasses at 9:00, watched the ball fall and we’re home by 10:00. Have a peaceful 2018 Lisa, may this year be filled with Joy. I think I will pick Compassion as my word. Thank you all for your responses

    1. Hi Karen, how cool that you chose your time zone. Compassion is always a goal. I’m going to try not to judge people. Yes, I’m guilty of that. Sigh. Happy New Year Karen!

  6. Dear Liza,
    Thank you for the kind wishes. My husband as I started a tradition in 1990 that we continue to perform. We light a candle, pour some wine, and in a special journal record the highlights of the year. We include both the good and the bad; major purchases, travels and world events. It is so fun to read some from previous years and see how much we have grown spiritually and personally and what we have overcome. This year we managed to survive and thrive despite being rear-ended at 65/mph in June. It’s been a long journey and we eagerly anticipate a better year. We wish we had started this record of our lives in 1975, the year we got married. To everyone, may you have an even better year than the one just passed.

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your lovely tradition! It is a great diary of a life well lived. So sorry to hear about the traffic accident. Ouf! Yes, may you all have a better year than the one that just passed.

  7. My husband and I usually have a quiet night at home but this year we spent in the emergency room. We thought he was having a heart attack again as he has had two previously. Luckily it was.a.gastrointestional problem.and he is ok… Cheryl’ s idea of choosing a word.for.the year. I think mine is.going GRATEFUL. My wish for all is a wonderful 2018!

  8. Hi Liza

    Just found your blog. Happy New Year from Florida. I love the idea of choosing a word for the year. Mine is CHANGE with a back up of RESOLVE. I decided to be excited for 2018 and make it a great year.

    1. Hi Gabrielle, welcome to our lovely crew of fabulous women! So glad you’re here. You have great attitude. Yes, make it a great year!

  9. My husband and I were just remarking on how our New Year’s Eve has evolved over the years. We have done everything from the awful “forced gaiety among strangers” to a quiet early dinner in a restaurant, just the two of us, and now, more recently, a small but oh-so-carefully-planned dinner with our adult children and two college-age granddaughters. Everyone cooks something, sometimes keeping exactly what a secret until they arrive with their culinary contribution. At midnight we hug and kiss and eat our 12 grapes and wish each other well. After midnight, my husband and I go to bed and the rest go to meet with friends until dawn. Just lovely, don’t you think?

    1. I do think: lovely! I love the idea of everyone cooking something and keeping it a secret. Very cool. Sounds utterly delicious and civilized.

  10. Happy New Year Liza, I love your wishes for us of flexibility and compassion in the year to come – qualities that are relevant every single day of the year. I’ve been wanting to thank you for introducing us to Coursera earlier in the year – I followed your lead and did the course on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, and am now embarking on The World of String Quartets – fantastic music, great teaching and, best of all, it’s FREE! I’m taking my time and listening to all the pieces several times, so I think Coursera will be alongside me for much of the year, enriching, inspiring and bringing joy. Thanks, and may you too have a year of discovery, fun and fulfilment.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Ooh, thank you for reminding me how wonderful Coursera is. I think you reap the most from it because you take the time to listen to the pieces several times. A good example. Taking the time, that’s a good resolution. Enjoy! And thanks for sharing.

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