A brand new year.
That kind of snuck up on me. There were so many more things I wanted to do and accomplish in 2012. Why do days, weeks, and months pass by so quickly? I always feel like I’m catching up.
In an effort to take charge of my time and to turn my ideas into actual projects, I’ve made a list of goals for 2013. I have made New Year’s resolutions before, but I never wrote them down nor taken them seriously. But this time, I will! So here we go.
1. Be more flexible
My obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (not to be confused with OCD) leads me to be very perfectionistic. Honestly, I like my perfectionism but it makes me very inefficient, which is why I always feel time flies at turbospeed. I also experience an uncomfortable amount of stress when situations or people don’t follow my (unwritten and only-known-to-me) rules. I will do my very best to be more flexible in all aspects of life, so I can be more productive and happier.
2. Be more aware
I want to appreciate and enjoy daily experiences to the fullest. So I will try to be more aware of: how things taste; how I relate to my husband, my family and my friends; how life in a foreign country and culture teaches me things about myself and the world; how creating makes me feel satisfaction; how dancing makes me feel alive.
3. Blog every week
I love blogs; I love having my own blog to record my adventures. It’s great to go through old blog posts and go down a very well-illustrated memory lane. I will get back to regular blogging. Every week, I will blog about something current and I will blog a flashback post. I have yet to share a lot of fun memories.
4. Dance in the Carnaval Grand Parade
Last year, I joined SambaFunk a few weeks before Carnaval is celebrated in San Francisco. I passed down the opportunity to dance with them in the Grand Parade, because it scared me a little. Instead, I cheered them on from the sidelines and completely regretted not dancing down the streets with them. This year I will not make the same mistake!
5. Publish a pattern book
I recently purchased a Wacom Tablet to make digital drawing easier. This year, I’m going to use it to create more patterns, and when I have enough I will publish a pattern book.
This is not an easy list for me, but that’s the whole point, right? I challenge myself to achieve these goals; they are important to me and well worth the effort.
Yasu’s challenge for today was to cook one of his favorite Japanese winter dishes: oden. He succeeded fabulously, and I’m sure his wife will request him to cook this again in the near future.