04 January 2012
2011, looking back & looking forward
Another year has come and gone. Unlike those anti-resolutionists out there, I love love love making new year's goals and lists and plans. I typically do a lot of that planning on my birthday, but I like the crisp break that a new calendar year brings. Right now, though, I feel like I'm just trying to keep my head above water. Just swimming along, taking it all one day at a time and whittling away at what needs to be done. It took me days just to write this recap, and so the thought of listing out a year's worth of new challenges and projects feels like the wrong move today. I came up with a few ongoing priorities that I want to continue to keep in mind, and that feels good enough to me. Now let's just take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
2011 was a better year for me than 2010. Last year I was featured in Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, cut my hair off and got a new job. I spoke at a conference in Atlanta, frolicked around Portland, spent a night in Old Montreal & ate my way through the NYC Wine and Food Festival. I also ran a few races- a 5K, 15K & something around a 10K. Our tiny kitchen came in second place in the rental category in a national Small, Cool Kitchens contest and a few months later I bought a huge, crazy blender to put it in. I saw some great live music. I read 22 books and approximately one million magazines. This summer, I spent many of my Saturdays helping out at a bakery and then napping outside in the park. Though I don't write about it here, a lot of great things happened professionally for me in 2011. Because yes, as I must remind people, I have a full-time job that doesn't involve baking quiches or photographing my dinners.
On a personal note, last September my family lost someone who we loved very much, my Nan. When I finally figure out how to adequately tell you about her and what she means to me, I will.
2011 was a year of food. I sewed, knit & crocheted less and cooked more, although I'm trying to find a better DIY balance this year. We joined a community-supported bakery and a community-supported agriculture program. I became a new contributor to two food-focused blogs, my dear From Scratch Club and the ShopRite Potluck blog. With the support of my FSC soul sistahs, I jumped into the world of food swapping, super small-batch canning, pickling, cheesemaking and kombucha-brewing. Chris volunteered at organic farms in Nova Scotia. I detoxed and experimented with eliminating certain foods in January and again in November, feeling really awesome after each and gaining a new understanding of which foods make me feel good and which ones make me feel... not good. With our deepening interest in food- where it comes from, what it does for us, how to prepare it- came a shift in the focus of this blog. I hope you've enjoyed taking the journey with me and learning along with us as we go. If there's anything you want me to try out so you can learn from my mistakes, just let me know. I'm here for you, peeps.
Last year I wanted to make our own bread, do more yoga, stop whining, floss more, be more patient and relaxed, cut out high fructose corn syrup, run faster, and simplify. I did pretty well at most of those. What are your goals for the year? Big or small, tell me about them. One of my goals is actually to figure out how to start a better two-way dialogue in this space, so I'm not just talking at you all the time :) Cheers to 2012! Later this week I'll share the top posts from last year as well as a few underdog favorites.