I try not to dwell on the less than positive, but I have to admit I am glad to see the back end of 2010. It has been a physically challenging year, as well one with a record number of dashed travel plans. On the brighter side, here are some of the highlights:

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH MY DAUGHTER AND FRIENDS
Jewels celebrating
COOKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES
At Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena with Chef Tal Ronnen
Phototasting
LOTS OF FINE DINING
Seared Tuna at Providence
Jan, Jewels, Karla, Miranda, and Grace
Dessert and Providence
INTERVIEWS AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Interview with Brad Boles from The Real Housewives of New York City
Community Cooking in Torrance with Tana Taylor
The Chronicles of Food with Marc Gomes and Joe DiMaggio Jr.
Community Cooking in Torrance with Maria Prekeges
Foodography for The Cooking Channel
FRIENDS NEW & OLD
Jewels with Maisy and Dee
FABULOUS PARTIES OUT ON THE TOWN AND AT HOME
Jewels, Ray, and Anthony
Jewels, Lorenza, Gina, Giovanna, and Nasra
Amanda Eliasch, Normandie Keith, and Jewels
ART EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH LUNCHEON
Lisa Borgnes-Giramonti, Claire Stansfield, and Julie Anne Rhodes
Alana Stewart, Marianne Williamson, and Cheryl Tiegs
FIREWORKS AND CONCERTS
Fourth of July
Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes
Rihanna
SYMPOSIUMS & AWARD SHOWS
Donna Karan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sarah Brown, and Arianna Huffington
Lourdes Diego, Lourdes Guttierrez, and Julie Anne Rhodes
CNN Hero Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow and Gerard Butler

LOTS OF NEW RECIPES AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Rack of Lamb with Cherry Pomegranate Sauce
Shhhhhhhh – you’ll have to wait and see!
When I look at it like this – I realize just how much I have to be grateful for! I can barely contain my excitement and anticipation of all the hope and promise that an entirely new decade holds. What were the highs of 2010 for you, and what do you look forward to in 2011?
A Happy, Healthy, Successful New Year to All!
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  • December 26, 2010
    6:12 pm

    Julie Anne, wishing you many exciting and delicious new projects for 2011. I can't wait to read (and drool) over all your new stories and recipes!!! x eilis

  • December 26, 2010
    6:12 pm

    Julie Anne So cute Every day u are more beautifulScar Lette

  • December 26, 2010
    6:17 pm

    Is that Giovanna Cantone in the pink?Carly Guerrero

  • December 26, 2010
    6:18 pm

    But, of course!

  • December 26, 2010
    7:34 pm

    You have had a BUSY time in 2010 — here's to a fruitful 2011. Thank you again for sharing your life through your words. It's been a fun ride!! HUGSJustine Owls

  • December 26, 2010
    7:35 pm

    A group ow women "bellissime"!! :-)))!Giuliana Iannotta

  • December 26, 2010
    7:36 pm

    I miss u !!!! What a night that was !!!! fun, fun,fun:)))) we're back in LA soon xoNashra Corbel

  • December 26, 2010
    8:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2011!

  • December 26, 2010
    9:08 pm

    I wish you all the joy that you have shared, especailly with me, threefold. What you put out in the universe comes back to you in greater numbers. The new year will be wonderful for you, especailly if the picture of you in the empty professional kitchen comes into play, which I'm sure it will. Hopefully, your book will be published this year! You must be excited with so much on your horizon. My wish is for you to have the best kick a$$ year possible! 2010 wasn't the best year for me, but I plan to make 2011 a very memorable year for all the right reasons. I hope to move ahead with my art and writing, maybe even get something published. Those are my doable goals. I will make them happen! My other goals will take longer & depend on finances, so I'll hold those close to my heart for now. But, I will make those happen too, it just might take longer. Happy New Year Julie Anne! You really rock the world and inspire people to do more and better. Thank you for that!

  • December 26, 2010
    11:20 pm

    Looks like a productive year Julie Anne! I'm dying to know what up your sleve!For me, 2011 just stay healthy & positive!CupcakeXo

  • December 27, 2010
    1:14 am

    Wow what a year Julie Anne. I've learned allot from you in the past year. Very Greatful :) I think in the new year. I will take more risks trust my gut more. Most of all be happy. All the best to you xo

  • December 27, 2010
    3:47 am

    Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate your postive retrospective on your 2010. It's so easy to dwell on the negative and harder to be positive, kudos to you!Laura Peabody

  • December 27, 2010
    3:49 am

    we met this time last yearDuncan Roy

  • December 27, 2010
    3:50 am

    How are you darling?

  • December 27, 2010
    3:50 am

    I will write and tell you everythingxxDuncan Roy

  • December 28, 2010
    12:50 am

    I want your kitchen!!!!!Carly Guerrero

  • December 28, 2010
    5:17 pm

    what an awesome pic!Nordine Kadri

  • December 28, 2010
    5:51 pm

    I am in agreement with you JA about seeing the back end of 2010… this has not been the greatest of years. I would like to think 2011 is the start of something big… something great… A brand new life I do hope. A time to create, love, be free, be grateful and happy in all regards! Letting it ring in lovely and loud!laura

  • December 28, 2010
    6:46 pm

    I'll be glad to see 2010 go for more reasons than I care to mention. Hopefully the first thing to do in 2011 will be to start Marianne's book again and go through that and hopefully feel better about myself. I'd also like to see my little card making business grow more, I did very well in the run up to christmas so hopefully that will continue.Here's to a very prosperous and better 2011 for you too.

  • December 28, 2010
    7:56 pm

    Looks like something is cooking in the kitchen! Will look forward to seeing what your secret is:) Have a great new year.

  • December 28, 2010
    9:40 pm

    and what an awesome time! ;) We'll do it again real soon.Gina Heisser

  • December 28, 2010
    9:40 pm

    Love to be invited! (smile) Cheers!!!Nordine Kadri

  • December 29, 2010
    2:53 am

    My guess is your opening your own restaurant or you have a food show coming out……………..Carly Guerrero

  • December 29, 2010
    2:54 am

    Can't wait!Suzanne Voelker

  • December 30, 2010
    9:58 pm

    Hey Jewels,Cannot wait for what 2011 and the next decade ahead brings. Hopefully greater, better, brighter things and most importantly a year free of mishaps (for us both).Wishing you all the very best.Aussie Mum :)