Although I do think that the beginning of the new year naturally lends itself to being a time when we evaluate our lives and see where there might be areas where we can possibly improve what we are doing. I know I certainly do this. I like to think about the past year and go through my mental checklist of all that I had hoped to achieve and see whether I have accomplished what I set out to. A couple of things about me before I go further: I am a goal-oriented person and I love to make lists. I am constantly making lists. In some ways I think that is why I don't ever feel compelled to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. I tend, yes, tend being the operative word here, to stay on track with my goals most of the time simply because I am constantly recording and evaluating what I have and have not crossed off of my various lists. Now, with all of that being said, back in January, for the first time in several years, I had thought that it might be a good idea to compile a list of what I'd like to accomplish for the year. Not just for the week or for the day and not just in my head, but for a whole year. Then one day while visiting some of my favorite blogs I found myself reading this post at Wendy's blog. I could have nearly written it myself. I fell in love with the idea of actually posting this on my blog - giving me a sense of accountability perhaps - and keeping an updated list on the sidebar. I was inspired...
So why am I bringing this up in the middle of April? Maybe you read my last post? Yeah, I sort of have a problem with procrastination. It is completely tied-in with my tendency towards perfectionism. I think I can honestly say that that tendency has greatly improved over the last ten years. I have made conscience efforts not to let certain ways of thinking stop me from accomplishing the things I'd like to accomplish. As I said in my last post, it is a work-in-progress and I think I will probably always have the tendency to think a certain way. But, I do also strongly believe that we have the gift of free will and if we are patient with ourselves and if we ask God for help I do believe that we can overcome our natural tendencies (or make improvements in those tendencies if they happen to steer closer to virtues rather than vices).
It took me a while to actually decide what it is I wanted to do in a larger context this year. I guess I kept putting off writing this list because really, my goals are all very simple. Although, I should disclose that some of my more lofty or abstract goals have been omitted from this list, simply because I am not quite ready to share everything here on the world wide web. Because of that it didn't seem like it was worth the time or effort to type it up and post it and share it with anyone. But I truly was inspired by Wendy's list and how some of her goals, while they might seem rather mundane and small to someone else, represent big steps forward for her in various areas of her life. And like her, I think that no matter how large or small the goals, I know that I will have fun doing these things and each one will bring me joy in its completion. So I finally wrote down all the ideas that have been swirling around in my head. Here's my list:
1. Make mayonnaise from scratch
2. Perfect poaching eggs
3. Learn how to make cannoli
4. Make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon
5. Roast a pig with crackling
6. Learn more about Japanese cooking
7. Learn how to make creamy egg sauce for donburi
8. Make gyoza from scratch
9. Learn how to make a more authentic tonkatsu
10. Make homemade udon
11. Make green tea ice cream
12. Make miso soup
13. Find a recipe for good tempura batter
14. Learn more about Indian cooking
15. Find a recipe I truly like for Chana Masala
16. Make homemade curry paste
17. Make Rogan Josh
18. Make chicken Korma
19. Make Tikka Masala
20. Make Aloo Gobhi
21. Roast a leg of lamb
22. Make corn fritters
23. Make Danish pastry dough and use it to make:
24. cheese pastries
25. sticky buns
26. Find a *good* recipe for traditional American-style cinnamon rolls
27. Make an apron
28. Make a quilt
29. Start running again
30. Run in a race
31. Make our Christmas 2009 album
32. Make at least one layout a week
33. Submit to Cards magazine
34. Make a fabric covered prayer book
35. Spend more time reading scripture
36. Read at least one book a month
37. Finish reading “The Catholic Homeschool Companion”
There they are, 37 goals for the next 37 weeks remaining in 2010. You'll notice that most of them are cooking related; more on that later. You'll also notice that again, most of them are very simple. I plan on adding them to my sidebar soon and I'll cross each one off as I complete them.
In fact, at least one of them I have already completed:
I cooked this beautiful, lovely roasted leg of lamb recipe
for our 5th anniversary dinner just last month.
Along the way I plan on sharing a little bit about how things are going. My successes and my failures. Maybe I'll even scrapbook a few of them...
I'm not sure I will actually finish everything on this list, but I am certainly going to try.