New Year’s Resolutions

20 Dec

This year is rapidly drawing to a close with Christmas and New Year just around the corner. Our decorations have been hung, presents bought (or the mad dash of getting that perfect present for Auntie Dora) and wrapped. In our office, we’re all very much looking forward to spending time with our families, eating obscene amounts of food (including the obligatory brussel sprout) and generally doing the traditions that each of us have acquired and look forward to, which Christmas would just not be the same without.


Whilst it’s all very exciting, we have also been chatting about the New Year with the promises and expectations that 2013 will bring. Some things are a given such as new technology being released, new exciting films to see, and new ways to bring about world peace (Miss Congeniality eat your heart out). Others are more selective and specific to ourselves, like seeing a new country, trying to finish that mammoth book still on the shelf or trying a new cuisine.


But what about our resolutions? Our expectations of what the New Year bring are greatly shaped by the resolutions that we all create at the beginning and either fulfil or break as the year goes on. For me, my resolutions include taking up singing lessons, running two 10k races and learning how to make and decorate pop cakes. Laila is determined to take dress making classes, try a different sport and learning more gluten free recipes. Cecilia has decided to learn how to surf, go to the ballet at least once in the year and discover the differences in grapes for wine. Whilst Jess, new to the concept of resolutions, decided to keep hers very specific of finding the best Sushi restaurant in London (all recommendations welcome) and eating more cake. On asking Freddie the chef, he claimed that his are a secret as then only he knows if he has kept them or not (wise man!)


It is not just our individual resolutions that we set at this time of year, but also things for the Purple Grape team as a whole, such as to socialise more after work, experimenting with more innovative food styles or looking after more new and exciting event concepts. We’re predicting that 2013 is going to be bigger and better than ever before and we can’t wait to get started.


What resolutions are you setting for yourself, if any? Join the discussion on twitter #purplegraperesolutions and let us know what your aspirations for the year are.


For now, the Purple Grape team and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



From the words of Lord Alfred Tennyson:

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true”