So Long 2008, Hello 2009!

January 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm 3 comments

When we were growing up, every year we would measure ourselves on a door at my Grandparent’s house to quantify how many inches the children in our family had grown.  I’m pretty sure I no longer grow taller each year, so instead I try to “measure” my growth in other ways.   2008, wow, what a year it has been.  Sure, I met my resolution to eliminate my use of plastic grocery bags, but I think I have grown in so many other ways.  I think 2008 was the year of change, and with change comes growth. 

Over Thanksgiving I was playing a game with my niece when I was asked the question “The Pilgrims changed a lot the year of the first Thanksgiving, how have you changed in the last year?”  I think my initial answer of “I had to process losing my identity” was not the answer my 10 year old niece was looking for, so instead I went with “I eat more fresh locally-grown vegetables.”  The question made me realize I have changed quite a bit this year!  Here is a sampling:

  • I have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the United Methodist Church, including all the complexities and the joys, after my experience at General Conference. 
  • I am more confident in myself and abilities to lead in the midst of pressure and conflict.
  • My faith has deepened, for which I am deeply grateful since I’m depending on it more these days
  • I realized (as I was giving my two-week notice), that I tied much of my personal identity to my career.  As I look for my next employment opportunity, I am striving to re-define my identity, independent of my employer. 
  • The way I look at the world is changing. 
  • My appreciation of food, how it is grown, and the true cost has changed.
  • I am more appreciative of technology which has eased communication with my friends and family.  I think of others in my family history who moved thousands of miles away from their home.  Long-distance wasn’t affordable, so all communication was through snail mail.  I have email, facebook, blog, web-cam in addition to phone conversations to keep me connected and part of a community.
  • I changed time zones.  🙂

I am excited about 2009!  I don’t know exactly what it will bring, but I think that is a theme in my life these days, that I just need to go with the flow.  So for my 2009 resolutions, I will make one measureable goal and one general guideline to constantly work towards:

  1. Host one dinner party a month.  This resolution is recycled from 2007 but seems appropriate again.  The idea is we have many new people in our life who Eric and I would like to get to know better, and what better way than sharing a meal?
  2. Find a balance in my life with family/friends, my spiritual life, fighting an injustice and my career.  As part of my search for my next steps I completed the process outlined in Cathy Bonner’s book What I Want Next.  For now, finding balance in these items is what is most important to me, so why not make it a resolution!

Welcome 2009, Happy New Year!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hilstreet  |  January 5, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    When you have people over for dinner parties, you need to make that baked chicken with the bread crumbs and onion. Or your burgers. Good stuff.

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  • 2. tarathronson  |  January 6, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I forgot about that recipe, good call!

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  • 3. Tab  |  January 12, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Those are good resolutions! I think mine is just to stay sane with all the upcoming changes we have in the pipeline! I love reading your blog, btw. : )

    Reply

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