December 31, 2008
Reflections of The Year That Used to Be
Last January I made resolutions and as usual I didn’t stick to some many any of them. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking this year will be any different. Why set myself up for disappointment?
This is the year of intentions. And it is also The Year of the Mom. Oh, yes it is.
I’ve been reflecting on the 365 days of 2008 and I can honestly say I’m glad that year is over. But I do have one regret. I regret not making the best of the last year, because hot damn, time sure does fly. Visions of me in my 80s are flashing before my eyes. You laugh now, but seriously? It feels like only yesterday I was a kid. Now, I’m a mom. Time keeps on ticking.
So, 2008. It was the year of chaos. Let’s flash back, shall we?
In February I lost my job.
Doug and I celebrated seven years of marriage in October (and he’s still alive).
Le sigh. What a year.
2009 will be different. Different because I’m ready for change. Change seems to be the theme, especially since Barack Obama has won the presidency.
This year, I intend to live my life one day at a time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a plan to guide me through the next twelve months.
My intentions, in random order:
- Read 52 books this year.
- Take a photography class.
- Go away for a weekend with my husband.
- Spend quality time with Dawson, doing things he enjoys (like reading, playing, running and laughing).
- Make a conscious effort to eat healthy foods and continue exercising.
- Remodel our bathroom.
- Take a family vacation.
- Celebrate Black History Month and read books about African-American culture, heritage and history.
- Celebrate my 30th birthday without having a panic attack.
- Have another baby.
- Attend BlogHer ’09 in Chicago, and enjoy every moment of it, without Blogger’s Anxiety.
- Visit Graceland.
- Visit Hitsville, U.S.A.
- Open a 401(k), IRA, retirement account or mutual fund.
- Attend Pulaski Polka Days, Milwaukee Polish Festival and Frankenmuth Music Festival.
- Buy American made.
- Reduce my family’s carbon footprint.
- Write a novel.
- Learn more about the Catholic faith and what it means to me.
- Celebrate every day as a gift from God.
Just looking at this list fills my heart with excitement. I’m looking forward to taking better care of myself physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Bring it on, 2009. This is The Year of the Mom.
What are you going to do?