And now we come to yet another New Year. 2009! What a number! Gosh, when I was little I thought by now we'd all be getting around with personal jet packs instead of cars, or at the very least we'd be using transporters, Star Trek-style. I guess my imagination got ahead of technology! I'm sure we'll get there some day.
On January 1st of 2008, I made a list of resolutions here on this blog. I'm happy to report that I've managed to actually fulfill a couple of them! One resolution I completed early on was to do a micro-loan through http://www.kiva.org/. I loaned just a small amount ($25 each) to two different concerns in Samoa and Tanzania, and already most of it has been repaid so I can loan it to another needy individual or group. I cannot recommend Kiva enough -- if you want to do a lot of good in this world for a small amount of money, consider a micro loan. Remember, it's a loan and it gets paid back.
The other 2008 resolution that I accomplished has to do with the photos in this post: I rode a horse for the first time in my life! Pat knew how badly I wanted to fulfill this childhood dream so for Christmas 2007 he gave me a gift certificate to Academy Riding Stables. On October 30th we finally went for our ride and I was so happy. (You can read more about our ride on my other blog, Colorado Springs Daily Photo -- here's the link to that post: http://csdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/12/different-perspective.html ) Thank you Pat, I love you!
As for my other resolutions, I did make a little headway in the "simplify" department, reorganizing my home office yet again. There's always more to do in that area though, it's a perpetual uphill battle! And wearing makeup more often, doing yoga or pilates... well, those resolutions will have to carry over to my 2009 list.
I hope your 2009 list includes a small dream that you can fulfill and that you really do follow through with it in the coming year. Life is short, follow your dreams!
It almost looks as if I know what I'm doing here!
Of course they put me on their biggest horse. CJ was so tall that I had to stand on this platform to get on and off him.