In reading blogs and talking to friends and family, I'm finding that there's a lot of reflection going on as 2009 comes to a close. That's not unusual, but I haven't really thought much about 2009 and its events and accomplishments. Instead, I've been looking forward to 2010 and setting some very specific goals for realizing my dreams. I don't want to let 2009 go by without taking some time to reflect on what I've accomplished and experienced, though, so I decided to continue the tradition of completing my annual Year-End Meme. (I took the reflection a little further and read through my 2007 and 2008 year-end posts, too.)
I traveled to Arizona, a first which provided several other firsts: I saw my first cactus; visited the Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Painted Desert and the Petrified forest, as well as several other interesting places; and I got a tattoo while I was there. I also rode on a motorcycle for the first time, played my first hand of black jack at a casino, saw Niagara Falls and sat in the studio audience of a television show (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).
I made some significant progress on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list in 2009. As for 2010, I'm not a resolution maker, but I am setting some serious goals for 2010.
Yes, several friends and family members had babies this year.
More freelance clients (and therefore income), more mindfulness, more time practicing yoga, and more time with my sisters and my girlfriends. I miss my girls' nights!
November 26th - The first time I hosted Thanksgiving in my house.
That's a really good question. I'm not feeling really good about my accomplishments in 2009. I feel like I was so busy all year and it went by so fast, but I don't feel like I have much to show for all that busy-ness.
I suppose that completing a book proposal for a client was a pretty big achievement. I'm going to go with that.
Not getting myself into a regular exercise routine again.
A beautiful set of bookends in Arizona and a table and chairs set for my dining room
I can't think of anyone in particular...
Same here. (Maybe I'm a bit too self-centered to answer these two questions???)
Into my house, savings account and 401K.
Building my writing and editing business in preparation for full-time freelance.
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
(a) happier; (b) neither...I've managed somehow to maintain my weight this year, although that's not necessarily a good thing; (c) richer.
Yoga, practicing mindfulness, traveling, submitting my work, and exercising. I could always write and read more, too.
Watching television (yet again this year, although I did manage to go TV-less at least one night a week); thinking I was too busy to enjoy things I love
I spent most of the day with my dad watching Bones reruns, visited my Grampy in the hospital, then had a lobster and shrimp dinner with my dad. During the week of Christmas I visited with friends and family, laughing, baking and enjoying their company.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I fell (more) in love with My Love. :)
No. I don't hate.
Nonfiction - A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Fiction - The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I didn't do much musical exploration in 2009...
More focus on my goals and dreams and a clear plan for getting where I want to go.
Central air conditioning, a refinished basement, a new roof and a renovated kitchen
I can't say I've seen one that absolutely blew me away, but I really liked My Sister's Keeper and I'm looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes this week.
I turned 33 and I had a nice dinner at Olive Garden with My Love. I also celebrated a little late when I headed out to Arizona to visit my sister. doing mundane tasks.
The year went by a little too quickly for my taste, so I think the thing that would have made it more satisfying is if I had slowed down to smell the roses a little more or at least worked on being less busy and more productive.
I upped the trendiness factor this year by getting some new specs. Other than that, I'd say my fashion concept remained the same: casual yet professional.
Reading, writing and spending time with family and friends. And plenty of laughter.
The health care debate
The same people I miss every year: friends who live out of state; my sister; my mom and the rest of my family in NY; and even girlfriends in the area that I don't get to see nearly enough.
I met a lot of new people in 2009, especially while I was out in Arizona, but I think I would have to go with the literary agent I met at a writing conference. She's become a friend and valuable resource as I pursue my writing dreams.
That dreams won't come true if you don't spend time pursuing them.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I can't think of any that apply, honestly.
How do you feel about 2009? Did you do all that you wanted to do? Was it a good year? Are you ready for 2010?