Just popping in to say hi!
and that I miss you and I'll be back in the new year
You know when people announce they’re taking a break from whatever form of social media it is they’re literally on to tell you about that break? Well, instead of doing that, I just *took my break.* From—honestly—everything.
I’m a generally reflective person but I am extra in my feels during two specific times of the year: my birthday and the new year. I know, that’s very groundbreaking and unique of me. Seeing as 2022 was 1) the year of my 30th birthday and 2) my first full year living alone there has been much to reflect on!
This past month has been one long stretch of extremism: a million social gatherings followed by moments of isolation. Too much food/alcohol and a desire for health. A need for adventure but a love of comfort. Extreme work, extreme burnout. You get it. This volatility has really made me think about what it is I want from life and (not to get too deep here) who I am. I’ve taken on a lot this year. I began this newsletter, added paid subscriber benefits, hosted close to 50 Petite Pasta Joint dinners, and have demanded more from myself as a content creator than ever before. Next year I’m taking on *another* really special new project (I can’t wait to share more details about that but alas, like the annoying influencer I am, I cannot yet) which means I have to work on my priorities because while I can do a lot, I simply cannot do it all. After experiencing the toughest year of my life to date, I’ve learned that nothing is more important that my mental health and that I cannot overwork myself to the point of physical and emotional breakdown. It’s called balance, have you heard of it? I’m new to the concept.
All this is to say that I know I haven’t been regularly writing this newsletter, or keeping up with Instagram, or making good on my commitments to you all which makes me feel *super guilty* (I was raised by a Jewish mother so you could say guilt is one of my primary emotions). I am so grateful for your support and patience while I restructure and figure out what 2023 is gonna look like.
I hope you take time to ring in the new year however you see fit (I, personally, will be hosting a fancy carbs & caviar dinner for 26 at Petite Pasta Joint) and I will see you next year❤️
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