The last post of 2019, Friday kudos, wine for your New Year’s Eve!

We interrupt this holiday bog hiatus for a final post of 2018. One more chance to kudos the good, drink to the great, and think through those things that maybe could have gone better, all in the name of living our best lives in the new year ahead!

Image result for 2019Are you a resolution maker? I tend to want to be, and can cook up all kinds of things that are going to define the next 365 days. Last year, a friend of mine told me she chose three words that helped her frame her mindset for the new year. I copied her idea in 2018 and picked REACH, RETURN, RELY as my 2018 trifecta, of which I accomplished at various levels of success. My REACH was to run 1000 miles, which as has been previously documented, and did not end particularly well, falling short somewhere in the high 800s. My RETURN was to go back to writing, which I charged into with gusto, and produced more words between this blog and my personal journal than ever before. My RELY was less well-defined. I wrote at the time that “As a worrier, by default I like to turn in and rely on myself, my instincts, and things under my own control… To rely is to trust not only myself, but others and God to bring things into balance.” Did I rely more? I don’t know. I relied a lot. I grew friendships and took on ambitious projects that required my trust and reliance on other people. I relied on my husband to get me back through the airport when I was so sick in Europe I could barely stand. I guess the question is this…did I think about it a lot while I was doing it? Not as much.

But the year was good, and whether the three words led me to such happiness or the universe just sent me a particularly good trip around the sun, I have little to complain about, and can say, unironically, #blessed! 😇

Still, I see New Year’s Eve as a big cosmic reset button, and if your 2018 was less than stellar, then charged through the next four days with blind abandon and then turn the corner and don’t look back. Here’s a look ahead at what’s coming to ink. in the new year!

  • Two books to kick off your best year yet
  • #joshandkatebuildahouse
  • Movies that will make you want to start a blog
  • 20 things under $20 you’ll absolutely want to own
  • Blind wine tasting for dummies amateur winos
  • Interesting cheeses and where to find them
  • Back on the couch with Cece, LICSW
  • Another unpopular opinion…

Wherever you are this New Year’s Eve, and whatever you’re hoping for in 2019, I hope it’s wonderful and you find it. Celebrate you. Celebrate what’s been. And ink. will be back in 2019 to help you live INKspired!

Friday kudos to…

My sister and brother-in-law of the aforementioned Christmas letter that I would actually accept and read who have decided to become foster parents in the new year!

The generous sales team at for $50 in complementary products.

Wine for your New Year’s Eve

NYE, so we’re obviously going sparkly for the evening! Champagne is an easy pick, and everyone has their go-to celebratory bubbly of choice. If you’re looking for a conventional…but perhaps not obvious…pick, Mondoro Asti is your bottle. An Italian wine of superior quality, Mondoro has won more awards than any other Italian Asti. Notes of pineapple, peach, and pear are light, fruity, and refreshing, while the carbonation and acidity help to balance the flavor profile from becoming too sweet. Once named “The world’s finest Asti,” Mondoro is most widely distributed in eastern European markets, but can be found, at a reasonable price point, at many large wine distributors. It was, admittedly, the bottle that originally caught my attention, which is certainly not an amazing reason to buy a wine. However, it will make a striking addition to you dinner table or NYE celebration. This is a winner, and a great addition to your 2019 wine list!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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