I like goal setting. It appeals to my organized, list-obsessed side. This is the same side that makes me anxious if I go to the grocery store without a list and a pen so I can cross off items as I find them. I’ve absolutely used lipstick before because I found myself in an alternate universe in which I didn’t have 348 pens on my person.
As much as I love resolutions, however, I never actually completed one until I started this blog. This has led me to certain revelations about my goal-setting-success. For me, success is based on 3 things: tangible objectives, accountability, and reflection. Reflection happened yesterday. Accountability is where you come in. Tangible objectives mean that for me, my goals need to be specific.
Something vague like “eat less carbs” will last about 8 minutes, or long enough for me to cook a box of pasta to al dente. Rather, a goal worded “only make one pasta recipe per week” is specific enough for me to actually follow. No wiggle room there, which is key.
I’m not doing that, by the way. Pasta shouldn’t be moderated. Pasta should be celebrated.
Which leads me to my point, sort of.
In 2013 I will…
Save Money. I’m sure this makes me a giant cliche, but alas I need to say it. I don’t live a lavish lifestyle but I’m the worst at nickle-and-diming my paychecks away. I’d love to be able to take a big trip sometime, or have a cushion for some future rainy day, and to do that I need to cut back the $100 socks I seem to buy every time I go to Target. So, I’m setting up a bank account that is essentially untouchable. I’m putting a set amount in it every month so that by the end of the year, I’ll have a lump sum that I can then do with what I please. If my 2014 resolutions are to travel, 2013 needs to be to save.
Make the perfect, classic cheese pizza. I want a crust that is crunchy and chewy, a sauce that is fresh, sweet and herbaceous, and the perfect cheese-crust-sauce ratio. This will take lots of experimentation and recipe testing, which will be difficult to handle I’m sure. By the end of this year, I want to be able to say, without a doubt, that I can not only make pizza, but that it’s the fool-proof, to die for, close your eyes delicious, perfect pie.
Send snail mail. I love mail. It’s a sure-fire way to make someone feel really special and let them know that you’re thinking of them. I’m not great at staying in touch with friends, and sending little treats through the mail is how I’m going to fix this. Once a month I’ll send a little something accompanied by a hand-written card to those near and dear to me.
Write more. So this is a repeat of last year but I needed a re-do. I really love to do this. Writing makes me feel creative, relaxed, and is a lot of fun. That said, I want to give this space the attention it deserves. Here’s my plan: I’ll post at least two new recipes a week, one new Detour a month (which means I need to explore more, darn!), and one new column. Maybe it’ll be about my adventures making the Perfect Pizza. I’ve been brainstorming ideas, but if there’s something you’d like to see, by all means I’m all ears.
Continue to value my health. This is also a continuation of last year, but it’s become something that is extremely important to me and I don’t want to fall back into bad habits. While it is about that arbitrary number on my scale a little bit, and I do have one in mind, it’s more about feeling great in my body and my mind. I’m going to have to get creative, as I don’t have the access to a gym that I had last year, but I’m going to figure it out. More movement, more fresh, healthy food, and more time dedicated to the things that make me better.
It’s going to be a busy year full of new skills, adventures, and lots and lots of food. I can’t wait to get started, and as always, thank you so much for taking the time to read what I have to say. You all deserve a letter in the mail!