As I prepare for my New Year's Eve dinner party, I have plenty of time to reflect on 2007 and to hope for 2008. This has been a fantastic year. The biggest moment for me was when Neal and I declared ourselves married, but there have been so many wonderful times, from passing my comprehensive exam to selling my condo, and smaller things, too, like starting the Tobacco Valley Stitch and Bitch, knitting my finest piece to date, revisiting my love for biking, learning to cross-country ski, taking up running (if a weekly run, indeed, constitutes taking it up), celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary with them, cheering on Neal as he took a new job, and making new friends while I nurtured other friendships.
I'm happy with the writing I did this year, too. I generated some new work as I revised older stuff. I'm in the midst of the second revision of my dissertation (I'm hoping with fingers and toes crossed to defend in April). While I could be even more dedicated to my writing practice, I've found out what works for me, and I do my best to follow that. Once I graduate and move on to more permanent work, I'll have to rethink my writing practice time, but it's ingrained in me now, and I'm confident I'll figure it out.
As I think about my hopes for 2008, I've made a list of goals. Some are health and fitness related, some are geared toward spiritual growth. There are writing and professional goals, and there are goals to help me feel happier in the kitchen. I have gardening goals. I have spinning goals (um, spin more!), and I have goals for knitting and embroidery and water coloring. I plan to create a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days, but I don't feel that has to have a 1/1/08 start date.
I hope, as you cross from 2007 to 2008, that you have a quiet moment to reflect and to hope, too. I have a good feeling for 2008. It's going to be a fabulous year!
Happy New Year!!