Concrete Aspirations 2010

These 28 things are my concrete aspirations for 2010. The purpose in most of these goals is changing my habits — get more creative with cooking, explore the city, read, develop a routine so the things that are important to me don't fall through the cracks. I do my best to focus on these goals as I go through the year, but don't worry too much if I don't get everything done — if it's still something I want to do I just put it on next year's list. You can track my progress on the concrete aspirations page.
  1. FIND A JOB.
  2. Make all of the recipes I got from Grandma and get good enough I would be proud to share with other non-family members.
  3. Learn how to make at least 4 different soups from scratch, starting with French Onion.
  4. Bake an interesting treat at least once a month (can overlap with Grandma's recipes).
  5. Make all of the clipped recipes in my recipe box and take out everything we don't like (can overlap with interesting treats when applicable).
  6. Explore the Freedom Trail in it's entirety.
  7. Visit at least 4 museums in the Boston area.
  8. Find somewhere to volunteer/make a difference.
  9. Go through all of our Rosetta Stone lessons on Tagalog.
  10. Read at least 3 of Ian's creation care books.
  11. Read A New Kind of Christian trilogy.
  12. Read The Great Divorce, The Reason for God, and Jesus Wants to Save Christians.
  13. Read through the Bible in a year.
  14. Go through Sacred Marriage and Celebration of Discipline with Ian.
  15. Design bookplates for our library and put them in all of our books.
  16. Simplify our apartment so there aren't any random homeless items and everything looks neat and tidy.
  17. Clean the apartment once a week on a regular schedule (we do clean, I just want this to be a predictable habit instead of a random, I-think-its-been-a-week urge).
  18. Finish crocheting the things I've started.
  19. Journal at least once a week.
  20. Call and/or e-mail a friend back home once a week.
  21. Write to Grandma at least once a month.
  22. People watch on public transportation as inspiration to write, at least once a month, a creative piece and post it under the "riding with Charlie" topic.
  23. Go to the library at least once a month for books and movies on my to-read/-watch lists.
  24. As we/I run out of cleaning products and personal care items, replace as many as possible with homemade eco-friendly options (ideas on Vanessa's blog).
  25. Spend one evening a week without electricity-powered entertainment — read or play games instead of watching tv or using the computer.
  26. Design personal cards (idea from Real Simple magazine).
  27. Clean out my iTunes music collection — I made a feeble attempt last year and I want to do better.
  28. Have an intentional evening with Ian once a month — even if it's just a library movie or game night.
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