I love the end of the year, it's a time to reflect on what has gone by and what will come. In fact I usually start winding down beginning with Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of all. I love that Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to gratitude. Amidst all the turkey and tradition and drama, there is the little kernel of giving thanks that makes the holiday so much more meaningful to me.
On New Year's eve I almost never go out, too many tipsy drivers and I'm more of a quiet girl anyway. I traditionally clean house, both physically and metaphorically. I like to start off the new year with a clean slate. I like to start by looking back at the experiences of the year, and this year had some lovely ones. I taught at several lovely knitting and spinning events, beginning with the Madrona Winter Retreat on through Sock Summit and SOAR. What a lot of fine adventures I've had this year!
As I look back on 2009, I also realize what a year of transition this was. I transitioned into my new, no biochemistry to fall back on, career. We spent a year traveling back and forth from old house to new, a 1000 mile journey each way. We did this trip so many times that I put over 15,000 miles on my car. And today, exactly one year since we purchased our new house, we are finally moved in as permanent citizens of Eugene. 2009 was the year of transition, 2010 will be the year of new beginnings.
In between all the traveling, I still managed to accomplish a few things. I wrote a book, and published it - quite a tangible expression of my knitting progress this year. I sorted and packed the last 20 years of my life. I moved to a new place and began a new life. I also got more flus than I've had in the last 5 years put together. sheesh, I guess it's not all fun and games.
And we managed to have a lovely Christmas. At the last second I pulled out some sweet little hats as gifts. The sparkly little girl hats for two fairy loving imps, and cute beret for my MIL from brushed baby alpaca with angora trim, yummmm.
I didn't get Mr. Bonnet anything for Christmas and he didn't get me anything either. We are both replete with our good fortune, satisfied by the good ending to the year and our accomplishment of the move. But every year I also give myself a little present. This year my present to myself was the completion of my new studio. The studio/office space was one of the main reasons we bought this house and seeing my studio come together was the realization of a long, long, held dream.
I am having fun cleaning and organizing, getting ready for tomorrow and the start of a brand new year. We'll watch the rose parade and the rose bowl this year. The local team, the University of Oregon Ducks, are playing in the bowl. It will be fun, watching something from my old life, my old neighborhood, cheering on something from my new life.
Some years I make resolutions and some years I don't. This is a year for resolutions. I am borrowing my resolutions from one of my favorite blogs to read. I had a whole list, but these two resolutions summed it up perfectly and I was inspired by what Laurie wrote.
1) Get really healthy
2) Come from a place of yes
For me, getting really healthy means losing some of this excess weight that I gained during the transitional period. I'm making a commitment to eating right, exercising, and shedding the weight I don't need. To help me do this, I'm making this commitment public (i.e. here on this blog) because telling people about it helps hold me accountable. I have bit of a confession, I have always enjoyed being a little overweight, it made me feel, well, juicy. However, my doctor has warned me that I am too far overweight and I'm no longer a spring chicken, so it's time to take care of my health. I'm declaring my weight to be "X pounds" (what, you didn't think I'd actually tell my weight did you?). Periodically I'll weigh in and declare my weight as - or +. You may not be interested, but it will be quick and painless to skip. For me it will help to keep me focused on my goal. More importantly than the number, though, is the action of eating right and exercising. Even if I don't lose a single pound, eating better and exercising will make me healthier.
Coming from a place of yes, is a bit more subtle. For me, this will mean spending time to encourage others, not allowing petty jealousies to invade my thoughts, spending time each day with thoughts of gratitude for all the good things I have and acting on my inspirations rather than let them slip away for days or weeks.
So there you have it, my ruminations on 2009, my hopes and aspirations for 2010. I hope you are all having a wonderful transition from the old year to the new.