I love New Years almost as much as I love Christmas, and that's saying a lot, because I really love Christmas. The beginning of a new year always feels so fresh, it's the perfect time to sit down and write out some goals for the coming months (this may or may not just be an excuse to buy a new notebook). I also usually use this time to reflect on things that happened in the past year.
Instead of a 2012 recipe roundup I thought I'd do a more personal post than I normally do and share what happened this year and what I'm looking forward to in 2013. So here it is: The Good, The Bad, and The Goals.
There were so many good things about 2012 that it's hard to narrow everything down into one list. These were highlights that stand out in my mind:
1. Started writing and doing photography for my column Icing On The Cake in The Globe and Mail.
2. Finally upgraded from a point and shoot to an SLR camera
4. My sister came from Montreal and stayed for most of the summer before moving to New York for med school. It was nice to see her almost everyday.
5. Saw my entire extended family at my Grandmother's 80th birthday party.
6. Finally moved into a place that I plan on staying in for more than just a year (knock on wood, fingers crossed, I swear I list that in every New Years goal and then end up moving).
9.Made some short but fun one day trips to Vancouver with my dad for business. Hello delicious west coast food!
11. Spent Christmas at my brother and fiance's house. It was the first time that we have had Christmas somewhere other than my parent's house. Pretty brave to be the first sibling to host the holidays.
I'm an optimistic person so I really feel that overall this year was awesome despite these bad moments:
1. Waterpipes above my apartment burst flooding it and rendering it uninhabitable. This made me thankful I had insurance and a good lawyer to deal with the legal parts of getting me out of my lease. (See? Always moving!) Also thankful that my parents were generous enough to have me and my soaking wet stuff come and stay with them.
2. Broke my collarbone, cracked a couple ribs, and sprained my sternum in a golf cart accident. This was not just painful, but super inconvenient because I couldn't do anything for myself for almost a month. Luckily my family and friends helped out the entire time.
3.My laptop finally bit the dust, bringing a lot of a photos and all of my music with it.
4. Phone died a dramatic death and also brought my music and photos along with it. Lesson learned: BACK UP MUSIC AND PHOTOS. That was an annoying one to learn twice.
5. Started sanding the cabinets in the kitchen but was side tracked by other renos and work and somehow the kitchen just never got dealt with. It's sort of half sanded with no doors on anything. My motivation to fix this issue is.. low. Extremely low.
Whenever I make a goal I usually also make an action plan to go with it. I find it helps outline the steps and sets a timeline. I won't bore you with month by month action plans (they get their own notebook) but here are some general goals I have for the year
1. Visit Hong Kong. I went when I was 13 and I can't wait to get back there and eat all of the dim sum my stomach can hold.
2. Make the cake and/or cupcakes for my brother's wedding.
3. Learn to cook Chinese food. I've already started on this one and have acquired some awesome books (best part of learning something new!) but I definitely need to keep working on it.
4. Meet other Canadian food bloggers at the Food Bloggers of Canada conference this year.
4. Revamp my recipe organization system for the recipes that I'm developing and the ones I have completed.
5. Continue to post recipes weekly on the blog and keep developing recipes for the G&M.
6. Improve my photography. Dare I say 'take the camera off of automatic mode'?
7. Complete Cheesepalooza and design my own custom cheese.
8. Take the time to create some pretty painted cakes or cupcakes. I love making them but almost never make time for it.
There are lot more goals on the list but I can summarize almost all of them under "Time Management"
Looking forward to a new year filled with baking, baking, photographing, and more baking!