On December 31, my mother eagerly asked what resolutions I was going to make for 2010. Honestly, I hadn’t even thought about it yet. Sure, it was New Year’s Eve, but I just wasn’t ready to resolve anything yet. I didn’t really give her an answer.
Now, it’s January 15. Whew. I guess I am off to a lateish start, eh?
Actually, I really am not. See, one of my resolutions (or goals, if you will) for this year is to focus. So, since the beginning of the year, I have been doing just that: focusing on the things that really matter. Resolutions? They fall pretty low on that list.
But, today I have a few minutes … so, away we go!
- Stay Focused on the Things That Matter – It’s so easy to get caught up on the little things. But, this year, I want to focus on the things that really matter: my family, my career, my friends, my life. Things that are less important just need to take a backseat.
- Practice Fewer Better – This one is a little abstract. It’s about focusing on quality instead of quantity. Sure, it’s nice to have more things, but it’s way nicer to have really nice things. This applies to my whole life — from shopping to freelance jobs. Instead of accumulating more fill-in-the-blank (food, clothes, freelance clients), I am going to focus on gathering just better ones. After all, what good is it to have a ton of whatever, if it’s all not quite what you are looking for.
- Get to a Healthy BMI/Weight – Last year, I vowed to lose 50 lbs and actually lost around 10 lbs. This year, I just want to get to a healthy weight … before I turn 30 in June. So far, so good.
- Make Exercise a Habit – In 2009, I barely exercised (until the end of the year). In 2010, I want to make exercise a priority … and a habit. So, I plan to exercise nearly daily. All. Year. Long. It will surely help with #3.
- Take a Cooking Class – Don’t ask me when or how I will make this one happen … but I will.
- Preserve, Can, Freeze and Store Enough Food for the Majority of Winter – This one is a ways away, but I want to have a stockpile of sauces, salsas, veggies and more to keep us in local deliciousness for those dreary, dreary winter months next year. This year, I put up just enough to last through mid-February or so.
- Have a Can-Do Attitude – I’ve always had a worst-case-scenario way about me. Maybe it’s overthinking or something, but I play out dozens of scenarios before anything can even happen. Not this year. I am officially shedding my worries and focusing on how I can just get ‘er done. (A little positivity goes a long way, right?)
- Clear the Clutter – You wouldn’t believe my attic. I don’t believe my attic. And you know what? I don’t want it to be that way. So, it’s time to clear out the things we just don’t need. (This relates somewhat back to #2.) Time to gather up the excess and say farewell.
- Publish a Cookbook – A few years back, I had a book deal. I finished the draft. Then the publisher ran into problems. A year later, I asked to be released from my contract and was. The cookbook I wrote back then was fine. It was the best first effort I could do. But it’s been a few years, and I can do better. So, some of those recipes are being repurposed into a small cookbook that I plan to self-publish this spring. It’s untitled right now, but will be a summer cookbook focused on cooking from the farmers’ market.
- Bake Bread Often – I used to bake bread a few times a month. Then I stopped. This year, I plan to start anew, and bake our own bread as often as possible. Anyone know a good recipes for cinnamon raisin bread?
- Try 10 New Foods – Whether it’s a type of veg I haven’t had or a whole new cuisine, I want to experience a lot of newness this year. Quinoa, here I come!
- Cook with Will Every Week
What are your 2010 goals?
About the Author (Author Profile)Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.
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