Happy New year 2009!

People usually wait till the end of the year to be thankful. Why wait when the goodness has already begun:

1. January 1st in Charlotte was a sun-filled flip-flop-wearing kinda day. It was beautiful and I ran four miles on my old neighborhood trail where I first started running.

2. January 2nd was my nephew’s seventh birthday. This was the first time I’ve been in town for his birthday in the last five years. I helped my sister plan his party with a home made pinata, an abundance of cake, and kid games.

3. On January 3rd, I was a year older and hopefully wiser (according to my mom at least). I celebrated with a 5 mile run, and pizza and chocolates after. My sister gave me a wonderful vintage set of six cups and saucers with the wishes to always have time to drink tea and gab with friends. I also received a five page hand written letter with other goodies (including guide books for Chicago) from Angel. You two know me too well! Thank you again. = )

4. Upon my return to work on Monday, January 5th, I was greeted with only one message on my work voicemail. The chances of this happening are one in a million, especially after 11 days of being gone. My apologies to the other 999,999 people who weren’t so lucky.

5. Once again I am giddy to see my vacation hours restocked at work. This means I can plan new trips and travel the world. I already have a trip booked to Chicago in the coming weeks. I am also planning to visit Denver, Boston, Connecticut, India, and Italy in this year.

6. I have been to work early on all days so far. I feel so productive and professional. I hope the trend continues.

7. Last night, I successfully made whole wheat bread from scratch from James Beard’s Beard on Bread book. It was so easy and came out so well. The house smelt so wonderful too. This might just be the beginning of the end of store bought bread.

8. I’ve went for a run on all days but one so far this year. I hope this trend continues also.

So how have your first few days gone by? I hope you are off to a good start as well. And if you are one of those who don’t really make a new years resolution, break the trend this year. Let yourself get carried away in the newness of things even though you believe that resolutions are made to be broken.

…and come over for tea sometime. We’ll have fresh bread with butter and salt to go along.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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