No matter what happened last year, you now have a mission; it’s a new year…it’s a new chance to start over.

The Regrets

Everything happens for a reason. And no matter how hard you sit and over analyze the things that you couldn’t change even if you wanted to…or how you didn’t do the things you initially set out to do, those things won’t change. Don’t regret them. Learn from them.

The Downs

If I were to ask you to name everything that happened to you last year, I’m sure you’d name about 10+ negative things that happened before you named 1 good thing that happened. Don’t. Yeah, it isn’t as easy as it sounds, but guess what…they don’t matter anyways.

The Uplifts

Remember those negative things you named…well, no matter who you are, or how much of a FAIL year you had previously…there was at least one good thing that happened to you. Think on it. Then…think harder…there will always be at least one more…

The Do Over

So…guess what? It’s a new year…a brand new year to make new changes, to set new goals…and to ultimately develop a better you.

All of those people you pissed off or you allowed to piss you off…apologize, forgive them or let them go.

All of those things you didn’t think you could do…know that you can.

All of those things you wanted to do last year, but didn’t…do them.

Do all that you can to develop the best you that you can be, and don’t let anyone stand in your way.

Go.

It’s 2009…and while it’s hard to believe right now…I know that this year is going to be a great year. There were a lot of things about 2008 that I wish I could change…and do over…but I can’t.

It’s a new year…and I have a new chance to do things the way they need to be done… the right way; the best way for me.

I learned a lot in 2008…some things I wish I hadn’t…but I knew that I needed to learn them. And I’m glad that I did. There are quite a few things about 2008 that I dont want to repeat in 2009. And it’s not that 2008 was a bad year…it’s just that I didn’t do some of the things that I had originally set out to do. And I managed to work backwards instead of forwards in quite a few situations.

I learned that I love deeply…and that I care hard.

I learned that I smile when I feel like I’m about to cry.

I learned that to some people 2 + 2 does not always equal 4.

I learned that I set high standards for people because I continue to set high standards for myself, and when people failed to meet those high standards, I felt let down. But… those were my set standards… and they were not theirs to keep

I learned that I can’t stand the rain, other than to stay curled up in bed.

I learned that I love watching the sunset as much as I love watching the stars.

I learned that for right now…California is home…and that probably won’t change for a while.

I learned that I tend to hold onto my mistakes too long before letting them go and learning from them.

The following statement holds true: People only tell you what they want you to know. And I’m not going to sit here and rehash all of the things that I learned and gained in 2008. But I will say that I learned a lot about myself.

So this is what it is for 2009…

I will continue to love deeply and care harder.

And I will never stop being me.

I’m excited for 2009. Let’s go.