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Wishes for 2011

Dear 2011,

I look forward to meeting you so soon. To be honest, I couldn’t believe you were coming but there you are, smack dab on my calendar. I’m not sure if you know this, but 2010 was a pretty big year. HUGE. I don’t mean to put pressure on you but I don’t think you can compete. Hence this letter. I’d like to give you some of my wishes and maybe you can outmatch 2010. What do you think? Here goes…

I’ve been working on my career, pushing myself to be what others want me to be. Stronger, faster, wiser. All those things delivered with a happy smile. But am I getting anywhere? I am not sure. I thought I had found a good place but things change and life points you to go down a different path. I’m happy with the choices I’ve made because I have met some truly remarkable women. However, I have my moments of fear. If you could send some confidence or reassurance my way, I’m sure it could help.

Family and friends have always been extremely important to me. Living 3,000 miles away has been a struggle and I haven’t kept my end of the bargain with maintaining those relationships. I need more help in that area. Maybe we can work together on this? Like giving me the patience for the telephone, which is a device I absolutely hate. Because these people play such big roles in my life and I don’t want to miss anything.

I’ve been pretty patient but I think its time for that some special to come in my life, don’t you think? I know things happen for a reason but I would really like them to happen now. If you can make him tall, nerdy, and full of laughter that would be exceptional. I need a good laugh.

Lastly, let’s talk about this New York City adventure I’m on. I want to maintain my positive attitude in a rather rough city that can suck the life out of you. Can you help with that? Sometimes I get so worked up, walking up and down these crowded streets, bumping in to cold strangers. If you could show me how to relax when I get home, to ignore the simple maladies that spring up, I’d really appreciate it.

xoxo Amanda

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December 29, 2010 - 10:51 am

Mika - Dear SLH,
Iv always enjoyed reading your blog from currently-pouring-rain-California. At the end of the day, you remind me how life is sweet and slow and luscious. Like honey. You always seem to be full of warmth, positivity, and laughter. I think a place like New York City would do better with someone like you. Please don’t let the harsh cold of the city get to you. I hope you contain ue blogging and 2011 will be even better. It will be peachy.

December 29, 2010 - 11:10 am

Sasha - I love the honesty in this. Being so far from home takes a lot of strength and from how far you’ve gone, you seem like a very strong woman. I hope I can develop strength like that in the new year. I hope all of your wishes come true and have a Happy New Year! I know it will be a great one :)

December 29, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Amanda - thanks Sasha! You are too sweet and complimentary :) I’m just rolling with the everyday punches. No idea how I survive!

December 29, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Amanda - xoxo Mika. You literally made my day :)

December 29, 2010 - 1:55 pm

Anya Elise - I just loved how you approached this New Years post. So genuine and hopeful. I expect 2011 will bring you many wonderful things.

Happy (almost) New Year!

-a.e.

p.s. Thanks for the follow on twitter! I’m loving your blog. You’re making me want to go cook up a storm!

December 29, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - What a beautiful letter, you have so elegantly expressed what I think we are all looking for in life: fulfillment, confidence, love, peace of mind, patience. Thank you for sharing your feelings in such an honest way with others, it’s very brave and inspiring.

I truly hope that the new year brings you everything you’ve wished for.

December 29, 2010 - 5:59 pm

Kathleen - I’m being patient as well with finding someone special! It’s hard, frustrating, and sometimes (okay a lot) men just drive me nuts. It’s hard, but my goal is to stay positive and get out there more.

On a side note, I live in NJ and just moved back home after living out west for 10 years. 3 in San Diego and 7 in Denver. We should meet up one time, when I come into NYC!

Here’s to a New Year and lots of new and fun adventures!

December 30, 2010 - 1:30 pm

Liz B - Amanda, I’ve read your blog for a while now, followed your journey to NY and the pains and difficulties along the way. I’ve listened as you’ve wrote about the loses you’ve felt and experienced and smiled at your such funny and witty words. Don’t worry, we are all here paddling like ducks, whilst trying to look smooth on the surface. You’re not alone, and we are all here supporting you, keep your smile up, and im sending lots of wishes for your 2011!!

January 1, 2011 - 12:11 pm

kickpleat - Thanks for sharing your struggles and joys here in this little space! I love reading and I’m horrible at commenting, but hooray for making it through a tough little year. Onwards and upwards!

January 8, 2011 - 6:37 am

purpley - I’ve been reading your blog off and on for about a year now. I’m in grad school and I’ve lived in New York since September 1st, 2001. Eventually – you realize you’re not alone in this struggle to live in this city and you’ll feel like you’re part of the NYC team – us against THE WORLD!

I wanted to cry the entire first year I was here – and now my whole world is in one place! Have you been to Alice’s Tea Cup – do go…. and get a scone.

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