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3 ways to keep a resolution

Piles of Cookbooks
Taken in November. Image missing a few cookbooks I later found on another bookshelf.

Happy New Year! Ready for all the “Make a resolution?” questions? Oh, folks started asking you about it a week ago? Then I’m slacking!

1. Keep it simple. The list should be short and sweet. Focus on just a few things you wish to change for the year. Once you have your list, then go through each goal and make it specific and measurable.

2. Reward yourself. When you make the list of goals and break them into steps, include rewards for various milestones. Some that have resolved to quit smoking have put the money they would spend on cigarettes into a jar. At the end of a set amount of time not lighting up, they get to spend the money on something fun.

3. Share. Those that have a good support system, on average, do better than those without. Whether it’s a support group or family and friends, sharing with others will help you get and stay on track.

What’s my resolution? Not sure. It has to be simple. It really has to be simple. Next semester is going to be hectic. Next year has the potential of being a roller coaster ride. Besides, I usually do big changes other than at the beginning of the year (vegetarianism).

I know what I want to do — other than graduate in May — but think it’d be a little too crazy a goal with the crazy months incoming. We’ll save that one for after May or 2010. But, I do have a simple (#1), rewardable (#2), shareable (#3) goal I can do. Yes, the picture is a clue.

2009 Goal:

I resolve to not buy any new cookbooks in 2009. I will cook a new recipe from one of the cookbooks in my collection at least once a month and post it here. Inspirational hat-tip goes to 101 cookbooks. Each new recipe I cook and post from a cookbook in my collection, I will set aside $5. At the end of the year, I will use that money to — no, not buy a new cookbook. At the end of the year, I will use that money to buy camera equipment. (I have my eye on a lens that is less than $100. That’s only 20 recipes!) My support system will be you and the poor guinea pigs — no, the lucky few that get to come along for the gastronomic ride.

Some of the gotchas will be that I have quite a few meat-centric cookbooks, don’t like certain foods (like bell pepper), and will have close to no time from January to May. Some of the helpers will be that I’ve been trying new recipes (for Urban Vegan’s upcoming cookbook which I want to buy) so have experience, have some winner cookbooks in my collection (Veganomicon, for example), and love using food as a way to practice photography.

Bring it on, 2009! Bring it on.

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9 Responses

  1. What a fun resolution. I look forward to seeing what you whip up. :)

  2. yea, i have a cookbook addiction as well. :)

    happy 2009!

  3. Thank you :) Happy New Year! (of cookin’)

  4. Keep us posted as the $$$ add up in your cookbook challenge.

  5. Will do! I made some recipes today so will post about them tomorrow! Ch-ching! :)

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