Starting the year off right

If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this month (since it clearly didn’t include posting here), I thought I’d share some highlights from the month of January…

I rang in the new year with AB and company, in Long Island. Kissed AB during midnight, and fell asleep about 15 minutes later… In all, a pretty great start to the year.

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I chipped away at a few of my bucket list items, including an amazing underground dinner (#22, check) with Captain America, that featured seven courses – five incorporated oysters (#20, check). I’m lagging on a post, but check out the beautiful things!!

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And speaking about posting… just because I haven’t been posting here, doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. I’ve been taking on more and more writing opportunities with the Innovation Mill:

And (this is the BIG ONE), I’ve been cheating on MSW with another blog… I started a new blog venture with my supercalafragislistic mom all about travel. Check out Jet-Set Brunettes <3 (#40 Publish something, checkkkkk).

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While starting this blog was a bit impulsive, it’s nonetheless a huge accomplishment, and I’m so excited by the possibilities. When my mom visited me in New York in November, she’d just returned from Hawaii for a girls’ trip. While there, she resolved that in five years, she’d have put all the necessary pieces in play to be able to spend three months a year living elsewhere.

What is it about elsewhere that’s so damn sexy and exciting? I’m not the anywhere-but-here type, but I love travel and am thrilled at the elsewhere-ism of it.

Anyway… the blog is like a constant little fire under her (and me) urging us not to forget about that goal, and providing a creative outlet to boot. Spurred by my mom, and a few other travel blogs, I also established a little travel goal of my own: I want to take one trip a month. They don’t have to be extravagant vacations, but the idea is to get out and see new places, old friends, and eat some delicious food.

So this month I went to Boston. And I bought tickets to Houston for Laura Max’s wedding (WHAT?!) and I bought tickets to Chicago in June for a birthday weekend vacation with Ma. Busy, busy bee. I’ve got a handful of trips in the hopper – some big, some small, but it’s going to be an awesome year.

Some pictures from Boston, where I had bagels, mimosas, and facials with my girlfriend, and treated my baby brother to brunch 🙂

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In other bucket list news, I learned to make a bomb French 75 (I add fresh pomegranate seeds because why not; #19, check), bought myself some flowers (#3, check), and tried to keep the disposable cups to a minimum (for my first month of my 12 Months of Meaningful Improvement).

I slipped up a few times, and found my self unprepared, aka without my water bottle: New Years, Starbucks runs, and the bus ride to Boston. But in general, feel pretty good, and will make every effort to keep it up.

Next up: A month of only water and protein shakes. Meaning no booze, no coffee, I’m even trying to cut tea, but will allow myself hot water and lemon in the mornings. I’m so under-prepared for this, and totally forgot about the no booze thing. This will be interesting…

Stay tuned, and have a stellar February!

 

In case you didn’t get one… Happy Holidays!

The insert from my Christmas cards this year… a pretty comprehensive update on the goings on of my life 🙂

My family tends to send out the obligatory “Daniells Family Update Letter” in July, but there’s been so much going on lately that I thought I’d send out my own little update. I haven’t formally briefed many of you on my goings on since my high school graduation. In short, my time at Northeastern thus far has been amazing. After a slow first semester, I joined a sorority—Kappa Kappa Gamma—and started writing for the school paper. I made Dean’s List both semesters my freshman year and spent May of this year in Europe with my mom. We crammed four countries into three weeks and managed to survive vespa crashes and washed out trains. Mom loved Belgium and The Netherlands, and I fell in love with Paris, changed my language to French and scheduled time in my school trajectory to study there (Fall 2011?). I spent the rest of the summer reading, blogging and researching law schools (I decided to drop my second major and add a pre-law minor).

Since March, I have served as the corresponding secretary for Kappa and this past semester, I was elected the arts editor for my paper. Between those responsibilities and a full class load, I learned to survive on an average four hours of sleep and a diet of Raman and PB&J sandwiches. Despite the difficulties, this past semester has by far been the best four months yet; I became much closer with my sorority sisters and friends and managed to make a family and a home for myself on the east coast.

On January 3, I move to New York. I start my first co-op (a school-encouraged six month stint when I stop taking classes and work full-time) a week later, working as a features intern for Marie Claire magazine. It was a difficult decision to make (I had to turn down The Boston Globe and Vogue, and leave my beloved Boston), but it’s been a dream of mine to work at Marie Claire since I started shaving my legs and I figured I would give the city a shot. I will be living in Midtown Manhattan in an all-women’s building (my mother’s dream) with lounges, a library, a roof deck and a maid service (my dream).

As far as everything else goes, family life is great; I talk to my parents almost every day and am enjoying my first couple days back in San Diego. I signed on for an apartment in Boston in September with three of my friends and am excited to move in there. On a spontaneous whim, I recently died my hair red, and am now trying to rework my wardrobe since everything clashes with my hair. I just wanted to thank everyone again for helping me get to where I am. I’d love to hear from many of you and wish everyone the best this holiday season. Merry ChrismaHanukKwanzicaFestivus and a bubbly, wonderful New Year.