Party Like it’s 1999

December 30th

trying to play doctorita, entre rios

One of my favorite photos of the year. I’m at work in Bolivia, helping prep this woman for her surgery by our volunteer team.

It sounds silly, but I feel like I really celebrated life this year. I took great trips, spent time with loved ones, read more books than ever, listened to some great new tunes and reached one of my life-long goals of getting on the triathlon train. Okay, the triathlon training train.

~I taught my 80-year-old grandfather to email (Hi Pap!)
~I sat at the top of Machu Picchu
~I finished my first novel
~I threw a Prom party and actually talked all my girlfriends into wearing our old dance dresses out. To Macayo’s.
~I became friends with Ruby
~I finished my grandmother’s sweater
~I baked. And baked. And played frisbee and baked. And visited the bagel shop and baked. And then to celebrate it all? Yep. I baked a bit more.
~I rode a mechanical bull. Sober.
~I dove into the dating pool with gusto and learned a thing or two about myself in the process

I’ve loved this year and look forward to the adventures of 2007.
~I’ll see Italy
~I’ll write for a commercial magazine
~I’ll have my book published
~I’ll camp
~I’ll learn how to bead
~I’ll write my second novel
~I’ll learn Portuguese
~I’ll finish a 1/2 Ironman
~I’ll ride my bike or take public transportation to work once a week
~I’ll buy less and use what I have more

May you have someone to kiss when the ball drops (or if you are in AZ, when the giant tortilla chip drops),

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25 Responses

  1. that’s a great picture. i have a friend doing volunteer work in bolivia for the next year or 2. congrats on finishing your novel!

  2. You’ll have your book published? whoo-hoo, how cool is that?! Your Pap don’t look 80, not at all. Happy New Year Kelli. I got started early with the new year resolutions and hit the harbour this morning. Freezing cold but great fun.

  3. Okay I have Prince stuck in my head now. 😉

    You rock K! You should be so proud of all you have accomplished! Happy New Year!

  4. Wow – you’ve achieved so much!! It looks like 2007 will have you working just as hard. You have some really great, challenging goals – so exciting!

    Ah, I see you are a leftie! All you left handed people are so talented!

    *hugs* for the New Year!!

  5. Wow! Not only are you ambitious, you are accomplished! My New Year’s resolution is inspired in part to your series of posts on food stamps. Happy New Years! I am so glad I found your blog!

  6. Now those are some great highlights, especially Machu Picchu. My bf and I are dying to go there! I hope your 2007 is even better than your 2006. To me having resolutions is an accomplishment! I don’t usually do resolutions. 🙂

  7. Wow, you’ve accomplished a lot this year! And so many great things for the new year… I hope 2007 will be even better for you!!

  8. Vamos falar Portugues, queres?

  9. Now that’s what I call taking life by the beans. You are such a go-getter –you’re amazing. I’m so glad I found your blog, Kelli. Happy new year!

  10. Happy New Year, Kelli

  11. It doesn’t sound silly at all — it *does* sound like you celebrated life in ’06. Good for you! What a fantastic feeling it must be to be able to look back with such joy; you accomplished so much. Can’t wait to see what ’07 holds. Happy New Year!!

  12. What an amazing post Kelli! I think I’ve learned more about you from this post than from anything else I’ve read on your blog. Not so much about your preferences and what you choose to do with your time, but rather how you see life and the world. To look back over the past year and be filled with the gratitude of what you have experienced, rather than the disappointment of what you haven’t is pretty remarkable. I also appreciated the list of what you’ll be looking forward to in 2007–everything beginning in “I’ll”. Thanks for sharing yourself so freely and inspiring us all to celebrate the upcoming year.

  13. I love that prom party idea! Happy New Year Kelli!

  14. Happy New Year to you!!!

  15. What a year! So inspiring, Kelli. Thanks for sharing 😉 And happy new year to you!

  16. Wow! Go girl. I think I’ll just adopt your resolution list for myself… hehe! It’s a good one. =) Happy New Year!!

  17. You certainly accomplished a lot in 2006 and your 2007 list promises more enticing llife adventures. I wish you all the best in this new year.

  18. Wow. I admire people who set out to live life and accomplish so much. I am jealous about your book.
    Didn’t you love Machu Picchu? I was there as a girl and it left such an impression on me I still remember it. I grew up in South America. Don’t you just love the people in Bolivia? So humble and kind.
    Have a wonderful 2007.

  19. What a wonderful year! And what a lucky girl you are to have friends who would put on their prom dresses for you. 🙂 May 2007 be just as awesome and beyond.

  20. Happy new year Kelli!!!

    Hiciste tantas cosas y hay a√∫n tanto por hacer!!! un abrzo gigante!


  21. Happy New year!!!!

    I’ve loved reading your blog for 2006 and no doubt 2007 will be as equally diverse and exciting for you – love Juliax

  22. You are amazing! Wow! What a year!! What is your novel about?!

    Happy New Year! It sounds like it’s going to be another good one.

  23. i’m working on this kind of list for myself, but it’s lovely to see yours too. something to crib from, no doubt!

  24. Google is the best search engine

  25. Well if you want to learn Portuguese let´s star:
    Oi = Hi
    Como vai? = How are you?
    Bom dia = Good morning.
    Boa tarde = good afternoon.
    Boa Noite = Good evening.

    see ya
    Cristina from Brasil.