I was going to write a blog post called "New Things I've Tried in 2016," but then I couldn't think of anything to put on the list! I'm sure I've done something new in the last three and a half months, but it obviously wasn't significant enough for me to bother remembering it.
So that made me feel like I've been stuck in a rut.
And come to think of it, I kind of have been. I've been working so hard on my writing this year that I haven't been as adventurous as I'd like to be. In fact, I haven't even left my house as much as I would like since I've chained myself to my desk.
Anyway, it's time to change all that with this list of new things I'd like to try this year.
- Learn to make Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
- Drive a manual transmission car (Anyone want to lend me one to practice on?)
- Duolingo. It's about time I learned Spanish and German, and the Duolingo app is supposed to be great. Which language should I learn first?
- Write and send handwritten letters.
- Go 24 hours without Internet or TV
- Make homemade pickles and jam (I'm really scared I'm going to mess up sterilizing the jars and will accidentally poison everyone.)
- Make homemade candles
- Make a YouTube video
It looks like most of the things I want to try involve learning, and I'm cool with that. Most of the things on that list are things I've wanted to go for ages but just "haven't gotten around to it." In some cases it's because they seem hard and intimidating (like driving a manual and making jam) and in other cases it's because I don't prioritize new projects. When I'm bored at work or on the streetcar, I'll think "I want to learn to make candles" and then I never even set foot anywhere near a craft store to get the supplies.
So this summer I'm going to prioritize learning to: cook like an adult, make candles, use iMovie, speak Spanish, etc. etc.
That doesn't seem daunting at all...