Lots and lots of folks are saying what a crappy year 2008 was and how theyâ€™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 experiencesâ€¦ I think the rest of you probably did too, and youâ€™ve just forgotten about all the good times you had (and I also think thatâ€™s probably because the news is filled with doom and gloom but thatâ€™s another story for another time). Have no fear, Iâ€™m going to tell you why 2008 was pretty terrific for me with the hope that it reminds you why your 2008 wasnâ€™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. Itâ€™s 43,000 words strong and still going – not too shabby!
30-before-30-list nearly completed â€“ I still need to learn to juggle and am taking on volunteers to teach me.
I hiked the freakinâ€™ Grand Canyon!
Cher sang happy birthday to me â€“ jealous?
Finally, the most important and wonderful things on my list are having Frankâ€™s hand to hold, fighting over the bed with Stella and Phyllis, Florida sunshine, green Christmas cookies, Aunt Dorisâ€™ surprise cupcakes, Friends, and Family.
Iâ€™m sure that 2009 is going to be pretty fantastic and Iâ€™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!