Overhaul my office area Restyle my closet to fit my new fashion needs
I have started buying only "sensible shoes," and more clothes with appropriate fabrics, lengths, etc. I occasionally stop into H&M and Forever 21, but I try to stock up on more quality products—like my jeans and my shoes, so that I can pick up endless tops at Target, since they don't last as long. Lots of lessons learned.
Sew and tailor all of my old clothes that need mending
I didn't get to all of them, but I have mended a lot.
Pimp out our balcony
- Donate our old towels to the MSPCA
- Go sledding
Try a juice fast Cook one new food or recipe every month
We ended up participating in a farm share starting in June, and J bought a new propane grill. Between those two things, we were learning more about food this year than any year before. I ended up learning ways to cook millet, quinoa, beets, turnips, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, butternut squash, and way more other foods that I never thought I'd be able to make by myself, much less enjoy in the first place (I was skeptical about brussels sprouts, but they are my new favorite food. Especially when they're buffalo flavored). I know that's only 8 foods that I've listed, but at least 12 different recipes came out of them—so I think it counts.
Participate in group meditationI went to the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and it was incredibly relaxing and freeing. One of the founders, Sharon Salzberg, has written two books that I highly recommend: Real Happiness—The Power of Meditation—A 28 Day Program, and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Run a 5K
This goal was originally to ride my bike more than 50 miles (in one ride). I stopped doing long rides long ago, and this didn't even become a possibility. However, I did start running, and I finished my first 5K in December!
Visit a new country
We visited Italy and Croatia in August. It made me want to travel even more!
Take more photosI was more earnest about participating in Project 364, to take a picture every day of the year. I was wildly unsuccessful in taking a picture every day, but it definitely led to more photos, and more importantly, better photos—especially in Europe. Go back to school
I took Graphic Design I at MassArt in the spring, and Graphic Design II in the summer.
Complete at least three apartment projectsThe following improvements have made our apartment much better:
- Hanging glass racks in our kitchen to hold our wine glasses, in addition to buying an Ikea kitchen shelf to get some of our bigger kitchen appliances out of the kitchen.
- Hanging grundtal rails in the office—rails allow me to hang art supplies at an arms reach, and I also hung up a hanging file so that I could keep my Groupons at hand.
- Patching up a hole in the wall. Yeah, sure I put the hole in the wall myself, but now I know I have the necessary skills to fix that sort of damage!
Find a new job
I had a contracting position in July-September at MIT, and it was part of a thrilling and prestigious grant proposal. I am excited to add it to my resume.
- Adopt a greyhound
Feh. This one is happening. D-day (dog day) is January 26th. I missed this one by a few weeks.
Swim in the ocean
Not only did I swim in the ocean, but I went swimming in the Adriatic Sea! The water was so beautiful—crystal clear and the perfect temperature.
Discover new music once a week
Not once a week, but frequently. I posted a video a week for a while, and that helped me try to reach this goal.
Start knitting again
I made an honest effort starting with a small afghan.
- Learn to embroider
- Redesign my online portfolio
Change my name
I legally changed my name shortly after my birthday, way before 29 ;)
Visit a new museum
We visited the Peabody Essex Musem in Salem, MA this past March.
Make the spare bedroom guest-ready (i.e. not my dumping ground)
In all fairness, it is still a dumping/hiding ground, but we've streamlined the dumping/hiding process such that it takes a day to get it to guest-ready shape, plus we've made sure to include toiletries, internet password, and fancy guest towels.
Keep sparkling wine in the house for impromptu champagne moments
I found mini bottles of champagne, and it has been simple to keep champagne in the house for impromptu celebrations or, you know, Tuesday nights.
Tour a chocolate factory
This one was actually a bit of a cheat since we did it for my 28th birthday.
Plant an herb garden
In May, I had mint, and lime mint growing on my balcony, and basil growing in my kitchen.
I talk about our adventures composting here.