Yes, it's that time of year when we remember the year past and look to the year ahead. This past year has brought many changes to my life! I realized that I was more or less 'retired' as the economy has not opened up a lot of job opportunities for me. It is a change I am still getting my mind around but so far I'm OK with it. I turned 60 and had a blast doing it! It didn't hurt too badly.
I saw my blog grow and found out how much I enjoy doing this. It's such a creative and fun outlet for me and my passions. Through blogging I met new people! I met many Atlanta bloggers and have made some wonderful friends. I also have made some fabulous friends that I have yet to meet face to face but some 'road trips' are being planned!
I have cried with some of you over the loss of loved one's and beloved pets. I've enjoyed sharing the joy of grandchildren already here and those who had new one's born. (Next year I will be a new Grandma and I can hardly wait.) I've been touched by so many of you who share your struggles in life....physical, financial and that awful feeling of depression! I hope I have in some small way been there for you, as I truly care!
I've fallen in love with your sweet furry children...dogs and of course the cats! I've shared my sweet Charlie with all of you and have enjoyed your comments about him. He also has a kitty girlfriend, Gizzy, that he has met blogging!
I took you on the Worlds Longest Yard Sale with me and hope you all had a lot of fun! We will be going again in 2011! We went to the Great Smokey Mountains, a road trip to Texas and lots of thrifting along the way.
I've had great luck with winning some wonderful giveaways and I've had a blast doing some of the giving! In January 2010 I did a give away for 50 followers and 50 posts! I am over 400 followers now and a giveaway for that is coming soon! It has been a joy to get to know all of you!
I don't 'do' resolutions but I do set some goals and pick a word to describe my main focus of the coming year. Last year my word was GROWTH, and growth there has been. I have become stronger, braver and more content with my life. This will be an ongoing goal but I'm happy with the growth I had this year.
My goal for the coming year is ORGANIZATION! Many of you ask, where do you keep all your thrifty finds....I do have a large basement and that is wonderful because I do have a lot of stuff! This year I need to get it all under control. There is lots of 'stuff' everywhere. My goals are to edit, combine and organize my stuff so I can find it and use it. I will have stuff to sell, pass on to friends and return to the thrifts. I will enjoy my stuff more this way I'm sure. I do expect I will continue to acquire new stuff but with more organization I will know what I have and what items will be on my want list.
Organization is needed in my personal life as well. I truly need to get better at taking care of myself. I will eat better, move more and make sure I take my meds (gosh am I that old?). I am very lucky that my health issues are not serious but I want to make sure it stays that way. I also want to keep organized in regards to my blog. I have been trying to balance posting, reading posts and joining parties. I do love the parties but have given myself permission to do them as I can and enjoy them! Since I host a party it's the one I must do each week and I have enjoyed hosting more then I thought I would.
So here we are...saying a fond farewell to 2010!
I have posted 285 times (including this post) in 2010! My most viewed post was Thrifty 4th of July with 361 page views! I have had folks read my blog from the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Russia! (Ya gotta love the 'Stats" app on blogger) how fun is that!
So my dear blogging friends I wish you the Happiest of New Years! I can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!
Wishing you health, wealth and happiness!