Yep – it’s that time of year again. 2012 has arrived and it’s time to plot out the culinary (and personal) goals for the new year.
I have to say, 2011 was quite the year and, while I did accomplish some of my 2011 culinary goals, many had to be put on the back burner due to the Sous Pug‘s illness, surgeries and subsequent care that pretty much were the focus for the last 8 months. Thankfully, he’s on the mend and has many happy years ahead of him but I decided to be a bit more cautious when planning for 2012.
I’m a firm believer in “putting it out there” and I have to be more aware of how my attitude affects the outcome of what I’m doing. 2011 has had quite a few ups and downs but I’m choosing to focus on the positive and, for the negative issues that keep cropping up, well – I’ll just let the powers that be deal with them because, quite frankly, this gal is T.I.R.E.D. A friend told me that I have “champagne problems” meaning that when I’m doing something right – certain people will try to hamper what I’m doing because they either are a) unoriginal; b) want what I’ve worked hard to do or c) because they have nothing more constructive to do with their days and that’s THEIR issue. This goes not only for things that I have done here on Cooking in Stilettos but also in the day to day. I refuse to let that sully 2012. There are WAY more important things to focus on.
So, to recap the positive in 2011, I got to meet some fabulous bloggers that I’d be lost without, connect with new people via The SITS Girls aka The Secret Is In The Sauce, get to know some fabulous Philly bloggers through the great meetups that La Phemme Phoodie organizes and I’m looking forward to meeting more bloggers near and far. Also, in 2011, Cooking in Stilettos grew in leaps and bounds and also moved from a .org to a .com – not too shabby, right? Also, while I didn’t talk about it much (and I really need to recap), I got to visit Food Network with Jen of One Curly Fry to watch Sunny Anderson tape an ep of “Cooking For Real”, I taped an episode of Emeril’s Table and got to learn from the best about all things tamales, tres leche and tequila and, finally, had a brief excursion to NYC to watch Nate Berkus tape an episode of The Nate Show where the chef was one of my faves, Aida Mollenkamp. Pretty decent year, no?
So, with that, let’s look forward shall we? For 2012 some of the goals are:
I have said this for both 2010 and 2011: take a culinary class. Well – in 2012, I would like to take a few cooking classes including that elusive pasta class, perhaps a refresher knife skills class, a canning/preservation class and one more. I would love to check out either the Restaurant School or Audrey Claire Cook and, of course, Sur La Table’s cooking classes.
While I would love to travel, I think this will be the year of the conference instead of traveling for food festivals. Don’t get me wrong, I adore both the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the New York City Wine and Food Festival, but I’d love to attend a blog conference or two this year. I know I’m definitely planning on attending SITS Bloggy Boot Camp in Philly in May but also would love to check out a food blogger conference as well such as IFBC, BlogHer Food, Food Blog Forum (if they EVER come up north), etc.
While we’re on the subject of blogging, I plan on growing both Cooking In Stilettos and my other blog, Fashionista+. With the issues of the “champagne problems”, I tended to let that get to me and, frankly, I need to just learn to roll my eyes and let that mess be. That’s what lawyers are for, right?
Cooking is one of my major stress relievers. With the Sous Pug issues, I found myself cooking more for him and less for myself and that needs to change. I have a host of new recipes in store and can’t wait to share them all with you. There are tried and trues, epic fails and I’m going to document it here. Expect 2 to 3 recipes a week, more fab interviews and features and great spotlights for your reading pleasure.
Also, with writing, I have a couple projects that are in the works and I really am looking forward to expanding on that more. Writing is one of the things that makes me happy and I need to let my inspiration guide me over that writer’s block that has plagued me through 2011. I also have a few other web projects that I’m working on and hopefully I’ll be able to disclose more as they move forward.
As y’all know, I love working with the Dancin’ on Air and Dance Party USA Alumni and I’m looking forward to see what 2012 holds. As evidenced from our first major event, our “party with a purpose” has been excellent and there are some great things on tap for the coming year. For the naysayers that tend to bring us down, well – karma will deal with them and I refuse to let those gnats get in the way. Also, in Philly, Channel 17 has been re-airing some classic episodes that have not only taken us down memory lane, but have received such a warm welcome from the city.
On a personal note, I am not one to hold my tongue and I have found myself censoring myself throughout 2011. Why, I don’t know but I am cutting the negative people and situations in my life loose and, with that, I’m speaking my mind. So, for those that have decided to take advantage are going to get a rude awakening – their loss, not mine.
So, while 2011 has been quite the adventure, I am thankful that 2012 brings plenty of new opportunities for all of us and I’m excited to kick the door shut on 2011 and put my best stiletto forward in 2012.
What are some of your goals for 2012?
[Featured Photo courtesy of Positive Psychology News Daily]
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