new year, new decade!!
Still riding the high, I took a lot of time off to really be clear in my thoughts. Since I was experiencing so much euphoria, I wanted to reallllllly soak it all in – I spent a lot of time journaling & SO excited for the future! I’ve had SO MUCH brand clarity too, so let’s get back to work, baby.
As I enter this fresh new decade with so many new changes already, I’ve been thinking of what kind of person I want to be.
I recently read Atomic Habits & one thing I learned is habits build your identity SO it got me to thinking about what habits & hobbies I enjoy and hone in on.
As I got to thinking about them, they were things I am SO passionate about but have put to the burner for whatever reason.
.In lieu of resolutions this year, I’m focusing on activities! Here’s the hobbies I want to start in the new year & decade!
hobbies i want to start in 2020
scrapbooking / photo albums: this is at the top of my list, especially as we are in the beginning of our marriage. Growing up, we had SO many photobooks and it’s something I want to have around the house. It’s a fun way to physically look back on memories, photos from old trips, & more. I also want to start scrapbooking! Basically a book where I can add things that are randomly special to Erik & I, whether it’s hotel keys, ticket stubs, & more. Collaging in general just sounds so fun to me on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
commonplace books: i got this from my friend Gitana – i LOVE her blog & she made a great post on commonplace books – check it out!! Journaling is something that has changed my life & I love the idea of the commonplace book. Basically, it’s a daily journal and you just list whatever: recipes, quotes you heard, something you read, etc – Gitana does a great job at explaining it. Here’s a quick blurb from her blog post on commonplace books: “As far back as the Renaissance (maybe even earlier), women used to keep Household Commonplace Books. They were essentially journals where women would collect and curate their own book of knowledge, facts, poetry, recipes, quotes, prayers, sermons, stories, treatments, etc. for personal use and reference.” It’s eventually basically your own mini magazine or book on you! kind of like the blueprint to a lifestyle brand.
baking: i don’t know if I’ve ever publicly said this here but i LOVE to bake, it’s one of my fave hobbies and something I most definitely do not do enough of. In the 2000s, I used to bake ALL the time – in fact, if you asked me in 2006 what I want to be when I “grow up”, I’d say pastry chef! I’d later be introduced to the world of wine & that was the route I ended up choosing. That said, I still did it all of the time for fun. For whatever reason ever since I moved to California in 2013, I stopped baking and I miss it so much. I love the science behind it as well as the time it takes. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day. Now that I’m married, I want to work on some recipes that are special to us… I already have a few in mind I can’t wait to try! I also want to start making bread weekly. It’s a huge time commitment, but will force me to be present! Not to mention, SO fun!
wine tasting & journaling – grid and all!: if you’re new here, I am a certified sommelier! I started my studies in 2007 back when I lived in Houston and got my certified in 2013. To prepare for the tests, I was doing a lot of pen to paper tastings. Basically, they would be along a grid and then notes for my thoughts. I recently found my old notes & binders dating as far back as 2009 – fitting, as the binders are Ed Hardy lol. But I found my old tasting grids & notes so I’m going to start a wine journal with this format! I’ll make a print out for you asap and post it here if you want to do it too 🙂
frequent japantown in san francisco: this is a place I do not go to enough here and it’s such a hidden treasure!! i have a huge list in my journal of places I want to go to in japantown so time to check them out. as I learn the language, it’s fun to have a little piece of japan here in sf! The book store is amazing and I want to start buying some japanese cookbooks – it will help me learn both the language & new techniques! I’m thinking a weekly lunch somewhere new & some shopping. Dying to try the yasukochi crunch cake!!
perfect my photography style: ever since our two big California road trips, I’ve really loved taking photos of my life with Erik! We like to take our cameras & just let the clicks go – no posing or anything and on our iphones, we love the burst mode. I’ve found that we really turn to the sunhazy, oceanside shots. I like “white gold” hour, golden hour, & sunset hour and have been really loving that time at night riiiiight before the sky turns black – even better if the moon is out. anyways, it’s a style i want to really play with, tweak, & create some fun presets to!
yoga: for the next 3 months, I committed to 10 classes a month! i’ve really felt my posture decline in a bad way over the past 3 years so it’s something I want to nip dead in the bud. like, I’ve felt like a curled up shrimp & that’s not okay. i’m already 4 classes in and already feel such a shift physically & mentally that I’m excited to see what more classes do! the studio i go to has no clocks or really trendy music or anyone really filming in the classes (& if they are, i’ve never noticed!). it’s so calming and such a lovely disconnect from technology & blue light. there’s something especially lovely in the evening with the warm glow & darker mood – I especially love still being able to hear the city sounds of san francisco! an hour sooo well spent.
vj’ing!! & making mixtapes: virtual dj’ing!! this is something I am SO excited for & working on now. it’s no secret that music is something I am SO passionate about. I make tons of spotify playlists already but I want to take it one step forward. I’m going to give my hand a go at making some mixes!! my end goal is to make you feel. follow my soundcloud & spotify to be in the loop!
visit the library: this is the one that inspired this post!! i recently got a library card from erik & i am SO excited!! I plan on visiting once a week and have a goal to read at least 3 books a month. I got some sweet DMs letting me know about all the san francisco libraries! there’s such a fun culture here with book swaps, events, & more. Not to mention, it’s a new way to explore the city and new neighborhoods! Also, I feel it’s just more responsible on my end. I bought a TON of books over the years and unless they’re cookbooks or lifestyle books, I rarely reread them. it’s more sustainable on my end not to mention cost effective. I especially love that it will encourage me to read more & plan on having 5 books checked out at a time! Do you visit your local library?
Happy Sunday!! Erik & I have a yoga class tonight and I’m soooo excited. I love the idea of a restorative sesh before winding down for bed! Then, a cup of my reishi chill tea & a few pages of the book I’m reading: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex. I’ll share my thoughts on it later bc tbh I’m mixed.
What hobbies would you like to get into in 2020? Any tips for any of mine?