And the answer is that goals are a good thing. I don’t believe in making resolutions so much as having goals for yourself.  There should always be things you want to accomplish. Resolutions to me seem negative. I want to stop this or stop that or not be this or that. Goals seem much more positive. I made none last year and didn’t really accomplish much until year end which is not the best way to get through a year. So, I’m resolving to make some goals. Heh, see what I did there?

Seriously, now. While this a food blog, and will remain a food blog…I am also going to use this space note my goals for the upcoming year.  Some will be food related, some won’t. Bear with me…it is a once a year thing for the most part.

1. I want to continue to get healthier. My goal is to continue on Weight Watchers, continue to lose weight and exercise and take good care of myself and mostly eat delicious, healthy food….with forays into food porn.

2. In the kitchen, I want to continue to challenge myself and my goal is to try at LEAST one new, fun, scary hard to make dish per month. I am getting a stand mixer and I plan to use the hell out of it.

3. Move. Seriously. My landlord’s son called and just seeing his name gave me an anxiety attack. No way to live. It’s time. So, this is the year I want to make it happen.  By the way, the call was nothing bad…he was making sure I wanted the tenancy at will agreement and to apologize for not alerting me to the new neighbors.

4. Once this play is over and I’ve determined that I actually do like doing this, continue to audition for more things. Maybe take some classes.  We’ll see.

5. Read more

6. Not stress about making jewelery and do some of the other crafts I enjoy. Also, I am going to tackle my sewing machine and make it my slave.

7. Take the second  part of the baking class at Culinary School. And maybe another class or two

8, Did I mention move? Ok, I did…awesome. Once again…move.

9. Try and move ahead in my career..probably tough. Need to add it because it should be there but I realize it could be beyond my control.

10. Be more patient and maybe a little nicer. OK…I’ll try anyway.

11. Try and keep my closet neater on a more regular basis.

12. See more of my friends.

13. Not be so hard on myself.

14. MOVE

15. Clean up my finances…again. I did it once. I didn’t learn my lesson. I have now learned it and I can do it again.  This is going to be tough with the moving thing because I am going to have to make magic happen. But the Cohen women are known for this kind of magic.

15 things are good and probably too much…but the invisible #16 is that if these things don’t all happen, to realize I am human and fallible and that is ok. There’s always 2013.  I am going to have prioritize some of these. MOVING is pretty essential to me not being in a constant state of anxiety so that’s a priority, which means I have the face the thing that freaks me out the most and that’s money.

So, there you have it…my running list for 2012.  The hope for myself and mine is a much better year than 2011 was. And I hope for you all, the same. A healthy, prosperous, peaceful 2012!