This is my fifth year doing an end-of-the-year meme here!
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Decided to start an internet business development business! (coming soon!)
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept my business resolutions, and those are the only ones I can remember. I definitely have plans for 2009.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A friend of mine just had her 8th child the other day! Another friend had her 4th baby earlier this month.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no.
5. What countries did you visit? None.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I don't know if I'm feeling lack so much, but things I want to have more of in 2009 include:
-more felt success in the areas of hearth and home and home education
-earn more money while spending less time in my work
-more positive breakthroughs in relationships
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Just before Thanksgiving our family started to experience something that is difficult, and it has been escalating since then. That will be likely to stick in my memory for a long time. Hopefully a positive resolution in the new year will give me something good to remember for 2009.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Choosing to homeschool five of my children, and having over 150% growth in my business ventures.
9. What was your biggest failure? I've had too many blessings to recall any failures.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not that I remember.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I "bought" myself some mental peace by hiring an accountant for my business finances. In 2009 I'm going to buy myself some more peace in the form of better legal advisement and protection for the business.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Mine! Saying yes to homeschooling, and being fiercely committed to what I feel is the right thing for my kids, even when difficult, is something I celebrate.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted? I won't name names here, but I do have two people in mind....
14. Where did most of your money go? A large chunk of money went toward rebuilding two of my web sites when my host pooped out and went AWOL. It all came back to me in short order. :)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Having five of the greatest kids in the world at home with me every day, and my next great business adventure, which is coming together in exciting ways!
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? overall happier or maybe the same
b) thinner or fatter? probably about the same
c) richer or poorer? richer!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? gardening maybe. Overall I can't think of any regrets.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Again, no regrets I can think of.
20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve? Probably listening to something inspirational.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
22. How many one-night stands? What a stupid question.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't do hate.
25. What was the best book you read? Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed by SARK
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Just got a CD of The Town Pants for Christmas and it is very fun music.
27. What did you want and get? Windchimes!
28. What did you want and not get? I want to hire a house helper/cook/assistant homeschool tutor. I have been saying this for many, many years, but in 2009 I am going to make it happen. I might not have someone full time by the end of the year, but I am at least going to find the right person to hire for some amount of hours and get started. The time has come. I'm ready.
29. What was your favorite film of this year? Can't even remember a specific movie I've watched this year! I did just discover the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch, and that is a pretty cool show! I now have all four seasons on my netflix queue.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 37 this year, and I don't remember what I did.
31.What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? I'm pretty satisfied with the year I've had.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Making the most of what I have, unless it's a day when I just done care, in which case I keep it reasonably clean and don't worry about much else.
33. What kept you sane? Keeping in mind the big picture.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I'm not a fancier, but I was mighty sorry to see Heath Ledger go.
35. What political issue stirred you the most? The FLDS situation. We got an excellent education about the dangerous way that CPS can get away with criminal activities.
36. Who did you miss? Old friends, who are always dear to me though we just don't get to connect much any more.
37. Who was the best new person you met? How about best new being? Our dog Marlee walked into our life in the fall, starving, sick, and suffering. Our decision to care for her, give her a home, and live out our belief that life is valuable has been a very cool journey. She is thriving in many ways and we are learning a lot about sacrificial love. You can read more about that here.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Not everything is as it appears to be.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.