January 3, 2017

My Different New Year 2017 and the habits I left in 2016

Happy New Year lovelies, 
I hope you had amazing holiday time with your family and friends. This is the time when people usually start thinking about their new year's goals __ what they are going to achieve or change about their life. Well, I'm going to talk about the habits that I left back in 2016 so I don't have to worry about that in 2017 anymore, and why this New Year's Eve was different from any others.
First of all, let me tell you, New Year's Eve has been my absolute favorite holiday among many others we used to celebrate back home. I belived in Santa until I was probably 10 years old. I knew, that every year, first morning of January, there would be a present from "santa" under my pillow.
Then, I grew up and joined adult New Year's Eve celebration,  my mom would cook holiday food specialties, at least 10 different dishes and of course, she had to bake 4-5 different cakes. At around 11:30 PM she would start making our most favorite New Year's Eve sweet specialty __ Gozinaki (with walnut, cut in tiny pieces and special type of honey) and at 12 o'clock it would start fireworks (my favorite part about it, after Gozinaki LoL).
It was like unwritten rule that everyone had to meet New Year at home and only after that, they could visit friends or relatives. Meeting a New Year in the streets or some other places was kinda shame those days, because New Year's Eve was all about family. After 12 our relatives and friends would start coming over to celebrate New Year __ it was amazing time. Unfortunately, it's not the same here in USA. 

I don't remember I've ever celebrated New Year without a glass of Champaign until this year. Unfortunatly, I couldn't handle alcohol this year, because I was not feeling well. What happened is that I used to smoke and also, I used to drink espresso type of strong coffee with big mugs (?!) from morning to night, I can say, I was coffee addict. Because of that, I started feeling chest pain,  sometimes in the middle of the night, so one month ago, I decided to quit smoking, and I really did, and I'm very proud of myself because it's not that easy to quit. And, day before New Year's Eve, I stopped drinking coffee. This was also very difficult for me because I was absolutely addicted to it.

Since then, my chest stopped bothering me and that encouraged me to start healthier lifestyle, which basically meant to start working out just like I used to. (I don't eat fast food and I don't drink any soda, so I don't have to worry about that). So I'm very excited about 2017 .  

Did you leave any bad habits in 2016 ? Let me know in the comments below and have a wonderful first week of 2017.



  1. Wow, you don't smoke anymore, this is amazing! And the amounts of coffee, also good! No soda, no fast food, that is really good! Well, I didn't eat chocolate for 1 year and 4 months and ate again on Jan 1st, but it did change now... I am not addicted anymore, not running after chocolate... I felt better. Gozinaki sounds great and the way you used to celebrate NYE... in the Uk it's different and when I moved to Germany it was such a great party... then back to the UK, people don't bother with NYE... I prefer the way you used to celebrate! Hope you have an amazing 2017!

    1. It's good you are not addicted to chocolate anymore, Denise. Sometimes is OK, epesially, dark chocolate. You would enjoy NYE in Tbilisi, it's so loving and festive atmosphere, over there. Thanks for your sweet wishes dear. You too, have a wonderful 2017.

  2. This is such a cool post.

  3. I believed in Santa until I was 9 or 10 too! And I'm trying to lead a healthier lifestyle this year too. I can't wait to hear more about your progress!


    1. Really, you too? and It's so sad when you grow up and find out the truth about Santa, isn't it? Good luck with your goals about healthier lifestyle, Courtney, I know you can do it. Me, I'm without coffee last 6 days and so far I feel great. xx

  4. good for you! smoking is sooo bad! I need to give up on coffee too! So brave for you to do it!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. I know, it's so awful for health and skin. Honestly, giving up on coffee was more difficult for me than quitting smoking, but everything is possible. It's been 6 days since I last drank my favorite dark roast coffee and I'm feeling great. Hope you will be able to do it too, one day. xx

  5. Good on you for quitting, Nina but you have my respect for quitting coffee. I love my morning two mugs of coffee but that's all I have and I don't drink more than that because I'm a chronic insomniac. I used to smoke 1 and half pack a day since I was 19 and finally went cold turkey in end 2011. For me the hardest thing about quitting was breaking the habit of buying a pack of cigarettes, I don't miss the whole smoking itself.

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    1. wow you used to smoke a lot Shireen, that's amazing how you managed to quit. I needed 1 pack for 5 days. I know what you mean missing the habit of buying it. I never miss smoking itself, since I quitted. Only when I go to the places where I used to smoke, I kinda miss it at those places only. (because I never smoked at home).

  6. You veel much better with an healthy lifestyle. I dat very healthy during the week and in the weekend I allow myself a cocktail of some wind and some lees healthy food, but no fast food!

  7. Same for us, the family gathering in the New Years Eve was and sometimes still crucial. Live healthier and moving outside of the city! Too polluted!

  8. Congrats on quitting smoking lovely, I'm glad you're feeling much better after it! Hope you had a wonderful time celebrating New Year's Eve, and best wishes for 2017!

    Faye .x

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  9. Congratulations on quitting smoking - it's great that you aren't going to bring that into the new year! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  10. Happy new year! I am glad you are feeling better!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. That is amazing that you managed to quit cigarettes and coffee. Those are the hardest one. I wish I can quit chocolate. That is my only bad habit.
    And Happy New Year. I wish you all the best.

    March and May

  12. Omg that cake is amazing and way to go on quitting coffee and cigarettes!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  13. I am so happy for you quitting smoking and coffee, that takes so much willpower. My boyfriend is literally addicted to coffee so I know how hard that must've been for you. That cake is goals omg it looks so amazing and yummy. Hope you had a good new year!
    The Pale Tails
    - Beckie x

  14. CONGRATS on quitting smoking, that's amazing news! I've tried to quit coffee a few times, but it always calls back out to me lol. Cheers to 2017 <3
    Green Fashionista

  15. I know exactly how you feel! I had the same issue except for me it was fast food and soda. Once I stopped eating those I had chest pains as well that stopped and on the bright side I lost almost 30 pounds and feel the healthiest I've ever been in my life...so yay for both of us. That is such an accomplishment to stop smoking and drinking coffee. Congrats!!! Happy New Year!

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  16. It was really interested to read about your New Year's Eve celebrations back home. Well done on giving up smoking. I wish you a wonderful year.


  17. Oh man, what a huge commitment to your health! Congrats as that's no small feat! I hope you stay healthy and have a wonderful 2017! XO

  18. I had a list in mind but let me tell you, here in Greece we eat for EVERY occasion. Hard to leave food in 2016. Glad for you!!

  19. That's awesome that you've decided to make a positive change to your diet and lifestyle by incorporating more healthy choices. These days, there are so many great delicious and good for you food that's easy to make (I LOVE Pinterest for this!). Thanks for sharing and I wish you all the best in meeting you New Year's goals, girlie!



  20. can totally relate to this! I also need to make more healthy choices.

    good luck! have a great year x

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  21. So awesome that you decided to make a lifestyle change for the better girl! It's hard but keep at it, you are strong and it will all pay off in the long run!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  22. Great post! Really enjoy reading :)
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  23. Congratulations on stopping both smoking and drinking high volumes of coffee - looking after your health sounds like a great way to have headed into 2017 :) Good luck with your fitness/health goals this year!!


  24. I think you can be so proud of yourself for quitting smoking. I don't smoke but hubby does and I wish he could stop. I love coffee too much to stop but I should drink less of it, too. Kisses

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