2009 will bring…

So I’ve been thinking a lot over the past 24 hours about many things. Some of these “thinking items” include how much my life has changed in 2008 (and the years prior), how I can cross off more items from my life list, and what additional changes, blessings, challenges, and accomplishments that I may encounter. Yes, it’s been a thought filled day to say the least.

I think the “thoughts” started yesterday when my roommate (and very good friend) gave me the news that she will be moving in order to find employment. This came as quite a shock to me (and I’m not sure I have fully dealt with it all quite yet) and I really hope that she is able to find a new, great job that will last her for many years to come (or at least until the economy in Michigan turns around!) I will miss her very much. But anyway… that kind of threw me for a loop. But I digress.

My life in 2008 may not have “changed” so much… but more of how much my life has changed before this. How much more active and healthy I have become… and desire to remain that way. I love walking (which I knew before) – but especially training with my team and walking with them in the Susan G Komen 3-day (which I will be doing again in 2009!) On the “weight loss” front… I had a great year – losing almost 50 pounds – so I look different, and because of that have much more confidence in my everyday life.

I want 2009 to be a “banner” year for crossing items off the “Life List” I created this year. I am hoping to really take advantage of life and the things around me to do the following (and maybe more):
· Go to a Nickelback concert (February 28 in Detroit)
· Run a 5k+ (planning to do the 10k Riverbank Run on May 9)
· Ride a horse (should be able to do this at Cran-Hill Ranch sometime this summer)
· Be a tourist in my hometown (Tulip Time is a perfect opportunity for this!)
· Read the Bible in a year

As far as other things that I want to do in 2009…
~I want to get my finances in better shape. Don’t get me wrong, I am not having financial difficulties (I am blessed with a great job), but I really want to plan for future travel and to be ready for other “unexpected” things that life may throw at me.
~I also want to date more. Yes, I am actually putting that on the blog (and yes, I believe my parents read this also!) But it would be great to be able to meet more guys and learn about what is right and wrong for me in a relationship.
~While I would like to do a fair amount of travelling in 2009, I don’t know exactly where that will lead. I have lots of friends across the US (and the world). Really, I would love to visit more – or all – of them this year, but with the economy the way it has been in 2008, I’m not sure how much travelling that I will end up accomplishing (however, Lely… I am still trying to make the Dominican trip a go for either my birthday – or another cold weather/otherwise snowy month!)
~I would also like to sell my condo this year. It’s been on the market for just about 6 months now with little or no leads. It would be a blessing to be able to sell it and open up additional options for me as far as housing goes.
~For my weight loss, I would love to be able to maintain my weight for the entire year. That would be an awesome accomplishment… not only showing others, but also proving to myself, that you can lose LOTS of weight AND keep it off!!!

I really don’t know what else 2009 may or may not hold… but I do have to say that I am looking forward to the potential of the year and its possibilities.