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10 Things The Truly Rich Lady Looks Forward to in 2018
'I will move ever onward and upward, one well-heeled step after another toward a bright and happy new year.'
ILLUSTRATOR SANDY ARANAS
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Dear Readers, I have decided to not look back.

The year that was has been troublesome, worrying, and in its final stretch, horrible. I don’t want to dwell anymore on the darkness that consumed us all, because you know what they say about looking back: I’ll turn into a pillar of salt! And no one needs an extra dose of salt, especially when New Year’s Eve is about to go into full swing. What about the party pictures? Salt will make me look extra bloated.

Instead, I will move ever onward and upward, one well-heeled step after another toward a bright and happy new year. Here, a few things that I, the Truly Rich Lady, am looking forward to in 2018.

The Wedding of the Decade

Sorry to all nuptials past, but the May wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes the cake, because it is the stuff of girlhood dreams and fairy-tale fancies. A Prince marries a commoner! An American marries a Prince! From today until May, I am going to live out my secret fantasy of being swept up by a royal through my friend, Markle or, as I like to call her, Maggie. I've already bought the Sentaler wrap coat! I am not obsessed.

Baby Number Three

We shouldn’t forget that other couple, the older one. They have news, too, as baby number three or spare number two arrives in 2018. My only wish is that Prince William and Catherine (or as I like to call her, Kitty) reintroduce the sturdier British royal names like Maud or Edmund. I also am intrigued by the duchess’ pregnancy fashions. (Not that I need them.)

The All-Female Ocean’s 8

After a shocking year when powerful men and their evil deeds were exposed, what we need are strong females to look up to, even if they are robbers.

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Versace and Anastasia

Because we cannot live off the Windsors alone. A good serving of Italian fashion royalty care of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (with Penelope Cruz as Donatella!) and the Russian monarchy via The Romanoffs makes for a well balanced pop culture diet. 

Continued Progress of the Important Projects

Okay, there should be something more substantial on this list (not that the Royals of Britain and Hollywood are slouches). I have several projects running at the moment, with a few woefully on hold. The installation of the calming turtle pond and the purging of the second walk-in closet must happen. I have also decided to take up the flower arranging art of freakebana for the decoration of my surfaces.

More Exotic Adventures

A rabbit once said, “to the moon and back,” and now the bedtime story has become reality. Indeed, traveling to the moon and back (as promised by SpaceX) may happen in the year ahead. Traveling to Antarctica (via commercial plane) or the final resting place of the Titanic is also possible in 2018. But if these do not pan out, I can always embark on vanilla adventures to Belize or Nicaragua (both great in January!).

Crying Less

Because the sky is only as dark as you want it to be. I vow to smile more, look at the bright side, and make lemonade.

Eating More

A corollary to the above, food is a balm to soothe most aches—but I would like to qualify this eating-more business as eating more of the things that will not just maintain my fabulous physique, but also create a healthy and happy life.

Saying Yes

We’re predisposed to say no because it is easier: “No, I do not want to go out after five in the evening.”  “No, I don’t want to wear color.” “No, I don’t want to get up.” But this year, let us all override our defaults and say yes more often so that we do not miss out on life.

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Creating Beauty

In The September Issue, my spirit animal, Andre Leon Talley, exclaimed: “It’s a famine of beauty! My eyes are starving for beauty!” And he is right. We should seek beauty. We need it to uplift our spirit and soul. I vow to welcome even more (and no longer feel strange about) the fabulous things, trinkets, experiences that the Truly Rich Life affords. Here’s to the best and the most beautiful year ahead!

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