January 1, 2008. I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time believing it. I'm still recovering from Y2K.
First, I have to say I'm bummed about this: I missed Marsha Roberts and myself on The Adoption Show! Since our return on Friday, Third Dad and I have been beyond busy, I've been fighting the flu, so I let email and blogs go, other than to post on my meeting with Judy. In going back and catching up today, I realize an announcement went out on the 29th that Marsha and I were the guests on the 30th. The good news is that you can go back and listen - and please do, Marsha is terrific and I'd appreciate your thoughts on the program. If you don't have an account, please consider supporting the show with a donation. But if you don't feel you can, email me (see right sidebar) and I will be happy to share my login information, which Michelle has confirmed is fine (thanks, Michelle!)
I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Mine were good, although not entirely devoid of stress - nothing major, just the usual self-imposed over-doing. I'm one of those dopey people who think it's possible to get through the holidays without it, and am disappointed every year that I fail. Ha,THIS will be the year, holidays 2008-2009 will be the ones I get through with a perpetual smile on my face!
It did get me thinking about priorities, though, and 2008 is going to be a "back to basics" year for me. This year's motto is SIMPLIFY, and I'm starting with clean up at home. We have accumulated a lot of junk over the years, and Third Dad and I have decided to get rid of as much of it as possible this year. We started over the weekend, and boy does it feel GOOD to get rid of stuff! I figure if we do a little each weekened, by the end of 2008 we should be in a far more junk-free environment. Of course, we'll need to make sure we don't replace what we remove, but I think we're both at a point in our lives at which this will be easy. We need less for ourselves and for the kids, and frankly want less.
Looking at priorities has prompted me to make a few online changes, too. First, I've deactivated my Facebook account and am cancelling other similar accounts. I kind of like Facebook, but it's one more thing I don't really have time for, so I'm shutting it down for the moment. It's hard enough to keep up with the blogs I like to read, so they will be my focus - although I'm prepared to fall behind from time to time, because there are just so many. Like now - it was just to depressing to try to catch up on the over 1500 posts that have collected over the holidays, partially because I was without internet for almost a week in Ohio and partially because we've been doing a lot of housework since our return. So I've had to make them all Read, and am starting fresh.
The other thing I'm going to do this year is focus again on - no pun intended - Korean Focus. I hadn't realized when I started blogging how much time writing and reading would take from the work I do with KF. Small organizations take nurturing, and KF needs it at the moment. We've grown, but our current leaders are frankly tired after years of working on programs and activities, and we need to build up a volunteer force of folks with younger kids who have more energy than we do. That in itself takes work, and is an important goal for me this year.
What else? Well, it's good to start off the new year with laughs, and with the kids both at overnight parties and me fighting that flu, Third Dad and I decided to skip socializing and stay in (although we did go out to dinner, just the two of us, which was really nice.) He picked up the first three seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm and we literally laughed out loud until midnight - and I could hear him still laughing after I hit the hay at 12:30.
I think the other thing I want to be careful of this year is contributing to the nastiness that sometimes envelopes the online adoption community. It's exhausting, which I say from the experience of having jumped into the fray on more than one occsasion. Purposeful dialog and debate are certainly important, but not the kind of sniping and pot-stirring that seem to thrive out here. Plus, I become too emotionally involved, which draws time from the things I want and need to be doing. So I'll be watching myself - and please when I cross the line, feel free to remind me!
So - here's to a new and improved, simplified, kinder, gentler, more focused, more productive year. And hopefully life!