In With the New

January 1st

Sweet Roscoe

2008 was a banner year. While I didn’t buy that house (thanks economy!) or get the dog, I did create a garden, feed friends regularly at community dinners and flew past my goal of reading 40 books. I’m not necessarily any more financially secure this year than I was last, but I did manage to get a great new job and a sweet new ride. Plus, there were several a splash and dash, a couple triathlons and those five weeks in sweet Africa. I also found a great new church, saw myself published in newspapers and secured a ghost-writing deal. There was Mexico, Nicaragua, Steamboat, Portland, San Antonio, Denver and even a jaunt to our Capitol. While I could join the chorus of moaning, I’d rather not look at my 401K. Instead, I’ll just be thankful for what a great year this has been otherwise. I’m healthy and happy. There is a family moving into the White House who I admire and am proud of. My own family is doing great. Last year treated me very well.


I’m hoping in 2009 to see:

  • The novel published.
  • A new sew-along with Finny.
  • More than a dozen meals cooked from those new cookbooks.
  • 60 books read.
  • 1500 miles on the bike. Chris rides 500 a month. My friend JT rode 2400 last year. I can do this!
  • Less TV watching. (This is actually a pretty easy one since my TVs soon won’t work.)
  • More time being social.
  • Giving Ultimate another shot.
  • Giving dating another shot.
  • Taking yoga and pilates regularly.
  • Resisting buying new and instead rocking what I already have.
  • Learning to sew a dress.
  • Learning to hand quilt.
  • Learning to knit a pair of socks.
  • Scheduling and running a couple more 1/2 marathons.
  • Giving my trainer and his new eating plan a fair shot.
  • Having my blog redesigned and expanded.

I’m going to post where I’m at with each of these monthly, including a weight/health/strength update. If 2009 had a theme, it would be accountability.


What are you hoping for in the New Year?

Wishing us all the very best,


P.S. Roscoe is growing up and some how keeps getting cuter!

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15 Responses

  1. “Taking (yoga and) pilates regularly” I have an assesment on Thursday and then a few classes, maybe. I have to do the individual thing which I can’t afford. I’m going to go along with my suggested treament plan for a while…at least try. Horray 09!

  2. Sounds like 2008 did treat you very well! I hope you achieve all you want in 2009. You have some wonderful goals for yourself. What a precious child he is! Happy New Year Kelli!

  3. Sounds like your plate will be full in 2009. Congrats on all the community dinners (they always look so festive and yummy)! Here’s to a very happy New Years! 🙂

  4. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. Let me know if you need any help with the dress sewing–I know a thing or two in that category!



  5. These are great goals for what I’m sure is going to be a great year!!

  6. Oh, my god! The eyeballs on that kid! Gorgeous.
    Happy new year, Kelli!

  7. You’ve got some great goals there Miss kelli. I hope you achieve every one! Happy new year to you.

  8. What great goals for 2009. I hope you achieve them all and more. You deserve it.

  9. By the way, I could see you doing something like this but with your love of African, all things green, and all that.

  10. Oh, what gorgeous big blue eyes, my dear.
    You have quite the year planned for 2009. Dating? Hmmmm….looking forward to hearing about it and about your other plans. Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year Kelli. Those are great goals, I’m sure you’ll accomplish all of them because you rock!

  12. First off, adorable photos!

    If you guys do another sew along I am totally going to have to join so I can accomplish one of my new year goals (use my sewing machine)! 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  13. Cheers! Here’s to great goals and a wonderful 2009!!Happy New Year!

  14. To read 60 books?! Wow, I didn’t even hit my goal of reading 20 this year. Yeah, I suck. hehee (I blame it all on that cute boyfriend and precious niece of mine–it’s their fault!) Yes, ’08 was great. And, I welcome another great year for all in ’09! Happy New Year.

  15. Isn’t it wonderful how the new year brings us an opportunity to reflect, plan, and move forward in achieving our life goals? To me, the bottom line of all this is being simply happy.

    I love your list (certainly achievable) and posted my own on my Jan. 1 blog entry.

    A very happy 2009 to you, Kelli!