Happy New Year dear friends!
I’m back after a fabulous and much-needed break.I mentioned in my 100th post that my 1-year sabbatical had sadly come to an end. I didn’t think I would feel sad to see it go as I’ve been looking forward to returning to work for a few months. Now that that moment has arrived however, it feels as though I’ve been slapped in the face by a massive realization. I love food. No I adore it. I can’t think of anything else. Food is my happiness. If I’m not eating, I’m thinking of my next meal, or my next cooking experiment, or my next grocery trip. I am addicted to food. And even more obsessed with finding cleaner ways to enjoy it. Is this the way one feels when he discovers his passion in life? I have always been drawn to many things and never felt as though I was meant for one particular thing. This year has changed everything. I feel as though I have finally found my calling in life. The one thing to which my soul is drawn and is completely and utterly drunkenly happy.
This realization is bittersweet as it comes as I am about to start a new job. I know I will have less time to experiment and to shop and to cook but I can’t accept this and refuse to fall back into my old ways of eating badly. This notion inspired me to start off the year in control. Further thinking encouraged me to adopt this as my keyword for the year. Taking control of my life, my time, my food, my body, my mind and not letting time, laziness or a job dictate how I should live or what I should prioritize. I’ve decided to set myself two sets of resolutions this year. One, personal. A second, food based. This tiny little blog of mine has changed me in so many ways. It’s forced me to finish something I started for the first time in a long time. It inspired me to challenge myself further and to really push my limits. And most importantly, it has made me absurdly happy. And what is more important than happiness? As cliché as it sounds, I am a strong believer in the sentiment that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. And I am determined to do exactly that in 2015.
Here are my food resolutions for next year!
- To purge the house of bad stuff (yes, lots left from my pre challenge days!)
- To organize my pantry (currently a post-tornado situation!)
- To eat a well-balanced wholesome breakfast every morning
- To perfect classic recipes in a cleaner way
- To bake gluten-free breads
- To cook more Middle Eastern dishes, cleaner
- To make homemade clean jams
- To eat more raw fruits not only in baked goods
- To make cleaner versions of French desserts and cakes
- To perfect pie making
- To peruse (even more) ingredients I have never eaten or cooked with before
- To shop in Singapore’s local “wet markets” more often
- To create cleaner entertaining and party bites
- To host a Thanksgiving dinner for people besides hubby!
- To make cleaner versions of Middle Eastern desserts
- To take a food styling course
- To take a food photography course
- To never compromise my health for work
- To bake tiered healthy cakes
- To complement eating clean with an active lifestyle
What do you think? Do you have any of your own? I’d love to hear back from you. Maybe I can add a few more to my list.
I leave you with this quote I love:
“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
– W.H. Sheldon