And here we go again, it’s resolution time people! I am now securely “in” my thirties and I am planning big changes to take control of this new decade. Of course one of the ways I do that is having you guys hold me accountable to my yearly “to do” list, so here you have it, my 31 before 32.
- Take 10 classes. – halfway there, but I didn’t get to try as many things as I’d hoped
Mermaid Sign Painting
Lavender Make & Take
Make profiteroles. Try 12 recipes from Sweet & Savage.
Southern Sartorialist’s Cookies
Maniac Fire Bread
Blackberry Cobbler Quickbread
Orange & Lavender Extract
Hot Pepper Extract
Fruit Compound Butter
Upside-down Skillet Corn Cake
Hiker’s Bravado Cookies
Serious Oatmeal Cookies
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Jacked Up Ginger Cookies
Do 2 DIY’s a month. Visit Chicago. Find my “sexy”. – A work in progress, but steps were made Write 10 new recipes.
Chocolate Lavender Cake with Blackberry Filling
Chocolate Chip Pistachio GF Cookies
Chocolate Chai Cake
Simple Delicious Fruit Dip
Vegan Custard Pie
Vegan Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
Brioche French Toast Casserole
Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze
Lightly Lavender Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Not Your Middle School Valentine Cupcakes
Mini makeover on the guest bathroom. Repaint the hallway. Make Swiss Buttercream. Read 30 new books.
Missing – Kelley Armstrong
The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
The Shark – Mary Burton
The Doll Maker – Mary Burton
The Hang Man – Mary Burton
Come As You Are – Emily Nagoski
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
Double or Nothing – Craig Schaefer
Lioness of Morocco – Julia Drosten
Girls in White Dresses – Alex Gates
The Haunting of Rachel Harroway – J.S. Donovan
Dreamers Pool – Juliet Maillier
Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine
Beneath the Surface – Sibel Hodge
The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
Rituals – Kelley Armstrong
A Beautiful Poison – Lydia Kang
The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston
The Barefoot Summer – Carolyn Brown
The Fifth Season – NK Jemisin
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ – L. Frank Baum
The Marvelous Land of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Ozma of Oz – L. Frank Baum
The Fallen – Kelley Armstrong
A Fierce & Subtle Poison – Samantha Mabry
Cold Spectrum – Craig Schaffer
Sworn to the Night – Craig Schaffer
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
Go somewhere I’ve never been. 13 random acts of kindness.
- Upgrade the light fixtures in the hallway. – Maybe next year
Host a girls night. Watch a well known movie that I’ve never seen. Clean up and re-do my back patio. Create 5 new paintings. Wear 5 fashion trends that scare me.
Body Con Dress
Cold Shoulder Shirt
Plant rose bushes in front of the garage.
- Create and maintain a yoga practice 3-5 days a week. – not even close
Dye my hair purple. Take a weekend trip with friends. Go on a picnic – with a basket & everything. Wear heels at least 1 day a week. Go through all of my crafting supplies and get rid of at least 25%. Make and give a handmade gift. Make a pie. Collaborate with other creatives on two new projects.Not quite it the way that I’d hoped, but I did it. Try 12 new restaurants.
Izzy Pub & Sushi
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
Paint the front doors purple!
Last years “TBD” ended up being a lot of fun, so I decided to finish off this years list with another one. I was pretty pleased with the progress I made last year, if you’re interested you can see how I did here.
Image from here.