How did I grow last year? And what can I do to maintain my stability and contented state in 2012?
What happened in 2011?
-o- I earned my Master’s degree in English from George Washington University and loved it (and lived through it…)
-o- Brian and I traveled across the United States with two tents, a minivan, and not much else. We hit over half of the states and visited several cities and national parks. Stay tuned for my trip journal’s appearance on this blog.
-o- I moved out of Washington D.C. (barely) to Silver Spring, Maryland and am settling in to a new neighborhood.
-o- I secured a full-time editorial position in the media industry.
What do I want to happen in 2012?
It took almost two weeks of the year to solidify my resolutions, but finally, here they are:
-o- I will be a more consistent blogger. -o-
I want to continue my weekly “A funny thing happened…” post and begin another serial type of post, though I haven’t decided on what yet (probably food!) I like Life of Roya’s “Mid-Week Music” postings (see this week’s on Stars here) and may adapt that idea for my purposes.
I expect to launch this new serial type of post on February 1, 2012.
-o- I will make soup stock. -o-
I will start with vegetable and hopefully graduate to lobster. I want to make soup from scratch for several reasons. Among them are: it’s a solid and variable way to add more vegetables to my (and Brian’s) heavy-on-the-bread-and-cheese diet; soup freezes well and therefore can be made in advance and eaten over several weeks or months; making soup from the very beginning, stock and all, will make me feel accomplished!
I have purchased a stockpot and Brian’s mother found me a Dutch oven, so I am good to go!
-o- I will learn to cook different cuts of meat well. -o-
I was raised as a vegetarian, and though I certainly know well and understand the arguments for that type of lifestyle, as I learn more about cooking and food I feel as though whether or not I eat what I cook, I’d like to be able to do it. I will learn to make a tasty and not overcooked steak, a pork chop, and a meatball made from a combination of pork and beef.
-o- I will dress better. -o-
I go back and forth on whether this is a worthy resolution. I do know deep down that I’m not defined by how I dress, but I still have been scratching a recently developed itch for a new, work-worthy wardrobe. Stay tuned for a post on my burgeoning collection.
-o- I will develop and maintain an exercise schedule. -o-
I’ve always been an on-and-off exerciser. I’ll get into phases where going to the gym is paramount: I will go every day and sometimes twice a day. Then something will happen that throws me off for a few days, and the drive is gone.
This year I want to consciously combat this tendency of mine, and the simplest way seems to be to form a strict schedule and keep up with it.
-o- I will make time for reading. -o-
I have always been a reader. “Reading” is one of the first “likes” people who know me would volunteer, if asked. But while getting my Master’s degree I (understandably) stopped reading books for pleasure. This needs to change. I will substitute reading in bed for watching more “30 Rock” at least twice a week.
I asked for The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt for Christmas. I’m about a third of the way into it (it’s long!) and am completely enamored.
I couldn’t have picked a better starting novel!
-o- I will love my man, my family and my friends better every day. -o-
Thanks to Ashley of Lifevesting for this post idea! Check out her Year in Review.