30 December 2008

2008: A Year in Review

Well, it's almost the end of the year. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, and SO's birthday. I got him XM radio for his birthday. He likes mine a lot, and I figure, he did want something he could take with him, and, if it's in the car, he can take it with him!

Personally, this was an up and down year. Lots of job stress, which I am still pretty up in the air about. I have that long commute, and it's not much fun to leave when the sun is rising and come home when it's setting, particularly when I am feeling like I am losing some of the passion I had once for it. I am praying that the New Year brings me some sort of peace or opportunity. Losing the car and having to start over did affect me. Because I like to do things so that others don't have to, it is NOT COOL to wake up to see your car totalled. There isn't a "sorry" for that one. And then to have to go through the stress of replacing it. Fortunately, God looks out for fools and children, and I came out of it OK. Just broke. It's been a transition to go from a, "If I can just get to May, I'll be paid off and I'll have this fairly nice car to ride around in" mindset to, "All I own of this car is two payments and the down money" and it don't help that they are putting all the cars on clearance, I could have a Charger for less than I paid for the Neon.

Stitching-wise, it's been a rough year. I didn't get as much time to stitch this year, and that's been hard. Stitching has been my release, and working two jobs to try to stay above water, and still have fun money, that's been hard on it. And it doesn't help that I didn't do as good at the fair as I wanted to do. I know it's not about winning, and third in the state is still third in the state. First is better. But all I can do is try harder next year. And hope I do better.

My goals for this new year are to, of course, get dyeing! I have no excuses anymore. And to work on some designs I have in my head. And to get ornaments for my tree.


Suzanne said...

Happy New Year Rachel!

May you dye happy in 2009! LOL


Michelle said...

Happy New Year, Rachel!

LoriRay said...

Aw man, I remember the car wreck. What a bummer that you could have a Charger. :( I know that's a downer but you are such a strong woman that you'll get through this funk...I know you will. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers that you regain your passion for your job or maybe feel a tug in a new direction where you will have a new passion for something else. *hugs*

Your state fair entries were first-place-worthy. It's not our fault the judges need new glasses. *hee hee* ;-)

Hang in there! 2009 is going to be great! Happy New Year! :)

becca said...

Hope you have a happy new year!

Pumpkin said...

Happy New Year Rachel! I look forward to another year of reading your Blog :o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls