Celebrating ’08 and Clearing the Way for ’09

With 2009 just around the corner, I consciously cleared the clutter in my office to make room for wonderful things to come in the new year. (I also donated five bags to Goodwill last week!)

For the past few weeks, I’d been feeling burdened by lots of administrative obstacles in both my personal and professional life.  And boy did the mess on my desk show that. I couldn’t even work there!

Ah, it feels so good to have a functioning and inspiring workspace again!  I’m more focused and energized, which is a great way to kick off 2009.

Before jumping into the new year, though, I like to reflect on the past year.  I already did a visual year in review.  Taking the time to also write about 2008 helped me remember accomplishments both big and small that I want to celebrate as well.

As I reflect on the year, I come up with a title to capture the essence of what unfolded.  Last year was “My year of integration: When it all came together.”  This year was “My year of stepping out and being seen, speaking up and being heard,” which is based on my first happiness commandment.  For someone who is usually behind the scenes, this was definitely a stretch for me.  I challenged myself AND I had fun doing it!

My 2008 accomplishments:


Personal Growth

Health and Well-being

  • Found local yoga classes that I like and started to go regularly
  • Went for hikes in nature
  • Rediscovered my handstand in yoga
  • Went for swims on hot, sunny days
  • Ate lunch outside during the summer


  • Spent quality time with Brian, including a nice date to see the Frida exhibit
  • Relished in laughs and great food with my book club
  • Visited my family in LA three times
  • Spent time with friends and made new friends in real life and online

Wealth and Abundance

  • Participated in a money circle and created my ideal budget
  • Reached my financial goals for the year
  • Made passive income and created multiple revenue streams

Fun and Recreation

What did you celebrate in 2008?  What is the title of your year?

Wishing you all the best in 2009!

5 thoughts on “Celebrating ’08 and Clearing the Way for ’09”

  1. Hi Jenn! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours; it is very inspiring to me. I have been working on clearing the clutter too. That is one of my big goals for 2009…to finally be in control of my belongings, not the other way around. It is very challenging with two young children, that’s for sure.

    I really enjoyed participating in the Art Every Day Month challenge with you in November. Are you participating in the Creative Every Day challenge? That is another of my goals…to be creative every day.

    Happy New Year!!


  2. Wow! Congratulations on such a full year! It is amazing to see how much we create in just 365 days, and so worth taking the time to reflect on all that has unfolded.

    Your year is hugely inspiring!

    Wishing you another year of fulfillment and success,


  3. Happy New Year Jenn. I am still purging the stuff from 2008 from my home. It will continue into the weekend. I will be clutter free sometime next week before my first Reiki client on Saturday. Congratulations on all of your insights and accomplishments. I am doing exactly what you shown us this week with my yoga sistalove Mari. We did it last year and had seasonal check ins. It really kept us on point. Blessings to everyone. Enjoy the new year! Peace, Ananda

    PS: One of my 2008 accomplishments was interviewing you on Go Green Sangha Radio in December.

  4. what an amazing year that you can be so proud of. i am sure 2009 will be full of great opportunities as-well. it is always exciting to see what we will make of them.

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