M and I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It’s one of our favorite spots in the whole world with its blend of European chic, friendly Mexican smiles and laid back tropical beauty. After three nights we ventured to a new destination that a cool couple told us about years ago. Whenever we meet avid travelers we ask them their favorite places and jot them down in a file. It’s led us to a few far-flung destinations we would have never known about. This time it brought us on a short ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, translated as Island of Women. It’s a laid back little island with an eclectic mix of boutique hotels and youth hostels. M loved that we could rent a golf cart to cruise around in and I loved the sexy vibe of our hotel.
A barefoot sunset
Breakfast in (an outdoor) bed at the Hotel Secreto
What’s not to love?
Of course being pregnant meant this trip was a little different than our usual tequila-drinking Mexican jaunts. Not having a hangover every morning means plenty of time for yoga, true relaxation, reading and reflecting. I brought along copies of Yoga Journal and Yoga International. Yoga Journal had a great article about letting go of past mistakes and bringing in the new year with positive intentions. The article suggested spending a few moments in reflection about how difficult situations were handled in 2012, not so that we can beat ourselves up but so that we can learn from them and think about how we want to grow. I want to be the best mother possible and I believe that starts with being a vibrant, positive, healthy person. Part of personal happiness is getting rid of crap I don’t need whether it’s clutter, excess sugar or negative conversations. Alicia Silverstone shares my sentiments in this blog post. And on a side note, here’s one change I’m currently making: starting the day off with warm water & lemon.
Happy 2013! Do you have anything you are getting rid of? Do you have an intention for the new year? Do you have any new year’s traditions or rituals?