Holiday thoughts and New Year’s resolutions

Hello again!

Second post out today, and I’m quite happy to see lots of views and clicks from my last one.

It is that wonderful time of the year again, when aside from spending time with family & friends -and eat and/or drink lots- we do a quick check to ponder whether we did well or not over the past 12 months. You know the drill… first we take stock of what happened, how we reacted, decide what we are proud of (and what not so much) and then come up with a set of New Years Resolutions for the upcoming year where we promise to be a better gal/pal. My first thought, as I go over what happened this cheeky 2015, is there is plenty to be thankful for!

Christmas lights at Town Hall in Sydney

Personally, I’ve had plenty of happy moments. I got to travel quite a bit -as I’ve said, it is one of my passions-, learned lots about the practicalities of my current position and even better, got to spend lots of time with people very close to my heart. It has been a year of massive growth but above all, a year to be thankful and to leave stress behind even more.

I’m not someone to focus too much on the negative so here go some of my favorite things of 2015:

  • I fell in love with the most fantastic man.
  • Got to travel and visit my family in Argentina and Chile.
  • Our boat, Baltic Lady, won the Winter Series at the CYC. And I got to be sailing one of the days we arrived 1st! Wow that horn sounded fantastic.
  • Did a 5 hour trek in the Blue Mountains. Challenging but so glad I did it.
  • Got to see the best fireworks ever, from the water and with my love and his family.
  • Star Wars! Haven’t seen it yet but I am looking forward to it as I’ve been a fan since I was little.

One of the quiet races in Sydney harbor where our skipper allows the camera. The CBD in the background

Finally, I have to mention that the change in government in Argentina has been a huge thing and a bit of a dream come true for me. Years ago, when Mauricio Macri came to be known for being the president of Boca Juniors (one of the main soccer teams, not mine) I had a feeling he would be an amazing president. Don’t ask me how, I just felt it, and I also sensed he would wait until it was the right time, not wanting to be “the one who got away” of sorts. On December 10, Macri, an engineer, wealthy businessman and former mayor of the city of Buenos Aires took office. His rise to the top job felt unlikely until not long ago, but he kept growing in support until he achieved the unthinkable, beating the Peronist candidate, reaching the first second round of the country’s history and then obtaining 51% of the votes to become the 52th president. He’s only had almost 3 weeks in office and he’s already managed to eliminate the currency restrictions and liberate the exchange rate… and the AR$ has even appreciated now (yes, confidence is everything with the markets, and he’s got it). It has brought hope for such an amazing country that has endured a tough run, specially these past 12 years.

Now, on terms of Resolutions, I’m going over them now, so see how I go. Good luck with yours! Hope you’ve had lots of things to be thankful too and can come up with some pretty good ones. Feel free to tell me about it in the comments if you like.

Until next time, have a great New Year’s celebration and see you in 2016!

Cheers,

Paola

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