new years eve

December 31, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life

Oh, 2012. I would be lying if I said I loved you. Truth is, I’m glad that in in less than 12 hours you will be gone. Still, all that happens for good and bad is part of life and we are absolutely lucky in that we have family and friends and a roof over our heads and are able to live in a city we love.


I usually spend the last few days of the year obsessively cleaning, purging closets, filing away paper and receipts and cleaning out junk drawers. It’s part OCD and part superstition, tying loose ends and preparing for a clean slate and a clean house for the new year. The house is tidy, but the paperwork is still piled high and junk drawers remain an unorganized mess filled with forgotten trinkets from the old year. It’s ok though. One thing that I have learned this year is to let go of the pursuit of perfection. Life doesn’t really operate that way. It is full of mistakes and surprises and unexpected turns. Honestly? I’m disappointed in myself this year for many reasons I won’t share, but I’m letting that go. Messy drawers and piles of paperwork aside, that’s one thing I won’t carry over to the new year.
Happy new year, friends.

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  • Mary Anne December 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Happy New Year Jenna! Thank you for sharing with us about the ins and outs, the good and the bad of your life. Life definitely is messy and I think you are too hard on yourself. Thank you for giving me so much pleasure when I read your blog. May 2013 be less messy! Lots of warmth from Down Under, Mary Anne x

  • Carol December 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Happy New Year Jenna. You have such lovely daughters, thank you for sharing them with us, they always give me a lift. My girls are all grown and I miss those adorable years. It is a superstition in many cultures to clean the house before the new year. I am undergoing a massive renovation right now, so my house is full of plaster dust and workmen and tools! 2012 was very eventful for me as well, and not all of it was good, but that is the way life goes isn’t it? I don’t think you should be disappointed in yourself, I don’t know you at all, but you strike me from your blog as a good person. We are hardest on ourselves. I look forward to sharing your little corner of the world in 2013 and I hope to start a blog this year too!

  • Sandra December 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Happy New Year Jenna! I discovered your blog mid 2012 and I must thank you for sharing your thoughtful perspective with us throughout the year. Sweet Fine Day is a place I always look forward to visiting!

  • CCC December 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Happy New Year!

  • Lisa December 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is full of joy and love for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here; I always look forward to reading them.

  • Alma December 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I spend last few days organizing my folders, external hard drives, scanning laptop and cleaning a laptop fan, just another OCD:)
    Happy New Year!
    (I also discovered your blog in 2012 and really enjoy reading it. Wish u a lot of fulfillness, happiness and balancing skills in both, e-life and life!)

  • Jo December 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I share exactly the same thoughts as you.
    Married and Divorced in less than 5 days.
    It was a year of mistake, to marry just to please my parents.

    Yes a new day, a new year, a new mistake. But lesson learnt none like the above.

    Now everyday and everything i receive is a blessing with this thought i am stepping into the new year.

  • yen December 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but have never commented, and wanted to break my silence just to say thank you for sharing your and your family’s lives. I’ve loved reading about your thoughts, the business (but don’t live in New York and can’t make it to the fleas, unfortunately!), your girls, your finds. Happy new year to all of you! Hope 2013 brings you peace.

  • sreebindu January 1, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Wishing u a happy and gorgeous new year ahead

  • cantaloupe January 1, 2013 at 4:14 am

    2013 will be great! Hurrah!

  • Roos January 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Happy New Year from Amsterdam!
    In a strange way I was hugely relieved by reading your last post of 2012 and the words “Oh, 2012. I would be lying if I said I loved you.”
    Thank you for your honesty. It continues to make a difference in the blogosphere!

  • Loulou January 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for another lovely post. I feel the same about 2012 due to various stresses all coinciding – in bed with a flu is certainly not how I imagined I would spend new years day, but I guess I’m learning the hard way that I should have gotten my flu shot (get your flu shot everybody!!) and that life isn’t perfect- Still I’m luckier than many and I need to remember that.. Love reading your blog Hope it’s a happier an healthier 2013 for all,
    Thank you again for your blog,

  • Allison @ The Bleu Whale January 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hope you have an amazing 2013! I feel the same way – as bittersweet as the end of a year can be there’s a lot I’m ready to let go of from 2012. We can always hope the next year brings something special and that we can fully let go of the year before, but this life is so crazy and unexpected it’s har to plan that way!

  • Aud January 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Happy New Year, Jenna! I’m glad I discovered your blog when I was going through some rough times this year.

    I actually spent the last couple hours of 2012 obsessively cleaning the house, tossing things in the trash, reorganizing for the same reasons….I ended up overwhelmed when sorting through receipts so I stuffed them all in a box.

  • Jhope January 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    happy new year, Jenna. thank- you for your blog! i daily appreciate what you share.

  • Renita January 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family and prosperous 2013 …

  • Roseann January 2, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Happy new year, Jenna. Thank you for providing us with inspiration, insight and such a refreshing perspective. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year. And give yourself more credit! I really admire you. :)

  • Desiree January 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Happy New Year Jenna. May this year be a truly good year for you and your family. It is very true that life is full of unexpected turns and surprises as well as mistakes and small imperfections and I guess that is what makes it both interesting and fills it with charm in a way.
    Take Care.

  • Eva_Lotta January 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Happy New Year, Jenna!
    I have great respect for you and wish you and your family the very best!
    Thank you for your blog, many times you have concisely and with great style put into words things that I was feeling, but was not able to express to myself.

  • lori January 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Happy new year :) I’m glad 2012 is over with too. A really tough year for lots of people. Hopefully we can all have a nice new start, again :) Hope you guys are having a nice holiday over on the east coast!

  • Pink Ronnie January 3, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I hear you Jenna.
    Happy new you to you and your family too.
    Ronnie xo

  • Christy January 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you for being honest and real. It’s so rare these days. In times where blogs have become more about perfectly art directed photos and less about real life, it’s refreshing. And most importantly, thank you for admitting to making mistakes and being disappointed in yourself. You make me feel like it’s ok to feel like a real person, a real mother, a real woman- one who doesn’t need or want a J Crew catalog for a life.
    Here’s to hoping 2012 will be better.

  • cg January 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Happy new year!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a year or so now, I can’t even remember if I’ve commented before, I usually just lurk. But I wanted to say that I enjoy reading your blog a lot. I enjoy the tone that you’ve struck, straight forward, not overly upbeat like your life is always perfect. I like that you write so frankly and so honestly, I can relate to much of what you write. I, too, used to try to clean before the new year, but life is simply too hectic, too filled with real challenges and I’ve given up this notion that I have to also have a clean house in order to usher in a new year. Instead, I believe it’s what our outlook is, not the physical stuff. So cheers to you for a wonderful, productive, loving year!

  • Amina January 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I can certainly relate. 2012 was one of the hardest years of my life. I hope 2013 will be better for all of us. Best wishes!