My Hooterville buddy, NewsComa has asked me to share the seven best things I’ve done all year. I told her I’m not sure what I did wrong to deserve another meme tag after NaBloPoMo and the 12 Days of Blogger Christmas, but she told me to stop whining and start typing. Alrighty then.
In no particular order, (cuz that’s just the way I roll):
1. Took Knuck’s advice to start blogging as a writing assignment to myself. The creative stimulation from reading, writing and commenting has distracted me well through some tough times in my personal and professional life. The new friends I’ve made through this undertaking have really been an unexpected blessing this year. Thanks for being such an easy audience and laughing at my doody jokes.
2. Adopted Nellie the nervous pudelhund. I’ve always believed that the right dog needs to find you. Nellie needed RUABelle. They had seen each other in two or three separate shelters and foster/adoption events in various places around town, and I’m convinced it was meant to be. the work and patience necessary to overcome her extreme fearfulness has made the good times together even better.
3. Realized how much my late father used money and the fact that we work in a family business to keep me and my brothers in opposition with each other. As we’ve worked through the finances of the estate, we’ve also made a lot of progress addressing the dysfunction of our relationships.
4. Admitted to myself finally that I have been bound by golden handcuffs at work for far too long. I have started to take steps toward picking those locks. I subsequently have found out that I just may be kicked to the curb anyway. Oh well. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of this story. Stay tuned.
5. Took RUABelle on very enjoyable trips to Vegas, Napa and Ireland where she was treated like the princess she is. For a change, I didn’t do everything on the cheap. I’ve decided that it’s better to put off vacations and save up in advance so you can pay cash as you go rather than suffering through months of bills afterwards
6. I went to my first Masters in April. While it wasn’t the perfect trip logistically, it was perfect to me. If I never get to go again, I’ll be satisfied. If I get to go 100 more times, I imagine I’ll still be breathlessly awed when I walk through those gates and see and smell the azaleas for the first time.
7. I finally learned to say “no” to some people. Not RUABelle or the pets. But I’ve learned to delegate better at work and just refuse to take on some tasks that really were the responsibility of other people who were just too lazy to do them and knew that I wouldn’t let the ball they dropped hit the ground. I also undertook a much-needed inventory of my volunteer and non-profit work to decide which groups I really wanted to stick with and which ones I could make the most meaningful contribution to.
So those are the highlights of 2006 for me. I guess I could tag somebody else; but I won’t. (cuz that’s just the way I roll.)