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Sunday, January 4, 2009

2008: A reflection

I am sad that I have to go back to work tomorrow already, but excited to start the new year. I had a fabulous time In Saskatchewan catching up with my friends, awed at how much their little baby has grown in 3 months.
This post is a list of what I accomplished in 2008, although nothing on my list of ten things to do was accomplished I still had a pretty great year.

1) My dental implant was completed in April 2008 which equals a perfect smile. This has been a very expensive process but the results were worth it. My goal in 2009 is to pay off all outstanding charges on the credit card that is related to this process.

2)15 credits in school were completed. 6 credits short of my goal but I am determined to play catch up with that now that I don't have a part time job taking up time.

3) I was lucky to fly overseas and tour England and Latvia. I actually received a Christmas card in Russian from my Russian relatives I met while there. An amazing opportunity that I had.

4)I climbed the Calgary Tower stairs (all 802 of them) and walked back down them too raising money for the Alberta Wildlife Foundation. This year my goal is to complete the 200km Ride to Conquer Cancer in June of 2009. I signed up for the orientation this evening.

5) I have saved $600 in my Emergency fund and $350 in my down payment fund. It is not a huge amount of savings, but I have never had that much saved before.

6)I have been able to live on my own this year, and all my bills are current. I was so worried that i wouldn't be able to do this, but I bit the bullet and dealt with it as it came. I am glad for this opportunity to learn how to rely on myself.

7)I got rid of my $700 overdraft that I had had since 2005. Knowing that all of the money in my account is mine is the best feeling ever! :)

I had a long talk with A today and I think we are going to give it another chance. I want to take it slow though and not jump right back into bed with him. I know in my heart that he is the one and he says that me leaving opened his eyes. I am hoping he is telling the truth.

Happy New Year to all and good luck in 2009. I have a feeling it is going to be a fabulous year for all of us!

2 comments:

Frugal Dreamer said...

You really had a great year!!

I hope things work out for you an A :)

Dolly Iris said...

Overall you had a GREAT year Arual. I know the end of the year was hard emotionally but you handled everything very well. I was impressed you stuck things out at the toy store right until the end!
It's so liberating to have a little cash in the bank, bills caught up and know you did it on your own.
I wish you and A the best. Relationships are challenging at times. I hope this time around he appreciates how amazing you are. If you both want to make a go at it its' best to forget the past and embrace the new start together.
Thinking of you!