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2014 Aims


So, I’m a bit late with this, but I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts on what their new years resolutions/aims for 2014 were, and so I thought I’d join in. So without further ado, this be them


Knit a jumper. I’m forever knitting small things, but there’s only so many hats and gloves a person needs, so I’m going to bite the bullet and knit self a jumper. I’ve already bought the yarn, but need to pick a pattern. A post about that is coming up.

Knit at least two paid patterns to support indie designers.

Sew one garment to a standard comparable with shop bought. I don’t want to go overboard with this resolution, as I can’t sew very well, and I don’t get the time to sit down and working on it uninterruptedly, plus the sewing machine is set up in Milo’s room so I can’t sew at night. So this seems like a good compromise – focus on quality rather than quantity.

Other hobbies

Read one novel a month. This shouldn’t be a problem at all, since I’m in two book groups, but I am starting studying again this year, so I’ll have less time, so one a month seems a decent target.

Think about instagram photos more in terms of composition. To do this, I’ve set myself a challenge whereby every month I will use one format/filter for all my photos. I think this will encourage me to think before in click. I’m not taking this too seriously though!


Get rid of at least ten items of clothing things. I still want to simplify my wardrobe and I think I can shed ten things easily, as stuff gets worn out. After that, I’ll continue with the one in, one out policy I’ve been doing in 2013.

Really focus on quality, sustainability and coherence for any new purchases. I’ll do a separate post about this.


Find three recipes that become standards for mid week cooking We cook a lot, and we cook interesting things, but it does tend to be the same recipes over and over again because we are ‘busy parents’. This is a bit boring for us, plus I’m a bit worried that we’re not exposing Milo to enough variety (he usually has the same food as us).

Cook at least three recipes from Plenty. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is my absolute favourite cook book, yet I’ve made an embarrassingly small number of recipes from it. I intend to remedy that soonest! Also relatedly, I need to make shaksuka from the Jerulamen book, which I especially went and got all the spices for but them never got round to actually making.

Eat one mega salad a week. Our diet’s pretty healthy, soon as I’m veggie and love fruit and veg, but it could have more raw veg in it. We rarely eat salads at home, and partly that is because we always get those ready prepared packs from the supermarket which are just not very nice. But my parents always make what I call ‘mega salads’ with lots of different veg and some fats/proteins and a proper dressing and I love them. I would quite happily have that instead of a cooked meal. So my resolution is to make at least one of these a week.


Cycle to work three days a week. I work four days, so this isn’t the easiest target, but I’ve definitely managed two a week last year without any effort, so I will try to build on that. I might need to start this one in March though, because I’m not cycling in the freezing windy rain we’ve got just now.

Master a new yoga pose properly. I am not the best at practicing yoga properly at home, but I know I can focus on one pose. While on mat leave I practiced navasana every day and could hold it for two minutes with straight legs. Same with chaturanga. But I think rather than do something I’m already good at (I have very strong abs, always have), I’ll focus on a pose I can’t currently do at all. The two prime candidates are headstand and backbends, it’s quite embarrassing for someone who has practiced as along as I have not to be able to do them, but then I’m not sure I really want to, I do want to enjoy my practice as well. So maybe I’ll go for one of the arm balances instead. I was pretty close to mastering the first one in the primary series (I think it’s this one? I’m not even sure. I really have to get into the primary series again after doing vinyasa classes for so long) years ago when I did Mysore regularly, so I think it would be possible (Sorry for excessive linking, but I’m just conscious this might not make much sense otherwise).


Consistently speak German to Milo. The advice for bringing up bilingual kids is one parent, one language, but I’ve really struggled on this. It is so hard to speak German to him when there is another person there I’m speaking in English to and I’m moving between the two of them. But it won’t be that long before he starts speaking, so I really need to be on it now.

Reading him a story a day. This is my other big area of parent guilt. Milo’s not massively into what books actually say, he just likes turning the pages, so I don’t always sit down with him to read. Initially, the fact that I had so few German books didn’t help, but I have loads and loads now, so that’s not an excuse any more.

Offering a wider variety of food. This is really just an extension of the aim for myself.


See a financial adviser. I feel reasonably on top of my finances now, after a bit of a wobbly period during and after mat leave, I’m saving regularly again. I’m just not quite sure what to do with those savings now interest rates are so low. I like the security of having a good bit of cash savings for emergencies, but I’ve probably got as much as I need on that front. I’ve been focused on overpaying our mortgage, and that is probably still the right thing to do, but I should find out.

Another thing I can’t think of a heading for

Drive at least once a week. I only recently relearnt to drive after a ten year break (and very little experience before then) and I still don’t feel totally comfortable behind the wheel. Ever time I have even a two week break it feels like starting all over. So my aim for 2014 is to make an effort to drive once a week, wen when it’s not strictly necessary. I am also hoping to get to grips with long distance driving, my one attempt so far has ended with Dave and I switching back after an hour because I has such a stiff neck.

Phew, that’s a lot of aims! We’ll see how I get on.

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  • Clare B 8 January 2014, 11:00 am

    We do one-parent, one-language and it’s tough. Matthias is very consistent which is great, we often have funny English-German-Dinglish conversations between the three of us, but we muddle through. Even so, E really only has passive German at the moment (replies to Matthias mostly in English, with some German words). Consistency and will-power is the key, particularly for the non-dominant language speaker. We also limit TV to German so she gets a bit more exposure and have lots of German books around the house.
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  • bani 8 January 2014, 12:48 pm

    Well, I recently (not really recently but feels recent because I’m old and as a friend put it last year “Achtung Baby is 20 years old? Not possible, that’s a NEW album”) read a book on bilinguality by a Swedish… well, she’s a fil.dr. I don’t know what that is in English and I am too lazy to look it up. I blogged about it here: http://banisbooks.blogspot.se/2013/06/soooo.html, but my blog entry is useless. She has a Swedish website at http://www.ladberg.se/, that is no great use to you either obviously. However, the point I want to make is that she releases us from the pressure to be strictly monolingual to our children, stressing that we think this because monolinguality is the norm for us even if we are bilingual ourselves (there is research involved and referenced but I don’t remember it now). I’d say it’s better to talk to your child than not talk to your child because you feel you’re doing it in the wrong language, iyswim. I suppose it depends a little on how bilingual you want them to be. If you have the option to expose your child to the other language, abroad, often, then I don’t think you need to be super-strict at home… In my experience that exposure is a really decisive factor. :/
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