How 2019 Will Be Different From 2018

Year after year, the beginning of a new year always holds a lofty list of expectations. Everyone is starting a new gym membership, cutting out sugar, or doing Dry January. It’s all or nothing. You get to the end of January and realize that you feel completely incompetent with your lack of accomplishing anything spectacular in thirty days.

To be fair, in the month of January, I did quit my job, travel through Europe, and then come back and start a new job in the span of thirty days. To say that was an exhausting month is nothing short of spot on.

But now I find myself at the end of February (woah time flies) without any grand life changes or anything to show for it. But I think I’m okay with that. 2018 was really busy and exhausting. I was working long hours and traveling on weekends and it pretty much felt like a blur. This year I don’t want to push myself past my limits. I want to know my limits and work within them.

And on that note, these are some things I’m going to focus on this year:

Stay Settled – I want to stay home more instead of doing a day trip that involves two hours each way in the car. I want to spend time with the people who I actually want to spend time with, instead of saying yes to every social obligation. I want to make dinner at home instead of going out to eat all the time. I just want to stay home more this year.

Learn To Bake Bread – Technically, I do know how to make bread. If you gave me flour, yeast, salt, and olive oil, I could cook a loaf of bread by the end of the day. But it’s not a great loaf of bread. I want to learn how to make great bread. Sourdough bread, nut bread, rye bread, sandwich bread, you name it! I have the book Flour Water Salt Yeast on my bookshelf and I’m going to do a deep dive into it soon.

Learn To Sail – This is a big one! Learning to sail has been on my list of things to do for a couple years now.  I used to sail a lot my with Dad when I was growing up, but I never personally trained or acquired deeper knowledge than how to tack and how to jive. I’m not sure if it’ll happen this year because the certification classes come at a hefty price point, but I definitely want to work towards it.

Explore Los Angeles Cuisine – Los Angeles has a booming restaurant scene, but I honestly have not cracked the surface of exploring it. Partially because it takes hours to drive across the city in traffic, and partially because I love my little town of Pasadena so much that I often stay here on weekends. I have pretty much been to every restaurant here, and go to the same places over and over again. I want to expand my horizons and find the great restaurants that are sprinkled all over the city map. Republique and Pizzaria Mozza are at the top of my list right now.


March starts in two days and I’m looking forward to a great rest of the year. Let’s all set achievable goals and conquer them 💪🏼💪🏼

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