I welcome you, 2014

January 3, 2014 § 12 Comments

Let’s have a toast: Welcome 2014, may you be exciting, peaceful, engaging, loud, quiet, and filled with moments so precious they fill our hearts with happiness and … of course, may we safely imbibe with delicious whiskies and great friends.

2014 sparklers

Not typically one for making grand promises and goals for myself at the top of a new year – I instead try my best to just be a good person to myself and others every day (that’s my personal motto – just be kind.  It’s simple but to the point … and many good people forget that that applies to being nice to them selves as well!).

So imagine my surprise when I found myself wide-awake from 1-3am on Jan 2 with a scrolling list of New Years resolutions running a muck in my brain.  And at the top of that list was spending a little more time blogging here with you.  I’m rather proud that in I can look back at 2013 and say that we didn’t just “survive” our first full year of having Brenne on the market but rather felt like we thrived (in our own humble way – of course).  And that’s a very proud feeling – but one that also has my head spinning in a few different directions … constantly.

With all of the many ways to communicate these days i.e. facebook, blogging, twitter -and- twitter, instagram -and- instagram, pinterest, email, texting and the most vintage of the bunch: phone call, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I blinked and the 365 days that made up 2013 passed by in less time then it’ll take me to finish this post.  What’s even scarier is while I can’t figure out how I might have possibly crammed any thing else into those fleeting days, I still can’t shake the feeling that I could have done more. (And that drives me a little batty).

However – according to my year in blogging (an annual & fun report pulled together by wordpress), you were definitely here and to that, I THANK YOU!!!!  Here’s how wordpress put it:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2013 from people in 142 countries. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Personally- I think that’s pretty cool and I’m honored to have your attention (and hope that at least some of that traffic wasn’t just here to “borrow” some images) ;).

So my goal for 2014 is to slow down a bit, do 1-3 things at a time, not 8-10, and by doing so, hope that I can re-engage with you more here on my blog as it really is something that I deeply love and miss when life forces me (by sheer lack of minutes in a day) to be a bit more disconnected then I’d like (well, here at least – you can always find me SOMEWHERE online!).

In addition…

  • I hope I get smarter & more efficient where social media is concerned.
  • I hope I dance more … even if it is done standing at a counter waiting for my next espresso!
  • I hope I take more walks outside – in all kinds of weather – and continue to look up and appreciate the effect a setting sun or rolling clouds have on whatever scenery is around me at the time.
  • I hope I breath more.  Deeply.
  • I hope I sleep more. Deeply!
  • I hope I keep laughing loudly and sharing more great whiskies with the many wonderful friends I have made and hopefully will make in the comings days and months.
  • I really hope Brenne continues to move forward in the most positive of ways!
  • I hope 2014 goes by a little slower so I can savor the time we’re blessed to have.

2013 was a strange one for me; professionally with Brenne it was remarkable (moving from 1 to 11 states across the US, being blessed to have had the attention of some pretty prestigious publications – including being mentioned in a few books! ah-hem Fred Minnick’s Whiskey Women(!), winning an Icon of Whisky award, etc).  But while I experienced many professional gains, I also suffered a major personal loss when my Grandmother passed away just 2 weeks before her 102nd birthday.  She was truly with us till the end and for that, I was extremely thankful (let’s face it, she remembered my schedule better than I did … and I have the “help” of 1000+ apps on my phone!) but she was one of the most inspiring people I have ever met – faced challenges with Grace (as was her name) and loved her family so much you felt it in every letter, phone call and interaction we’d ever had with her.  I miss her terribly and was surprised when, months after her passing, just the thought of her could still bring me to tears.  I am/was very close with my grandparents and now have only one left on earth – I cherish every moment he and I share. Loss is inevitable but having been freshly reminded of it makes me want to shout daily that we can’t take our loved ones for granted.  We only get this precious time together and if 2013 is any indication of just how much faster time is going to go by – well – I hope the quiet and peaceful act of sharing a glass of whisky with those whose company you enjoy can help us all slow down and appreciate each breath.

And with that – I continue to express my deepest thanks for sticking with me – liking, commenting, reading, and sharing my words and engaging with me on all platforms.  Mostly, I truly hope that 2014 is a healthy, happy and positive year for us all.

Happy New Year from the Whisky Woman!
Cheers to you and your loved ones ~






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§ 12 Responses to I welcome you, 2014

  • Great work on 2013 and looking forward to seeing what you accomplish with 2014 (especially if you can somehow make it last longer!… ). Have a great year and now get to work on bringing Brenne to the UK!!! ;o)

  • Susannah SB says:

    If 2014 is anything like 2013 for Brenne, you are probably still going to have to do 8-10 things at once. Luckily, you’ve shown you can handle it. But for your sake I hope the extra hands now helping will share some of the work, and you can find the time to dance (and sleep!) more. ; )

  • G-LO says:

    Happy New Year WW! Cheers to your continued success and happiness, and here’s hoping we can all get together very very soon!


    • YES! Love it G-LO. To more #whiskyfabric facetime! Thanks to you also for your incredible support! (…and the frequent use of social media encouragement!). It’s always fun chatting and learning from you. Thanks for everything. Happy 2014!

  • Aaron Krouse says:

    Wonderful words, Allison. Sleep is not overrated. Apps are. Good luck and much success in 2014 with everything you touch (including Brenne).

    • Thanks Aaron. Your comment is encouraging! I’m hoping 2014 will bring me out to LA now that Brenne just launched in CA at the end of Dec ’13! Maybe I’ll be seeing you sooner then later! Happy 2014 to you as well!

  • Wonderful post! My grandmother who passed five years ago continues to inspire me daily. Hoping you enjoy a fabulous 2014 with continued success, more dancing, sleep and dreams realized. Cheers to whisky women everywhere!

    • Cheers to you, Wendy! A pleasure to have a fellow NYC “sipper” drop a note here – much appreciate your kind words.
      To Grandma’s!

      • Where can I find Brenne? Big fan of this style spirit and embarassed to admit I’ve never sampled it. Love your blog!

        • Oh thank you! And please, there’s no need to be embarrassed for not having yet tried it! … I’m sure it feels much longer with all of my shameless plugs but Brenne has only been on the market for 15 months!

          If you’re interested, there’s a list of retailers and bars/restaurants on my site here: http://drinkbrenne.com/find-brenne/buy

          Simply plug in your zip code and see what’s near! If you’re going in somewhere specifically for it, you may want to call ahead as I can’t guarantee that everyone has it in stock all the time :). I should be updating my events page this week or next with some things I’ll have coming up in the city soon too!

          Thanks so much for following along – truly.

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