I do not normally do New Year's resolutions, but I've discovered that the life of a Haus Frau can become a bit driftless if one isn't careful. Then you begin to feel as if your whole life is merely housework. I've actually done a pretty good job of keeping engaged and involved in a number of activities outside the home, but the former manager in me seems to be craving a bit more structure.
So I decided to set some resolutions for myself for this year.
Goal: Expand Freelance Writing
A few months ago I started freelancing for an American organization based in Germany. Currently I spend an average of 5 hours per week writing for them. I've discovered that not only do I really enjoy writing, but I rather like the extra money it brings in as well. I'd like to explore additional opportunities for freelance writing.
Action: Expand to 15-20 hours of freelance writing per week.
Goal: Learn More Vegetarian Recipes
I am a really lazy cook. If the meal takes me more than about 15 minutes to prepare, I really cannot be bothered. Mostly because food just doesn't matter that much to me. Most of my focus for the last 2-3 years has been "will this make me feel sick" rather than if I enjoy the food or not. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy rotating through one of about three meals pretty much indefinitely, especially as I know that none of them make me sick. But I should probably work to develop a healthier attitude towards food again. And I realize that GLH is probably tired of the current rotation.
Action: Make at least 1 new recipe each week. Track which recipes are good and which should never be made again.
Goal: Expand Reading
I realized that this past year I have read, almost exclusively, novels. Mostly historical novels, to be specific. I'd like to expand my reading interests a bit and perhaps get back into some nonfiction reading as well. Perhaps I could even combine historical novels with nonfiction works on the same topic?
Action: Read at least one nonfiction title per month
Goal: Become Literate in German
I continue to struggle with learning a new language. The work of learning German is dull and monotonous. Since I enjoy reading so much, I thought perhaps reading in German would motivate me more.
Action: Read at least one novel in German by the end of the year