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2009… A Look Back at What Was…

Published December 30, 2009 - 1 Comment

When 2008 was winding down, I had high hopes for the year ahead.  2009 was supposed to be a banner year.  It was the year to tie up some administrative ends, and set the stage for amazing things to come. 

On the personal side, I had set 3 major goals.  The first was to finish up that Business degree that had been hanging over my head for the better part of 19 years.  I gave up my summer vacation, and focused on using it “a day here, a day there” from January until April, and successfully tackled the remaining 3 courses.  Not only did I manage to pass all of them, I had the highest marks ever on my transcript.  In May, I received my diploma, which still sits in an envelope on the shelf.  Life hasn’t really changed at all in that department, but was still nice to cross it off my list of things to do.

The second major goal was to finally wipe my personal debt clean.  It’s amazing how easily a series of poor decisions, coupled with some unfortunate circumstances, can cause personal debt to spiral out of control.  The whole “buy now, pay later” thing is an easy trap to fall into.  Well, “later” had finally arrived.  I had set up a repayment plan in 2008, and could have drawn it out for another 5 years, but I was determined to work hard and get this out of the way well before that time.  I made my last payment in the fall of 2009, and have enjoyed the extra cash flow ever since.  More importantly, I’m determined not to repeat the mistakes that landed me in financial quicksand.

The third goal was never realized.  I could only do so much on my own.  Meet me half-way… never happened.

Two outta three ain’t bad.

On the professional side of the house, adding the BBA letters to the end of my name (which I never bothered to do) didn’t make a difference at all.  I knew that they would not.  Not for what I’m currently doing.  I did update my resume and threw it out there, but things haven’t changed.  A couple times I thought that there was going to be a major shake-up, but each time something intervened. So I end the year in the same position that I began it. 

Aside from the 3 major goals, the year was full of ups and downs (as I imagine everyone’s was).  I was extremely fortunate to meet someone who almost single-handedly held my head above water, even when I wasn’t sure that I wanted her to.  Thank you.

I made finally made it to PEI… Twice!  I’ve lived on and off for 6 months at a time in Kingston, traveled 4 day bus rides to California (3 times), yet.. that tiny province only 4 hours away is somewhere that I’d said that I wanted to visit, but never had.  So it was quite a treat to head over there, and get sucked into the tourist trap.  It was even more fun to take the kids over the second time!  The Moo Store (as they call it.. Cows, as it’s formally named) was a huge hit!  Still looking forward to seeing the windmills though!  I’ll be back.

I added some respectable numbers to the blog, and even added another blog to the portfolio.  I have to say that switching from Blogger to WordPress in June was probably the best move I could have made, although I do wish that I hadn’t deleted the original postings.  There are a couple that I distinctly remember, and wish that I could refer to them now. 

I’ve slowly inched closer to a legal separation/divorce state.  There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for the fact that my ex and I are on extremely good terms, but there are some administrative loose ends that are still blowing in the wind.  The house is an obstacle, but I am confident that this will be taken care of in early 2010.

My kids are more comfortable with the way things are now.  2009 was a year for them to kind of settle into the new reality.  That’s not to say that there weren’t some hiccups along the way, and there will continue to be some.  But for the most part, things were generally very nice, and I have many fond memories.

2009 was a great year for shows and movies.  I’ve rediscovered the movie theatre.  It used to be somewhere that I went once or twice a year, but this year I think that I’ve seen close to 10 movies.  Sure, it might not be the best use of money, considering the cost of a night out, but that’s the point.. a night out.   Bon Jovi’s concert in Moncton over the summer was one of the best that I’ve seen, and I certainly enjoyed myself immensely.  Ending the year with the So You Think You Can Dance tour was a nice touch.

On the down side, I lost 2 people who were very close to me.  I know that I’ll always have the memories, but it’s not the same…

I’ve developed an acute awareness of my inner plumbing and how it can break down if not taken care of…

I haven’t been nearly as productive as I thought that I was going to be. 

I still don’t have that damn TV that I’ve been talking about getting! 

All in all, though… it’s been a good year.  I can’t complain (well, I can.. and do.. but it doesn’t change anything)…  I recently referred to it as “the lost year”, and that might seem a little harsh.  That wasn’t entirely accurate.  It’s not so much that the year was lost, but there was a fair amount of lost time.  Those two things can be mutually exclusive.

Here’s to 2010, and all that is has to offer…