Friday, January 21, 2011

New Goals for the New Year: 2011




I recently went back over my goals for 2010 and wanted to give myself a little bit of time to come up with some goals for 2011.  I prefer goals over resolutions, as they give me some direction and focus without being so dramatic.  It's no big deal if I sway in another direction halfway through the year, or if I focus on one more than any other.  The New Year coincides with my birthday, and so it really is the perfect time for me to plot out a little structure and direction.


1. Do things that terrify, embarrass, startle, and otherwise freak me out.  I can be both terribly shy and terribly calculated at times, and it doesn't really seem to do me any favors.  I'd like to get past this and be able to feel more free in my actions.  I told my entire yoga class on Wednesday night that I call myself "baby girl" in my head when I'm running as to be nicer to myself (rather than cussing myself out).  I then turned bright red and promptly shoved my water bottle in my face after I blurted it out.  It was tiny and silly, but kind of awesome.  I need more of that in my life.

2. Learn more about the joys of yeast and fermentation.  The end of 2010 had me falling in love with kimchee, falling off the kombucha homebrewing wagon, getting tired of store bought yogurt, acquiring a stand mixer with a bread hook attachment, and becoming fascinated with yeast as carbonation.  I'd also love to try my hand at making vinegar and working with sourdough, and I really think it might be time to dust off our homebrew kit and get down to making beer.

3. Go places, take classes, and make things.  Now that I'm equipped with a tiny car, a bright pink fishing pole, and a membership with the Puget Sound Mycological Society- I am unstoppable!  Well, getting there.  I've also signed up to take a gyotaku class next month in Portland, I just started a 6 week ashtanga yoga series, I'm starting swim lessons in March, and I'm really excited about the classes offered at ASUW Experimental College.  Non-stop!




4. Run a full marathon and start training for a triathlon.  I ran my first half marathon in November, and my second one is coming up in March.  I've really fallen in love with running, and the fact that running a full marathon sounds insane and impossible just makes me want to do it more.  The tri training will be dependent on how well my swim lessons go!

5. Go somewhere I've never been before.  This is a bit like #3, and I'm kind of sort of cheating on this one- as I already know that I'll be spending Thanksgiving in Mexico this year (hi Mom!), but ideally I'd like to make this a semi-regular thing.  I like the idea of trying restaurants in towns I've never been to.  Adventures in the name of food!




Have you made any goals or resolutions for 2011?

5 comments:

Patrice said...

Ashtanga yoga is radical! It's hot and sweaty and hard. You're my hero :)

Brittany said...

You're taking a swim class! I am so proud of you!

Renai said...

You guys! I love you! Thank you!

kirstyb said...

great resolutions x

Carissa said...

My sister tried to toilet train her cat!!! It didn't work for her, but good luck to you! Would love to see pics. :) Your goals all sound awesome, and I'm sure you will learn so much.
As far as my goals for the year -- I also tend to be kind of shy and quiet. So I decided to say yes to opportunities for community involvement. I'm probably going to regret this soon, as I am now on my local Farmer's Market board, joined a Tree Care Team to care for fruit trees in the community, just advertised all over Portland and am about to start a Community Action Book Club, and am taking a class for beginning farmers! I'm also planning a day of skill share workshops for my Americorps team; I'll be teaching sourdough, crochet and homemade natural body products. All new in January 2011. And yes, I still have to go to work...

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