It’s crunch time folks – T minus 10 hours until those resolutions need to be put to paper (then quickly forgotten or abandoned). Never fear, I’ve got you covered with a resolution list that you can stick to and that will bring you great joy in 2016 . It’s going to be a fabulous year, I just know it. Here is the list to make it happen. It contains a variation on all the usual resolutions that I think you will find most doable.
In 2016 I resolve to:
- Learn a new language – let’s all start by committing to the proper pronunciation of bruschetta. Ok, it’s a pet peeve of mine but for the love of God people, please learn it. It’s a “k” sound, not a “sh” sound.
- Never drink cappuccino after 11 am. Cappuccino is breakfast, not dessert. If you must, go for the affogato – espresso with ice cream – which is totally a dessert and most definitely delicious. If the whole coffee culture puzzles you, here is a primer to help you out.
- Wear more scarves. Any woman who has less than 10 scarves in her wardrobe is highly suspect to me. I have “a few” more than that….
- Read a book – I am recommending one set in Italy. A few of my favorites are: The Sixteen Pleasures, Living in A Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Love in Italy, and Room With a View (read Under the Tuscan Sun if you must – I am not a fan but I certainly understand the appeal).
- Eat Lentils – not only are they good for you, but they are a must for New Year’s. In Italian custom, they are said to represent coins and are believed to bring prosperity – who am I to tempt fate?
- Take Walks – we all resolve to exercise more in the new year but a simple walk is healthy, restorative and energizing. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and even spend some quality time with a loved one. The Italians are big fans of la passeggiata.
- Eat more veggies – half the plate should be plant based. And with veggies like the Italians do them, there is really no excuse. Here is a good recipe to get you started on your health kick.
- Experience a new cultureand watch a movie set in Italy – so many favorites: The Great Beauty, Much Ado About Nothing, Only You, Roman Holiday. Sounds like a New Year’s Day Marathon to me!
- Drink more prosecco. Because prosecco.
- Travel more – go to Italy. Get yourself there. It’s on my list every year and somehow I always seem to make it happen ;-) Do you want to join me? Get a group together and we will hit the road for a 2016 adventure of a lifetime!
Buon Anno- Happy New Year my friends!