I read author Donald Miller’s blog. Last week, he wrote about resolutions and how it’s best to not tell others what you resolve to do. Check it out here.

The reasoning — according to Derek Silvers, to whom Miller links — is that people who share goals rather than keep them secret are less likely to attain them. The act of telling someone — saying your goal out loud — makes us less likely to actually accomplish that task because we’ve tricked our minds a little bit.

Miller explains, “When you share a goal publicly, your brain enjoys the sharing in the same way it enjoys the  achievement itself, and you’ve lost some of you motivation.”

So, I was going to share some goals, but I think I’ll just share the ones that I’m not very worried about being able to keep up with this year.

1. To read more and go to the library more. Right now I’m reading the Narnia books, which I never read as a child. And, my mom gave me this book that I had read the first chapter of — “The Noticer.” It looks really great. Sometimes I need easy reads (like the Narnia books) or something that I’m super excited about (“The Noticer”) to get me excited about reading.

2. To try new recipes. One of my favorite new recipes is a Jamacian-style Black Bean and Coconut Cornbread Bake (recipe below). Completely easy. And, completely vegan.

Jamacian-style Black Bean and Coconut Cornbread Bake
Jerk seasoning or 1 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp olive oil plus some for greasing pan
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles (with juices)
1 ½ cups frozen yellow corn (thawed)
½ tsp salt, divided
⅛ tsp ground black pepper
½ cup all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat flour)
½ cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tbsp sugar
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
⅔ cup light coconut milk
To prepare:
Set oven to 350 degrees. Oil an 8-inch square baking dish. Stir the beans, tomatoes and juices, corn, jerk seasoning, ¼ tsp salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread in the baking dish.
Whisk together four, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and remaining ¼ tsp salt in a separate bowl. Add coconut milk and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Stir until just combined; do not over mix.
Spread batter over bean mixture with a spatula. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

I’ve also added shredded cheese to make the bake a bit more exciting. It’s good without, too.

3. To be creative at every chance I have. An example: I spent six-ish hours this past weekend painting my parents’ spare bedroom. I am not a seasoned painter, but such a friend helped my mom and me. To my surprise, I’m not awful at painting, and I actually enjoyed it once I got used to the task. I’d like to paint more when I have an opportunity.

— Kimberly