This past year just flew by, and I’m already having a hard time writing 2014 on things. (You know how you write down the date on checks and bank deposits? I’m the girl who struggles with that simple task until about March, if I’m really with it…)
2013 was a lovely year, and we rang in 2014 quietly, as I completed a half marathon earlier in the day and was a bit tired. We hung out with my mom and some of our good friends, ate takeout from our favorite TexMex place and watched football. The perfect kind of evening, if you ask me, and we were in bed early.
Then the next day, we opened up our home to friends and family, serving Winston’s famous gumbo along with other New Year’s Day sides. It was a blast, and when the day was done, we’d mowed down nearly three-fourths of the giant pot of gumbo and ended up with the same amount of beer that we started the day with, thanks to people bringing their favorites and leaving them with us.
So our 2014 started off with a bang, and I’ve been taking it easy for the last day in an attempt to catch my breath after the whirlwind of holidays, travel and hosting duties.
And now I’m back to kick off the new year right, wanting to share some of my yearly goals with y’all for accountability purposes. My goals this year will include food and other aspirations for 2014, and while some are repeats, I’m honing in on them because I think they’re important.
Here we go…
1. Focus on eating right. I have some lofty running goals I would love to accomplish in 2014. To be able to complete these, I need to be fueling myself properly with whole foods. While my diet is pretty clean, I want to focus on adding more vegetables and fruits to my daily routine. Now, that’s not saying I won’t enjoy a sweet treat here or there — I mean, I do have this food blog, and I will be sharing all kinds of recipes with y’all throughout these coming months — but, like last year, I want to focus on eating more whole foods and less processed ones.
2. Explore my city and try new things. All kinds of new things: new recipes, new workouts, new restaurants, new events that are happening around town. We live in a wonderful place that has so much to offer and so much going on at all times, and I want to take advantage of this in 2014.
3. Read more. Last year, I challenged myself to read 24 books. I failed, topping out at 16. (This was due mostly to two months where I didn’t pick up a book at all. In hindsight, I can admit that was a bad move.) This year, I’m vowing to read at least 24, and I will make it happen this time around.
4. Try 24 new recipes from the various cookbooks, magazines and blogs… and write about them here. This is a recycled resolution, y’all, but it’s a good one. I make recipes from cookbooks and magazines all the time, but I never share the dishes themselves or what I thought of them, so this year, I’m challenging myself to continue cooking from these sources… but to also take some photos of the final products and make notes so I can share with y’all what I thought.
5. Be present. Enjoy the moments I am in. Cherish the time I spend with friends and family members. And don’t be distracted from living in the moment because I’m too busy documenting them. Step back and take the time to appreciate things as they happen.
… And that’s what I got.
What are your goals for 2014?