Breath In

I love this time of year. After a round of holiday gatherings with people I love and feeling waves of gratitude, it seems like the perfect time to be reflective about what has happened and look forward to what is ahead.

Thank you for reading this blog and sharing my life in this way. I started writing this blog in 2010 and have been surprised at how much pleasure it gives my life. It encourages me to try new things and take risks – especially when I don’t feel like I know what I am doing! It has been a year of endings, beginnings, sickness, recovery, death, and renewal. I have felt relief, joy, frustration, anticipation, fatigue, rage, and everything in-between. The truth is, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

In terms of resolutions, next year I strive to put more of my time into people. And one of my culinary-related goals is to pay more attention to smells. I just finished a totally absorbing book called “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (the same author who wrote Seabiscuit). A richly told story of a man named Louie Zamperini’s amazing life, I find my mind wandering back to scenes described where he and his compadres richly describe the smells and tastes of their favorite dishes made by their mothers. Recounting these descriptions literally get them through an extended trial of having nothing to eat, they live off the memory of these smells and flavors. I want to pay more attention to the life swirling around me and a small way to do that this next year will be to close my eyes and breath in.

Coffee brewing. A winter bonfire. Old Spice deodorant. Freshly-bathed daughters.

I wonder what smells 2011 will bring?

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