Happy New Year

I'm not sure if I can describe how happy I am to say goodbye to 2010. Not because it was awful, on the contrary. I am a sucker for a fresh start, clean slate and new beginnings. It was a busy year and I think I did okay for myself.



I almost burned down my house. I didn't tame my cats. I made my first bridal bouquet. I saw flowers in my sleep.

parent's wedding

I worked on 40 different weddings. I dated a nice boy for a while. I relished living alone. My heart fluttered once or twice.



I was really hurt by someone I respected. I drowned my sorrows in quilts. I moved on and came out all the wiser.



I tried to take the high road. I talked to my sister late at night. I woke up early and had coffee with my mom. I memorized my favorite pie dough recipe.




I learned the hard way. I forgot to close my windows during thunderstorms. I got burned out and I had breakdowns.



I screamed and stamped and sobbed in anger. I wore out my favorite jeans. I kissed kittens to make everything better.



I wore floral dresses. I focused on my own thing. I made some really great friends. I fell hard for lily of the valley.

me and micha

I rubbed rose petals on my face. I didn't get a sunburn. I stopped hiding from the camera. I daydreamed about Elmwood.



I listened to Leonard Cohen on repeat. I switched him out for Neil Young.



I traveled Europe with my sister. I ate more cheese than is reasonable. I felt small, but in a good way.



I killed my fair share of plants. I got a fly fishing lesson from my father. I saw a pair of foxes on the beach. I received surprise acts of kindness from people I admire.



I was inspired. I took classes. I took day trips. I sat in bed for days and felt miserable. I felt miserable for feeling miserable about myself.

grandpa's jag

I missed my grandfather. I went on hikes alone. I had a stellar Moroccan dinner. I wore mens shirts and highwaisted shorts. I channeled Annie Hall and Ali MacGraw as best I could.



I splurged. I saved. I bought things I didn't need. I got rid of a lot of stuff. I never kept my house as clean as I would have liked. I dumped the extra stuff in my closet when people came over.



I didn't make my bed. I took naps in the sun. I was humbled. I got really excited thinking about the things that are in store for this coming year.

Most of all, I woke day after day and was grateful to have my family, my friends and you by my side.

136 comments:

  1. And such must be the definition of a good year!

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  2. this post is just so lovely. thank you for sharing your year...love your writing and your gorgeous images to match...:)

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  3. I love this post. Besides that these pictures are so gorgeous (those kitties pull my heartstrings!), it's such a nice, bittersweet, retrospective. A year is a strange thing.

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  4. Sounds like you had one busy year! Here's to a happy 2011!

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  5. This is so beautiful and honest, I love it! Happy New Year!

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  6. You bring tears to my eyes...
    I love you so much.

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  7. So lovely... what a great list. Wish to have best 2011 for all of us.

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  8. A beautiful recap and study of a year. Hope you have a lovely 2011!

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  9. I had a long, late night talk with my sister too in 2010. We were changed after that. It's funny when and where you grow, you can never plan those moments. To another year of growth and sisters!

    p.s. I love your thoughtful, gentle, and honest posts! Keep 'em coming!

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  10. Thank you for being so honest...I think this needs to happen more in "blog" world. And truly...I'm happy to see this year go.

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  11. Beautiful.

    And I'm a sucker for new beginnings, too. They're just too exciting and raw and bare and big, just waiting for new adventures, both the good ones and the bad ones.

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  12. this is so beautiful! i just found your blog and am so excited to read more. xo

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  13. This is such a beautiful honest recap of your year, I got chills reading it! Here's to a fresh start to 2011!

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  14. Love it!

    We're so luck that you shared the ride.

    I have a feeling this is going to be an amazing year for you!
    Can't wait to see what's around the corner!!!

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  15. this was seriously so beautiful to read. my heart feels full. thank you. <3

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  16. i love this. such a beautiful honest post. something i tried to do. but i really love yours. and your photos! thank you!

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  17. simply lovely, and so well put!
    :)

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  18. you're lovely. happy new year.

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  19. This was... this was beautiful. This is evidence of a year spent to the fullest. Dare I use such a cliche, this is evidence of life lived to the fullest. Thank you. Just thank you. This was amazing.

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  20. this is hands-down my favorite post for the New Year ~ here's to fresh starts!

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  21. you, dear amy, are an amazing woman!

    p.s. aren't sisters the best?!

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  22. I can't tell you enough how much I liked this.

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  23. my favorite new year's post so far. thank you for sharing all of this. xo

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  24. Beautiful post ... life ... everything ... :)
    A very joyful creative new year to you!
    Blessings and light.

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  25. Sounds like things went fairly well, happy new year!!

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  26. Definitely one of the best End of Year posts I've read. Love.

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  27. beautiful. happy new year, amy.

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  28. please keep writing in this space in 2011 - i really appreciate what you have to share...

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  29. Wow, what a full year and so beautifully reflected upon. All the best to you in 2011 sweet girl :)

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  30. I love the way you wrote that. I find it hard to admit to being hurt, I'm impressed that you can. Yes, clean slates and new beginnings are exciting, I hope 2011 is wonderful for you.

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  31. Are you like me and read so many blogs that getting through all of them every day sometimes seems more like a chore instead of the intended pleasure behind your choice to add them to your RSS reader? Does the content from each one seem to flow into the content of almost all of them, such that you forget whose blog you're reading, you just slog your way through until you are done? Does that, then, make it difficult for you to connect to the very people who write about how connected they feel to their readers?

    Does any of this apply to what I just read here on your blog? No, it does not. Rather, I read, I felt, I connected, and then under my breath I said as if on a sigh, Yes. Oh, very yes.

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  32. I feel just like you, more or less.

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  33. what a wonderful year! here's to another adventure!

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  34. Beautiful! You have such a magical way with words and the pictures are beyond lovely!

    Ayesha x

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  35. you did extremely well and rocked the tiger with tons of life! happy new year from berlin!

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  36. absolutely the most beautiful post ever…your heart a kite…soaring,soaking up and in…thank you for sharing.

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  37. Thanks for sharing!!! You always make me smile!!! HNY

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  38. ...Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much and I'm certain by now you know that we all love you, right? We do.

    ...You are a dear of a person and thank you for sharing yourself with us - I'm happy to know you. :o)

    ...Many blessings...

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  39. I wish I could do a post this good...you are an inspiration in all your loveliness!

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  40. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the painful--we grow from it all. Thanks for sharing your year with me with such memorable and poignant honesty!

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  41. This is a really inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you really do know just how touching your words are and that you have a serious philosophical impact on people (well, at least me!) just by reading your blog :) Happy new year!

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  42. Nice. I really liked this. Your life seems so perfect from your blog entries and I go, "my god, she's a year younger than me! how did she get so cool and we're the same age?!" and I wish I could be as cool as you, so (and I hope this doesn't sound bad because I really don't mean it that way) it's kind of nice to read that you have your hardships too - because it clearly shows that it's just your attitude about life that makes you someone other people aspire to be like. It's easy to think that other people have it so much better or are so much more funky and interesting, but nobody's life is perfectly smooth sailing. What makes the difference is how the person deals with the difficulties, and from the little glimpse of your life that I get from your blog, you seem to deal with them very well. You focus on the good. I admire that. You actually remind me of my best friend in that way - and we both love your blog. :)

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  43. i don't usually comment, but wanted to today to say that i really liked how you wrote this recap and kept it real, with the good and the bad.

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  44. this is an amazing post! i love it so much!

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  45. It's been a long time since I've left a comment but, wow, it looks like everything's there (except the cliffhanger suspense on whether you got your hands on your own copy of "Rolling Homes"!). A whole year of real life. I wonder if you could be the new JD Salinger... Seriously.
    All the best in 2011,
    judith b.

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  46. You are a constant source of inspiration. :)

    May this year be full of love and joy and sunshine, flowers, good friends, good wishes, and hope.

    I'm a sucker for new beginnings as well. I'm looking forward to this year.

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  47. I really enjoyed your post. thanks so much for sharing. XO Lisa

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  48. what a wonderful, balanced perspective on a very human year. thank you for opening a window into your world.

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  49. Everyone has said what l felt l was going to say. here's to 2011 as a happy, full of love,surprises and Artxx Happy New Yearx lynda
    http://tryingtocreatearteveryday.blogspot.com
    and my photo image blog at
    http://chocolatelifdeandjazz.blogspot.com.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us in blogging land.x

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  50. Keep on rockin the the free world. Happy new year :)

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  51. fabulous post, thank for sharing it

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  52. This is the most beautiful New Year's post that I have ever read. Sounds like an incredible year of ups and downs, of diagonals and sideways. I'm just as excited to get on with 2011 as you are, Amy. :)

    Happy New Year!

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  53. So beautiful and touching. I love your honesty. Happy New Year:)

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  54. Beautiful post and images. Hope the new year is just as eventful!

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  55. oh gosh i must say this is so beautiful it's made me cry. xo

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  56. Really, truly beautiful....sounds like a beautiful life, well lived. Thanks for sharing this.
    xo
    Melissa

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  57. ready to move forwards, yet when you put it that way you inspire others

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  58. Great post!

    I hope 2011 will be very good to you. I'll visit you frequently and will want to read all about it!

    :)

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  59. LOVE THIS. Perfectly written.

    Happy New Year, indeed.

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  60. i like the way you write! Happy 2011!

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  61. This really struck a chord in me. I found perfection in your imperfections.

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  62. Very honest and thoughtful - so many times it's only the "big" things we remember from the past year, but it's nice to see all the small moments that mean so much to our lives, too.
    Have a fulfilling 2011 and many good things in the next 12 months.

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  63. Amy....Just so much to be thankful for....God bless!

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  64. Yes yes yes. This makes me wish I had more space and perspective about my own 2010. Yes to Neil Young, and my favorite jeans being worn out, and taking comfort in kittens, and silly fits, and awful days, and epic days. And life moves forward.

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  65. Thank you for writing down this post. A lot of it--or its spirit, anyway--resonated with me.

    Thank you for being in the blogosphere. Well, mine at least.

    I hope 2011 will be the best year you've ever had.

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  66. miss apple a day this post is lovely. such a great retrospective of the hills and valleys that form the landscape of life. it's so great to see them strung along this way with the photographs. thanks for your artful sharing.

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  67. What a beautiful way to sum up the year.
    Cheers to the future! :)

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  68. Amy, your post struck a chord with me and meant so very much. I greatly appreciate your honesty. Some of the things you noted I went through as well (or felt the same feelings) and am still trying to process them. 2010 was a difficult year for me and as glad as I was to see it go, I'm honestly a bit scared for 2011 and just hope it's better than the last. Your post makes me feel more optimistic and reminds me to not dwell in my negativity about things but to move forward with hopefulness... but sometimes you do need to feel the sting of life first to feel the sweetness as well. Wishing you the best year ever! Your posts always make me smile and you have a wonderful spirit.

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  69. Wow....so many wonderful comments. How very nice. I to enjoyed your lovely post and marvelous photos. You write from your heart...so honestly and beautifully.

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  70. What a lovely, lovely post !!!

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  71. Eloquent AND pretty pictures!
    Thank you.

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  72. what a beautiful post! the picture of the butterflies is magical

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  73. You being upfront about your vulnerabilities helps us to think we can bravely do as much. In your "processing", we feel apart of your joys and sorrows. We,too, hide dirty laundry in closets and cry, hide in comfort of guilts, romp 'n stomp with you. We wash our faces in rose petals and watch for pairs of fox.

    I can smell the fragrance of family and friendship even from here.

    Thank you for sharing with us!

    You inspire me to write up my own ahh's and ick's. Somehow you make them sound poetic instead of traumatic!

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  74. well sounds like the year of 2010 went pretty good for you. yes it had some down falls but thats normal.

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  75. Over 2 years reading now and your still my favorite blogger! :)

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  76. Hi! I'm a new reader here. You're beautiful with words, and I love reading your blog because you share the good with the bad, which is refreshing in blog land. Here's to more life lessons, adventures and love in 2011!

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  77. YOU are my favorite. My absolute, brilliant favorite. xo.

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  78. This is perhaps my favorite blog post. Ever. xx

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  79. Loved it.

    Just found you through your excellent article on living alone on CNN Money.

    Kudos to you for following your dream, even when that means giving up lattes and laundry service.

    Cheers to a fantastic 2011!

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  80. little cats...
    butterflies
    they're cutie

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  81. Here from Hollywood Housewife. So glad I clicked over.

    Few words. More said. Fabulous.

    Congratulations on what appears to have been a well-lived 2010.

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  82. Beautiful post! Love it and feel inspired by it. That's about as good as it gets, really, for a blogger. ☺

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  83. I love this... Happy New Year, Amy. What a pleasure it is to meet you. :)

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  84. Beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for starting my New Year off in such a special way! Happy 2011.

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  85. loved your honest 2010 sum-up, hope the new year will bring even more happiness, good times and health for you. happy 2011.
    viele gruesse, kristina

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  86. Happy New Year!! We would like to be friends with you! Follow us on http://travelwithmichael.blogspot.com/

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  87. I saw your piece on Yahoo news and had to check out your blog. It is quite lovely as you seem to be from your writing. Wishing you a great new year.

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  88. OMG!!! you are on yahoo news reel! You are like super famous now! This lets me feel oh so cool for being a huge fan of your blog for a long time already. i can say i knew you when....

    keep it up lady!

    JS

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  89. Absolutely loved this and hope you don't mind if I copy the format for my own similar list. I'll be sure to note that you did it first. :-)

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  90. Loved your article about rent = half your income! - Hil

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  91. You made the front page of Yahoo today for a Finance article, and it led me to your blog. I love it, and can't wait to read more. Much success to you in 2011!

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  92. Lovely blog. I saw you featured on Yahoo and decided to check it out. Very cool! :)

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  93. This was so personal and real, its refreshing to stumble on such a post. I have been reading alot of vintage blogs where people go to these great places and take pictures in nice outfits, and it all sounds so perfect. But this recap of a persons ups and downs through the year felt so authentic and relatable to what life is really all about.

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  94. Congrats on being on Yahoo today...Also, for living ROOMMATE FREE in NYC--no small feat for New York, or anywhere really, these days! HAPPY 2011!

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  95. I love the crazy quilt that you have and your blog is interesting!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  96. i've been a big fan of your blog for quite some time. and thought it was so awesome to see you on yahoo's front page this morning!

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  97. loved your blogging. Its good to know that on the entire other side of this country there is someone who has also "experienced" life. There is but one thing that you have left out and I feel you are entitled to include, YOU HAVE INSPIRED. I have learned from you and have been inspired. Thank You for being you-jeremiah

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  98. Found you through Yahoo.

    Beautiful blog. And I love the description of your current living arrangments. It takes courage to know what you want and really go for it. You inspire me.

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  99. so i checked your blog tonight like usual, and then surfed on over to Yahoo... where i saw you again! congrats! =)

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  100. I just read your article on yahoo! Congratulations, that's awesome!

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  101. I started crying reading this. All because I miss my grandpa too but because you did it alone. And I am trying this alone in your own apartment and I am doing that too.

    Oh and I kissed a kitten and broke out in hives.

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  102. What a beautiful post.

    http://mainstreetsisters.blogspot.com/

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  103. Congrats! I saw you on Yahoo and felt like I was seeing a friend on the the front page! Way to go!

    You do indeed inspire. I love this beautiful little recap of your year. I hope this next one is fabulous and full of beauty, creativity, and reward.

    All the very best of things to you!

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  104. wow i love your blog...i discovered it through the story about you on yahoo...what an amazing spirit you have...definitely gonna be a continuous reader..many blessings and a very blessed happy new year to you....

    http://sunflowersindarkness.blogspot.com/

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  105. Hey - thanks for sharing your guts and your gorgeous images. I'm almost sorry you're famous now, because there will be hundreds of comments to be lost in... I liked being one of the few and the proud.

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  106. Loved it, really resonated with things I've gone through this past year as well. Wishing you strength + happiness in 2011!

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  107. Love your blog, you have inspired me to take more photos, everyday shots not just special occasion photos! Thanks so much

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  108. Hey there... I feel kind of out of place, what with the massively higher-than usual percentage of female posters here, plus the unfortunate fact that I'm posting a bit off-topic. :)

    But...I just read your article (Rent Costs Half My Income, And It's Worth It) at CNNMoney/Yahoo Finance. Just thought I'd throw in my two cents, as close to the source as possible. I found your article to be quite helpful and upbeat, a welcome change in the current economical climate and the resulting articles that pop up everywhere with a pitiful "woe-is-me" attitude. In addition, considering your young age but excellent accomplishments and how you've handled your life, from the little amount of information given, I felt it necessary to give you the kudos you earned in providing an inspirational look at the dismal choices 20-somethings are facing, and often as a result try to stay at home as long as professionally/practically possible, which often leads to a depressive/stifled feeling... So here's to as much exposure as humanely possible, to spread a bit of hope and determination to whip out the elbow grease and make things happen in less-than-desirable circumstances. Bravo. :)

    (And I've been using the Internet since before the Web existed, and this is the first blog I've ever commented on. Hope that means...something. ;) heheh)

    Jeff
    jeffgnelson[at]gmail[dot]com

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  109. I'm happy to have found your blog (thank you Yahoo features!) and look forward to getting to know you even better in upcoming entries. :)

    Jenner
    jennerspeaks.blogspot.com

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  110. I never make my bed. It seems silly to me to make it and then unmake it every day. It looks like you had a good year.

    Crystal
    www.crystalspins.com

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  111. Today, after posting on my blog, and catching up on others, I poped over to Yahoo.com and read your story about living in NYC.I am planning to move there myself very soon. Not only did I laugh out loud (no "lol"s here :) but I jumped to your blog and loved your post about 2010. I found myself saying "me too.. me too.. me too!" to the point that I shhh'ed my own self.

    I'll be catching up on your other posts tomorrow, but for now.. hello! Tts nice to meet you :)

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  112. second visit...I know!! But had to come again to give an award today: "The stylish blogger Award"...To accept it or decline it please visit my blog for the details.
    hugs
    Lila

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  113. It's good just to think about the good and the bad things that happened it helps to prevent the bad things for the next year. I'm wishing you very happy and creative 2011 year! :)

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  114. This is the best 2010 recap I've read. Here's to a new year. I truly wish all the best to you. xo LL

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  115. What an incredible post!! :) :)

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  116. What a wonderfully thoughtful post. I am so happy I have found you . . . I am your newest follow! (it looks like you have many! congrats on the feature. I will check it out! xo Samantha

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  117. you are really the sweetest. i dunno how i missed this post.
    i had a full year too. and you know i respect your sentiment about wanting to feel EVERYTHING fully. even the effing shitty crap.
    this is how i've come out of 2010. it was a hard year for me. real hard. i look forward to 2011. but i'm glad to have felt it all. glad and grateful to be alive.
    here's to more get-togethers this year. i wanna see your little apt.
    x
    Liane

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  118. Hi Amy, I just found your blog and read through some of the posts. Absolutely love it! Can't wait to read more lovely entries :)

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  119. Yes, I just stopped by here and this post is a beaatiful recollection of life well lived. Happy New Year!

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  120. This made me so.. happy. Sometimes the new years round up posts are so... too.. cheery. Perfection all the time. To know that somebody out there stomped their feet - it helps. xo

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  121. "I traveled Europe with my sister. I ate more cheese than is reasonable. I felt small, but in a good way." love this.

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  123. I'm devouring your blog all at once tonight, and I was was really touch by this post, and the one about your mother. Your work, your insight, and your beauty is inspiring. Please keep up the good work.

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