Where were you at midnight, when it became 2008? What sort of goals did
you set for yourself for 2008? Have you met those goals? Are you
working on those goals? Have your goals changed? If so, how? What are
your goals for the remainder of 2008? Are you looking forward to 2009?
Or are you just taking one day at a time?
I think I was home alone this year. New Year is not one of my big holidays. I never stopped thinking of September as being the start of the "new year", so by the time January rolls around I’m pretty much over it. It’s also one of those annoying holidays where no one knows what they are doing until the last minute and then everyone makes a plan and is doing something completely different and you have to pick what to do. I was just happy to have the day off. I think my mother actually woke me up to say happy new year, when she called, and then I went back to sleep.
This year was the first year that I actually made a list of been goals and have either completed or have been making progress/tracking them throughout the year. I usually think in terms of themes that ran through the year, and I do it after the fact. This year, I made a list of 101 things that I wanted to do in the next three years and have been meeting with an accountability partner every week to discuss my progress. It’s actually interesting how the list has evolved over the course of the year because by actually putting down what I thought I wanted to do, I started to think about why I wanted what I want and if I really did want it it. About a quarter of the things I came up with have been thrown out because I realized they were things that weren’t important to me at all and fit either an outdated version of me, or someone else’s definition of me, or who I thought they thought I should be. Something like that. In any case, I realized that they were things I didn’t want to spend time pursuing and are slowly being replaced with goals that are more in line with what I would like to accomplish.
Going to Italy was one of my goals, and I leave in less than two weeks. My other major goal was to finish my cd project. I hope too be wrapping that up by September 2nd. I’m taking it one day at a time. Years don’t actually mean much to me. One of the good things about setting goals is that I have re-set time in a sense. I think in terms of weekly and monthly progress, so I’m always starting over and having a "new year", or entering a new period. I’m sure 2009 will be fun. But so far 2008 has been a very good year.