viva las vegas and a happy new year
Among the ringing slot machines, waitresses in short skirts, high rollers at the roulette tables and women in silk shirts and spandex, I found moments to reflect over the year.
My stay in Vancouver and the rush of seeing so many people at once had my head spinning. I lost myself for a moment in all of the Christmas parties and celebrations.
But as I kicked back vodka sodas, kept most of my money in pocket, and took in the sights and sounds of Vegas, I came back to myself.
On New Year's day we took a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon, where we stopped for champagne and breakfast, took in the silence and beauty of the scene, and flew back over the Las Vegas strip. I was filled with a sense of freedom and gratitude that life can offer such a moment. It was a perfect way to start the year.
It's been another year of new discoveries and experience. Another year to grow as a person, to run, walk, crawl, scream, laugh, cry and take life for what it is.
This year I started my first real relationship. It's been 8 or 9 months now and I still have no urge to run in the other direction. Our relationship is strong, healthy, and honest, and I can't wait to be back in his arms when I get back to Toronto.
This year I learnt to be a bartender, felt my arms grow strong, mastered the beer keg, mimosas and martinis, and then officially quit my job for the first time because I knew it wasn't for me.
This year I went back to France, ate cheese and bread like a queen, slept in a car on the side of the road coming back from the Mediterranean, and realized I'm no longer in love with my French ex-boyfriend.
This year I drove to Vermont with my mother, saw my cousin married at a horse ranch, and danced the night away with my family.
This year I learnt to produce, edit, report and host radio shows, and became the class's first official food reporter.
This year I studied music, geography of food, pop literature of sensation, and managed to get through them all alive.
This year I started a new job at a high end clothing store and managed to be the top salesperson on several accounts by being honest and being myself.
This year I managed to balance my relationship, job and school, while not going completely insane.
This year I went to Vegas, kept most of my money, woke up each morning without a hangover, and brought in the new year with my beloved brother.
I plan on coming out every year a little stronger, a little wiser, and a little more comfortable in my skin. With this in mind, I think 2008 year has a lot waiting for me.