В начале года я написала нескольким людям, вдохновляющим меня, и попросила поделиться с Howtusucceed.at своими «новогодними резолюциями». Разумеется, в январе я написать об этом прозевала, но теперь-то половина года прошла, и в качестве инфоповода меня выручает mid-year check.
С сегодняшнего дня я буду публиковать по заметке о каждом из них, а в конце — напишу про себя.
Фото: Alex Moscaw
Суки Маман, странствующий шеф-повар (сейчас вы можете встретить его в Томске) и создатель лучшего в мире бананового пудинга. Мною съедено немало десертов его авторства в кондитерской Upside Down Cake, куда я часто прихожу поработать.
"This is interesting - a few people have got in touch and said 'do you KNOW it's the year of the HORSE?' Which is supposed to be 'my' year, by the way. 'NO,NO!' they say 'it's not the year of ANY horse! It's the year of the FIRE HORSE' There was a noticeable dip in births in 1966 because people wanted to avoid being associated with this year of the fire horse. People seen as unruly, strong, creative, disruptive, undisciplined, mad, artistic, not fitting in somehow. Is that us...?
So that's what's been on my mind as we go into 2014. Do I even want to believe in any of this stuff? Surprisingly (to me) yes, I suppose I do. It could be an important year, psychologically, for me and I want to DO SOMETHING, you know? SOMETHING!
Apart from the usual resolutions of trying to read REAL BOOKS (I read so many books in 2013, it's unbelievable how good it felt) and writing REAL LETTERS with a pen and paper (my hand still hurts and my writing is getting worse, it's official) these things are still important to me, as much as reconnecting with people I know and love, who I understand are out there and always there for me, but I want to make those connections personal, more unforgettable. Taking a train to Belgium next week from London for two days to see an old friend, and doing the same thing in Kiev for two days. I want to make that effort...
I don't know if it's a sign, when I want to stay in touch, especially when I see old friends around me settling down, having kids, having families, buying homes, settling down, and well, living their lives.
Absorbing something new, you know, ideas, trends, flavours, all the things I love, and not just reacting without any real emotions. Moving more! I don't want to be so organised and live by the clock! I can't avoid waking up each morning at 05.15, it's just a force of habit, but I want to try and add something random into the mix that even I won't see coming until it happens to me. You know, it's great to love what you do and be good at it, but at the same time I want to pay more attention to the personal side of things — I'm not good at finding that balance and there's the mission for this year...
those are the moments when you accept an invitation, a friendship, a conversation, instead of heading back home and relaxing. I suppose, forcing myself out of this comfortable routine and into something a little more 'adventurous'. This is what I dream of, and clearly it's only me that can make it happen...
As well as all of the above, there is still a 'list' for 2014, which is a little more mundane, I'm afraid:
1/ go to Spain and speak Spanish!
2/ go to Japan and speak Japanese!
3/ See lake Baikal
4/ Travel to Altai and the north of Mongolia
5/ Call my mum regularly
6/ I want to try again with the energy and love I put into UDC (Moscow) in another project - hopefully this could be the one...
7/ Take a stronger step towards a vegan lifestyle - still elusive
8/ Create something as addictive as my banana pudding and milk cake...
9/ Damn - learn to speak Russian with confidence!"