gazing inward

Every year I make resolutions—some concrete, some vague—but I’m not particularly committed to the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Or rather, I don’t beat myself up too much if I forget about them. I think that’s healthy, but I’m also thinking that this year I’d like to hold myself to them a bit more. For instance, every year I think about how I wish I blogged more. And while “more” is quantifiable, there’s no way to be systematic if that’s my resolution, and if there’s anything I am or like to be it’s systematic. So until it warrants a revisit, I’m going to try to blog at least weekly in 2014. Will I have FOs to show every week? Of course not. Which means I’ll hopefully learn to give up my grip on WIPs and start posting them, too, plus some pictures of my life as it unfolds.

With that in mind, I am going to have to recommit to documenting! My camera is heavy but that’s just not a good enough excuse. I’ve joined up with some friends at a daily photoblog, FewandFar, where we will be posting daily photos. I hope this will keep me inspired and dedicated—all the changes to Flickr have definitely not been encouraging me to keep up with it.

I’ve also felt a little lackluster in the cooking department. Despite reworking our kitchen so that it’s incredibly useful (a 6-foot workspace!), I have been so very lazy. With that in mind, I’m thinking of making my way through some of the cookbooks that do nothing but take up real estate in my small Brooklyn apartment. It’s time they earned their keep! Books that will hopefully make many appearances include Essential Pepin, The Essential Madhur Jaffrey, and a new one I bought for us for Christmas: Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee. (FYI those are affiliate links.) New recipes will hopefully be added to our regular rotation, and we’ll stop ordering delivery so many nights a week!

So stay tuned as I craft, eat, and photograph my 2014!

6 Responses to resolutions

  1. Jocelyn says:


    I’m not one for resolutions, but this year I absolutely feel the pull. I”m still working out what they’re going to be, but one of the items I’ve already written down is to use my cookbooks more.

    Let’s do this, 2014!

  2. anne says:

    I’m not usually one for resolutions at all, either, but this year I’ve been thinking about them a lot and I’m actually really going to TRY to work on mine.

  3. AngelaH says:

    I totally agree about goals: I make them, but I don’t beat myself up if my priorities change. As a blogger, one of my resolutions is to be more responsive to comments and also to leave more comments. As a maker, my goals are more specific, but still vague enough not to trap me.

    Happy New Year to you! I look forward to seeing your WIPs :)

  4. miko says:

    I feel like those are very achievable resolutions and I am looking forward to seeing/experiencing the results of you keeping up with them. If you need someone to eat all those dinners from your cookbooks… ;-)

    I didn’t set any concrete resolutions this year but I must admit when I read yours I was inspired to review mine to see if I could make them more quantifiable.

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