2008 to 2009

Lots and lots of folks are saying what a crappy year 2008 was and how they’re looking forward to a better 2009. I, for one, had a terrific 2008 that was filled with new hobbies, a sense of accomplishment, adventure, and overall wonderful experiences… I think the rest of you probably did too, and you’ve just forgotten about all the good times you had (and I also think that’s probably because the news is filled with doom and gloom but that’s another story for another time). Have no fear, I’m going to tell you why 2008 was pretty terrific for me with the hope that it reminds you why your 2008 wasn’t too bad, and I encourage each of you to make your own list!

I taught myself to crochet and have made several lovely items. One can never have enough scarves.

On a frantic Monday afternoon I came up with the idea that I could write a book, and so I started writing. It’s 43,000 words strong and still going – not too shabby!

30-before-30-list nearly completed – I still need to learn to juggle and am taking on volunteers to teach me.

I hiked the freakin’ Grand Canyon!

Cher sang happy birthday to me – jealous?

Finally, the most important and wonderful things on my list are having Frank’s hand to hold, fighting over the bed with Stella and Phyllis, Florida sunshine, green Christmas cookies, Aunt Doris’ surprise cupcakes, Friends, and Family.

I’m sure that 2009 is going to be pretty fantastic and I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next. In the New Year I am going to make an effort to be healthier, take deeper breaths, read more, write more, hug more, and take more time to appreciate everything that I have.

Happy New Year!

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