I have never enjoyed the ritual of making New Year’s resolutions, because I seem to make personal resolutions more frequently than once a year.
However, I do think that at the end of the year we all get time to renew connections with family, friends, and ourselves. For me, it also involves the opportunity to travel somewhere where I can unwind and relax away from the feverish activity that accompanies the end of each year.
We drove up to Santa Barbara to celebrate the New Year with some dear friends at their family-owned vineyard, Sunstone in Santa Ynez. Our friends were gracious enough to open their stunning estate created from all-imported French salvaged materials. We opened favorite bottles of wine, rare champagne and uniquely crafted port. We feasted on gourmet foods, talked, laughed, and toasted 2011, while sitting around the pizza oven and long kitchen table. It was such a memorable New Year’s Eve, that it occurred to me how important it is to spend time with friends.
For the New Year and always, it is imperative for me to keep my mental and physical being in optimum condition, so that I’m able to be the most creative and available for my business and family. As a result, I’m always searching for places, foods, and unique items that make me feel alive.
Among my most recent obsessions that I have found over the holidays:
For the home: I think rejuvenation is being able to take a bath at home with a favorite candle. Lafco candles are currently one of my favorites, which is ironic because Oprah had it as one of her favorite things. We have some new scents on their way and I can hardly wait.
For the soul: Camilias are finally blooming at our home and it is such a decadent pleasure. Not only are they beautiful but their delicate, fragrant scent is spiritually uplifting.
For the heart: Swimming, like yoga, is a therapeutic exercise and finding beautiful places to swim are inspiring to me.
For the mood: The song “You’ve Got The Love“ by Florence and the Machine has been on the radio several times recently when I get in the car and it is really an uplifting gorgeous song.
And for those of you who have resolutions regarding Extraordinary Desserts, don’t stay away too long. We have healthier options on our menu to indulge in. Enjoy.