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A note from Isabelle Racicot on 2017: A new year

04/01/2017 Isabelle Racicot

I’m not superstitious, but for some reason I pay attention to the way I spend New Year’s Eve. I don’t always celebrate December 31 the same way, but the evening often sets the tone for the new year. When emotions ran high on certain years, I tended to gravitate towards New Year’s Eve plans that were more intimate and calm. Perhaps, I was hoping to set the tone for a new year that was more serene and relaxed.

It’s also really important to me who I am with on New Year’s Eve. I love to be with my clan, my gang; the dearest people in my life. Going to a big party where I barely know anyone – no thanks – that isn’t really my thing. That was fun when I was in my early twenties, but not anymore.

Spending New Year’s Eve with people that I love makes me feel like I won’t be missing any love or support come the new year. Am I the only one who thinks like that?

This year however, for the first time since my bartending days, I worked on December 31. I hosted the festivities that marked Canada’s 150 birthday, which took place on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa. It was an experience that I could simply not refuse! But that meant that on the last day of 2016, I spent the evening surrounded by a bunch of people I do not know, doing what I did too much of in 2016… working! By working on December 31, did I just throw my resolution to find a better work-life, balance in 2017 out the window? 

Isabelle Racicot et Carly Rae Jepsen.


Only time will tell, but for now, I am REALLY happy about how I spent my New Years Eve. I met marvellous new people, (like Carly Rae Jepsen and Brett Kissel), I had fun, and all through the night I felt like I brought my A game to host this event. My entry into 2017 was joyful and exciting.

Isabelle Racicot & Brett Kissel.


Major bonus: some of my friends and family even made it to the event so I wouldn’t be alone. If the 31 is a reflection of how the rest of the year will be spent, I think I’m going to live a lot of new experiences in 2017, I’m going to meet amazing people, and I will appreciate what I have and not worry about what I don’t.

In 2017, dear readers, I wish you all good health (it’s cliché, but so essential). I hope you see the glass half full and not half empty, and I hope that you all take a chance and pursue new avenues. Trust in yourself and trust in life.

In 2017, I wish for us all a world that is more peaceful, social media that is less aggressive, and lots of human kindness.

OK, so Brett is not the best to do a selfie with the focus on (with Brett Kissel, Minister Joly, Rick Mercer and Carly Rae Jepsen.


Picoum friends, I hope your journey into 2017 was well spent. I wish you all a happy new year!