A Canadian Resolution: Courage


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The next segment of the Canadian Food Experience Project is about resolutions, fitting, as it is a brand new year full of promise and new horizons. However this year I find it hard to concentrate on a food goal or resolution, as there are so many things swirling above my head now that it’s all I can do to grab one at a time, concentrate on it and then move on to the next!

I decided that this is the year to pick a word that reflects my resolutions and goals rather than set them out in the written word.

After a few days of mulling it over, I have decided that the word that I want 2014 to be all about is courage. I waffled between the word Faith, or self, but I think courage is what it is all about. I need to have courage first in order to have faith in myself at the very core of it all.

I’m not, by any means, a scared person, unwilling to take risks, but the past few months I have had to round-up more courage than my usual quota, because while I am not scared, I can surely be a self-doubter.

This year is going to be a year full of crazy, wonderful, scary things for me. We are in the middle of deciding if we are pulling the kids from school next year and homeschooling. This is a monumental decision that has been taking up my mind daily. This is going to take an enormous amount of courage and faith in myself. I’m apprehensive as heck but I know that this is the right thing for us this coming year.

I need to courage to walk through doors that are opening into the scary world of the unexplored this year.

I need courage to get myself on that plane to Paris in three weeks time, even though I hate flying with a passion.

I will have the courage to keep writing daily, to keep the recipes and stories coming for you.

I will have the courage to say no. I tend to try to please everyone, all the time and then nothing is left for myself, like almost every other mother I know. However I will have the courage to say no to some events, or favors or requests.

I have courage to keep on course, that Mike and I will both keep working at home successfully like we are now and that we both have the courage to explore all the things we have been dreaming about. The only other people who could ever understand the amount of courage it takes to be a self-employed couple are those who have done it. Egads. Mega courage.

Lordy, this whole year is going to be big, huge, giant scary leaps into the unknown. One after another. Seriously.

As for any food resolutions, I honestly want to start making more dinner recipes. What a silly little resolution compared to the monster steps I will be taking life and career wise this year! Truly, my lack of dinner recipes on this site irritates me, I am such a baker!

I’m going to concentrate on more fish recipes, with of course, fish that I have caught myself.

I’m going to bake more crazy, decadent desserts. Of course.

Do you have a word that sums up what you would like your year to encompass? Any food resolutions that you would care to share?

Here’s to making 2014 the best ever!







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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Shari J says

    I love this post, Karlynn!  

    Isn’t it funny how something as simple as saying ‘no’ is often the hardest thing to do?  I often say yes to everything, in an attempt to please everyone, and don’t leave any time for myself.  I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to throw kids into that mix.

    I’m hoping the excitement of Paris will trump your hatred of flying! 

    All the best in 2014,


    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Shari J Thanks Shari! And yes, that “no” is going to be the resolution that is the hardest to keep, mark my words! Happy 2014!

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