Sunday, December 30, 2007
The New Year is right around the corner. I really like taking the opportunity to reflect and assess and make changes each year. My New Year's have generally been quiet affairs (except for one spent hopping from one Dunkin Donuts to the next in Boston on an incredibly cold New Year's night) and I always felt a little embarrassed at how quietly the New Year would come. I have never had the glamorous New Year's party of Harry and Sally where I would need a new dress and special hair. But, now I think that just might be okay.
I am more of a reflector than a hoopla maker, anyway. Unless the hoopla involves baking.
This year I have several goals that I am trying to organize under one umbrella goal. I like the idea of having one thought or one word that acts as a guide for the year. Last year, the word was 'create'. And I think it would be fair to say that I met that goal.
Right now I am thinking through the mom part of being a work-at-home mom. Maybe for obvious reasons. I will be more mom this year. Well, at least mom to more people. And honestly, I struggle a bit with time with Andrew. We do all kinds of parallel play, but unless wrestling, there are few things that we actually do together. I want to explore this a bit this year. Doing things that engage Andrew and I. Things we both like to do. And doing them regularly. I am thinking through ideas of over-parenting and under-parenting and wondering what the balance should be for Andrew and I and soon for Sprout too.
Another thing I am thinking through is reading. I am a terrible reader. I am terrible at finding books. I don't particularly like buying books because then I will have to store them. And I think that is a waste because I really only read a book once (unless it is some sort of reference book). But, I have had a really hard time using our local library as a resource. I am thinking of lightning up on the 'only buy reference books' ban and stake a claim for the stimulation that comes through reading. Unfortunately Barnes and Noble and Borders are way better at showing me the books I want to read than the Brooklyn Public Libraries.
And the last thing is food. I guess I always really am thinking about food. How to cook balanced vegetarian dinners. How to make simple, colorful, delicious meals. I think about it everyday as I cook. But, I would like to be more playful in the kitchen. Experiment more. Right now I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (thanks, Tara!!!) and I wondering if she will really be able to convince me to seek out more local options for food. I have a feeling she will, but let's wait and see.
So, I just thought I would share with you my New Year's thoughts as they are coming together. Another trick is to not let go of 'create'. It has been such a wonderful discovery for me to see how creativity is so important to me. But, I think it would be arrogant and impossible to think I could work on all of these areas and do them justice. So, as I continue to do what I do and think and reflect while doing what I do, I am hoping to be struck by a clear, tangible focus for the New Year.
I am excited to see what this year has in store for us. I have a feeling it will be a good one.
On your mark, get set...