I have had a few conversations recently which have lead back to the question of dreams. It’s odd to say, but I don’t really have any. Growing up, I never dreamt of winning the lotto, my wedding day or travelling the world. And as an adult, when talking with my husband about our future, dreams are noticeably still missing.
I felt uneasy about the idea that I didn’t have any dreams, so I mulled it over until I came up with what I can best describe as dreaming in feelings.
I don’t dream of having a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes, having a perfectly toned body, or an enormous house (well, occasionally I do dream of living in a stunning Regency house, but only for a moment). For me, the work and time needed to acquire and maintain these is far from ‘dreamy’. But when I think about what I have gained in my life and what I still strive for, it becomes clear that what I dream of is to feel excited, special, loved, entertained and proud.
I’ve suspected for a very long time that New Year’s Resolutions are the worst! As we speed through July, reminders of New Year resolutions are flooding in. It seems everyone is taking stock of where they are against what they set out for themselves in January, and are rapidly setting Summer Goals as a way to try and gain traction before the end of the year.
No more please! New Year’s Resolutions don’t work…and I’d suggest that although they have a better chance of success, the Summer ones don’t either. A few interesting pieces of literature have led me to firmly believe that ‘mini’, 'shared' and ‘fun’ goals are the only way to reach the end of a year satisfied and energised to do it all again when the new year starts.
Compelling information shared by Daniel Pink in When, the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, suggest we fall prey to setting New Year's goals as January 1st is a fresh start day, whereby we feel the best version of ourselves is possible.; however by February 64% of people will have already given up on their resolutions. He also breaks down the importance of coffee, naps, planning for mid slumps and the importance of looming deadlines. All fascinating and insightful in explaining how and why some things are successful, and others are not. Though all these things I have never heard associated with setting and achieving resolutions!
And whilst not scientifically proven, the endless stream of supportive comments confirms for me, that Hannah Bullivant’s diagnosis of the negative slant generally put on resolutions actually drives us away from doing them, as “they make us feel crap”. Who wants to lose weight, think about losing weight, or tell your friends you want to lose weight?! However, if you wanted to nourish your body instead(!), how much nicer is it to yourself, to talk about with friends, and to actually do?!
From both sides, scientific and anecdotal, both Daniel and Hannah focus on the need to break things down into small goals and to frame them in a way that sets you up to succeed (that is, positive and achievable!). It’s time to forget the 11:45pm New Year’s Eve scramble of negative things you want to achieve, and jump into interesting and exciting things to do that’ll get you to the end of the year with joy sparkling in your cheeks.
Celebration and bubbles are inextricably linked. Be it Champagne, Cava or Prosecco, if there’s a glass of it to be found, it’s often in the hand of someone merrily toasting.
When I was crafting the ‘Sunrise and Bubbles’ experience for Lucky Dip Cards, I had a few things in mind. One was just how glorious a sunrise is, and the other, how it could be so much more magical if instead of just watching it then walking away, the moment could be savoured by expanding the experience to include the finest bubbles you could get your hands on.
‘Salute the morning! Find a truly beautiful spot and watch the sunrise, sipping the finest bubbles you can get your hands on.’
I purposefully kept the choice of bubbles open to suit the player’s preference and budget. However, if the world was mine to rule, there would be free-flowing Dom Pérignon and Dom Ruinart!
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With this in mind, I organised a bubbly catch up with a friend who is an ardent Champagne fan. Douglas Blyde shares his alcoholic encounters with readers of his weekly column in the Evening Standard magazine. Having not seen Douglas in some years, rather than asking him to methodically move through my questions via an internet connection, we seized the opportunity to meet in person, trying out Albert Adrià’s swanky ‘Cakes and Bubbles’ at Regent Street’s Hotel Café Royal. There we matched an artisan Cava (Llopart) with a slightly distracting pesto waffle, then paired honeyed, semi-sweet English bubbles (Nyetimber) with a sumptuous riff on a cheesecake.
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