Goodbye To 2016
2016. You were pretty good to us (namely the Costa house) but you were also incredibly wretched for most (and that's not even addressing he who shall not be named) so because of that you have to go. Okay, I get that you were on your way out anyway, but in this case I hope you always remember the door slamming behind you and when you will look back at all your clothes and belongings strewn across the lawn and you will know that you will not be missed.
All kidding aside, like most of you I feel I lot of unease going into the next year (this year!) Not just because of our political shakeup (I mean, there is a lot of that) but also because of what's going on around the world. Right now there is so much excess, so much volatility, so much anger, and too much violence. It really feels like we are entering some kind of dark age from the past and I'm not so sure I'm ready to go skipping into the new year. I think I'll go with a timid walk instead.
I'm not big on resolutions, mostly because I break them by the end of week, and (more importantly) they all tend to involve giving up something that I really like. I feel like right now we are all searching for a little joy and this isn't going to be the year that I deny myself that. We are only three days in and I can see that every clearly. Wine, food, missed gym days... these tend to be the highlight of my year so I'm not about to cut them out now.
I do have a goal, if you will, for the new year and I'm hesitant to share it only because it sounds so cliche. Something that I've been really working on (but not enough) is being really present and mindful in everything that I do and this year I'd like to make this my daily reality. (Hold the laughter and let me explain). Like a lot of people, I feel like I have so many little things on my plate and often (too often) I find myself feeling scatterbrained and overwhelmed. Between the kids and my (very small) businesses and the house(s) I feel like I am often triaging things without ever really getting to the root of the problem. In my mind I feel like a tasmanian devil and it's my dream to one day feel like a Buddha. Actually I'd settle for one of those little Chinese cats that has the arm that methodically swings, but you get the idea.
When I do things I just want to do them. If I'm with the kids I want to be WITH the kids. Not on my phone, not doing 100 other things at the same time, but be with them. This goes for everything else from cooking, to time with friends, to my work. I always sort of thought that my secret to my success as an adult was my incredible ability to multitask. In fact, I would pride myself on being able to do 10 things at once. Over the last year I think my definition of success has shifted in that it's no longer enough to be able to get 10 things done if I can't get 10 things done well. It may mean 6 one day and 4 the next and that has to be okay. If I need to scale back on things for it to happen, then so be it. In the end my output will be better and I think I will be better. Not a bad goal to have for a new year. 2017- the year Robin becomes present. I like the sound of that.
Before we swear off 2016 completely I have to share with you some pictures from a recent (and very last minute trip) the boys and I took to NYC. My SIL was kind enough to offer up her apartment while she was in London and the boys and I moved in. We hit the usual tourist spots like the tree at Rockefeller center (and the Today show- Liam's hightlight) and the Central Park Zoo. We also took in some new sights like The Children's Museum of the Arts and my favorite, The New Museum. There we saw an instillation by Pipilotti Rist that was one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen in my life. I was a little worried about how Gray would do with the trip but he surprised both Liam and I by keeping it together through the museums and he even survived his share of brunches and dinners. It was a really wonderful trip all around and one that the boys and I will remember forever.
And now it's 2017. I'm not sure what this year has in store, but I'm very happy to be able to continue to share it with you all here. Xx