It’s that time of year again! I have been noticing on my Google Reader that other bloggers have started posting their 2010 goals. This has gotten me thinking and I am going to start a list of my own. Rather than making the single sweeping resolution such as lose weight or work out more, I am going to make a list of 10 fun goals I hope to achieve. I have also seen a number of lists on the blog-o-sphere on things to finish before turning 30…that’s coming up in 2 months so I better get going!
M’s 2010 Goals:
1. Start letterpress printing! This involves getting my new poco press cleaned up and ready to go. I need to make a trip out to Chicopee, MA to a warehouse called Letterpress Things to stock up on tools, inks, and cleaners. I also need to buy a base and determine what software I need on my computer to start designing plates.
2. Try yoga again. I tried this a few years ago at my gym in CT, but I didn’t really enjoy it very much. If I can find the time to work-out, I have the notion that I really need to work up a good sweat in order for it to be worth it. But at this point in my life, yoga may be what I am looking for as I’m just looking to gain strength and be more relaxed in general. I have started looking around and there appears to be a number of yoga studios in the Boston area which have good beginner packages.
3. Cook more meals and do more prep on the weekend. The past month, I’ve often resorted to take-out or going out to eat after work because I’ve had no motivation to cook after work. After watching Julie & Julia, reading “The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry,” and receiving a few new cookbooks for Christmas, I am definitely inspired to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
4. Organize my kitchen. Living in a small space in the city, it’s important to utilize every possible square inch. I saw a post on Apartment Therapy that got me thinking about the space above my kitchen cupboards. In the post, a woman had used large containers for extra storage. I looked at a few websites for similar containers, but then I thought a better look might be wooden wine crates. I have two right now, but I am going to look for 3 or 4 more to use as storage. I am going to store things like my wedding china, roasting pans, ice buckets, and other kitchen items that I do not use on a daily basis. In addition, I need to get small hooks to put up additional shelving in my cupboards. They came with extra pieces of wood that are cut to the exact proportion of the cupboards, but I just realized it a few months ago (the extra pieces of wood lay flat on the bottom of the cupboard and I never realized that they popped out.)
5. Read more books off the NY Times Best Seller list. I love to log onto the Boston Public Library website and put books on hold. It’s such a great way to save money and you don’t have to worry about storing yet another book on a bookshelf afterward.
6. Spend less money on clothes. My office building is located in the heart of Boston’s retail shopping district so this is a difficult thing to avoid during lunch hour. New lunch mantra: Must go to yoga class instead!
7. Take more classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education. I am currently thinking about taking a digital photography class and an Adobe design class.
8. Buy a headboard for our master bedroom. I had purchased one a couple of years ago, but it was too large to fit up our condo’s stairs. I need to look into having a custom-one made or finding a smaller one that will fit.
9. Finish painting our master bathroom or hire someone to finish it. It’s about 95% done, but the last 5% is the most difficult (reaching really high in awkward corners to clean up the paint marks on the ceiling).
10. Post on a regular basis to this new blog! I’ve wanted to start a blog for years, but I wasn’t sure if I could generate enough content on my own to make it worth it. Joining forces with sister K, this goal seems much easier to achieve.
What are your goals/resolutions for the new year? Share your top 10 in the comments section!