Yeah, from the looks of our schedule, I can already tell this year is going to fly by.
Kidding, but if 2018 went this quickly, I can only imagine 2019 is going to seem like a blur.
The year two-thousand-and-eighteen was a pretty banner year for me. I moved into an awesome apartment, I continued to grow both personally and professionally, and I made a few new friends along the way.
That said, I didn’t do so hot on my 2018 resolutions. Here’s a quick recap.
- Get back in the pool – I did start to do this, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a few laps. I was pretty strict about going at least twice a week and sometimes it was even three, but life got in the way. While this isn’t an official 2019 goal, it is something I want to try to get back to.
- Read more books – Yeah, didn’t do that.
- Break out my violin – I performed publically for the first time in YEARS in 2018, so I’m calling this kind of a win, although I would like to see if I can commit to at least one night a week of practice.
Now, for 2019, I want to build off of some of the good habits and skills I started to pick up throughout 2018.
In 2019, I resolve to…
Takeout less, cook more
When I moved out, I knew I would have to start fending for myself, no matter how many times I asked the boss lady if she wanted to do wings. Speaking off…
I was lucky enough that Sara had the forethought and bought me a TON of cooking utensils for an apartment-warming gift that has come in handy over the last eight months.
Every time I needed something, she had already thought of it, and it was in my drawer.
Couple that with acquiring all sorts of other cooking tools like pots, pans, etc. from my family, I was set.
I also got a new Misen chef’s knife for Christmas so I’m going to be cutting everything I can and working on my knife skills.
I’ve gotten *okay* at a few simple recipes. If you’re looking for a decent pork chop, I can hook you up. I’ve also tried my hand at braising pork, making one-pot meals, and other starter recipes to a decent amount of success.
This year, I want to try to step up my cooking game and challenge myself with at least one new recipe a week.
Watch out for the “Cooking with an Intern” cookbook coming in 2019.
Step up my photography skills
A few months ago I ponied up the money to get a “good camera”. While it’s nothing crazy high-end, it has, I believed, improved a lot of what I do.
I love it, but I’m a novice at best. Every time I break it out, I seem to learn something new, mostly by accident, but it’s fun.
For 2019, I want to continue to improve my skills.
Whether that means being more serious about what I’m actually doing with the camera or taking a formal class, I want to get better.
As the Boss Lady can tell you, I sometimes fall into tendencies that I struggle to break away from until it’s pointed out to me, and even then some might persist.
I want to challenge myself to think differently about certain aspects of my job and personal life.
With our big changes coming in 2019 I want to challenge myself in three specific areas
- Writing – This might be my worse offense. I tend to make simple mistakes, repeat words over and over, and fall into the same writing patterns. This year, I want to take a hard look at not only what I’m writing and how I’m writing as well.
- Organization – I have improved in this area in the past year. Shoutout to apps like Slack and Trello for helping out with that. But, I still get lost in emails at times and need to get better about this. Plus, I need to find a better way to line up my to-do list. Maybe it’s time to add Todoist to my list of “apps I live by.”
- Keep it fresh – Getting complacent is not something I want to do. I think just having this mindset going into 2019 with everything we have planned is going to help keep things from getting stale.
While 2018 has been a year of growth for me, I’m excited to get moving on to 2019.