We spend most of the year telling ourselves, and rightly so, that despite our so-called weaknesses, we are strong, confident individuals. And yet every 1 Jan, echoed from the crowded streets of New York City down to the deepest darkest corner of the world, are vows to change everything about ourselves.
Somehow, on this one very special day of the year, we focus on our flaws more so than our strengths. And why in the world would you want to start a new year like that?
This year, I am vowing to improve upon my strengths. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a hard year with Aidan’s terrible two-isms, or maybe it’s because I need a bit of extra inspiration as a stay-at-home mother who occasionally finds herself reminiscing about her career-bound self, but this year I feel like I need a to-do list. Something to remind me that in this intense, child-bound world that so many of us find ourselves in, I haven’t changed all that much. And despite only having about 10 percent of the day to myself, I shall own that time like no other. For the simple reason that I can.
This blog has been a wonderful outlet for me to reclaim time. I launched it in mid November, and I’ve loved every moment of it. I feel reinvigorated as a writer and more inspired as a home-maker and mother.
So this year, I’ve decided that blog resolutions are in order. These resolutions are simply a call to challenge myself. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good challenge. I’ve lost many a friend to monopoly. So I can totally do this.
Top blog resolutions, in no specific order:
- Redesign my Japanese lantern decorations, originally made as table decorations for my wedding but now used as home-decor on my television stand and also on my dining table (see main picture above).These babies took 9 months to make — 16 in total — hand-cut and crafted using balsa wood and Japanese shoji paper. I love that I can still use these, as can many a folk who managed to snag them at our wedding. But they are soft and flimsy, and Aidan has nearly destroyed them on too many occasions. This year I want to redesign them using real wood, with the idea that they can be used as sturdy lantern lighting. Great way to cover up those cheap Ikea lamps? Hmmm. Food for thought.
- Refine my pork lettuce wrap recipe.This Thai-based dish is a favourite in my house, made with ginger, fish sauce, brown sugar and loads of other amazing things. The best part is that it’s free of heavy carbs, as you use lettuce leaves as wraps. I’ve been tweaking this recipe for months. I need to finish it and share it.
- Plan Aidan’s 3rd birthday theme A Day on the Farm. Aidan is crazy about tractors and farms. This year, I have a long list of things I want to make for his party, including a tractor cake like this…
- Add a Facebook page and a Twitter page to my blog. A little more publicity can’t hurt, right?
- Master meat. Seriously. I’m bad at grilling steaks and all things beef. Not sure why. But I need to make this right. Need to do some reading on this.
- Master pie crust. Same as above.
- Refinish this awful Ikea cabinet in my home office that is just screaming for a makeover.Great to have for storage, but not so great when you spend hours stencilling the wall behind it. Talk about an eye-sore.
- Do more crafts with Aidan. He’s becoming more curious by the day, and I have a feeling this year will be a great year for our creations.
- Consider setting up a stencilling course for the Basel-land area? Hmmm.
- Work on my cake-decorating skills. I’m no professional, but I love decorating cakes. This one I made last year for Easter with my nieces and nephews in Ireland. I still remember how happy they were when they got to decorate their own eggs.
And that, for now, is all folks. Let’s see how many of these I can get through before this time next year.
Now, I’m going to rest. It’s been a long, wintery day here in Basel. Stephen and I are ringing in the New Year on our couch with a quiet glass of champagne and a good movie. And I’ve promised to keep the laptop closed the whole night. Exciting times, right? But my goodness, are they times I love.
Happy New Year all. May your coming year be challenging, rewarding, inspiring, and above all, simply happy.