It's 2011 now. How did that happen?! I turned around and the year was over. 2010 was a solid year. But 2011 has arrived and I still have yet to write a post about our holiday travels and New Year's Eve festivities, will I? Eh, probably. Mostly because the abundance of adorable nephew photos and family togetherness needs to be shared. I'll get there.
Instead over the last delightful days of vacation, I've been pondering what I want for 2011. That whole Reverb 10 project promised lots of manifesting for 2011, but it was much more focused on thinking about the year past. So I've decided. No resolutions. These aren't the tedious and easily dropped: save money, lose weight, learn French. I've got just three simple goals, all aimed at bringing more pleasure and creativity to my 2011.
Goal #1 - I want to read 52 books in 2011. I read 46 last year. But I want to make sure I'm reading a book a week in 2011. We've dropped our fancy cable, and have dialed back to just the basic, including ditching my beloved DVR, in part to save money and finish off some credit card debt, and in part to help Joe and I both focus on our other interests. We still will watch TV, we will still collapse onto the couch and delight in several back to back episodes of 24 or Dexter or some other fantastic Netflix instant watch show. But we both plan to cut back on the TV watching. This should free up some reading time, and I will probably pass that 52 mark, but that's my goal. And I'm planning to write a quick 3rd grade inspired book report on each one.
Goal #2 - The other 52 that I hope to reach this year, is cooking 52 new recipes. That sounds daunting to me today. But in an effort to become a more versatile and skilled cook, I need to cook more. And I really like cooking, but I get lazy. I also want to eat a bit healthier and eating at home, even if I use my beloved butter, is still healthier than eating out. So I'm cooking a new recipe at least once a week. I'm not a real chef or particularly adventurous cook, so we'll see what happens. And these 52 recipes are going to be heavier on the main course and side dish end rather than desserts. I love baking and dessert, but I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I also want to master some basics like fried chicken, biscuits, roasted potatoes, roasted chicken, brisket, homemade spaghetti sauce, gnocchi and a few others. Not everything will be straight out of a Weight Watchers cookbook, but I do want to explore some veggies I've never cooked with before. Like eggplant, they are richly colored, shiny, lushly curvy and yet I have no idea what the hell to do with one. So I might give the aubergine a go.
Goal #3 - I don't want to tie myself down to learning to knit or painting or anything specific, but I want to make 52 things this year. Not just writing, or jewelry or photography, but things that I'll have to struggle to try and learn. Maybe a little sewing, a little drawing, a little painting. I haven't decided what these things might be yet, I'm browsing but I think learning calligraphy is high on the list. Mostly I want to make more beauty in my life. So I'm going to.
What do you want to do in 2011 to bring more pleasure to your life?