Ok, so here are the skills that I’m working on, broken into three categories: general, arty/creative, and sporty/fitness…
Think I’m missing something? Let me know!
|The General Life Skills||Goal||Method|
|Spontaneous thinking and speaking
Update: Mission accomplished! Graduated Improv 101 on 12/4/2010
|Get more comfortable thinking and speaking spontaneously…and more comfortable making a fool out of myself.||Improv classes|
|Competing as team
Update: started on 8/10/10, on hold until after the holidays
|Get more comfortable being on a team that relies on you when the work has nothing to do with spreadsheets and strategic plans.||Roller derby team|
Update: Took class in September, but still not very good at meditating. Working on it.
|Learn how to truly chill out…even just for five minutes.||Meditation class|
Update: Started on 8/2/10 – made one pretty perfect fried egg, a really good pasta salad with a lemon vinaigrette, and some not bad risotto. Found someone to give me real cooking lessons…
|First step: fry nice eggs. Then cook some meat without massacring it. Learn to make a lot of basic dishes well, with a few signature go-to dishes.||Experimenting (and maybe some classes later)|
|Baking||Get better than now. Be consistent. Develop a group of signature recipes.||Experimenting (and maybe some classes later).|
|Mixology/Bartending*||I’m slightly obsessed with the whole speakeasy-style cocktail thing, but right now I’m limited in my skills to mixing about two ingredients. Rum and coke anyone?
Learn to make basic cocktails, along with a few signature drinks.
|Experimenting (and maybe a side job?)|
|Wine*||Seeing as I barely even know how to open a bottle of wine, I have a lot of learning to do.
Learn basic different types of wine and how to make basic judgments about the quality of wine; learn 2 to 3 wines in each category that you like.
Update: Took an awesome Cheese 101 class in September at Andrew’s Cheese Shop. Definitely on my way to being a cheesepert.
|I know how to be cheesy, but I don’t know much about cheese. Learn about basic different cheeses; create a palate of cheeses to choose from.||Cheese tasting class|
*Disclosure for readers under 21: I’m 31. I’m legally allowed to drink. You aren’t. And even though I’m allowed to, I don’t drink that often. But since wine and cocktails are often part of the social situations I find myself in, it will be helpful if I can know enough to be able to order myself something a little fancier than a Shirley Temple. Although I do love Shirley Temples…
|Hip hop dance||Get good enough to not look like an idiot.||Classes|
|Ballet||Get good enough to perform and go back on pointe||Classes|
|Jazz dance||Get good enough to not look like an idiot||Classes|
|Lindy Hop||Get good enough to perform||Classes|
|Guitar||Get good enough to play in front of someone||Classes|
|Voice||Get good enough to feel comfortable singing in front of someone||Classes|
|Drumming||Get enough rhythm so that I can tap out different beats with my feet and hands at the same time.||Classes|
This next list needs a little more stuff on it, but here’s the start:
Accomplished Part 1 already! Can now run 3.5 miles. Now working on speed…
|Be able to run the 3.5 mile loop by my house without stopping; get speed on treadmill up to 5 mph||Um…running?|
|Flexibility||Splits in every direction! Cirque de Soleil here I come!||Um…stretching?|