Out with the old and in with the new…

2009. A horrible year:
-A had lost his job over Christmas
-I had the most severe flu I had ever experienced.
-The in-laws were trying to build a kitchen around me.
-A and I broke up.
-I met a man I thought was my Prince Charming but he turned out to be a horrible man.
-I then met a couple of other toads in the pond.
-Realised that my friends weren’t that great.
-My clothes got smaller aka I put on weight
-I was plagued by many self-doubts and insecurities.

2010. The potential to be one of the best years I have ever had.
-I have a couple of friends that care deeply for me.
-I still have my thirst for reading and knowledge.
-I am still meeting new, international friends through Couch Surfing.
-I continue to volunteer, not changing, but helping one child or person at a time.
-I am going on the best holiday and life-affirming journey I ever plan to make.
-You wonderful bloggy friends will continue to share my life and;
-I begin this year with a very special man in my life.

I don’t like to make New Year resolutions because they never seem to hang around for long. So instead, I will call them my Hopes and Aspirations if I may?

I will attempt to believe in myself more…I am a special young woman.
I will try and give people the benefit of the doubt…despite the doubts and insecurities I throw at Mr Officer, he hasn’t left.
I hope to lose weight and I’m sure walking around China watching my dinner float in a tank before I pick it will certainly help me to do that.
I will continue to learn to be kinder to myself.
When I go travelling I hope to change, grow and mature learning new things about myself and the world as I explore.
But my biggest hope for the year? That I learn to close a few doors and open some new ones and maybe even some windows if I find the right view.

What are your hopes and aspirations for this year?!

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  1. Those sound like good aspirations 🙂 You’ll have to drop in on the 6th (my birthday) to see mine…

  2. Ooooh! I like that – “hopes and aspirations” – I like that a lot! And your list? Perfection! 🙂

    Oh, and can you do me a favor? Either change the text to a brighter/lighter (white instead of light gray) or bigger font? It’s really hard to read the tiny gray text against the dark background…and don’t tell me it’s because I’m getting OLD, I’ll have to come over there and smack you! 😉

    Happy New Year, Toni! I hope 2010 turns out to the the BEST year for you yet! 🙂

  3. goodluck Toni!

    i’m sure 2010 will be a better year 🙂

    all the best for you this 2010!

  4. Toni

    Rachel – can’t wait to read yours and on your birthday – excellent stuff!

    Stacy – Glad you like my list…here’s hoping 2010 will be as good as I hope and need it to be 🙂 And no, the whole text thing isn’t because you’re getting old…my damn background is broke and for the love of money I just can’t seem to fix it – GRR!! Any ideas?! lol

    Flip – Thank you for the words of encouragement…roll on March and to finding myself again 🙂