I really can't believe it is New Years eve and that tomorrow I am going to have to start writing 2009 instead of 2008 - goodness, that will take me weeks, maybe months to get used to. The transition into a new year is always a little difficult for me. I both love and hate the self reflection that the new year brings. Sometimes thinking over the past year makes me a little sad and depressed - even when I try to focus on the positive, I know deep down there were things I didn't accomplish and goals I didn't achieve. This happens around my birthday too. I guess it is just part of being a thinker and a feeler.
I constantly have to work at pulling myself out of this way of thinking. Lists help with this. I am constantly writing lists - to do lists, accomplishment lists, wishes, dreams etc. I find listing even the smallest of accomplishments can help pull me out and up because I can see the small things add up right in front of my eyes. This year with as hard as it has been, my accomplishment list is pretty long. Many of the negatives have pushed me to make positives and have shown me that I am so much stronger than I imagined.
As I look at my list (it is still in process and I may share more later as I decide on my resolutions) I can't help but notice a couple themes, one of which many of you really seemed to respond to and relate to - using creativity and simplicity to frugally, yet fabulously create a positive life experience.I shared this with you over the holidays when I on budget and while trying to use what I had on hand tried my best to create a holiday full of love and tradition for my family and friends. It was officially only a few short weeks and with a few small projects, but as I look back on the year I saw it as a recurring theme in my life. A theme that I think we might all need for 2009 - getting back to simplicity, using what we have, spending smartly, honoring tradition, sharing gratitude, creating joy and spurring growth.
So, I have decided that for me, 2009 is going to be the year of Frugal Yet Fabulous Everyday! Anyone care to join me?
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