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2013 LOVE


The Year holds so much potential.

Just look at the numbers.

Am I the only one who can transpose those numbers, so that when I see 2-0-1-3, I read L-O-V-E?

Love 2013.

A year for love.
A year for joy.
A year for wealth.
A year for enlightenment.

I think 2013 is going to be FANTASTIC.

On New Year’s Eve Day I made time for me. I took an hour long new Darren Rhodes class on Yogaglo. (Oh Yogaglo, please post more of his classes!!) After class, before my personal meditation, I read and listened to Anthony Meindl’s post on The Daily Love entitled “You Wanna Be More Successful? Flirt More!”

And, no, Anthony Meindl wasn’t telling us to become crazy sluts for the New Year.  He wants us to flirt for the JOY of it.  Anthony wants us to join in the “happiness advantage.” Instead of waiting for happiness to come on the other side of the rainbow, we must learn to find the greatness wherever we are.  Have fun, take a chance, and “find joy in the present, regardless of a future event’s outcome.”

I’ve had some miserable 12/31s. The absolute worst was December 31, 2007. After visiting a bar with friends, I cried in my taxi cab all the way from the Lower East Side to the Upper West Side. New Year’s had come only days after the guy I’d been dating had broken up with me. And the couples, the champagne, the NYC extreme version of NYE, somehow it was all too much for me. I sobbed alone in my taxi at a quarter past midnight. And the crazy part? My taxi driver cried with me.  He felt terrible for me. The mean New York city taxi driver tried to make my night better. He said “next year, next year will be better.” And tried to give me (non-creepy) reassuring smiles. The taxi driver reminded me to find the happiness where I was. It was a new year. I didn’t have to wallow in my tears, but could look on the positive.

This year, I didn’t want to feel that sorrow.  Anthony reminds us that we can make our happiness. I was sad on that taxi in 2008 because I couldn’t find the joy in the moment. I felt lonely, sad, and chose to look at the “have nots” of the night–and not the “I have’s.” There were so many good things I could have focused on. I had spent the evening with new friends from my sorority, had worn a pretty amazing outfit, had a pretty fantastic job in New York, was healthy, privileged to take amazing yoga classes every day, and, really, and was at an amazing place in my young life. From now on, I’m taking the positive path.

Who cares if I was single on New Year’s? Or that I’m single again this year?

And, at the end of the day, New Year’s is just that–another day.  It is not some monumental life-changing moment. We can find the joy, no matter what our heads are trying to tell us.

We can make our own happiness. How we choose to enter into 2013 is up to us.

I rang 2013 in a subdued manner. I cooked myself an amazing risotto for dinner just because I wanted to. I saw new friends for a couple of drinks down the street early in the night. I sang along to cheesy Britney Spears and ‘NSYNC songs. And I enjoyed my bed at an early time. It was fantastic.

You don’t need a relationship, “success,” or glitz and glamor to be happy.

So let’s not wallow in sadness, doubts, or pesky “I wishes.”

Let’s appreciate the yes moments, the happy moments,  the present moment–and the love.

Let’s love 2013. Let’s make 2013 the year for love. Universal love.

2013 LOVE.
LOVE 2013.

I’m in.

Are you?

My New Year’s Eve Love Risotto:

Feta, Spinach, and Mushroom Risotto
Adopted from Ezra Pound Cake

2013 LOVE Risotto
Makes approximately four servings


5 cups organic, free-range, low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups Arborio rice
3 cups high quality mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons olive oil (divided into 1 tablespoon, 3 tablespoons)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped thyme (can use dried, just reduce amount)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup Chardonnay wine plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 cup fat free or reduced fat feta cheese (I used fat free from Trader Joe’s)
Salt and Pepper, to taste

1. Heat the chicken broth in a small pot on medium heat. Keep it simmering, but do not let it boil. Reduce heat as necessary.
2. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and garlic. Saute for three to five minutes, or until mushrooms are beginning to cook. Reduce heat and add 2 tablespoons Chardonnay and chopped thyme. Keep on low, stirring sporadically while you make the risotto.
3. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot on medium-high.  Add chopped onions. Cook until onions are translucent. Add the Arborio rice to olive oil/onion mixture and stir to coat rice thoroughly. Add 1/2 cup Chardonnay. Stir until Chardonnay has been completely absorbed. Add chicken broth to rice, stirring continually, in 1/2 cup intervals.  Make sure ALL liquid has been absorbed before adding more broth. Keep stirring! The whole process usually takes around thirty minutes.
4. Stir the spinach into the risotto. Cover and let steam for approximately two minutes, or until spinach is just starting to wilt.
5. Remove pot from heat.  Add feta cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to combine until feta is completely melted.
6. Transfer each portion of risotto to plate and top with mushroom mixture. Serve with remaining wine and ENJOY!


  • Beka

    January 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Wonderful point of view 🙂 Thanks for coming to RR. I never noticed that 2013 was LOVE. And now that I do I have the warm & fuzzies & feel like the year is going to be just that much better!
    I love risotto too, recipe looks tasty!

    • Lora

      January 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Beka! I’m glad you agree with me that 2013 = warm fuzzies and positivity! The risotto was super tasty, let me know if you try it! Followed you on twitter and will definitely keep reading RR! 🙂