Well, it’s 2016 – those of you who follow along with my life may already be tired of hearing me talk about how I’m re-launching my YouTube channel and be thinking, “Just DO it already!”

I’m doing it! Life’s been more than slightly challenging, so I’m doing it on a three week(ish) delay, but I’m doing it!

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I think in general, people just make themselves false, unrealistic promises, and then they get mad or depressed (or both) when they’re not perfectly on track by January 31st. Why not just set yourself realistic goals at any point in the year and stick to them?

It sounds like I’m giving advice now.

Wait a second.

You know what I think we definitely all need at the beginning of a year – or any time? ADVICE.

(That was an awkward segue, but I tried.)

And I think that I am the perfect person to give it to you.

(Why, I have no idea. Because I say so? Yeah! Because I say so!)

Without further ado, I give to you, the video to kick off 2016 – which, by the way, will be a monthly feature on www.contessabessa.com – Andrea Offers You Advice Dressed as a…

Bet you weren’t expecting me to be a banana.


Big thanks to everyone who got involved on social media and asked me questions! I’ll be doing advice videos monthly, so leave a question in the YouTube comments or keep an eye on my social media for an opportunity to ask.

I want to give a huge shoutout to Brother Octopus for letting me use their music in my videos. Visit their website ^, where you should promptly buy all of their albums and listen to them on a constant loop like I do.

I also want to give a big shoutout to Sally for lending me this banana like, a million years ago, and then letting me keep it just a bit longer in order to shoot this video.

So, what else can you look forward to from me in 2016?

Videos with names like Two Minute Trivia and The BFF Game…oh, and more ukulele, too.

I’m excited. I’ll see you all again soon.