A Handful Of Goals For 2011

With a new year upon us, it’s that time where many of us reflect on the past year and pinpoint some changes we would like to make. I know some think it’s a bit silly to wait until a specific date on the calendar to make changes, but I think it can also be a great motivator as well. The whole idea of ending the season of indulgence and starting with a clean slate can be quite appealing for setting about making changes. I hesitate to use the word resolution because…well, I don’t know. I’m for for setting goals for the year.

I know many bloggers have gone about listing 11 goals for 2011, but honestly, I can’t come up with that many. At least, not that many that I deem important enough to focus on right now. That being said, I would like to share my short list of goals for the coming year.


My Handful of 2011 Goals

1. I want to incorporate more beans in my diet.

I like beans, but they don’t seem to make it into my culinary creations on a regular basis. Reading Food Matters by Mark Bittman really made me want to include them more. I liked his idea of cooking up a pot of beans and a pot of grains at the beginning of each week to eat throughout the week. So that’s exactly what I did today.


I even decided to cook up a new to me bean – the black-eyed pea. Not to be confused with these black-eyed peas.


I actually think this will work out really well for me, especially this semester. I have 6 classes, and 3 very long days at school. I’ll need to bring along food with me for the day, and things like beans and grains keep well without refrigeration. I figure I can just jazz them up with veggies, cheese, dressings, nuts, or whatever else moves me and have a healthy, filling, portable meal. Could also be good motivation to cook up more soups and stews, which I love, but don’t create as often as I would like.


2. I want to drink tea more often.

I think tea is great, not only from a health stand point, but also because it comes in so many varieties and tastes lovely. And I seem to have amassed quite the collection.

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If all this tea is going to take up valuable real estate in my cupboards, I should probably be enjoying it. I’ve started enjoying a cup of tea on a semi-regular basis in the evenings this winter, so I’d like to at least keep that going. It just seems like a nice ritual to have.


3. I want to be more organized.

Although I rarely forget anything important, and I always get everything done on time, I often find myself in a state of disarray. I would like to change this. I’ve got my new phone, which makes it a snap to sync my Google Calendar and make to-do lists to carry with me at all times.


I also have a day planner that I picked up months ago, before the new phone. I’m not sure if I need it now, but might have occasions where I actually want to write something down, so I’ll see how that goes.

And I’ve also started in on the organization/purge of all my belongings.


Not sure where I’m sleeping tonight, but whatever.


4. I want to cook more from my cookbook/magazine collection.

I have a lot of cookbooks and a lot of food magazines. And I’ve barely made 1% of the recipes in them. That hardly seems like a good investment, does it? So I’m gonna get cooking. I actually did a pretty good this Christmas, baking up new recipes from my books, so let’s keep it going! Gonna need me some bean recipes anyways if I’m going to accomplish goal #1 anyways.


5.  I want to find a way to make yoga a part of my regular routine.

I have dabbled here and there in bits and pieces of yoga, but have never actually done it on a regular basis. I would say I don’t even really know much about it and the various styles. I do know that I like the idea of focusing on your body and the positions, and utilizing the practice to become stronger and more flexible. I’m not sure what I want regular” to mean. It could be weekly, daily, who knows? I may look into taking a class at school during one of my 4 hour breaks, or maybe find a DVD or podcast that works for me. This is probably the least defined of my goals, but I’m okay with that – I have the whole year to figure it out!


So there you have it – my handful of goals for 2011. Enough to keep me motivated and growing as a person, but not so many that I feel overwhelmed.

Have you made any goals or resolutions for this year? Please share! And if you have any yoga tips, share those as well :) 

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6 Comments on “A Handful Of Goals For 2011”

  1. January 4, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Nice goals! Good luck with them. I want to organize better as well. And keep up with fitness.

  2. January 4, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    those are great goals. i’m going to sit down one day soon and nail down some goals of my own…

  3. January 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Looks like we are on the same page with a lot of our resolutions/goals. Yoga and cookbook cooking are on my list and we want to get back to cooking more rice and bean dishes. We had it so often in Brazil, but I got away from it this past year.

  4. January 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Great goals! I hope to expand my cooking repertoire by making several of Ellie Krieger’s recipes, and I intend on volunteering more often.


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