Happy New Year!

2008 has been a long year. For us there have been great highs and deep lows. It has been a year of learning, triumphs and laughter and had more then it's share of hardship and sorrows.

In 2009 I don't intend to have as structured a goal list as past years. I'm a New Year's Resolution person. Applying self-inflicted accountability works for me. 2009 will have a shorter and less strict list then in years past. I may be one of the few people that still makes and stubbornly keeps resolutions. I have found myself scrambling in the last months of a year to complete them, but I do. I'm the sort of person who hates to disappoint others, even myself.

I have been learning to say no and not feel guilty about it (stop laughing those of you who know me well). I'm going to make a point of relaxing a little more, enjoying more of the little things, getting more exercise and being sleep deprived less often. Particular goals will be less numerated. I intend to knit more sweaters and cardigans including the Wrapigan by ChampagneMaker (Rav. link here) just because I love it so much. That warm hug of knit comfort is going to be mine . And lace ~ not just basic lace I've knit in the past ~ but a pretty shawl will be patiently tackled and my 'fear of knitting one of those' overcome.

2009 Chase will complete his UTDX tracking and Rally titles and begin trialing his Obedience titles. Eating healthier (which is not hard after an uber-indulged December), finishing the backyard garden projects (almost got there this year!) and finding a yoga class for Nicole and I. My past lists have all been much longer and more specific. This year I'm learning from my friends to be more lenient with myself. That's an improvement from me... baby steps to cutting back. Perhaps my biggest goal?

The Not Noro Striped scarf from my last post? Loving it. Thanks for the encouragement to keep knitting. I've not had a lot of time to sit and knit, but it's growing slowly but surely.

I wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy and joyous New Year!


woolywumpus said...

I know as sure as I'm sitting here that 2009 will be an unbelieveable year. I'm going to hold you to your resolution to catch up on your sleep! Say goodbye to 2008 and thank it for all it offered and welcome all the adventure 2009 has in store! See you in the obedience ring and maybe even at a tracking test!

peaknits said...

I'm glad to leave 2008 behind and start anew - I'm a resolution maker and keeper too:) Good luck on that Wrapigan, gosh, it's fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! That looks like a good list with lots of different things. Looking forward to seeing how it all goes. :-)

Teresa C said...

Happy New Year!!!

I love that photo, did you take it from a light box? I made one for myself yesterday and then as I was trying to take some photos my camera battery died. Heh. Hopefully today or tomorrow I'll get to check it out.

Good luck on your resolutions for the new year!

MrPuffy said...

Happy New Year to you too!

How novel, I've never made a New Year's resolution in my life! Good luck on yours - I like the idea of a yoga class and wish I was near a studio. I do have a couple of yoga tapes that I enjoy ocassionally.

Your scarf is looking very pretty and is just one of those patterns that are meant to be.

I believe Anne Hanson (knitspot) has lace patterns that are actual "lace" that you might want to look at.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too! I rarely make resolutions, so I'm impressed that you do.

raining sheep said...

All the best wishes for a wonderful 2009. You should be a little more lenient on yourself - it's good for the soul :) I am still being very lazy doing nothing, well, I went ice climbing today, but aside from that - nothing. I only have three more days off so I intend to take laziness to a greater level :) Hugs.

amanda said...

Happy New Year Renee!
This is a lovely positive post.

t does wool said...

Happiest of New Years to you Renee!

Knitterella said...

That wrap you are going to knit is awesome! Thanks for the link - really look forward to seeing yours. I totally YES to your Striped Scarf too - it's very pretty.

A Happy and Healthy 2009 to you and yours!

Philigry said...

happy new year!

Nicole said...

Happy New Year as well! May you hold to your resolutions, your post gives me inspiration to hold steady on mine, and may a great year unfold for you!
Like others, happy to start a new year!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Happy New Year to you! Good luck with all your goals, and I'm looking forward to seeing all your projects this year!

Renee said...

In response to Teresa C: You asked if I use a light box? I took the pictures by my south facing window on a $1 sheet of poster board (kids use them for school projects) without a flash. Cheap, easy and the photos come out very colour true!

Thank you for the wonderful well wishes for 2009 everyone! Back at you!! :) Hugs, Renee

Alison Boon said...

wishing you well with all your goals for 2009

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