How I spent 2017

Trying to see how many real estate projects I can keep up in the air at once…and I seriously love it.  Will definitely be part of 2018 too.

Eating my way around the globe.  Favorite dishes include boudin noir wontons at Le Servan in Paris, the Gigante white beans at Le Buvette in Paris and the Brioche at Les Idees in Paris, Light Green Curry at Le Cafe Ban Van Sene in Luang Prabang in Laos, Margherita pizza at Sorbillo in Naples Italy, Chocolate Mousse at Le Cou Cou, NYC, Mole duck at Broken Spanish, Los Angeles, CA, Chengdu Zhajiangmian at Mian, San Gabriel, Los Angeles and I must give a nod to the Martini at the Grill, NYC.

Reading.  Favorite books included My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent even though it was disturbing I could not put it down.  We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter even though I cried through 1/3 of it.  The Leavers by Lisa Ko.  4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster.  I read others but these were top of the list.

I got to a place I have been working on getting for the past few years.  No longer managing everything in my life, not looking to climb every mountain and no longer believing I can fix everything.  It is amazing how letting all of these things go has made me feel freer, lighter and happier.

Got too riled up over the state of our union and the leadership in America.  I have found myself screaming at the computer and the newspaper way too much.

Cleaned out my closet and finally gave up on the fact that I was never going to wear some of those old items and it was time to call the Real Real and do a serious purge.

Spent a lot more time with people that I care about and making sure I stay more connected.

Except for Trump, 2017 was a good year.  For me, it has been a year where I started down a path that I worked hard to get to and am excited about continuing to be more chill in 2018.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Semil Shah

    This line caught my eye “No longer managing everything in my life” – congrats on managing everything up to that point, which was a handful!

    1. Gotham Gal

      I still manage something but not everything which is a relief!

  2. awaldstein

    Have a great new year.Your LA and Paris recommendations will be tried in the first Q of the new year.

    1. Gotham Gal


  3. Pranay Srinivasan

    Best wishes for 2018, Joanne. The most value you’ve added to my life is when you are able to look at a situation, cut thru the bullshit and haze and express an opinion in less than 1 line, predict whats coming and almost always be right (distilled experience and prescience). I’m grateful always for your support and faith.

  4. Jeremy Robinson

    A well-lived life! Love the specific restaurant and food recommendations- especially those in Paris where we plan to be in May. Concur about Trump and his thugs making me and my wife become way too dis-regulated. All the best for thriving in 2018- despite the national/international ongoing embarrassment of our infant leader and his sycophants.

  5. Jane

    Happy New Year! How good it feels to take stock and feel satisfied with your year. Here’s to another great year in 2018!

  6. denmeade

    Thank you for sharing your adventures and reflections. I especially enjoy keeping an eye on your book reviews (although I found Tallent’s book frustrating). Happy 2018.