An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
Like many of you, I am not sorry to see 2009 end. I would have pushed it out months ago, if that was possible.
It was a year filled with worry, change, and unpleasant challenges, but it was also a year filled with amazing growth, both for me personally, and for my family. I've made so many wonderful friends through blogging and attending genealogy conferences, and I feel that I've made a great deal of progress in my genealogical education.
Plus, my daughter was potty-trained. Everything else is gravy.
What will 2010 bring? Hopefully more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff.
Ambiguous, I know, but at this point, resolutions for next year are difficult to make. You see, I've agreed to take on a new "job" for a lineage group, and I don't know quite yet how time-intensive it will be, or how it will affect my goals for the year. What I do know is that there will be more paperwork and more travel - to which I'm actually looking forward (to the travel, not the paperwork). I'll have more to say about this in a couple of months.
That being said, there are a few genealogically-related things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year. In no particular order:
- Finally find the date of death and place of burial for Dennis Daniel DELANEY, my great-great grandfather. Find the place of burial for his wife, Nellie (Coyne/Coin) DELANEY. I'm closing in on these goals - a few phone calls might do the trick!
- Finish up work for the ProGen2 Study Group. We've had a wonderful ride, and I've truly enjoyed working with my peer group and our leaders. The end is in sight... about another 5 months to go!
- Complete the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course. Miles to go here.
- Attend the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) , as well as the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)-Knoxville and the Southern California Genealogical Society's (SCGS) Jamboree. If I'm really lucky, I'll also make it to the California Family History Expo in Pleasanton.
- Attend the N.S.C.A.R. National Convention and the DAR Continental Congress, as well as state conferences for both groups. Try to attend a few SAR meetings, as well, and hopefully drag my husband along for the ride.
- Prove that my John S. Brown was, in fact, a Confederate soldier, and submit an application to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) so I no longer have to hide from them at the SCGS Jamboree.
- Prove that my John Blanton was, in fact, a soldier during the War of 1812, and submit an application to the Daughters of 1812 so I can stop hiding from them. as well.
- Find a sitter and actually attend meetings for some of the other groups to which I belong.
- Take a side trip from Knoxville to Greeneville, TN for some research time.
- Do more writing and lecturing.
- Start a new blog. Yeah, I know; I need a new blog like I need a hole in my head, but I think it's a good idea, and you'll like it. :-)
- Get organized, and start a new database with COMPLETE source citations.
- Get those old photos scanned!
- Improve my CSS web design skills. Yes, I build web sites. I just don't talk about it a lot.
- Make time to READ. This is a habit I've all but given up since my daughter came along, but hopefully I'll be able to find a little more time for it next year.
However, my #1 goal for the year is to get healthy. It's become painfully obvious to me that if I'm going to accomplish any of my goals - and keep up with my turbo-charged daughter - I need to take better care of myself. This was actually my one and only goal for last year, but I got a bit sidetracked with that herniated disc thing. It's difficult to focus on fitness when you're busy figuring out how to lift a coffee cup.
Plus - and I'm sure you moms out there will agree - it's hard to find time for yourself when you're caring for a small child. *I* don't even make it onto my list most days. But for my sake - and my family's - I've got to try harder. Let's face it: I'm not getting any younger here. Time's a-wastin'.
How am I going to accomplish any of this? I'm not quite sure yet, but my copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is sitting (still unfinished) on my nightstand, and my Franklin Planner is next to me. Guess it's time to start planning!
I wish you the best of luck in accomplishing YOUR genealogy - and life - goals for 2010!
Written for the 87th Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: "New Year's Resolutions!"
Vintage clip art from The Graphics Fairy.