- FIND A JOB.
- Make all of the recipes I got from Grandma and get good enough I would be proud to share with other non-family members.
- Learn how to make at least 4 different soups from scratch, starting with French Onion.
- Bake an interesting treat at least once a month (can overlap with Grandma's recipes).
- 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).
- Explore the Freedom Trail in it's entirety.
- Visit at least 4 museums in the Boston area.
- Find somewhere to volunteer/make a difference.
- Go through all of our Rosetta Stone lessons on Tagalog.
- Read at least 3 of Ian's creation care books.
- Read A New Kind of Christian trilogy.
- Read The Great Divorce, The Reason for God, and Jesus Wants to Save Christians.
- Read through the Bible in a year.
- Go through Sacred Marriage and Celebration of Discipline with Ian.
- Design bookplates for our library and put them in all of our books.
- Simplify our apartment so there aren't any random homeless items and everything looks neat and tidy.
- 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).
- Finish crocheting the things I've started.
- Journal at least once a week.
- Call and/or e-mail a friend back home once a week.
- Write to Grandma at least once a month.
- 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.
- Go to the library at least once a month for books and movies on my to-read/-watch lists.
- 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).
- Spend one evening a week without electricity-powered entertainment — read or play games instead of watching tv or using the computer.
- Design personal cards (idea from Real Simple magazine).
- Clean out my iTunes music collection — I made a feeble attempt last year and I want to do better.
- Have an intentional evening with Ian once a month — even if it's just a library movie or game night.
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.
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