All That Glitters [is] Gold

January 5, 2010

This was the first year I wasn’t in Ottawa for New Years Eve, and needless to say I wasn’t overly stoked about losing that tradition. For the past decade I spent NYE with my best friends; I saw all my favourite faces at the stroke of midnight, and that’s how I love it.

NYE in Toronto. I knew it was going to be a different experience this year, but I also knew I wanted a fresh start. I wanted to welcome it with optimism and open arms.

I called up one my best girl friends here in Toronto, and we decided we would just pick a bar, commit, and resolve to have an amazing night. Another girlfriend joined in for the festivities, and we made a whole night of it. Dinner, cocktails, party dresses, and then off to Easy on The Fifth for a night of dancing.
Not only was this my first NYE in Toronto, but it was my first at a bar. In all honesty, I always avoided spending NYE in a bar. Stuck in an overcrowded bar with a bunch of strangers and probable douchebags… it never appealed to me. I’d rather ring in a new year with the familiar faces that I love and hold close.

But I have to say that I was not disappointed with my Toronto NYE! The bar looked beautiful, the crowd was enjoyable, and there was SO SO SO MUCH eye candy. For three single girls, this was definitely a most important detail. The bar was full of well-dressed, delicious looking men – tailored suits, vests, suspenders and bow ties were everywhere; you could tell these guys watched Gossip Girl and took notes. Thank you Chuck Bass.

The three of us danced all night long. I forgot about every anxious thought that had clouded my mind for these past few months, and just enjoyed the moment. We were approached by some horrible creepers, but the perfectly adorable guys we also became acquainted with made up for that.

I approached this night with a vow to be optimistic, and I am looking towards 2010 with that same vow. As much as I want time to slow down, I know that it won’t, so all I can do is embrace the fresh start that a new year brings. This will be a year of leaving old neuroses, cynicism and self-defeat behind and welcoming even more new challenges, new adventures and new experiences. I can’t wait for it all to begin. NYE was definitely a great start; after all, it is full of glitter and sparkle for a reason.

A new year = a newly positive attitude. For real this time.

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