My favorite holiday is New Years Eve. There is something about NYE that makes me happy; I believe it’s the energy and excitement of a new start as well as celebrating the past.
Since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to be out doing something fun on New Years Eve. I’ve spent NYE at church, clubs, home, parties, movies and with lovers, friends family. And for the last few years, I created a tradition –SPA DAY. I’m a spa girl. I love to be pampered, and love to relax, so I spend part of my NYE at a spa, reflecting about my past year and plotting new resolutions. This year my girls joined me.
This year’s spa of choice is one of my favorites in Chicago Allyu . Located in the old Montgomery Ward Building in Chicago’s near North Side, Allyu is for the spa lover who is looking for pampering and healing. The spa was sustainably built and is consciously operated using only natural products with healing ingredients.
I love the treatments, but the absolute best part of the spa is the meditation room. Situated in the middle of the spa, the meditation room is the place to unwind, sip tea, write in a journal or close your eyes and meditate.
My favorite treatment is the Sugar Scrub with a massage. There’s something about the oils, sugar and the rub down that leaves my skin feeling like butter and glistening.
If you’re looking for a wonderful spa experience head to Allyuspa.
After our spa day we headed to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for lunch at Bandera on Michigan Avenue, where we had our first toast to 2011.
By the evening, I was on a NYE high. Part of my high was the weather, it was a lovely 50 degrees in Chicago and I was feeling GREAT.
At the stroke of Midnight, I was surrounded by folks who love me and whom I love toasting to a New Year. In addition, I was on the phone with loved ones on the East Coast. The best words of the evening “2011 is our new start to something beautiful, can’t wait to see you.”
This NYE was a big deal for me for 40 reasons. I turn the big 4-0 in August.
Most folks celebrate milestone birthdays, but 40 seems to be the biggest. I’ve spent the last year wondering why is 40 such a big deal?
I’ve concluded that it’s because after living for 40 years, I’ve realized I’m okay with me. I am as folks say a “grown ass woman.” With that comes responsibility and a commitment to living a fulfilled life. I understand now why folks say life begins at 40.
I’m not changing who I am, I’m just refining the woman I am.
I have a list of 40 things to do before turning 40. Some of the items on my list are personal and some fun and exciting-such as learn to swim, bake cookies from scratch, take a roller derby class, and get a tattoo. Follow along with me over the next few months as I chart my 40th year journey.
I’m off to a good start, I’ve just booked two trips: Paris and Amsterdam for March and Egypt in August.
I will ring in my 40th b-day in a village in Nubia . I’m so excited that every night, I’m up late researching things to do while on the trip and I have to keep reminding myself to soak up every moment of every day of every month during this year and to enjoy the journey.
I also vowed more face time with friends and family. So in between international travel I’ll be reaching out, hanging out with friends and calling more rather than texting and Facebooking.
I’m looking forward to a trip home to NYC to see my darling little cousin before she gives birth to TWINS.
As 2010 left and 2011 entered I thought about my past year. I experienced some pain and hard truths about myself and others. I took a long look at my career and dreams and I’m working now towards fulfilling my purpose. I reconnected with old friends and made new ones.
I learned that goodbye is necessary and that respect is more important than ego.
I also realized once again that truth, no matter how painful is the best remedy to soothe my heart.
For me truth & justice runs through my veins.
Last semester a student asked me what quote do I live by and why? I thought for a second, and realized I have many quotes, but one that is never far from my lips is:
“Forward Ever, Backward Never” — Marcus Garvey.
Ironically, a past lover taught me this quote….
Wishing you all a wonderful 2011! What are your resolutions or goals for 2011? Please share in the comments section and let’s keep each other motivated!
With you on your journey,