Do I dare say it was one of the worst years of my life? Actually, 2014 was one of the richer years of my life. Despite the pain, hardship and sorrow that I went through this year, I also found joy, freedom, completion and fulfillment.
The New Year is upon us, and with it celebrations to top off a season filled with gatherings and music. The holiday season has months worths of songs, but on New Years we always turn to the song written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.
If you are lucky enough to join some 300,000 people for New Year's Eve in the party capital of the world, make sure you don't miss these spots.
With a little bit of planning and a lot of discipline, accomplishing your goals in the New Year can become a reality. Imagine the immense satisfaction you'll feel at this same time next year when you can look back and look at how far you've come and all that you have accomplished.
This is simple to understand, but how does one apply it? It is simpler than most of us realize. The only reason it is hard, is because many times we are so hard on ourselves that to be emotionally soft or gentle with our own being is foreign to us that it seems harder to take this path!
If you want it to be different, if you really want to stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself that things have got to change, that 2015 can't look a thing like the flimsy year of 2014 -- start right now.
As we scramble in the days that remain to put together a festive New Year's Eve bash, here are some creative ideas to kick things off that don't take a ton of time.
At this point in human evolution, the mere sound of Ryan Seacrest counting backward from 10 causes a Pavlovian response that can only be cured by bubbly. But not everyone has Seacrest's bank account, so it's not always gonna rain Dom.
Every year I hear people starting their year to get healthy, but that makes me question their logic -- why wait until a designated day of the year to live a healthy lifestyle?
The size of a party doesn't matter. You always want to bring the same five choices to every party you do. There is hope! I thought. Finally some inside information I can use! So here, boys and girls, is your chance to play at home like the big shots do.
As the New Year approaches, this is a time to reflect on our lives and be resolute about changing things that are not working for us. While there is much that is out of our control, there are many adjustments we can make to feel healthier and happier.
It's easy to say "a new year, a new me" every January 1st. We all have things we can or want to improve on from fitness and weight loss to budgeting and improving relationships.
Despite my neighbors still having their wreath on the door and a creepy stand-up Santa Claus in the hallway, the holidays are over. So this must mean that we're yet again closing in on another stellar year of life. And what a year it was!
I cannot begin to explain how much you mean to me. But clearly I'm going to try. I have known some of you for nearly a decade and others for less than a year.
As the host, you get to call the shots. Serve crowd-pleasing wines that appeal to you. Or pick a theme for your party and create a signature cocktail -- still a huge trend going into 2015.
The new year is right around the corner and so are the festive parties. For some, this is a joyous time to get together with friends and family and ring out the old and ring in the new.