We’ve officially entered my birthday week, where I get to experience my 28th year of life again. I’ve never been big into my birthday celebration. My birthday, September 3rd, almost always falls in the brouhaha of Labor Day weekend, the unofficial start of Fall, and back to school time. I had one birthday party growing up, and it was about 3 weeks after my birthday.
So I like things to be low key. I’ll go out to dinner, but we don’t even do presents. The one thing I do love is setting new goals for myself. I figured now was a good time to check in on my birthday goals for last year.
Learn to cook with cast iron. SUCCESS! I am a New England girl to the core, and I didn’t know anyone who used cast iron. My old set of pans were breaking down, and I wanted to buy something that would last a long time and was eco-friendly. I kept coming across cast iron and decided to take the dive. It took me a long time to understand seasoning and I’m still learning, but I love it. My pan is now so well seasoned that I can cook eggs and fish in it.
Spend more time gardening. SUCCESS! I convinced my husband to build me raised and elevated garden beds. It’s made me love my vegetable gardens so much more. This fall I’m even going to start a butterfly garden.
Learn photography, relearn piano. FAIL! I was doing well with photography, then I made the decision to go back to school and finish my bachelor’s. I’d say that was a good swap out. When I finish my degree (within the next year!), I can’t wait to take up both of these.
Try more foods. SUCCESS! This past year, I wanted to make more of an effort to try new foods. There are foods that I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m also the type that will blow off something and be all, “Oh no. I don’t like that!” even if I’ve never had it before. This year for the first time ever I’ve had: fish tacos, eggs benedict, sushi, scallops, risotto, and frog legs. And guess what, I loved them all!
Do you make yearly birthday goals?