ME AND YOU

happy-new-year Guys. It's almost 2013.

I sure had a lot of "holy shit" moments in 2012. You know the ones, right? Those moments when you're thinking "holy shit, am I really doing this?" Out of all of those moments, I definitely have two favorites. One was going to blogshop in Seattle. If you get the opportunity to go, DO IT. And yes, that's me in the first pic! Gah I couldn't have worn nicer shoes? Ohh me.

The other was a major moment for me. Like, I didn't even believe I was doing it as I was doing it. I'm talking, of course, about quitting my job. Last New Year's Eve I remember feeling terrified, frustrated, lost - I hated my job and I didn't know what to do or how to fix it. I wanted to leave, I wanted a big change, I wanted to find my purpose and start effing living it already, no more waiting! But I was too scared to make a move. I had a feeling I should quit my job and try blogging full time, but what does "a feeling" really mean? If I only had a sign... a clue as to what to do.

It took me another 10 months to learn - that feeling, that inner pull to do something greater, more awesome, more useful, more fulfilling, more everything - THAT'S IT. That is the sign. That feeling is telling you what to do... and you know it. It's just scary. While I haven't necessarily found my ultimate super awesome true purpose yet, I know I'm on the right path.

2012 was about leaving behind what wasn't working and starting what I know was right for me. So I've started... I think 2013 is going to be about really going for what I want, listening to my "feelings" on the regular, owning my decisions, and being an effing boss and not apologizing for it. We deserve everything we want... so let's go for it, k? Me and you.

Here's to even more "holy shit, am I really doing this?" moments in 2013. Woot!

 

ET TU?

What were some of your favorite moments from 2012? Do you ever have a feeling about something, but are too scared to make a move? I'd love to hear about it, cuz believe me - I feel ya.

 

Image by artsocial.

CLINK

With New Year's Eve coming up I thought it would be appropriate - nay necessary! - to peruse through this year's Art Drank posts in search of the perfect NYE cocktail. I've narrowed it down to my five favorite candidates... which one do you think is NYE-worthy? No. 1 Strawberry Prosecco Float

Ingredients

strawberry sorbet prosecco colorful straws (required... kidding/not kidding)

Directions

Scoop sorbet into glasses. Pour in prosecco. Two steps? Yessss. I love easy recipes.

drank photos by artsocial, recipe inspired by Bakers Royale | watercolor by Caitlin McGauley

 

No. 2 Rosemary Gin Fizz

Ingredients

3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 small lemon, juiced 1/2 teaspoon honey 1 1/2 ounces gin 3 ounces club soda

Directions

In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda. Give it a little swirl with a spoon.

Thirst by Linus Ricard. Rosemary Gin Fizz via Cookie and Kate.

 

No. 3 Cider + Bourbon + Ginger Ale

Ingredients

2 parts apple cider, refrigerated 2 parts ginger ale, refrigerated 1 part bourbon apple slice to garnish

Directions

Mix apple cider and bourbon together and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, add ginger ale to cider and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice (optional, of course, but so adorbs).

Drank image by artsocial | recipe by Creative Culinary | Enjoy Every Moment by Kelli Murray via Society6

 

No. 4 Pomegranate Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

2 ounces gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin... and 1 ounce is equal to 1 shot glass - did everyone already know this except me??) 4 ounces tonic water 2 ounces pomegranate juice (I used POM 100% pomegranate juice) lime for garnish

Directions

Pour gin, tonic water, and pomegranate juice into a cocktail shaker. Gently shake. Pour over ice. Time to enjoy.

Pomegranate Seeds, Organized Neatly by Yes Menu; drank photo and recipe by artsocial.

 

No. 5 Spiced Pear Margarita

Ingredients

makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz silver tequila .75 oz Poire William eau-de-vie (pear brandy) 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice .75 oz spiced simple syrup (see below)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass (rimmed with spiced sugar (see below) if you wanna).

For the spiced simple syrup and spiced sugar, go to The Kitchn.

 

Oh this is gonna be a tough choice... vote for your fave in the comments or tweet at me! I'm leaning towards that cider/bourbon/ginger ale... you just can't beat that combo.