Taking Attendance

With a New Year Comes a new look.  I’m all about change at the moment.  Things here (as I wrote before) have been crazy, but they’re finally slowing down a bit. 
The Holidays slapped me up, kicked my ass and put me in my place this year.  I just mean that I thought I was doing really well with “Living in the Moment.”  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  Nothing like decorating the Christmas tree to classic Christmas songs sung by the Greats to make this girl 9 yrs old again, and terribly missing my mom and dad.  Unfortunately that dark, empty feeling stuck through most of the holidays for me no matter what I tried to shake it.  I had a few glimmers of happiness while watching Kidlet open her gift, but it wasn’t until I got to see my Dad this past weekend that I felt better.  The Holidays make me homesick.  Bah. 
Okay.  Time to take attendance.  Mine that is…..What did I accomplish in 2008?
I Jumped Off a 6 Story Tower
I Went on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
I (as of tonight) Finished My Course and Will Receive My Diploma in Floral Design
1 Finished: 2 Canvases,
2 Knitting Projects (yikes),
and 5 Books
and I think that’s about it.  *shaking head*–I was hoping to do more…..

Looking Ahead:  To-Do List for 2009
Go to a Milwaukee Brewer’s Game
Learn to play the Guitar
Learn to play the Ukulele (No, I’m not joking)
Paint more (like every year)
This is the Year I Write a Children’s Book!
This is also the Year I Come into My Own
Sky Dive
Host a Huge Summer Party
Start the Tradition of a Family Camping Trip with Friends

I also find out Jan 6th if I get into a program that very well may change my life.  I’m crossing my fingers to get in, yet am undecided about blogging about it yet….Sorry.   It’s nothing scandalous–just private.   However, if I get in be prepared for big changes. 🙂
I’m ready for 2009.  It just means another 365 days of opportunity. 😀

Falling into Another Dream

Two Days after my “Leap of Faith,” I have taken another.  I am once again a college student-of sorts.  This time without the parties and the extra-curricular activities.–Which will probably help A LOT.
My loan payment came in yesterday and last night I signed up with Ashworth University to get my diploma in Floral Design.  It will take me about 6-9 months to complete, but will be completely worth it.  Also, I’m happy that my boss isn’t helping me pay for it (not that she offered).  I simply mean that this is MY education to take anywhere and because I paid for it, I don’t have an obligation to anyone in the future. 
Plus, I can do this no matter what age I am and no matter where life takes us/me.  I’m happy. 

After I finish my Diploma in Floral Design, I’m debating going for my Diploma in Jewelry Design and Repair.  I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. 
On a different note, one of my High School classmates passed away this week at the age of 27.  I never really knew him well.  I just knew of him.  Which is another lesson my new book “Life is a Verb” teaches.  Not to look beyond people or see through them.  It pays to make the effort to get to know them because you never know what they may bring to your life.  Good to know for the present and the future.
Speaking of getting to others, I told my co-workers about my jump Thurs.  One told me that she wouldn’t do it because if she had a little girl and a job she would be worried about hurting herself and not being able to work and who would help with the child.  I don’t know what to think.  I mean, this is the best I’ve felt about my life EVER, and I certainly don’t mean any thoughtlessness towards my family and my Hubby has been cool with us doing what we have.  He’s my partner and if he thought it was irresponsible there is no way I would do it.  In the meantime, I’m left with this question.  Do I hold back and put the things I want to do on hold in order to stay safe for kidlet?  One part of my now feels guilty, but the other part also knows I can be perfectly safe jumping from a 6 Story Tower and perish in a car accident on my way to get groceries.  So, what do you think? 
Finally, here are some pics from our fall here.  Hope you enjoy!

Be Different

Be Different

 

 

Kidlet Chasing Rowdy on a Fall Day

Kidlet Chasing Rowdy on a Fall Day

 

Hubby & I

Hubby & I

 

Ready to Rock n' Roll

Ready to Rock n' Roll