Lately I've seen a lot of people on social media talk about how New Year's Day isn't really that big of a deal. It's just a day we gave meaning to. Blah. Blah. Blah. I feel like that could be said for any day we celebrate, so like, stop hating people. We give it meaning and that's what makes it special. And the meaning a lot of people have given to New Year's Day is a fresh start. It's a new starting point. So maybe by the end of the previous year we were running on E, or we have been so overloaded with the "ber" months that we just need today to reprogram ourselves. Our solace comes in the form of January 1st.
I personally love the idea of a new beginning. It gives me hope, and sometimes I think that's all I really need. No matter what my goal is or my passion or my dream, all I need is hope to keep me going. Hope that I will succeed, hope that my deadline is coming and hope that eventually I won't need to work so dang hard just for that one thing anymore.
With all that being said, I have been trying to think of things to share with y'all to get us ready for the new year. But I didn't want to write my goals because most of them are personal and I like to keep a shred of a boundary between myself and my reader, so most of them are for me to know only. And honestly, I am not huge on yearly goals. I like to set some, but I don't like to pressure myself into accomplishing them in just one year.
But I will share one of my goals for 2018 and for my site is to do more vlogs. I will always try to be as authentic as possible, so my videos probably won't be flashy or exciting. But they will be real. And I hope that's what my readers and my followers would enjoy about me most.
Below is my first video. I am really excited to have tried vlogging out. Please let me know if you want to see more and what you'd like to see more of!
These are the foods that will bring you luck, happiness, wealth, health and good fortune in this coming new year:
I hope everyone had a rejuvenating New Year's Day. I hope you either set some goals or rearranged some. And if you didn't, that's okay, too. Don't be feel pressured into goal-setting just because everyone else is doing it. If you are goal-setting, don't feel like it has to be improvements to yourself. It can be to read a set number of books, remodel a room in your house, try out a new coffee shop or two. Whatever you decide, all I ask is to be easy on yourself, to be kind to yourself and to stay authentic. You're great the way you are.
Now, as promised, here is how I made the black eyed pea salad:
1 can black eyed peas, rinsed
1 can corn, rinsed
1 chopped cucumber
1/2 chopped green pepper (only because I am not a huge fan of peppers in my salads)
Roughly 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
Here's where my ingredients get a little wishy washy, because I did it all by taste:
About four spoonfuls of lemon and lime juice
1 spoonful of red wine vinegar ( I did two and it was a little too much)
About 3 spoonfuls of EVOO
About a Tbs or two of tubed cilantro (You can use fresh, but I prefer the tube because I don't use it very often)
About a Tbs of tubed garlic (You can use fresh, but I prefer the tube because it's convenient *insert shruggy emoji here*)
Salt and Pepper to taste
I just mixed everything together and then let it sit in the fridge for about 45 minutes before I ate it. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it is, though. Guys, it's so fresh. I hope you enjoy it.