One year ago today I began writing this blog. This morning I re-read that first entry; I wanted to see where I was one year ago. Overall, I’m pleased with what I’ve done this past year and writing this blog has been a big part of how I feel about 2008. I have been told that topics I’ve written about have touched people’s hearts or have been inspirational. I have been told that friends feel they know me better from what I have written. I have found the act of writing to be soothing to me personally; thinking about what I will write has helped me to be more aware of what is happening around me. I’ve tried to keep my topics positive, as much as possible; this helps keep my own outlook positive. When I’ve found myself feeling down, writing has helped to turn my mood around. I had also hoped to find more time for myself this past year and writing this blog has helped me eek out a little more time for myself, though I must admit that it’s not really that much time and it will probably be years before I quit dreaming of more.
Last New Year’s Day I also wrote that I wanted to learn to play the drums. Well, I haven’t mastered the drums, but I did force myself to participate in the Ladies’ Rock Band weekend in October (see my October archive for more information). It was such an incredible experience that I’m dragging my future daughter-in-law along and going back for more this October. I was really nervous about that weekend so I feel more of a sense of accomplishment for having done it than for finally sitting down at the drums and picking up my sticks.
The other area where I was looking for improvement was in weight loss and control – well, I guess nobody’s perfect. I gained instead of lost. Exercise is, and always will be, part of my daily life, but weight loss doesn’t just happen from working out. I figured out late in the year that stress and medication were affecting my metabolism, so I’m back on the weight loss bandwagon.
Overall, though, I’m really very happy with how this transitional year turned out. I approached fifty with gusto and excitement. My birthday was a wonderful day full of friendship and love. I feel good when I tell people I’m fifty (and even better if they act shocked). I have plans for this coming year that I know will be fun, help me grow and bring me joy. I know that there will be days of stress and frustration, but that’s okay. Whether my day is full of joy or overcast with stress, I have a wonderful support system in my husband, family and friends and I can always sit down here and organize my thoughts in my blog.