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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It's New Years Eve

Wow, December 31st! Can you believe it? Where did the year go and what is in store for the new year? I think many of us will be stepping into 2009 with a bit of trepidation. Maybe fear. I know that I will be going into 2009 hopeful. Hopeful that the economy turns around and that everyone from the executive levels to the lowly hourly workers learn from our economic mistakes and the year becomes prosperous for business. Hopeful that a change in administration will actually change things in the US. I know that change will not come overnight but hey, even if the course is set, it's better than nothing. Hopeful that people will keep their houses and jobs. Hopeful that the US pulls out of Iraq and Afghanistan (I have a vested interest in this hope!).

I like to think that the New Year is filled with possibilities. That opportunities are endless and all I have to do is change my attitude about my circumstances. Because I am very blessed and have a tendency to think of the worst, my biggest opportunity will be taking an attitude of GRATITUDE. Grateful that I have enough and that enough is plenty. Thankful for what I have, a loving family, a husband I adore, a boy who has grown into a fine young man, a daughter in law (to be) that I feel is my daughter. Her family who shares the same values that the David and I do, love of God, family, honesty, hard working.
A home, even if it's not out of Architectual Digest, is filled with love, laughter and peace. There is oil in the fuel tank and food in my fridge. My job! A job that is very hard at times, a boss who is my coach, mentor and friend, who challenges me constantly to grow and change. Answered prayers. Horses. Friends. Cyberbuddies (Hi you guys!). My brother and his family. My love of Jesus. See, the blessings just goes on and on.

I read something recently, that I am going to challenge everyone who visits Joanie's World to consider doing this year. I'll be doing it and I hope you will join me. I am going to take a minute each morning and write down 3 things that for which I am thankful. It doesn't have to be big things. I can be thankful for the sun streaming into the bedroom. Birds singing. Olivia snoring next to my head. Anything. It will be a great start for the day. Join me. Focus on the good things, not the bad things.

As far as stitching, I only have 6 goals this year. They are my commitments for the year.
  • Finish Beatrix Potter (in the SAL, so that should happen)
  • Stitch the Cadet and Lovely Jenna's wedding sampler
  • Stitch True Virtue (we'll get there, Connie!)
  • Participate in the Prairie Schooler Exchange
  • Have fun! and not worry about my Wips, starts or stash
  • Stitch from my stash and limit purchases to patterns to those that I know I will stitch and not buy just because I want it.
I do have personal goals for 2009, some private and some not so private. I am sure that you can guess them...lose weight, save more, be a great listener and friend.

Anyway, here's to the New Year! A year filled with promise, expectation and opportunities!



Laura said...

Happy New Year Joanie!!!!

I look forward to cyber-stiching with you this year! I also want to follow the Prairie Schooler exchange blog....that looks fabulous!!!!!!


Sherry said...

I love your challenge and will try to remember to do that each morning! It definitely would be a good way to start each day!

Von said...

Blessings to you all year long, Joanie!

Karoline said...

Happy new year Joanie

Vonna said...

A clean slate, a new start and yours sound lovely...I think I'll be happy to join you!
May you have a super 2009!

Lisa said...

Blog surfing the Big Blog of Stitchers has blessed me with landing on yours. I, too, will take up your challenge for 2009 as it will assist in keeping a positive attitude throughout the year and acknowledge the things we do have - life, love and laughter to name a few.
Also, to get move involved in the cyberstitching circle, I would like to know how to get involved in some of the exchanges.
Happy New Year :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy New Year! You'll make your goal weight if you really want to!!!