Only a couple of hours left in 2006 and I’m happy about that. There’s something about the start of a new year that says hope, fresh beginnings and starting over. A new year is like beginning a new journal, cracking the binding and writing the date on that first blank lined page. But then, I’ve always liked fresh starts.
I don’t officially make New Year’s resolutions but I do like to reflect on the past year and keep a few goals in mind of things I’d like to improve on and/or accomplish. 2006 was a good year in many areas of my life. DH and I made several home improvement goals happen. We painted a few rooms, bought some new furniture and were able to get the driveway paved. I traveled to places in the world and the U.S. that I never thought I’d go, the trip to Europe definitely being the highlight of my excursions. I’ve made some great new friends and became closer to old ones. I was given the pleasure of meeting Sara and Newscoma in the later part of 2006. I haven’t gotten to know NC as well as I’d like but I’m happy to say that Sara and I have bonded over Mothership bbq, Logans chili and nachos and some killer hockey. She inspires me to read more, write more, dream more. Thanks for that Scout. Several high school cronies showed up to support me at the Palmersville Fair this fall and we reconnected quickly in only a few hours. I miss them. DH and I celebrated seven wonderful years of married life together. I’m amazed he’s put up with me for ten plus years but I’m grateful for his patience. I love him to pieces. I officially passed the age of 30 and came to terms with that as best I could. I made my journalistic debut and subsequent retirement in one fell swoop with a story in the county newspaper. I had high hopes that experience would develop into a regular gig but it wasn’t in the cards for me this year. I did have the wonderful opportunity of being published in a great anthology along with other talented authors and was privileged to share that experience with my mother on the official Finn and Her Mom Book Tour.
So all things considered, it’s been a good year. There are a few things I’d like to work on in the upcoming months. Get some things in my life in order that I don’t write about here. Get serious about my writing. Stop being so lazy, quit talking about doing things and actually do them. Get in shape (Iris Festival 5K – I’m coming after ya). Learn to be more content with where I am in my life but not be afraid to make the changes I need to make in order to get where I want to be. And that’s probably about all I’ll be able to handle.
Happy New Year to you. I hope it’s great.