2012 and I had quite the blast. At this time last year, I was in a state of terror over finishing my first internship and being unemployed and (in my mind) on the fast track to becoming a couch potato. Granted, my biggest accomplishment this year was finally finding a workplace that fit me like a glove, but so many other little things sparked! And so, with all this fresh space in front of us, I would like to take this opportunity to give you an idea of all the things I hope to explore with you:
1) I want to learn to cook.
I’m not a bad cook per-say, but I am also in no way a seasoned chef. Jay and I have dabbled in the occasional Sunday feast during the colder months, but I want to see just where this new interest could go! Perhaps taking a class? I’ve never taken a further-learning class before, so maybe now is the time!
2) Get to know Toronto.
I was a bit bitter when I first moved here. It had taken me so long to settle into Montreal, and then, just like that, I was gone. Every time I would go back to visit friends or Jay’s family, Jay would have to remove my arms from a die-hard grip on the lamp post outside his house just to get me in the car (figuratively speaking). But, last week, we went back for New Years Eve and it was odd. I loved being there, but I actually realized just how much Toronto has started to grow on me. Now I know my neighbourhood, so it’s time to go out and explore the rest of the city. The more I know, the more I won’t feel like such a newbie.
3) Continue the journey of making this place a home.
Toronto might be a nice place, but it comes at a price. Instead of planning to keep moving up little by little, Jay and I have decided to settle into our apartment a bit more. Make it more OURS. Then, in a few years when the time is right and we have enough money put away, we will take the mortgage leap. After assessing our possessions, we made a small list of things we could change to make the space more representative of ourselves. I can’t wait to start working on it!
4) There is always going to be something book related.. so.. read great books.
It sounds simple, but here is the truth.. this year, it has been the times that I have taken chances, that I have found books that touched me in inexplicable ways. Reading books for my coworkers, to give opinions and insight has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for me. If I have any talent whatsoever, it exists in bookish enthusiasm. When I like something, you’ll know..
So all I want to do this year is .. keep going! I have a to-read pile that is so high and beautiful, I drool a little every time I look at it. Just because I can’t help myself.. here is a quick sneak peek of my next few reads:
And I guess that about wraps it up. Like most people, I would also love to get into better shape, spend less money and reconnect with friends but that stuff is all implied, of course.
So.. we’ll have a good year. Deal? Deal.