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So another year has come and gone...well it's going anyway.  I look back and ask myself if I've accomplished all that I had hoped at the start of 2009.  My motto for 2009 had been "Each Day A New Beginning". 

I am disappointed that I did not achieve my weight loss goals, in fact, I actually am ending the year slightly heavier than I began it.  I am absolutely making changes in that arena which began a couple of weeks ago.  One motivator is that I have been asked to stand up in a wedding taking place July 4, 2010.  Our community center is initiating a challenge that includes specific exercise goals that must be met weekly, a nutritional planner, weekly meetings etc.  I am trying to decide if I want to join that group or just work on my own.  There is some merit to the accountability of a group setting.  I need to decide by Jan. 11 as it is the last day to register.

I am proud to say that I did finally finish my Bachelor's Degree and officially graduated (albeit long-distance with no hoopla) on June 28, 2009.  It sure is wonderful to not be tied to homework deadlines every week.  I have not had any positive movement with my job and with our State of Illinois governmental crisis have not seen a pay raise in 2 years (I am technically a state employee).  I already make less than my counterparts due to the nature of the non-profit world and am not sure what to do about this.  I like my job (duties, etc), the benefits (time off is amazing) and the organization that I work for, but there will be no opportunities for advancement and I have student loans to now pay off.  I must make a decision about my job situation in 2010.

I am happy to report that after 4 years of floundering faith-wise, I discovered a church where I felt like it was "home".  It still amazes me that in a congregation of 2000+ people I came away from my first visit there knowing that this is the church home I've been searching for.  However, it is still true today.  I get excited about going to church each week.  For 2010 I need to work on spending more time studying and reading my Bible.

It is always my goal to read at least a book a week and while I didn't read 52 books in 2009 I have read many more than I expected once school was finished.  I am continuing on and expect to hit the 52 book goal in 2010.  Now to read books of substance...something more to work on! :)

I am adding a financial component to my 2010 goals.  I have some organization and strategic planning to do as far as my finances go.  It is my goal to finish 2010 in much better financial shape than I am ending 2009.  I think once I get a handle on this I will be able to finally sleep at night (at least all night I hope).  It has been a source of concern as of late and needs to be rectified. 

So...times are a changing in 2010.  The hope of tomorrow is my new motto...living each day with the hope that tomorrow will be better/happier/more fulfilling than today.

Good bye 2009...Bring on 2010!!
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