happy new years!

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my family and i started out 2013 with a (huge) homemade dinner of lobster, steak, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and sautéed mushrooms. i’ve never made lobster before, and it is surprisingly simple to make.

ingredients: lobster tails, a can of beer, ginger, garlic, smoked paprika, lemons, and butter.

cut the shell of the lobster down the middle with scissors (this was probably the hardest part of the entire process). chop up the ginger and garlic, and put it in a pot (we used a wok) with the beer over the heat. place the lobster tails in the beer mixture until they turn orange. then steam the tails for five minutes over the beer mixture. once it’s done, take it off the heat and sprinkle some paprika onto it, squeeze some lemon, and drizzle some melted, liquid butter onto it as well.

2012 was good to me, but i’m determined to make 2013 an even better year. i plan to stay true to the resolutions i made last year and cross off the things on my bucket-list, one by one. i am going to keep being completely honest with myself and what i want, as i can communicate that more effectively if i’m not lying to myself. being honest has led me on the right path so far, and some of the best things that have happened to me in my life were because of it. i am going to make a conscious effort to fill my mind with only positive thoughts and push out all the negative ones completely. “whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting.” i am going to stop getting into things for the wrong reasons and only do things because i really want to/it feels right. i am going to stay away from jealousy, bitterness, and thinking, “that could have been…” because really, what’s the point? i am going to continue to cut the people from my life that don’t lift me higher, are judgemental, condescending, hypocritical, negative, and aren’t good friends (or people in general) to be around… and not feel obligated for any reason to remain “friends” with them, because life is too short for shitty people and there’s really no need for that type of drama in your life. “people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” and with that being said, i am going to continue to genuinely love my life and the people that are in it for a lifetime (who truly make life amazing), not taking anything or anyone for-granted.

“forget your past, forgive yourself, and begin again.” chapter 2013: 365 blank pages and i’m excited to write this new chapter of my life with new experiences, love, and happiness. happy new years, i wish you all nothing but the best for your upcoming year! x

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