There was lots of stuff I could have done this year and didn't. But New Year's isn't a time to look back over the year and mourn lost opportunities or kick ourselves for being lazy. It's a time to get excited about what we did accomplish--even the small things.
My birthday is so close after the New Year that I kind of mesh the two together in my mind. So as I look back over 2008 (I promise I'll do it quickly) I'm actually pleased with what I accomplished in my 25th year of life:
1. I lost 25 lbs.
2. I finished writing my very first novel
3. I ran my first 5K--and then ran two more
4. I took up the cello
5. I improved my blog and started posting regularly
6. I started a new job that I like much better than my old job (OK technically I started it in Dec. 2007, but I'm counting it here anyway)
It is hard, though, for some people to get excited about accomplishments when they also experienced sadness during the year. Our family certainly had its share of sadness when my wonderful Paw Paw passed away close to Thanksgiving. I guess a part of the looking back we all do this time of year includes the sad things--but also happy things, when I think about all the happy times we spent with him.
But I was talking about resolutions. I'm not sure what I want for my shiny new 26th year.
Ok, that's a lie. I could list a gajillion things I want for 2009, but resolutions are kind of crap. Nothing on that list above got done because of resolutions. Even the weight loss--that's a resolution I have every year (isn't it everybody's?) but I didn't do a thing about it (other than feel guilty for consuming lots of bread and pasta) until finally deciding to join WW in March.
So I'm tagging any bloggers out there (or commenters here) to list what they're proud of accomplishing this past year.
And forget the guilt! The New Year is full of possibilities you haven't even considered yet. I hope everyone has fun tonight. I finally bought this:
and plan to wear it out tonight to celebrate!
I hope you have a fab New Year. Don't forget to brag about all the cool stuff you've accomplished!