When I looked back to last year, I didn't have many specific goals so much as new directions I wanted to take. Here's a quick summary:
1. The Artist's Way
My main goal was to spend more time nurturing creativity, primarily through the Artist's Way program. I completed the book and the exercises during the summer, and continue to journal three pages at a time, though not every day as I did when following the program. I haven't kept up with the artist's dates (a two hour block of time you schedule once a week to do something by yourself) in any formal fashion, but since I'm home alone most days I do have a lot of time to think and plan and be inspired.
The Artist's Way was one of the most wonderful things I've done for myself in a long time; not only did it help me to see how important creative pursuits are to my happiness, and force me to make time for them, it also put me back on the path to writing. I took writing classes during the summer, sent some essays off to magazines, and completed NaNoWriMo in November, goals I didn't even have at the beginning of the year, which is pretty amazing.
The second goal was to find a new job. I thought by now I'd be employed again, but full-time jobs in the publishing and library fields are pretty scarce, at least where I live. Partly as a result of #1, I am going to try to start my own business as a writing coach, while I'm continuing to look for work. I'll share more about this in a future post.
3. Painting the hallway -- yes! done!
4. Reading more print books -- not nearly as many as I would have liked to!
5. Genealogy research
I did some things, but I haven't had any major discoveries like I did the first year. I've sent letters off this fall to the villages in Italy where my family was from, but haven't received any replies to my requests for records.
6. Knitting to the next level
I did finish Fantine and Breton Girl, but I can't say that I developed any new skills with those or any other projects. I am experimenting with top-down sweaters -- Paloma was a frustrating experience; Mr. Greenjeans is much better -- but I knit them to the directions. My seashore scarf, started last winter at this time but still not finished, is my first beaded project beyond the Christmas ornaments. I haven't read the Elizabeth Zimmerman book much past the first few pages yet, which I thought would help motivate me to start altering patterns to my own measurements.
Because of the deliberate shift I made to focus on introverted things in 2009, rather than the extroverted craziness of 2008, it was a positive light in an otherwise tough year. Losing my job and not finding another left me feeling down for a good part of the year, and supporting my family through my father's chemotherapy treatment was tough as well. Frankly, I am glad to see 2009 go, and start with a clean slate.
What's up for 2010? Stay tuned...