In the past, I haven’t typically been a resolution-er. Resolution has always been kind of a dirty word to me,  since they feel more than a little cliche and usually turn out to be just a generally good way to disappoint yourself. However, last year I was forced to put pen to paper and create a list of goals for myself at work and it turned out to be a super powerful exercise- I accomplished nearly every one of my very ambitious goals, and exceeded them by quite a bit. So now I’m a believer! Jerry and I even embarked on the same formal goal-setting process for 2015 and came up with some joint goals as a couple. To carve out a few personal goals just for myself I think this is a pretty good start:

  • Take more pictures! I’m usually more of an enjoy-the-moment gal than a photographically-document-the-moment gal, but I’d like to change that. At least a bit. For many reasons, but two of which are that I barely had enough pictures from 2014 to scrape together my annual photo desk calendar Christmas gift for Jerry, and also that now I have a blog (as you may have noticed) and I find pictures to be a pretty critical part of a food/lifestyle/whatever the heck kind of blog this is.
  • Carve out more time for blogging. I’d like to blog at least twice a week, and devote enough time to writing content and photography that I’m proud of what I put out there into the world, instead of just flinging stuff together late at night… not that I ever do that or anything.
  • Cook and eat at least one vegetarian dinner a week. I often eat meals that happen to be vegetarian, but I’ve read some articles on the benefits of being a “flexitarian” and I think it would be a fun and healthful experiment to try out on my carnivorous husband.
  • Read more! There was a time when I was a huge bookworm and plowed through several books a week, and I think I was likely a more intelligent and interesting person then. I’d like to read at least one book a month. I know, I know, dream big! But for me, this would actually be quite an improvement over my current habit, which entails reading while on planes, exclusively. In pursuit of this goal, I just downloaded and started reading Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please and I can’t stop ROFLing, for reals.

I’d like to round out the list to 5 items, but my brain can’t think of anything else right now because I’ve been out of town for the weekend and just got back and went on a colossal cleaning spree, Big Bang is on the tele in the background and my writing is constantly interrupted by hilarious jokes that I have to laugh at, and my husband is loudly sighing beside me waiting for me to be done with this so that we can start a new West Wing rerun already.

But I haven’t forgotten my second goal, I’ll be back tomorrow with a new recipe and maybe a life update. See ya on the flip side!

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