I'm really tempted to put together a New Years post. I was considering doing "a year in review" or a "top 10 recipes of 2009" kind of post. But, I've been more interested in thinking about the future. So much has changed in the past year that I feel like it's time to take a step back and assess the new trajectory.
Becoming more settled over the past year has made R and I eager to travel. We really enjoyed spending time in New York (and hope to go back).
This year we'd like to travel further and for a longer period of time.
This year, I hope to learn a lot about home remodelling -- ideally not "the hard way". I am not particularly skilled with handywork, but I'd like to learn how to do some things like tiling a backsplash or laying laminate flooring.
I'd like to grow a garden...Successfully.
I'd like to return to volunteering -- almost weekly I look at the flyers advertising volunteer positions. I keep waiting until I feel like I have things crossed off of my list. Realistically, the list is eternal - so it's time to just do it.
I'd like to host more dinners and get-togethers. Sure, it's bloody cold outside - but we can't stop living!
I'd like to simplify my life, spend more time in nature and focus on the positive. I've been told by a few too many people that I'm a pessimist. I don't fully agree, but I will admit to having greater ease with communicating criticism than compliment.
I don't intend on becoming a zen-master from here on out. But, I will commit to making a concerted effort to achieve these goals.